Startup Grind Melbourne had the privilege of sitting with Nick Bell the founder and CEO of the WME Group, recently acquired by Melbourne IT for $39m.
Nick Bell is one of Australia’s most prolific self-made businessmen. A university dropout, Bell was ranked 38 on the 2016 BRW Young Rich List and named a finalist in the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
Originally from country Victoria, this cheeky but compassionate entrepreneur has a hugely motivational story. From university dropout to hotel porter, professional golfer, and now global digital marketing and tech influencer, Bell is one of the most driven, passionate and hard working businessmen in the country. In May 2017 Bell finalised a deal which saw him sell WME to Melbourne IT for $39million and will exit the company at the end of June 2017.
Bell started WME IN 2008 with his last $400 in his bedroom before rapid growth led to staff of over 200, large clients including Spalding, The Atlantic Group, Rodger David and Allied Pickfords, and an impressive awards tally, including a listing in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for three years running.
During WME’s growth spurt, Bell also started, co-founded or invested in a number of other companies in Australia and overseas. He remains involved in these ventures, which include mobile-first agency Appscore and hosting company Hosting Australia.
Bell also remains head of a global group of digital companies employing 300 people across six countries along with being an investor in Tribe, Vervoe, Ideapod and Leadchat.
With the sale of WME, Bell will turn his immediate focus to growing his existing businesses, both in Australia and overseas, alongside increasing his angel investment portfolio.