Rising Stars – Entrepreneurs 2016

WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the winners of their Top 100 Rising Star awards. The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 100 role models across 20 different industries and professions. The awards also included a new category in 2016 which celebrates the efforts of senior individuals who champion gender equality both within and outside of their organisations.

The awards were entered by 850 individuals were judged by a panel of 21 independent judges. Over 28,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees from across 110 countries. The awards were kindly sponsored by Barclays and supported by AON, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK (Women of Influence), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Executive and Personal Assistants Association, EY, Keir, Lloyd’s, ISS, Morgan Stanley, Newton Investment Management, Oliver Wyman in partnership with UN Women National Committee UK, PA Consulting, PedalSure, PwC, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, Twenty Recruitment, Virgin Media Business and Worldpay.

Vanessa Vallely, MD of WeAreTheCity said “It has been a total honour to run this years awards and highlight the achievements of so many amazing women, the calibre of entries was truly phenomenal.  WeAreTheCity is very much about supporting the female pipeline and introducing these awards was a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of women across the UK. We are exceptionally proud of our winners and look forward to following their future success.  We wouldn’t have been able to launch these awards without the support of so many organisations who took no convincing to support these women and recognise their achievements. Both myself, my team, our sponsors, judges and supporters are very much looking forward to celebrating with all of our winners at Barclays on 30 June”.

Once again, we would like to congratulate all our winners and extend a sincere thanks to everyone who supported Rising Stars during 2016.

Charlotte Pearce

Inkpact

Charlotte at just 24 years of age has founded two companies, Inkpact and OR. She was described in Gadgette as, “ a motivational machine that we have no doubt will be the UK’s next Richard Branson.” She was named this year as one of the Maserati100 and listed as the top 19 young entrepreneurs to watch in 2016 by Startups.

Founded by Charlotte in 2015 Inkpact offers genuinely handwritten communication solutions that enables clients to more effectively attract, engage and retain customers. In the age of impersonal digital communication emails and online marketing are easily ignored but send someone a personalised, handwritten message and you will win their attention.  With Inkpact’s software large volumes of personalised messages are just a click away.

The best bit, each message written gives a mother, ex convict, a vulnerable young women or an elderly person a way to move their lives forward.

Charlotte is also a speaker, an advisor to social enterprises, a huge supporter of women in tech and director of a £50k fund to accelerate student start-ups

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe (nee Eluka)

Premae Skincare & JoClarePR

Clare has enjoyed a remarkable career as a ‘beauty multi-creative’ enjoying 5 years as a freelance beauty journalist and makeup artist/ body painter. Clare also has a masters in education and is a qualified A-Level English and Theatre Studies Teacher, with a distinction from LAMDA.

The need for allergen-friendly cosmetics was first established by Clare due to her own personal struggle with Candida Albican – a wheat, dairy, sugar and gluten intolerance which she developed back in 2003 whilst studying a BA at Brunel University. This condition ravished Clare’s internal immune system and outer immune system, her skin.

At the age of 26, Clare launched Premae Skincare online. With a winter launch, Dec 1st the brand became Award nominated just 40 days after launching quickly gained international press coverage (Alternative Medicine Mag, Marie Claire U.S, French Cosmopolitan Mag) due to the high-end efficacy and proven results of the products. The brand became the world’s 1st beauty brand to be Vegan and Allergy U.K Tested and Certified as Allergy Free, a significant and crucial USP. Clare qualified as an Allergy Testing & Treatment practitioner, specialising in food and topical (skin) intolerances.

Clare is a children’s Champion for AFRUCA, an NGO which works for the prevention of child abuse. As a former care leaver, Clare is a role model and mentor for disadvantaged youth.

Georgina Bullen

Team Insight

Georgie Bullen is a visually impaired GB Paralympian in the sport of Goalball and the Director/Founder of Team Insight. Georgie has been severely visually impaired since the age of five, but has never allowed her disability to stand in the way of doing whatever she wanted, however after the Paralympics the barrier of getting a job seemed almost impossible to overcome as she discovered that over 66% of visually impaired people of working age were unemployed. It was at this point that Georgie decided she needed to be proactive in changing employers perspectives on blind people. So, Georgie chose to combine her passion for Goalball with her determination to raise visual impairment awareness to launch Team Insight. Team Insight delivers thrilling team building and visual impairment awareness training events through the Paralympic sport of Goalball, as well as other blindfolded activities. It is a high impact experience which puts its participants in the shoes of blind people whilst testing the traditional team building aspects of communication, trust and team work. Since its launch, Team Insight has won numerous awards, gained the endorsement of the RNIB and gained clients such as O2, Atos and Great Northern Rail. Team Insight has also now begun to go into schools to help young people learn about visual impairment.

Phoebe Gormley

Gormley & Gamble

Phoebe Gormley is a 22 year old entrepreneur and owner of the first tailor exclusively for women in the history of Savile Row; Gormley & Gamble. Having interned on the Row and Jermyn Street from a young age, tailoring was always a passion of Phoebe’s. She soon began to realise that there was a gap in the market for bespoke womenswear; elegant, intelligent designs of Savile Row quality and fit. And so she took a ‘Gamble’ – quitting university and using what would have been her final year’s tuition fees to start her own business. She made her first sale in October 2014, from a small office in the City, and can now be founded at 13 Savile Row. Recent accolades include wins at the Women of the Future and Great British Entrepreneur Awards. G&G also benefits from the continued support of The Prince’s Trust and MassChallenge.

Amma Mensah

Beyond the Classroom

Amma Mensah is the founder and executive director of the youth led social enterprise, Beyond the Classroom (BTC). BTC exists to augment the UK school curriculum through the delivery of life-skills programming, with an emphasis on using the performing arts, media and youth leadership.

Amma is also a non-executive director of Tutors United, an education social enterprise, training university students to provide affordable tutoring to those who need it most. In addition to this she is a trustee of Business Launchpad, a youth enterprise support charity, helping under thirty year olds to start their own businesses.

To make an even greater social impact, outside the BTC programme delivery, Amma also shares her experience in social enterprise development by supporting the strategic planning of other social sector organisations. Her clients in this regard include the Impact Hub, the Kemi Malaika Foundation and the Young Lambeth Cooperative.

Before pursuing BTC on a full-time basis, Amma was a deputy team leader at Southwark Council. She has also held a number of front line roles in youth development, including teaching, outreach and mentoring.

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