The Young Enterprise (YES) Alumni Awards celebrate the achievements of an estimated 75,000 students who have completed the Young Enterprise Scheme where students work in teams to create and run a small business for a year. The YES programme has been running for nearly 40 years, and is run by the Young Enterprise Trust, which works with schools right across the country.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is a standout player in their respective field and has made long-standing impact in the business world.
Winner: Paul Grey, Founder of A2X
A2X is the fast-growing software service used by e-commerce businesses and their accountants worldwide to automate accounting for Shopify stores and Amazon marketplace sales.
The Emerging Alumni recipient is a bright burner who has made a clear contribution to business.
Winner: Sharndre Kushor, Co-Founder & COO of Crimson Education
Other 2019 Emerging Alumni Award Finalists:
Emily Blythe, CEO & Founder of Limpidity
Helen Townsend, CEO & Founder of The Rubbish Whisperer
Rees Vinsen, CEO & Founder of Adduco
The One to Watch recipient is just that – one to watch. They’ve demonstrated a passion for business and/or entrepreneurship that is worth keeping an eye on.
Winner: Josh Burns, CEO & Founder of Up Imagery
Other 2019 One to Watch Finalists are:
Nick Hyland & Jacksen Love, Co-Founders of Flamingo Scooters
Emily Hacket Pain, CEO & Founder of Paper Pens Pencils
Luka Licul, COO & Co-Founder of Spout Alternatives
Derek Lieu, Founding Director of Young Entrepreneurs Collective
The winners were celebrated on Wednesday 4 December at the 2019 YES National Awards dinner. The evening also celebrated the achievements of more than 4100 secondary students taking part in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme who between them have set up more than 1000 businesses this year.