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Top ten entrepreneurs for student inspiration


Category: All about university

25 June 2018

From restaurateurs to YouTubers, craft brewers to parkrunners: here are our top ten risk-takers and go-getters.

Will Shu

Founder and CEO of Deliveroo

After moving to London in 2013, Shu noticed that not many great restaurants delivered their food. He made it his mission to change things, starting the now-enormous food delivery company which today operates in two hundred cities.

René Carayol

Business and leadership speaker, broadcaster and author

Carayol worked his way up through multiple director roles, eventually becoming the first black IT Director to sit on the IPC board. Our pick because he talks a lot of sense about leadership.

Marie Forleo

Entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist

An inspirational speaker and host of her own YouTube series, Marie TV. ‘A thought leader for the next generation’ according to Oprah. That’s good enough for us.

Gib Bulloch

speaker, writer and facilitator

A businessman with 25 years’ experience working with three of the world’s largest companies, and the Sunday Times sponsored Management Consultant of the Year.

James Watt and Martin Dickie

Founders of BrewDog

At 24, James and Martin felt bored of the generic, mass-produced beers on the market. Their craft beer company now employs over 1,000 people and has won the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 six years in a row.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt

Founder of Parkrun

Sinton-Hewitt first launched the Bushy Parkrun in London, with just 13 participants. Parkrun events now take place every week in more than 15 countries. Not bad going.

Joshua Levine

Founder of Island ECN

Known as an entrepreneur in finance who didn’t possess any knowledge of finance. Using his disdain for the Wall Street mentality, Levine set up a company to take on some of the largest brokers, and won.

Sangbreeta Moitra

TEDx speaker and transformation expert

Best known for her speeches on transforming the presence and legacy of individuals and organisations. An award-winning keynote speaker and voted by VIVA magazine as one of the 400 most inspiring women in the Netherlands.

Seth Godin

Author, entrepreneur and speaker

A huge proponent of how ordinary people can lead and make big changes. A prolific writer, podcaster, and online seminar teacher.

Simon Sinek

Leadership expert, TED Talk speaker and author

An ads man by trade, starting his career at huge agencies Euro RSCG and Ogilvy, going on to become a successful author and public speaker. Probably best known for his New York Times bestseller, Start With Why.

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