Role Model Events

Connect your students with leaders of successful, growing businesses to help them prepare for the jobs and growth sectors that will be relevant when they leave education.

It takes just 4 minutes to set up a role model event.


What does Founders4Schools offer schools and colleges?

Founders4schools is a free service for UK state maintained and private primary, secondary schools and sixth form colleges that provide you with a quick (5 mins!) and simple way to increase the employability of your students by facilitating encounters with employers.

Founders4schools offers 3 employability services:

  • Careers talks by role models from the business community. It takes 5 minutes to select local business leaders that can help bring to life subjects and raise your students aspirations.
  • Careers Fairs supported by growing SMEs that are creating the jobs of today and tomorrow. These events can take place all year round and is a good way for students to hear what local companies have on offer
  • Workplace visits so that your students can experience what it is to work at a company that is growing. See here for more information and to book your ‘trip’.

These ‘events’ can be booked as a one-off session but many teachers choose to create series of events across a term or year (at least one per term) for even greater impact.

Why we know that events booked though Founders4Schools work:


of students felt inspired saying
they would be interested in
attending an event again.


of teachers
would recommend


the number of students
are keen to study STEM subjects
as a result of events

Students aged 8-19 benefit from:

  • presentations from real-life role models who can demonstrate the relevance and connection of what is taught in classroom with careers - because they are creating the jobs right now!
  • the opportunity to consider business as a viable career choice
  • gaining an understanding of what jobs created actually entail

Hear from students about their experience of attending a founder event

What is the format of the sessions?

3 or 4 local business leaders each talk about their journey and career path - and what they studied. All of our speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and enthusiastic. They share insights and tips based on their unique experiences. Presentations are followed by a lively Q&A session where students get to ask a variety of questions that interest them. Each event lasts one hour and takes place in the classroom or the auditorium. We ask that a minimum of 25 students attend.

See a founder event in action

Who uses Founders4Schools?

All teachers find the events high impact and relevant to whatever subjects are taught in the classroom. Some teachers use the subject filter search to match what they are teaching to particular subjects studied by the business leaders.

Further information for teachers can be found in our FAQs.


100% of new net jobs are created by companies less than 5 years old.

By bringing business leaders into schools, students can discover what sort of skills and pathways are required to be part of companies that will shape our future.

Book now!

It only takes 10 mins to set up an event... thousands of school students across the UK have benefited so don't let your students miss out!

A Founders4Schools event

What do people think of our events?

Hanna Wright's picture

This was an incredibly inspiring event for my students, and as a busy teacher I was amazed at how simple the entire process was from booking, to online advice to planning and running the event.

Hannah Wright, Lecturer Business IT, Central Sussex College Crawley