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Entrepreneur of the year Award 2020

The rates of global unemployment, the catastrophic effects of climate change, and the challenges of globalisation all pose significant problems. The skills of young entrepreneurs, equipped with rapid technological advancements, are overcoming these barriers around the world.At the heart of every start-up or enterprise is the drive to solve the problem. One Young World believes that the next generation of young entrepreneurs are here to do more than create the next convenient solution - they are here to take on the world’s major challenges.One Young World’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 was created to identify and promote 5 of the world’s most revolutionary entrepreneurs under 35 who are having a positive global impact and inspiring others with their leadership. 

Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners 2020

The Global young Leaders Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognises five of the world's most revolutionary entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 - 35, who have been judged on the positive social impact of their business ventures and how they are inspiring others with their leadership. Through their important work, these winners are here to do more than create the next convenient solution - they are here to take on the world’s major challenges.

Brianne West, 33, New Zealand

Brianne West is a New Zealand entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Ethique, the world’s most sustainable lifestyle and beauty brand. Ethique has, to date, prevented the manufacture and disposal of over 8 million plastic bottles worldwide.

Recognised as one of New Zealand’s most successful social enterprises, Ethique has scaled rapidly without compromising on her core mission of purpose over profit. Every bar is still made using only sustainable, certified vegan, cruelty-free and palm oil-free ingredients and wrapped in certified compostable packaging.
Ethique is New Zealand’s highest ranking BCorp, living wage certified, carbon positive, plants one tree for every order and donates 20% of annual profits to charity. Ethique’s Super Soap Project has donated 30,000 bars of soap since 21st of April 2020 to vulnerable communities across New Zealand and the South Pacific in response to COVID-19. Brianne’s success with Ethique has seen her awarded as the EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year, become an Obama Foundation Leader and Manaaki member, working alongside New Zealand’s leading business experts to provide SME’s advice during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2019 Winners

Catherine Mahugu

Founder, The MuseVenezuela

Elissa Freiha

Co-Founder, womena®

Kathyrn Minshew

Founder, Chiswara & Soko

Srikanth Bolla

Founder & CEO, Bollant Industries

Severin Hacker

Co-Founder & CTO, Duolingo



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