Five entrepreneurs from across the North west have made it to the final of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year awards, which will take place at the inaugural BQ Festival this month.
BQ and Atom Bank are hosting the inaugural National Entrepreneur Festival at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle upon Tyne on 21 November 2017.
The festival will see the presenting of the Emerging Entrepreneur Awards, which will highlight the tenacity, creativity, innovation and determination of the nation’s entrepreneurs.
And remember, you can still get your tickets for the festival, here.
Here is the shortlist for the North West regional award, chosen by our panel of expert judges:
Simon Austerberry – Actiphons Ltd
Simon Austerberry set up Actiphons to help children from all backgrounds to play, learn and exercise, using a mixture of education, merchandise, publishing & TV. Actiphons regularly reaches out to over 2100 children per week in schools and nurseries around the UK and has recently been granted funding to create a children’s TV series of 26, 11-minute episodes.
Kate Badger – Academy of Fun
Kate Badger started out “with nothing more than a box of LEGO” and over two years has grown the Academy of Fun to provide role play adventures, bake offs, crafting, music, theatre, gardening and crazy sports, delivering fun and engaging activities for 4-11 year olds. Academy of fun has grown from Children’s birthday parties to working with large companies, and this year provided a family zone for the British Grand Prix.
Helen Fish – Beatstream Media
Sparked by a chance idea on a long-distance telephone call, Helen Fish created Beatstream to stream 24/7 live music from bars, clubs and live music venues, with the idea that someone in London could listen to live music being played in a venue in Sydney. Beatstream has already worked with 20 well known venues across Liverpool and Manchester and aims to have 23,500 active users by the end of 2018.
Luke Massie – Vibe Tickets
Luke Massie noticed a gap in the market for a site that allows music fans to sell unwanted gig tickets without being charged, and set up Vibe Tickets to create a movement of people who disagree with the current system. Vibe secured £600k on Crowdcube and currently connects over 70,000 users. Luke also speaks at events and works to inspire young people from underprivileged backgrounds.
Luke Swann – The Prologue
The Prologue is an ed-tech and publishing community for children, which aims to improve the well-being of children living in poverty. The business creates personalised children’s stories and its 'donate a book' program allows customers to buy-one-give-one to a child. Luke has partnered with Action for Children so children in need can receive their own unique book for free.
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