Country: South Africa
School: University of Pretoria
As the answer to an aging farming population and rising food scarcity, Palesa Motaung launched DesertGreen to create new, young farmers, develop current existing small-scale farmers and repurpose under-utilized land in rural Africa for food production. Her long-term vision for the company is to not only educate South African students on how to plant sustainably, but launch
the DesertGreen App, a location-based mobile app platform that offers real-time support during production cycles. In essence, her vision is to feed the future.
Company: Zue Beauty
School: Universidad Autonoma de Occidente
Gabriel started his first business and became financially independent by the age of 10. With the teaching and support of his mother, he has carried this entrepreneurial passion into his adult life where he co-founded Zue Beauty- a beauty company dedicated to crafting quality, vegan skin-care products. In addition to promoting health, Zue Beauty drives a broader mission to bring peace to underdeveloped, armed conflict areas and to replace cocaine products with locally sourced herbal products. Gabriel believes that he embodies all four EO core values – he and his team built Zue Beauty with little knowledge about the beauty industry, they strive to improve the quality of life of more than 2000 families in Southern Columbia and hope to inspire other young entrepreneurs to build both profitable and socially impactful businesses. The biggest obstacle he has had to overcome as an entrepreneur is receiving a life-threatening letter from an armed group telling him to immediately stop promoting the substitution of cocaine crops for healthy crops. Gabriel believes staying true his vision helped him to overcome this fear:
“I remembered one of the best pieces of advice I received from a fellow entrepreneur:” Be Smart, Be tough…Never look back always Forward”. Most people would have walked away from that situation and abandoned the 2,000 families we work with. I did the opposite. I became smarter and tougher and decided to continue the process, taking my precautions and being protected by the 2000 families from the community.”
School: Jagiellonian University
Natalia Maczek, founder of MISBEHAVE, MISBHV, a street wear clothing company based in Krakow Poland, was one of GSEA finalists 2013. MISHBV was founded by Natalia Maczek in April 2008 in the heart of former East Block as a one-off DIY t-shirt fashion line for a small circle of her closest friends – skaters, rapers, artists and models. Just a few collections later, MISBHV grew into a global brand with a unique aesthetic vocabulary worn by global superstars such as Rihanna, Cara Delevigne, Jourdan Dunn and Azealia Banks. Its collections are sold in a limited number of carefully selected retailers worldwide including: Browns Focus in London, Galleries Lafayette in Paris and I.T. in Hong Kong.
Company: Life-changing ltd
School: University of Rwanda
Life-changing do mushroom farming intending to move into transformation, conservation, and packaging for export; which impacts directly on disease prevention mostly all diseases that relate to lack of vitamins or malnutrition influencing the economic growth of the society by providing employment and a cheap crop which can be available in all environments where its cultivation doesn’t require much energies, time and space because you can even cultivate it inside the house using baskets.
Company: BZbox & Zip Tank
School: Emory University
“‘You are not an entrepreneur’ is what Barbara Corcoran told 20-year-old inventor Kaeya Majmundar on the season finale of ABC’s television show, Shark Tank. Now, with several wildly popular products under her belt, Kaeya has been working tirelessly to keep up with demand. Her products have been acclaimed on the national and international stage with publications from Sports Illustrated, Complex and Huffington Post to TV segments on The Steve Harvey Show, TMZ, and WGN. Kaeya aspires to not only grow her brand of products, but to continue taking other young entrepreneurs under her wing as well. She travels around the country giving talks and hosting free workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and also donates a portion of her sales to a charity that helps young underprivileged teens sharpen their business skills. In her free time, Kaeya enjoys any and all things Beyoncé and reads up on Bloomberg Business Week to stay on top of the world’s current trends. ”