Trust-supported entrepreneur, Marc Wileman, also known as Mad Marc, wanted to make science fun for children. Learn about how he set up Sublime Science through our Enterprise programme.
Marc’s ultimate goal is to make science fun for a million children. Thanks to The Trust, he is edging closer to that goal.
Science fanatic Marc Wileman, 30, first came up with the idea for what was to become Sublime Science while working in Australia in 2008. He was teaching science in a fun, creative and interactive way and in a light bulb moment realised that science parties would be a great way of making the subject more accessible, enjoyable and, as he says, ‘awesome’ for children. Marc became determined to achieve his goal, but he didn’t know where to start.
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme provided Marc with guidance, advice and a low-interest loan and his idea began to become a reality. After the first party, word began to spread and the business took off. Over the last seven years, Sublime Science has consistently expanded and currently, Marc and his team run over 80 events across the UK each week. In recent years, Marc has developed the business with the production of two books and a DVD.
In 2015 Sublime Science received investment to expand further after Marc appeared on the BBC television series Dragon’s Den. Marc and the business have also picked up a number of awards including the Service Industry Entrepreneur of the Year & the Silver Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015.
"When I first had the idea of Sublime Science I was extremely excited but also daunted by the task that I’d set myself. Support from The Prince’s Trust, especially the guidance from my business mentor, helped me with all aspects of setting up in business.
"I believe that, with the right support, a would-be entrepreneur can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to become an established, successful business owner.