A panel of judges led by Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has named Ali Clabburn, founder of Liftshare, 'best male' in the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur competition.
The 20 winners were selected from hundreds of entries from across the UK by a panel of judges which also included BBC Radio 4's Adam Shaw, Daily Mirror journalist Tricia Philips and John Dunsmere from the British Chambers of Commerce. Of the 20 winners, five were awarded additional accolades to celebrate their achievement.
"To be named ‘best male' on top of being a winner is an incredible privilege," said Ali, who founded Liftshare when he was 23. "Being an entrepreneur can be immensely challenging, but I cannot think of anything more rewarding either. I hope the diversity of award winners will encourage other aspiring entrepreneurs to trust their instincts and give their ideas a go."
Now in its third year, the Essence of the Entrepreneur competition celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in the UK, with the winners proving that the use of technology has helped them succeed - even during a difficult economic climate.
"There are many small businesses in the UK that are thriving and I am delighted to be involved in a campaign that champions this," said judge Peter Jones. "The winners of the Essence of the Entrepreneur competition are bucking a trend, creating stand-out businesses, harnessing the developments of technology and thriving."
To honour their achievement, Ali and the other winners have had the essence of their business captured in a stunning portrait by renowned photographer Rankin. The images will be displayed in an exhibition at the gallery@oxo on London's South Bank from 29 January - 1 March.
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