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The Entrepreneurs

Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, whether they are starting from scratch, reinvigorating the family firm or developing new technology.

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Kimai and Hotel Starlino:

We meet Jessica Warch and Sidney Neuhaus, childhood friends who grew up in family jewellery businesses and are now co-founders of Kimai, a brand built around lab-grown diamonds in Antwerp, which is appealing to more socially aware buyers. Plus: spirits-branding expert Elwyn Gladstone joins to discuss Hotel Starlino, an all-natural aperitivo and vermouth range distilled in Turin.

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26 Feb 2021
12 min

Eureka 233: Little Moons : 

Vivien and Howard Wong co-founded mochi ice-cream brand Little Moons in 2010 after leaving careers in finance. The brother-and-sister team grew up watching their parents run a family bakery, and loved to eat the traditional Japanese mochis. They began by selling directly to London restaurants and are now stocked by Whole Foods, Selfridges and Amazon.

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48924 Feb 2021
30 min

Kimai and Hotel Starlino: 

We meet Jessica Warch and Sidney Neuhaus, childhood friends who grew up in family jewellery businesses and are now co-founders of Kimai, a brand built around lab-grown diamonds in Antwerp, which is appealing to more socially aware buyers. Plus: spirits-branding expert Elwyn Gladstone joins to discuss Hotel Starlino, an all-natural aperitivo and vermouth range distilled in Turin.

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19 Feb 2021
12 min

Eureka 232: Mother Root: 

Bethan Higson founded Mother Root, a London-based aperitif brand, from her Peckham kitchen. The company’s first product, the all-natural Ginger Switchel, is a revival of a traditional mixture dating back to the 1700s, made from ginger, honey, apple-cider vinegar and chilli. Higson used her experience in the wine business to partner with restaurants and retailers in her neighbourhood.

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48817 Feb 2021
30 min

Zoku: 

Hans Meyer is co-founder of Amsterdam-based hotel company Zoku, which launched in 2016. Zoku’s apartments are designed to act as hybrid work and living spaces that allow us to relax, sleep, entertain or simply focus. The company will open properties in Vienna and Copenhagen later this year. Meyer was co-founder of another Dutch brand, CitizenM, and began to work on Zoku’s concept while living in Bali, Buenos Aires and Washington.

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12 Feb 2021
12 min

Eureka 231: Piglet: 

Jessica Mason is the founder and CEO of Piglet, a linen bedding and sleepwear brand that she launched in 2017. Jessica started her career in marketing and PR, working in London and Dubai for brands including Aēsop and Ray-Ban, experience which has come in handy in growing her own brand. Jessica recounts the growth of Piglet from its modest beginnings at her parents’ home in Sussex to breaking into the US market.

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48710 Feb 2021
30 min

Equiano: 

Equiano is a rum made between Africa and the Caribbean, which is using its name to tell the story of Olaudah Equiano. The Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist was able to buy his freedom from slavery in the 18th century in part by selling rum, before settling in London. Two of the brand’s co-founders, Ian Burrell, a prominent rum expert, and Aaisha Dadral, who is behind the creative studio Crave, discuss creating the perfect rum to tell Equiano’s story.

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5 Feb 2021
10 min

Eureka 230: Homethings: 

Tim Keaveney and Matt Aubrey are the founders of Homethings. They’ve created a range of non-toxic cleaning products, which come in efferservent tablets that can be added to water in the company’s glass spray bottles, cutting down on plastic waste. The company was launched last year after a successful kickstarter campaign – and hundreds of household cleaning experiments.

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4863 Feb 2021
30 min

Pentatonic: 

Johann Bödecker and Jamie Hall are the co-founders of Pentatonic, a design firm that creates products that promote a more sustainable way of living. Run between London and Berlin, they’ve worked with a host of top brands, such as Microsoft, Red Bull and Starbucks, and recently collaborated with Otherware, the creative collective launched by Pharrell Williams. Together they created the Pebble, a portable cutlery kit made in part from recycled CDs.

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29 Jan 2021
10 min

Eureka 229: PlanetCare: 

PlanetCare is a Slovenian start-up which has developed a filter to stop microfibre pollution. Doing laundry is an everyday activity but one of the big problems is the shedding of microfibres from synthetic clothing. This pollutes waterways from rivers to oceans – where they’re ingested by marine animals – presenting a threat to the human food chain as well as the ecosystem. This week, Guy De Launey meets the company’s founder, Mojca Zupan.

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48527 Jan 2021
30 min

Article One: 

Wes Stoody is founder and CEO of Article One, an eyewear brand born in Flint, Michigan. Article One has made a name for itself in terms of both style and craftsmanship, with all of its frames made by just a few small factories in northern Italy. Article One has collaborated with Monocle and a host of great brands in the activewear space including Café du Cycliste, Ciele Athletics and Tracksmith.

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22 Jan 2021
9 min

The Natural Wine Company: 

Alfredo Lopez is founder of The Natural Wine Company, a Barcelona-based business launched by Lopez and the team behind the cult interiors magazine ‘Apartamento’. With a focus on organic and biodynamic wines, international subscribers receive four to six bottles of wine a month, usually from small and independent producers. It’s proved a great option for people across nine European countries seeking a well-stocked cellar.

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48420 Jan 2021
30 min

Manifesto: 

Martin Barry is the founder and CEO of Manifesto, a market hospitality brand based in Prague, which launched in 2018. Originally from New York, Barry is a landscape architect and also the founder of reSITE, a non-profit organisation focussed on urban design and architecture. Manifesto’s tech-enabled markets allow established businesses to reach new customers, while equipping start-ups with the tools to thrive. We also hear from Asics about its new ‘Sound Mind, Sound Body’ platform.

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15 Jan 2021
11 min

Eureka 227: Maude: 

Éva Goicochea is founder and CEO of Maude, a Brooklyn-based personal-care brand launched in 2018. Intimacy and inclusivity are key words for the company, which aims to modernise and update the conversation around personal health and wellness. Goicochea is also co-founder of watch brand Tinker Watches and recently brought actress Dakota Johnson onboard to serve as Maude’s co-creative director and oversee the company’s sustainability initiatives.

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48313 Jan 2021
30 min

F-Lane: 

F-Lane is a Berlin-based start-up accelerator aimed at empowering female entrepreneurs who are running social enterprises around the world. In this episode we hear from Saskia Bruysten, co-founder and CEO of Yunus Social Business, and Inger Paus, who heads Vodafone Germany’s corporate responsibility strategy. In F-Lane’s fifth cohort in 2020, nine companies were chosen – out of 455 applicants – from UAE, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Chile, Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden and the UK.

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8 Jan 2021
10 min

Eureka 226: Caraway: 

Jordan Nathan is founder and CEO of Caraway, a New York-based cookware and home brand he launched in 2019 after a scary experience while cooking with Teflon. Caraway makes non-toxic, eco-friendly products with sharp design, including ceramic pots and pans, linens and accessories in smart colours.

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