Andrew Vincent and Becca Flory
Becca and Andrew both undertook the Fellowship in 2015-16. They came to the Fellowship from backgrounds in Law and Accountancy, both having explored various entrepreneurial ventures in the past. The Saltire Fellowship gave them the opportunity to get away from the “rat race”. They became great friends on the Fellowship, sharing a passion for building a business that would not only be profitable, but one that would bring about change.
Inspired by their time at Babson College and the buzzing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Boston, Andrew and Becca returned from the Fellowship and launched their innovative fashion start-up Nu Blvck, leaving their full-time jobs to pursue their dream of building a business for good. Nu Blvck is a direct to consumer, ethical female fashion accessories brand that connects emerging designers and expert artisans with an innovative made to order business model.
Since launching the brand in August 2016, Andrew and Becca have successfully raised start up capital via a crowdfunding campaign that attracted UK wide press attention. They won the Best Online Newcomer award at the Herald Fashion Awards and reached the final of the prestigious funding competition Scottish EDGE, as well as picking up £10,000 in the Wild Card EDGE competition.
More importantly, Becca and Andrew have the foundations of a solid business, they’ve made sales around the world and continue to grow their brand.
Becca and Andrew have an aggressive growth strategy and have their sights set on building a truly global business. They want their brand to be known worldwide for being a values driven business that’s desirable, stylish, celebrating great design and artisan craft. When quizzed on what the future has in store, they told us they want to innovate and disrupt the global fashion industry which they appreciate is a bold ambition but that’s precisely the attitude Babson instilled in them and they 100% believe they can do it.
They credit Babson College’s methodology of ‘Entrepreneurial Thought and Action’ as the most important learning that they took from the programme, believing that here are many good business ideas out there, but very few people actually act on them. As a direct result of their time at Babson and the Saltire Fellowship the duo set about building their business as soon as they touched down in Scotland.
Andrew said “It sounds cliche, but the Fellowship completely changed my life, it gave me the confidence to take a leap and dream big. I’ll never forget the inspiring months in Boston and I’ll forever be grateful for the experience. They say “surround yourself with positive people”, I’ve met some of my best friends through the Fellowship, including my now co-founder and colleague Becca!”
Becca has stated “If not for my Saltire experience, I’d have a great career but I wouldn’t be pursuing my dreams. The Fellowship gave me the belief, confidence and knowledge I needed to start and grow my own business. Plus, I met my business partner and friends for life - people who are positive and think the same way I do. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself, what you’re doing and if you work hard.”