The competition is only open to people between 18-34 years-old and resident in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark or the Netherlands. Does this apply to you
Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?
At the age of ten I was told that I did not pass the interview to write for the school newspaper, and so I started my own. It ended up outselling the main publication. I have always been determined to find new and innovative ways of doing things, and as such believe that I have an innate entrepreneurial spirit, which was fostered by my degree in business. I started my first profitable business, Mach1Discos, at 15 and whilst at University launched yoonee.com – a profitable business that earned me the accolade of ‘UK Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year’ and an opportunity to compete internationally. The experiences (and occasional mistakes!) that I have had will be invaluable to making the Giving Card a success. I have gained experience of devising business models, networking, making deals, learning to communicate and most importantly, figuring out how to deliver a desirable product.
My passions lie not only in business but by also making a positive difference in the world. Whilst I noticed that voucher schemes were thriving, I also noted that charities were suffering. This is when I realised, whilst sitting in one of my lectures (whilst I probably should have been listening), that there was a niche in the market for something that could assist both businesses and charities.