5 Oct 2012
Vote for ‘Win a trip to India with Richard Branson’ winners
We’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of entries so a huge thank you to everyone who entered the ‘Win a trip to India with Richard Branson’ competition – reading about your businesses has been incredibly inspiring so keep up the great work!
The winners will be chosen from the eight shortlisted entrepreneurs below and voting starts now. Virgin Media Pioneers will choose two of the winners but the other two winners are all down to you. Who do you think best represents the Pioneers community and will get the most out of winning a trip to India?
All you need to do to cast your vote is check out their websites, watch the videos, read the description of their business and why they think their business would benefit from winning a trip to India and then cast your vote.
Voting closes at 5pm, Monday 8th October 2012.
1. Kate Boon
Why win? Ethically sourced, recycled products made by Cambodian co-operatives and stocked in John Lewis. For every ElephantBranded product sold, the company donates an item of school equipment to schools in Africa and Asia. Keen to explore the possibilities of producing products by Indian co-operatives.
2. Ed Francis
Company: Has just received funding to open a social enterprise restaurant in India.
Why win? Hospitality business with a social conscience. Experienced GM of leading London gastropubs. Ed has funding in place to open a social enterprise restaurant and training school in Mumbai.
3. Nikki Hesford
Company: Miss Fit UK
Why win? Lingerie manufacturer who wishes to explore the possibility of importing some materials from India. Keen to learn more about production methods in India.
4. Ravinder Ryan Deol
Company: Indian Snack Box
Why win? Food business. New company keen to source and import Indian sweets and snacks into the UK for their soon-to-launch subscription snack company.
5. Natasha Lipman
Company: International Political Forum
Why win? An international political forum dedicated to giving global youth a voice to effect change in the world. India is an area of interest because it’s an emerging economy with so many young people that have something to say.
6. Rob Nunn
Company: Your Aviation Future
Why win? YAF Group is an association of companies operating under one name. YAF (the fund) is a company designed to fund, mentor and coach future pilots into their dream aviation job via the Private Pilots Licence. The YAF Alliance campaigns for positive change within the aviation industry.
7. Awet Yohans
Company: Madame Spice
Why win? Food industry. Launched last month. Madame Spice will produce premium world cuisine ready meals and Awet is considering expanding the range to include Indian recipes and potentially outsource food production to India.
8. Kiran Yoliswa
Company: Styled By Africa
Why win? Initially a blog, Styled By Africa is now an e-commerce fashion site looking to expand into different regions. India is already on their radar and they are eager to see whether it is viable to source and sell Indian fashion through their site.