With talk in the Conservative leadership debate about waiving tuition fees for graduates that go onto become entrepreneurs and launch their own businesses, we just wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the young entrepreneurial speakers we work with that have been speaking at events on their journey, the challenges they have faced and what lessons they have learned in this ever-changing digital era.
Julianne Ponan became the owner and CEO of the Superfood brand Creative Nature in 2012 when she was just 22. With a degree in business management, she took the business back into profit and raised its profile all within an 18-month period. The brand continues to grow and is now available in Ocado and in over 1200 Lloyds Pharmacies in the UK. In 2017 she was awarded Young Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors Awards. Julianne is a mentor for Virgin Startup and helps young entrepreneurs realise they can achieve anything when you put your mind to it
Rob Forkan and his brother Paul are founders of the footwear company Gandy Brothers and Orphans for Orphans movement. After losing their parents in the 2004 Asian Tsunami the brothers set out to create a social enterprise where they would design footwear that would then enable them to fund the building of kids campuses that can deliver medication, nutrition, and education to fellow orphans and deprived children. Having set up the business at just 24, Rob talks on how to create a better future for the less fortunate and what he has learned in setting up of Gandys
Fraser Doherty started his own company when he was just 14 years old. At Sixteen he presented his brand SuperJam to Waitrose and became the youngest ever supplier to a major supermarket. For his services to business, he was the MBE by the Queen. Fraser speaks on his fairy-tale entrepreneurial story, branding, marketing, and corporate responsibility having invested some of his profits into running hundreds of free tea parties for older people around the world.
In 2018 Bianca Miller Cole was included in the Forbes top 30 under 30 years old in the Retail and E-commerce Sector. A former finalist in the Apprentice UK TV series, Bianca launched a nude hosiery brand with eight shades designed for a diverse range of skin tones. Bianca Miller London products are available online and carried by Topshop and QVC. She has also released a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free nail polish collection and a hosiery curve collection. Bianca speaks on creating an intrapreneurial culture within a business and how you can turn your dreams into reality.
All of them are passionate about entrepreneurship and are inspiring future leaders to believe in themselves and understand that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
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