Five Scottish entrepreneurs 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 Scotland regional award, chosen by our panel of expert judges:
Liita Cairney – Kalitasha Ltd
Liita Cairney set up Kalitasha to address the issue of ‘period poverty’, with reusable menstrual hygiene device, The Koree. Liita has also created an educational framework and illustrated website to educate young women about the menstrual cycle. Kalitasha is currently exploring the use of local ‘sales agents’. This model is being tested in Namibia where local teachers are rolling out the trial to school girls.
Olivia Feng – Hellouni
Hellouni uses mobile-first technology to connect applicants with universities, and helps universities optimise applicant engagement and conversion. The business is growing an international presence via partnerships in China and India, and is in discussions with student life - related service providers such as Banks and accommodation providers to form strategic partnerships. Olivia is estimating 50,000 app downloads and 6 B2B subscriptions in 2018
James McIlroy – Enterobiotix
While studying medicine, James McIlroy had the idea that it could be beneficial to transfer bacteria from one person's gut into the gut of someone else that was suffering from a disease associated with imbalances of bacteria. Since, James has raised £500,000 in an oversubscribed seed round of investment, and the Enterobiotic team has expanded to seven. He is on track to treat a first patient before he graduates as a doctor in May 2018.
Steven Smith – The Lead Generation Company
Steven Smith set up The Lead Generation company after finding himself unexpectedly unemployed in 2012. Despite starting with no experience, he grew the company to employ 10 people and receive 140 online enquiries per month. Although Steven is planning to grow the business, he says it will remain in Scotland.
Rossie Stone – Dekko Comics Ltd
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Rossie Stone organised and led popular anime convention, DeeCon. Rossie now manages a team of over 20 people creating comics, and landed a pilot partnership with HarperCollins. Since releasing the first two comics in September 2016, Dekko has sold over 1500 comics and receives orders from schools and city councils. As of January 2018, Dekko will be producing and distribution a comic a month for annual subscriptions.
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