Entrepreneurs

We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlist for the Entrepreneurs category, sponsored by Virgin Media Business

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May 2016.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category.  Winners will be notified by 6 June 2016 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by Barclays on 30 June 2016.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.

 

Shortlist in Entrepreneurs

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.

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...
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Clare Anyiam-Osigwe (nee Eluka) | Premae

CLARE ELUKA, D.Sc, QTS, DIP A.A (Allergy Testing & Treatment Expert)

“Health is the only trend that never goes out of style” – Clare Eluka, The Sun Newspaper, June 2013 Multi-award winning Ethical Beauty Entrepreneur, Alchemist and Qualified Allergy Practitioner Clare Eluka, is a pioneering innovator in the international beauty and wellbeing industry. After working 13 years in the beauty sector for global brands, Clare has created a new category index in the natural beauty sector – ‘Freefrom Beauty’ through her unique supernatural beauty company – Premae.
Clare has also 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 Insights

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.

Kuljit Thiaray | Desi High Street

Kuljit Thiaray is the founder of the recently launched Desi High Street, an online marketplace providing an easy to use platform for retailers of ethnic goods to sell to a wider customer base.

Kuljit left her professional career as a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy at university to fulfil her business ambitions, utilising the skills gained from her MBA and previous retail management experience.

After a period of market research and validation, in summer 2015 Kuljit secured a place on a competitive business accelerator and actively began working on Desi High Street. With a background in training and development, Kuljit is passionate about mentoring and supporting UK retailers of ethnic goods who are engaging with eCommerce for the first time.

Kuljit resides in Leeds and when she is not championing change in the UK’s ethnic market, she can be found spending quality time with her husband and their three children.

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper | TreatOut

My health took a major downturn with suspected ME at the age of 40. A diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome four years later allowed me to regain control.

A trained graphic designer, I learnt to code from the kitchen table whilst my two boys were small. With symptoms now managed by the low FODMAP diet, I’ve embraced her new zest for life and indulged in my passion for coding, relaunching a career as a freelance web designer ‘She Codes’. I won two accolades just 15 months later at the Kent Digital Awards in June 2015.

Inspired by the BBC’s Girls Can Code, TreatOut is a food tech startup born out of my frustration with how hard I’ve found eating out since identifying my multiple food intolerances. I was accepted with TreatOut onto the fifth cohort of Google’s Startup for Mums and Dads Programme at Campus London in October 2015.

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.

Rebecca Haddaway | ATARAXI Ltd

Rebecca, 23, graduated from the London College of Fashion with a first class honours whilst simultaneously establishing her gender neutral fashion brand, ATARAXI and juggling part-time jobs to fund her venture. Winning LCF Student of the Year, and the LCF craftsmanship award for her designs, she has strived to carve her way in the fashion industry. Interning from aged 16, she has worked for prestigious names Maison Margiela, Coach and Lyle and Scott to name a few. Determined to peruse her goals Rebecca obtained sponsorship for her brand to show at the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week and awards.

True to her entrepreneurial style Rebecca stormed London Fashion Week with ATARAXI’s #GenderationGenderless guerrilla marketing campaign, which saw 20 models invade Brewer Street and Tate Britain capturing the attention of the international media. In her spare time she helps to organise charity fashion shows, mentors fashion students/graduates and participates in panel discussions.

Roshni Assomull | Bella Kinesis

Roshni, 27, is the co-founder of the ethical women’s sportswear brand, Bella Kinesis. For each item of sportswear sold, the brand funds one month’s business...
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Stacy Bradley | The Smile Organisation

Having experienced a volatile childhood Stacy Bradley grew to be a chaotic young person who was told she would amount to anything. In her late teens she became a single parent, invested her time in abusive relationships and lost all her confidence.

Through her hard work and determination Stacy broke this cycle, proved everyone wrong and became an inspirational role model. She is recognised as a Prince’s Trust National success story and has supported hundreds of young people into employment.

Stacy founded social enterprise, The Smile Organisation, to empower young people to transform their lives. Smile works with 16-30 year olds across Norfolk, is backed by a global packaging company and has supported over 25 offenders and ex-offenders into training and employment opportunities. The venture was recently awarded a Shackleton Leadership Award of £10,000.

Stacy’s dream is to become a National Motivational Speaker and she is already working with influential leaders to achieve this goal.

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