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The Entrepreneurs

Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, from startups to heritage brands, covering the best in hospitality, design, fashion and retail.

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Eureka 301: Flow Hive:

Meet Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the father-son duo who are the co-founders of Flow Hive, a revolutionary product that has reshaped the honey-extraction process and offers critical support to bees.

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1 Jul 2022
5 min

Eureka 301: Flow Hive: 

Meet Stuart and Cedar Anderson, the father-son duo who are the co-founders of Flow Hive, a revolutionary product that has reshaped the honey-extraction process and offers critical support to bees.

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55929 Jun 2022
30 min

Suri: 

Gyve Safavi and Mark Rushmore are the founders of the innovative toothbrush brand that champions great design, accepts no compromise when it comes to performance and has established market-leading sustainability credentials. Plus: María Mendiluce of the We Mean Business Coalition.

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24 Jun 2022
5 min

Eureka 300: Sesamy: 

Meet Måns Ulvestam and Karl Rosander. They founded Acast and are the brains behind Sesamy, a business on a mission to “redemocratise” access to copyrighted content in the digital realm. The founding principle? You only pay for what you want and you consume it however you wish. Or as Ulvestam has pithily put it: why pay for the whole buffet, if you only want one dish? Ulvestam and Rosander, both serially successful digital entrepreneurs and award-winners, describe the start of the Sesamy journey.

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55822 Jun 2022
30 min

Blacklane and Sky Alps: 

‘The Entrepreneurs’ welcomes on board the co-founder of global chauffeur service Blacklane and the founder and president of airline Sky Alps. Jens Wohltorf set out on the Blacklane journey more than a decade ago in Berlin, while Josef Gostner’s airline is earlier in its ascent but covering some beautiful ground as it takes wing from Bolzano. How do entrepreneurs in transport keep things nimble? And how have two years of a global pandemic reshaped the landscape – on the road and in the sky?

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17 Jun 2022
5 min

Eureka 299: Ripa Ripa: 

Launched in 2015, the Italian swimwear brand seeks to capture the elegant spirit of the Italian seaside in the 1960s. Founder Anna Laura Hoefer, an economics graduate from Milan’s Bocconi University, saw an opportunity in the market for elegantly tailored bathing trunks for men after a friend in Italy’s fashion capital had problems finding stylish beach attire that looks good in the water. Today the company continues to draw design inspiration from the Bel Paese as it branches out into summery shirts and trousers.

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55715 Jun 2022
30 min

Toronto retail special: 

Tomos Lewis speaks to the founders of three independent businesses in Toronto, all of whom opened their first bricks-and-mortar shops since the onset of the pandemic. Exploring the value of physical retail are Martha Sharpe of Flying Books; Krysta Oben and Nicole Campbell of the Grape Witches natural-wine retailer; and Natasha McDiarmid and Sam Johnstone, founders of the Troublesome design shop and coffee bar.

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10 Jun 2022
5 min

Eureka 298: Ikebus: 

We delve into the inviting pages of the transport-focused June edition of Monocle magazine and explore a beautifully conceived and executed electric bus service that is keeping Toshima, Tokyo moving – with a smile. All aboard!

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5568 Jun 2022
30 min

Beauty Disrupted: 

When Svante Holm and co-founder Alban Mayne learnt that 80 billion plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles are thrown away every year, they quit their technology careers to start a business intent on disrupting the beauty industry. Svante explains how the pair spent two years developing the wide range of luxurious, solid bars they now offer. Designed in Stockholm and crafted in the South of France, the bars are made with 100 per cent renewable energy and 100 per cent organic fragrances from Grasse, and the business has committed to donate 20 per cent of its profits to organisations that protect the planet. Plus: the week’s Entrepreneurs news with Monocle’s business editor, David Hodari.

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3 Jun 2022
6 min

Eureka 297: Green Flight Academy: 

We dive into the latest edition of Monocle magazine to celebrate an innovative business that’s really taking off. Not only is the Green Flight Academy the first professional flight school to offer training on electric aircraft but it likely represents the most eco-friendly way to secure a pilot’s licence.

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5551 Jun 2022
30 min

JKS Restaurants: 

Tuck into some tasty audio courtesy of the family behind one of the best and brightest in the London hospitality business. The Sethi’s JKS Restaurants is a capital institution, the founders having built up a group of decorated restaurants, delivery and retail brands, plus those of their partners. It’s quite the roll-call, with names like Gymkhana, Trishna, BAO, Hoppers and more. Since April, eyes and appetites have been focused on something new: the reopened Arcade Food Hall, London’s latest must-visit drinking, dining and entertainment hot spot in landmark Sixties Brutalist masterpiece, Centre Point.

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27 May 2022
5 min

Eureka 296: Peace By Chocolate: 

Born into a family that owned one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in Damascus, Tareq Hadhad arrived in Canada in 2016 as a refugee of Syria’s civil war. He explains how he launched boutique chocolate brand Peace By Chocolate from his new home on Canada’s Atlantic coast.

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55425 May 2022
30 min

Varsity Headwear and Batch LDN: 

Hats off to two innovative businesses chasing perfection from head to toe. Varsity Headwear has changed the game in baseball caps, ensuring that every individual can find their perfect fit, feel and fabric. Batch LDN is reimagining the suit with fresh emphasis on sustainability, versatility and comfort.

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20 May 2022
6 min

Eureka 295: Grapekeeper: 

Grapekeeper allows anyone to become a winemaker by letting them own a portion of a vineyard in leading European wineries, which are committed to sustainable viticulture. Founded in Holland in 2018 by Ana Monforte, an environmental engineer and wine enthusiast, customers have access to premium estates and the possibility of tailoring wines to suit their palates. All this while helping to lower costs for producers who use traditional practices.

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55318 May 2022
30 min

Deliciously Ella: 

Shifting narratives around healthy eating and plant-based food have offered innovators an opportunity to establish and grow some brilliant businesses. Ella Mills is the founder and driving force behind Deliciously Ella, the plant-based food platform that advocates for a delicious path to feeling better. As the business celebrates its first 10 years, Ella and her husband (and Deliciously Ella’s CEO) Matt Mills explain how the brand began out of necessity as a passion project but then evolved. Now Deliciously Ella features a leading range of plant-based food products, an app, a collection of bestselling recipe books, a podcast, restaurant, and a likeminded global community both on and offline.

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13 May 2022
5 min

Eureka 294: Ensembl: 

Kate Swanson founded stackable cookware brand Ensembl in Montrèal in 2020. She explains why she left a successful career in law to set up the business.

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