Young Guns are the future of social innovation
Thirty of the UK’s most successful and ambitious young entrepreneurs have been named Young Guns for 2007.
[UKPRwire, Wed Oct 03 2007] Now in its fifth year, the list created by Growing Business magazine has an unrivalled track record for unearthing phenomenal business talent. From Innocent Drinks’ Richard Reed and Nails Inc’s Thea Green to Paul Hawkins who created the Hawk-Eye technology used at Wimbledon and Seb Bishop, who sold his advertising business for $200m, there are now 150 entrepreneurs who have been caught early in their ascent to greatness. But in addition, this year’s search has unveiled something new – individuals, whose fresh way of thinking challenges and changes UK entrepreneurship as we know it…
There is no doubting that these Young Guns are all immensely successful financially. Gemma Bertenshaw, 29, co-founded luxury property business Qdos Developments last year, which will turn over £7m after just 18 months rising to £15m by 2009. And, Rob Small’s online gaming company Miniclip is second only to Facebook as the biggest privately-held website in the world, with a staggering 36 million users across the globe. This year’s turnover should hit £24m!
But these exceptional young business men and women aren’t just running highly successful, profitable businesses with immense scope for growth, carving a niche in their specific industries. Many of them are actively investing in initiatives with social aims and encouraging others to do the same. Here’s a snapshot of their activities:
Raj Rana The founder of award-winning fine dining Indian restaurant Itihaas donates curries to a local Salvation Army hostel once a week. www.itihaas.co.uk
Alexander Amosu The ringtones and mobile handsets entrepreneur runs not-for-profit events to inspire young entrepreneurs in local communities. The charity project is called Mind of an Entrepreneur. www.moae.co.uk
Ben Way The 27-year-old made the Sunday Times Rich List as a teenager. The serial entrepreneur was the technical architect for Horsesmouth, where social networking meets social enterprise through e-mentoring for adults. www.horsesmouth.co.uk
Matthew Riley The founder of Daisy Communications (a business communications provider for SMBs) exhibits green credentials by e-billing to save the trees.
Tom Savage The winner of a young social entrepreneur of the year award has created a business running marine conservation trips to Madagascar called Blue Ventures, runs a scheme to inspire young enterprise called Make Your Mark with a Tenner, and has launched two green ventures – one an eco-friendly ‘wiki’, the other a recruitment agency with an environmental agenda. www.makeyourmark.org.uk
These are just some of the 30 outstanding, socially and environmentally conscious Young Guns that attended a lunch and photoshoot at Kensington Roof Gardens on 14 September.
“Each year we’re quite simply astonished by the level of entrepreneurial talent out there. We shouldn’t be, of course, as these youthful dynamos are driving the UK economy and will be the business minds behind many of the country’s most recognisable brands for years to come,” said Ian Wallis, editor of Growing Business magazine. “In a time of heightened concern for the environment and a sense that profit can combine innovatively with social good it’s appropriate that the next generation of entrepreneurs are revolutionising this space and carrying on the pioneering ethos of the late Dame Anita Roddick.”