Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Meet the finalists
Presented by MadeSimple Group, this award's entrepreneurial contenders all started businesses before their 30th birthday....
Founded by Apprentice 2014 winner Mark Wright (26), digital marketing agency Climb Online provides consumers with SEO services, pay-per-click, social media advertising and web design. Its early success allowed Wright to repay Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment after just nine months. Now in just its second year of trading, Climb Online expects to double its turnover in 2017.
Rivalling shaving giants with its emphasis on simplicity and quality, Cornerstone offers male consumers “everything they need for a perfect shave” via its online subscription service and has received praise from the likes of GQ and The Telegraph. It’s razor also picked up the Best Razor Award in Shortlist’s 2015 Men’s Grooming Awards. With founder Oliver Bridge aged just 27, Cornerstone is on a mission to prove it’s a cut above the rest.
Onfido is the fast and simple way for businesses to verify identities and run adverse history search such as criminal or driving checks. Founded by Young Guns Eamon Jubbawy (24), Husayn Kassai (26) and Ruhul Amin (28), the start-up seeks to bring identity verification “out of the dark ages” and has received over $30m worth of funding thus far.
Pip & Nut
Offering a range of almond nut butters, Pip & Nut was founded by marathon enthusiast Pip Murray (28). The brand’s high protein spreads are devoid of refined sugars and palm oil, as well as e-numbers, preservatives and additives. Fast becoming a health food favourite, the brand recently started exporting to Ireland and achieved 500% growth on 2015.
Pure Commercial is a commercial brokerage company and works with over 100 lenders including high street banks, private funders and peer-to-peer platforms. The Cardiff-based start-up has experienced significant growth thus far, and secured £105m in finance against over £210m of property so far in 2016 alone. It was launched by Ben Lloyd (31) in June 2013.
Taking its name from the French for ‘lucky find’, Trouva (formerly StreetHub) is the online destination for the UK’s best independent shops and boutiques. The marketplace features over 30,000 products from 150 shops.