After a hectic time assessing the near 8,000 applications we received for the #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017, it was time to call in the experts to help me decide upon this year’s winner.
I am delighted to have had the generous support of some of the world’s greatest young minds and social entrepreneurs along this journey, thank you very much to all of you for stepping up to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs.
Please say hello to this talented group of people who joined me to judge this year’s finalists and follow their journeys online…
Peris Nyaboe, co-founder of FarmDrive & Queen’s Young Leader – Kenya
Peris is an unstoppable young lady revolutionising agri-farming in Kenya and beyond. Her business FarmDrive provides technology solutions to farmers in the region. She was awarded the Queen’s Young Leader award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
Ajani Lebourne, student governance advocate & Queen’s Young Leader – Saint Lucia
Ajani is making history for his island of Saint Lucia. He received Queen’s Young Leader award in 2017 from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his work to empower students and to ensure that their interests are represented at a local and national level.
Kelly Lovell, social entrepreneur & Queen’s Young Leader – Canada
Kelly is a powerhouse, founder of MyEffect, CEO of Lovell Corp, youth mobiliser and inspirational speaker – Kelly words extremely hard to ensure young people are recognised as agents of change and that they are inspired to do more. She has won numerous awards and regularly speaks in the media about her work.
Selasi Churchill, founder of StartupGhana – Ghana
Selasi is a passionate young entrepreneur who is focused on empowering people in Ghana to become entrepreneurs. He runs numerous small businesses including StickerGhana which produces promotional materials and runs activities and programs to support upcoming entrepreneurs through Startup Ghana.
Arinze Obiezue, ALU Student Ambassador & 2016 #AdamStart Runner-Up – Nigeria/Mauritius
Arinze is a passionate student leader who has run numerous student-led ventures at African Leadership University. He is a winner of the Diana Award for his student leadership efforts, the runner up of the 2016 #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge and a passionate writer.
Hayley Smith, founder Boxed Out PR – United Kingdom
Hayley is an unstoppable entrepreneur. She runs her own boutique PR firm Boxed Out PR who we have had the pleasure of working with over the years. She also founded the FlowAid campaign which campaigns around period poverty and women’s menstrual health. She is also a TEDx speaker.
Jordan Anthony Swain, social entrepreneur – United States
Jordan is the President of Swain Brands Inc, a branding agency which focuses on propelling artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. He is a youth motivational speaker and passionate advocate for youth entrepreneurship.
Wilton Jeremie, Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust – Saint Lucia
Wilton is a strong believer in the power of young people to create social change and create their own businesses. He currently heads Saint Lucia Youth Business Trust and has previously worked with Junior Achievement and the Saint Lucia National Youth Council.
Marc Alain Boucicault, Banj – Haiti
Marc is co-founder and current Director of Support to Youth-led Initiatives at Groupe ECHO Haiti, incubating entrepreneurship projects in Haiti; co-founder and the Chief External Relations Officer at HFund, a closed-ended micro-venture capital firm for entrepreneurs in Haiti. He is also a One Young World ambassador.