The competition is only open to people between 18-34 years-old and resident in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark or the Netherlands. Does this apply to you
Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?
Since starting university I have always been surprised by the sometimes alarming gap between those people interested in business, technology and entrepreneurship and those with a real ethical drive. This particularly surprised me at Cambridge, where I studied History and Management, as I had expected there to be a more direct correlation between highly educated people and social conscience.
It was my desire to find like minded individuals and inspire others that first drew me into the world of social entrepreneurship.
Since then I have set up two social ventures, the first of which (AIP) I am entering into the competition.
The second was a student organization called Beyond Profit which aimed to empower the next generation to change the way business is done in the future. The theory is that through the new businesses young people create and the attitudes they take into the job market the whole ethos driving business will increasingly accept the need for social and environmental sustainability. Through a diverse program of speaker events, workshops, networking sessions and more the organization acquired over 1000 members which continues to grow since I moved on from the organization.
For this venture I was awarded a Social Entrepreneurship Catalyst Award by Unltd and named as part of Striding Out's Future 100.
I firmly believe the dual experience of setting up these two ventures means I will be able to realize the long term vision for AIP.