Maverick Necker Island Experience
Your Private Invitation to Join Sir Richard Branson and an
Exclusive Group of Global Leaders & Entrepreneurs
to Change the Way Business is Played
Necker Island 2018 Update
As you may already know, the British Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma’s 200mph winds. Hospitals, banks, schools, churches, jails… almost every structure has been reduced to pieces. Seeing pictures and videos of the places we love so much (including Necker) has been heartbreaking.
A few Mavericks really mobilized in a big way for the immediate relief, including John Ratliff, who flew his plane for multiple aid missions – delivering supplies and transporting evacuees between Puerto Rico, Florida, Antigua, and the BVI. Also big kudos to Tom Hsieh, John Carter, Michael Brubeck, the Patton brothers, Gary Moon, Mike Cline, Aydika, and the rest of you who so generously donated and supported our Maverick missions. I’m sure there were even more who donated and contributed – thank you again!
Those ripples continue. As you remember last year we had filmmaker Rob Sorrenti on the island with us, and through a direct connection, he was given funding for this dream project and even an introduction to Kate Winslet. Ultimately, she didn’t take the role, but through that relationship, Rob was able to shoot a 1-minute documentary of the tragedy in the BVI and got Kate to do the voiceover. A huge ripple of impact. That video was shared numerous times and helped raise more funds for immediate and long-term relief through Virgin Unite.
Virgin Fund has raised close to $1 million (through 4,700 transactions) 100% for the BVI with 0 fees or costs. www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-community-support-appeal
And this is not to rebuild a luxury island but to help rebuild the entire region. I always believe tragedy brings out the best in others and creates new opportunity. The BVI and Virgin are now in the process of looking at rebuilding the entire region and converting it to solar power. This would be huge. I liken this to the historic fire in 1871 that razed Chicago. After the city was devastated, they rebuilt it all with electricity, and it was the first city to be completely outfitted with power.
Necker Island Update
Okay with all of that said, you can probably guess we are not going to be able to come back to Necker during the previously scheduled March dates. (We are looking into the potential for an on-the-ground impact trip to the BVI during those dates and will keep you posted if this comes together.)
However there is good news!
We’ve been told that Richard is being incredibly selective and is doing less and less of these kinds of trips, yet because of our incredible relationship he says that he is, “keen” to travel to another one of his amazing properties to spend time with Mavericks. So, it looks like he will be hosting us at his property in Ulusaba on his private game reserve in South Africa April 22 – 27, 2018 (Potential Capetown Winery April 27-30, 2018) More details to come soon!
In the meantime if you have any questions please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The breathtaking home of Sir Richard Branson – founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Galactic … and one of today’s most inspiring forward-thinkers.
Necker is the jewel of the British Virgin Islands and will be home to a very small and select group of Maverick entrepreneurs. This is the place – and the experience – that cliches are made of. No single superlative can quite live up to reality on Necker Island… and the Maverick epic experience that takes place here each year.
Perhaps you’ll start your day with some yoga or a tennis lesson or maybe even an early morning swim around the island with Richard Branson himself. Then join in on a morning business session, where you and the world’s top entrepreneurs share and brainstorm deep insights to get to the next level in your business or resolve a specific challenge.
When Richard first laid eyes on Necker Island twenty-five years ago, it was undeveloped and uninhabited. But, as with everything else in his world, Branson (the visionary that he is) didn’t see it only as it was – he saw what it could be – a private world for him, his family and their guests.
The landscape is one of dramatic contrasts: Snow-white sandy beaches punctuating craggy headlands… Lush hillsides rising to rocky ridges capped with cactus… And the crystal clear water of the Caribbean washing reefs teeming with amazing sea life in a variety of colors and shapes.
Flamingos, lemurs, scarlet ibis, iguanas and more are all over the island! In fact, with the increase in species due to the fresh water from its desalination plant, part of the island has been designated a bird sanctuary.
“Where possible, we use natural materials from the island in construction – the main walls of the house are built from stone removed from the top of the hill and much of the timber is locally grown.”
With a Staff of 70+, you and your fellow guests are always out-numbered by those whose purpose is to pamper you with first class service and cater to your every whim.
Necker Island is refreshingly “out of step” with the rest of the world. In fact, Richard has a rule that there can be no work done on Necker in the afternoon, so that you can go out and enjoy yourself… Recharge and refresh.
And this type of unique, incredible environment is exactly why you’ll create powerful business connections with other successful entrepreneurs as well as deals and relationship “collisions” that are priceless.
Richard has always believed that business can and must be a force for good in the world,
and in 2004 he established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, to
unite great people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world.
Together, we’ve raised over $2,000,000+ for Virgin Unite over the last few years and
have become one of their key supporters. Not only financially, but also through the
combined use of our entrepreneurial brainpower and resources.
A core belief at Virgin Unite is that:
“Business has the capacity to improve the human condition – the same visionary thinking and problem-solving skills that make entrepreneurs successful can be channeled into solving the world’s social and environmental crises.”
Virgin Unite’s overhead is covered by Richard and the Virgin Group, meaning that 100% of net donations received go directly to the frontline where they are needed most. From conveying new forms of leadership and incubating new organizations such as The Elders, Carbon War Room and The B Team, to supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs across the world, Virgin Unite works to push boundaries to make business and the world better.
7 Reasons You Should Be Here:
You’re ready to recharge your batteries, enlarge your thinking, and do the kind of brainstorming and problem-solving that can make a real, profound difference in both yourself, your business and even the world. This will be a life (and business) changing event for you!
The people. The relationships and memories you create on Necker are ones that you will cherish forever. Whether it’s a significant business takeaway, an aha-moment, experiencing personal transformation or just incredible fun & laughter… You WILL walk away with some new life-long friends… deep connections and potential key partners…
The Impact. Virgin Unite is doing some pretty incredible things in the world. By participating in this Epic Experience, a portion of your trip fee will be going towards Virgin Unite’s efforts.
Last time we donated over $250k to Virgin Unite and like you (just guessing here), we are a bit on the competitive side and hope to raise even MORE money this time around.
Special Guests. Each year we invite a few high-caliber guests to make the event even more powerful. Previously, we’ve had Hollywood celebrities, business moguls, major authors, thought leaders and other top CEOs. Who knows who’ll show up as a special guest with you this time around?
Sir Richard Branson. Through our extensive relationship and ongoing support, we are very fortunate that Richard spends a significant amount of time with our group in this incredibly relaxed setting. Whether it’s a business session, Q&A, lunch at the pool, dinner at the Great House, or even partaking in an adventure activity, Richard will be there mixing it up, mingling and generally just hanging out on his island home. Where else is this possible?
“I’m proud to be an honorary Maverick…”
Quite frankly, nobody looks back on their life and wishes they spent more time at the office. Your life is quite literally the sum of your experiences. We believe that a collection of rich experiences equals a rich life! This is your chance to create the kind of memories and friendships that will stay with you forever and to form the stories you’ll tell for years and years to come! It’s up to you.
Q. Can I bring an associate, partner or my spouse?
A. Yes! There is also a discount for 2 or more attendees coming together.
Q. How much time will Sir Richard Branson spend with us?
A. Last year Richard joined us for most lunches and dinners. He was also part of a special uncensored Q&A as well as a special brainstorming session with Virgin Unite. We appreciate that Richard’s involvement with the group has increased over the years due to our great relationship and how much we all gain from our
Q. Who else is coming?
A. Rest assured you will be surrounded by some pretty amazing, top-level entrepreneurs, game changers and forward thinkers.
Q. Can I stay in touch with ‘the office’ by bringing my laptop, cell, etc?
A. You can if you’d like… but quite frankly this is the perfect time to truly disconnect and re-energize yourself, without “bringing the office along”.
Q. Is this really tax deductible?
A. As with all business related trips, this one should be tax deductible! However, please note that your receipt will be coming from Maverick Business Adventures. Of course, you should always check with your accountant or tax professional for their final say.
Q. Will I get my own room?
A. Based on the exclusivity of Necker Island, there are a limited number of rooms available which means that you will most likely be sharing a room with another one of our amazing guests. Year after year, we’ve found that some of the most amazing friendships and bonds are formed amongst roommates…
pretty incredible, really!
Q. What is the Deadline to Sign up?
A: There is good news and bad news…The good news is to maximize your business connections – this is a small intimate event with a select group of entrepreneurs. The ‘bad’ news is that we already have more than 50% of the spots reserved by previous attendees coming back again! So if you want in – now is the time!
“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, with a beer in one hand, shouting “Whoo, what a ride!!” – Unknown