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?
I left school and joined the British Army for a Limited Short Service Commission. I was put in charge of a platoon of soldiers and was forced to be a leader. I had to learn quickly how to lead people although I was younger, less professional, and intimidated. It was so important to my development as someone who could not just lead, but inspire.
I went to university and started Planting Promise one summer. I got to Sierra Leone and was struck by the presence of huge social need - the world's poorest country - and the incredible opportunities for business - only 15% of land is farmed in a country that imports 80% of its food. I was 19, and had had everything. Kids my age in Freetown were 'lucky' if they had all their limbs. It seemed not just mad to do nothing: it seemed wrong.
So I came up with a visionary concept: create and run farms, and use the profits from the farms to fund free, high quality education for kids with no other chance of going to school.
Every element of the vision was groundbreaking in Sierra Leone: people don't farm commercially; profitable businesses are few and far between; the quality of education is dire. So getting each piece of the puzzle was so difficult.
We're not there yet. But we're getting there. And now we're going to try and start sustainability agriculture, making our operations environmentally, as well as financially, sustainable.
Vision is key. It's the only thing that keeps me going in Sierra Leone. Being able to continually remember that germ of inspiration so clearly before you that it actually starts to become reality is my greatest strength. And a cause I'm completely devoted to.
Leadership came from the Army. But every day I am refining and honing my leadership skills as I, at the head of our growing organisation, have to meet the challenges we face at every turn.