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Resident Entrepreneurs

Featuring heavily in our flagship 'Basics of Business: 20 Quick Hits' series, our very own Resident Entrepreneurs are handpicked by the Leadership team and contribute enormously towards promoting the Young Entrepreneurs' Academy.


In most cases they are long standing friends of the Academy and we are so grateful for their support.  They have so kindly given their time to share soundbites and stories of both success and failure in equal measure. 


Caroline Sage
CEO and Founder,
Kea Consultants

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Caroline co-founded Kea Consultants to deliver a solution to the Investment world on how to sustainably and efficiently hire junior-mid senior talent. She firmly believes in creating environments that people are excited to come and work in.


James Averdieck


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James founded Gü back in 2003 which is famous for filling homes with ramekins of restaurant-quality, wickedly indulgent desserts. Now he helps accelerate aspirational brands in growth, primarily food & drink brands in the UK. 


Julia Kessler

Co-Founder & CEO,
Nix & Kix

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Julia leads a B Corp certified soft drink company that creates refreshingly fruity, naturally zingy, and lightly sparkling beverages with a unique twist of cayenne. Since 2014, she has been on a mission to challenge the status quo in the FMCG industry and offer consumers a healthier, tastier, and more sustainable alternative to conventional soft drinks.


Akshay Ruparelia
Doorsteps, AKR, 1C & BrdgeAI

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Akshay Ruparelia is famed as the founder and ex-CEO of (til 2021), a company dedicated to selling houses without the substantial prices normally charged by estate agents. Akshay sat at the helm of the third largest online agency in the UK that has sold over £1 billion in houses over the space of three years, marking him youngest on the Sunday Times Rich List 2018 on asset value.


Nathan Robinson


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Nathan has developed Gemba which is the go-to workforce learning platform of the enterprise metaverse. Its trailblazing, collaborative, virtual reality training experience delivers powerful ROI for global companies going through digital transformation. He also won Tech Entrepreneur of the Year 2021.


Zora Feraji

Founder & CEO,

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Hungarian-born, now London-based Zora Feraji first started her career in advertising after graduating from the prominent college of Central Saint Martin’s of the University of Arts London. In 2021, Zora founded AFTERHOURZ- an impact-first creative communications agency and content production studio working with high-potential sustainable start-ups and intentional global brands. She has since launched 00.thestore and GroundZero, the global talent management division of AFTERHOURZ

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