SOLA Nominees 2012: Achievement in Business

Published On 4 December, 2012 | By Ja'e | Awards, Events
Spirit of London Awards 2012 finalists for the ‘Achievement in Business’ category.

Meet the three finalists for this year’s Spirit of London Awards ‘Achievement in Business’ category. The winner will be announced on December 10th, at the awards ceremony in Greenwich’s O2 Arena.

Nick D’Aloisio | Age: 17 | Borough: Merton
Dubbed the next Mark Zuckerberg and likened to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, he last year invented an iPhone app while revising for his exams. He has had to ask his teachers at King’s College School in Wimbledon to delay his mock GCSEs so that he could visit investors in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley whom he hopes will make him a millionaire. Called Summly, it can condense long web pages into text bullet points that can be easily read on a small phone screen. The free app came to the attention of renowned investor Li Ka-shing, the world’s 11th richest person, who backed the idea.

Omar Tayeb | Age: 25 | Borough: Kingston
Omar is the founder of Blippar, an image-recognition phone app that converts products in the real world into an interactive experience. Only launched last summer, the company has teamed up with some of the biggest brands in the world including Samsung, Microsoft’s Xbox, Cadbury, Heinz and Nestle; as well as popular musicians such as JLS and Justin Bieber. In January, the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) agency took Omar to represent the UK at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Shadrach Straker | Age: 19 | Borough: Lambeth
Shadrach presented his idea to Virgin Media who in return for his ambition decided to sponsor him and he then went on to become the first ever entrepreneur of the month on Virgin Media’s entrepreneurial website. By the time Shadrach reached aged 18 he had gained experience as an assistant manager, investment banking head-hunter and a trainee financial consultant. However, he had a great desire to help other young people develop an income out of their interests and set up a consultancy, Straker Unlimited, which specialises in helping them create the best out of their lives with the current resources they have.

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