After the excitement of the gala final is over, we love keeping an eye on our alumni and the amazing things they do throughout the year. May was a particularly exciting month for our alumni. Here are some of the top moments for the #GBEA community this month…
‘Woof, woof!’ – our first One Minute Brief
May saw dive head first into the amazing world of One Minute Briefs, asking for OMBers to help us celebrate entrepreneurship. We had some genius entries, but our favourite was this one from @OliviaCRDowning, which depicts the early days of a hugely successful entrepreneurial journey for one of our previous winners, BrewDog.
Taking over the world one bite at a time
Nom Noms World Food has been an enthusiastic member of the #GBEA community ever since winning the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016, so we were delighted to see that they have launched two children’s meals in 210 Co-Op stores across the UK!
You might remember Henry Patterson – he was labelled ‘one to watch’ at the first ever Great British & Northern Irish Entrepreneur Awards in 2013 at the age of just 9 year old. Now still just 14, Henry this month launched his first book, Young and Mighty, which documents his journey and gives advice to other young people who want to start a business. The book even contains advice from Sir Richard Branson!
Paving the way to glory
If you’re not yet familiar with Pavegen, you need to be! Its technology allows paving slabs to convert footsteps into energy. Cool, right? Well, Pavegen was a central feature of a sustainable urban garden that won Gold at the world’s most prestigious garden design competition, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. And, the installation will be a permanently moved to Oxford Street in June as part of a smart street project.
Penny Appeal-ing to a prince
Our 2017 Entrepreneur for Good winner, Adeem Younis had the huge honour of meeting and speaking with HRH Prince of Wales at a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Adeem described the moment as “truly special” and “absolutely inspirational”.
Mermazing launch from Spectrum
After winning the overall Great British Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017, we’ve been following Hannah and Sophie Pycroft’s journey with huge admiration and excitement. So you can imagine our reaction when the news of a huge collaboration with Disney was announced. Seriously, Little Mermaid branded makeup brushes. How mermazing is that?!
Maciek and Karina from Wonky Drinks aren’t just content with winning Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017, they’re after more awards. And with good reason. They were shortlisted for three of the four awards at the VOOM 2018 finals. Sadly, they didn’t win, but they did have a successful crowdfunding campaign though!
BrewDog down under
Ever since winning the overall award in 2014, we’ve been so proud of BrewDog’s achievements. They’ve taken the world by storm, not just the craft beer industry! And now they’ve announced that they’ll be pulling pints upside from July when construction starts on their first brewery in Australia.
Getting your product into a High Street is often such a huge step for a small company so we were thrilled when Sticky Heelz products launched in Boots and Superdrug this month. For something so small and simple, it makes wearing high heels so much more comfortable – it makes you wonder how someone didn’t think of it earlier, but we’re really glad Laura Birrell did!