MDE 18: Liam Black, lifelong social entrepreneur's A to Z of business survival

Liam Black doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his advice for entrepreneurs. He’s quick to call out jargon, has little time for Dragon's Den style TV shows and his saying at Wavelength, the company he co-founded in 2009 is, “we don’t do pointless inspiration.” The author of The Social Entrepreneur’s A-Z draws from an incredible well of experience, having lived and breathed social enterprise for well over 20 years. And when you can line up Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus to write the…


MDE 17: Michelle Evans, from Microsoft to nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs

Business coach and marketing strategist Michelle Evans helps entrepreneurs gain clarity, confidence and a solid client-attraction profit plan. She spent 16 years working in very senior global marketing positions at companies including leading banks, dotcoms and Microsoft. But she left behind a six-figure salary to start up on her own. Her aim is to help you do the same. Michelle started her professional life in marketing. At the age of 26 she was hired to lead marketing and investor relations…


MDE 16: Delivering inspiration every day - David Ralph of Join Up Dots

"You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards" Steve Jobs, Stamford Commencement Address 2005 This week I'm talking to David Ralph, host of the phenomenally successful online chat show "Join Up Dots" - 3 million downloads and counting! In the true spirit of the Apple founder's famous speech, David interviews inspiring individuals and encourages them to 'join the dots' backwards to make sense of the journey that has taken them to fulfilment and…


MDE 15: Guy Jeremiah, founder of Ohyo collapsable drinking bottles. Dragons Den survivor and sustainable water hero!

This week I'm talking to Guy Jeremiah, founder of Ohyo. I've been a huge fan (and user) of Ohyo's collapsable drinking bottles for a few years now, and it was a real pleasure to meet the man behind this brilliant product. Guy's mission is quite simply "to make drinking tap water easier". Like so many great ideas, it was borne out of necessity. Guy found himself at a train station with no water fountain in sight, and with no option but to buy a bottle of the stuff. As a natural problem-solver,…


MDE 14: Helping people convert their purpose and passion into pay, Shannon Houde founder of Walk of Life Consulting

 PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview Shannon Houde who left a stellar career in corporate America, NGOs and sustainability to go after her mission of getting the right people into the right jobs to advance their careers and create a more sustainable world. Looking at her background she is perfectly placed to advise people on the very world she has worked in for many years. Her partnerships with leading recruitment companies in the UK and USA also give her first…


MDE 13: Promoting Africa on a world-wide stage, Rex Idaminabo of African Achievers

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview someone who asked to link to me on linkedin. Now as you know if you have ever been in one of my workshops I don't link to just anyone!  But Rex was clear about why he wanted to link to me and he had an interesting background so I was keen to talk to him to understand his mission in setting up some of the organisations he has been involved with. Rex set up the African Achievers Awards and is on a mission to celebrate and…


MDE 12: From Corporate to Radio Show Host, Viv Oyolu, Founder of Dream Corner

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview Viv Oyolu who hosts 'Dream Corner', a radio show that interviews inspiring women. So often the same celebrity names are touted around as 'successful' and while this might meet some people's definition of success, for many it can feel unobtainable. In contrast Viv interviews ordinary women aiming high and going after their dream. We follow Viv's fascinating journey from a background in marketing to completing a MBA at Durham…


MDE 11: From Surveyor to winning the World's Leading Green Tour Operator Award 2014, Paul Easto, co-founder of Wilderness Scotland

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Paul Easto who along with his co-founder set up Wilderness Scotland, based in the Cairngorms National Park. I have to admit I am a massive fan of Wilderness Scotland so I was very excited when Paul agreed to be interviewed. I went on a beginners kayaking holiday with the company a couple of years ago. It was such a memorable trip, majestic views, amazingly clear water, great food and a lot of laughs. I talk to Paul about his…


MDE 10: Serial entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability, Chris Langwallner, co-founder of NamZ

PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I speak to Chris Langwallner whose international career in the food industry led him to launch his own business manufacturing flavourings for big food manufacturers such as Frito-Lay. He exited the business and moved with his family from Shanghai to Singapore where he then worked in a senior corporate job again before setting up a new company focussed on sustainably sourced natural flavourings. I talk to him about his entrepreneurial…


MDE 9: Shoes with soul, Sven Segal, CoFounder of Po-Zu

Podcast: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I talk to Sven Segal who has made it his mission to manufacture beautiful shoes that are not only comfortable but also limit the impact they have on our planet. In this session you'll hear Sven's take on: The challenges of competing with huge brands The importance of a unique appearance or concept to support your brand The buying public's attitude to ethically produced products Thinking outside of the box - or should that be just…