Virgin Media Pioneers is an online community of enterprising people, founded by Virgin Media, that use videos and blogging to share their ideas and experience to help entrepreneurs everywhere get inspired, get connected and get ahead. Virgin Media provides unique opportunities and events. For example, in collaboration with the UK Trade and Investment Office and Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Media took five Pioneers to New York for five days of networking and business meetings, concluding with live pitches to potential investors. In the UK, Virgin Media also hosted 12 inspirational networking events in 2013, reaching 1,800 people in face to face meeting and more than 1.5 million online. Virgin Media’s "I'm Hustling" event in London, based on a series of established entrepreneurs describing how they ‘hustled’ their way to success, was considered one of the best quality campaigns of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK and was awarded High Impact status.
The Virgin Media Pioneers community has generated incredible results over the years. For example, Heidi Lindvall and Guy Gunaratne, members of the Virgin Media Pioneers and award-winning film makers, founded Storygami, a groundbreaking interactive video company. Storygami revolutionizes online video viewing and storytelling with unique technology that allows content creators to insert interactive elements and applications within online videos. This enables viewers to interact with content in a way that has never before been possible. Following Storygami's pitch to Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Media commissioned the startup to create a documentary series called "On the Line" that can now be viewed online. To learn more, please visit: www.virginmediapioneers.com