Steven Bartlett joins BIMA Hall of Fame 2022

12 May 2022

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Steven Bartlett, Businessman, entrepreneur and television personality, becomes one of the latest to join BIMA’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

Every year, the British Interactive Media Association inducts two new members to its Hall of Fame, celebrating  the people who’ve shaped and built the digital industry. This year’s additions join 2020 inductees Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and Anne Boden, 2019 inductees Dame Stephanie Shirley CH and Sherry Coutu CBE and the rest of the Hall of Fame inductees since 2012.

Steven Bartlett is the 29-year-old Founder of the social media marketing agency Social Chain. From a bedroom in Manchester, this university drop-out built what would become one of the world’s most influential social media companies when he was just 21 years old, before taking his company public at 27 years old with a current market valuation of over $600M.

Steven Bartlett is a speaker, investor, author, content creator and the host of one of Europe’s biggest podcasts, ‘The Diary of a CEO’. In 2021 Steven released his debut book ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’ which was a Sunday Times best seller.

Steven is particularly focused on inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and creators from a BAME background.

Steven has invested in and joined the board of Huel, which is the UK’s fastest growing e-commerce company internationally. He’s also invested in, and taken a role as an advisor in Atai life sciences – a biotech company working to cure mental health disorders. Other investments focus on blockchain technologies, biotech, space, Web 3 and social media.

At just 29 years old, he is widely considered one of Europe’s most talented and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers.

Steven joined Dragon’s Den from Series 19 in January 2022, as the youngest ever Dragon in the Show’s history.

Steven said of his induction: “To be inducted into BIMA’s Hall of Fame and to stand alongside previous inductees & mentors of mine, people like Jamal Edwards MBE, Baroness Lane-Fox, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH & Steven Fry to name a few, is truly a huge honour. These people are real innovators and change makers and with regards to my brother Jamal Edwards specifically, the proof that one day I could achieve a similar thing. I only hope I can do enough to inspire a younger generation to a better future and make real impact, like these extraordinary people have inspired me. Thank you BIMA”

Matt Sullivan, Managing Director of BIMA said: “We opened up the nominations for the 2022 BIMA Hall of Fame to our community and two names clearly came out top of the list. Two people that are clearly inspiring others in the industry to make a positive difference and shape the way forward for digital. I couldn’t think of two better inductees than Mary Keane Dawson and Steven Bartlett


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