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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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Saint Ogun and Tickr:

Nic Akinnibosun and Rico Oyejobi are the co-founders of Saint Ogun, a rum blended with spirits from five noted distilleries which celebrates the pair’s shared heritage and passions. Plus: we look at investment app Tickr with co-founder Tom McGillycuddy. The Certified B company has created a platform that allows people to invest in companies that are having a positive impact on our world and the environment.

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23 Jul 2021
10 min

Eureka 254: Swapfiets: 

Richard Burger, Martijn Obers and Dirk de Bruijn are the founders of Swapfiets, a full-service subscription bike company aiming to make travelling the city on two wheels hassle-free. The three founders met at the University of Technology in Delft and launched the company in 2014. For a monthly fee, Swapfiets will make sure you always have a bike, with repairs and insurance covered in the cost.

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51021 Jul 2021
30 min

Saint Ogun and Tickr: 

Nic Akinnibosun and Rico Oyejobi are the co-founders of Saint Ogun, a rum blended with spirits from five noted distilleries which celebrates the pair’s shared heritage and passions. Plus: we look at investment app Tickr with co-founder Tom McGillycuddy. The Certified B company has created a platform that allows people to invest in companies that are having a positive impact on our world and the environment.

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16 Jul 2021
12 min

Eureka 253: Common Farms: 

Jessica Fong is the co-founder of Common Farms, a Hong Kong-based urban farm launched in 2017 that grows greens, herbs and edible flowers, supplying some of Hong Kong’s top restaurants and offering a home-delivery service. Its indoor vertical farming model is helping more people to eat fresh and local. Fong was inspired by the produce of Italy.

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50914 Jul 2021
30 min

Polaroid and Petit Pli: 

Oskar Smolokowski is the chairman of Polaroid, the classic instant-photography brand that many thought was lost to time when its last film factory closed in 2008. Smolokowski and the Berlin-based start-up The Impossible Project not only revived the brand but have also created new cameras and film. Plus: aeronautical engineer turned fashion designer Ryan Mario Yasin discusses the future of wearable technology and innovation in clothing around his brand Petit Pli.

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9 Jul 2021
13 min

Eureka 252: Loog Guitars: 

Rafael Artijas is founder and CEO of Loog Guitars. The three-string guitars made for children as young as three have become a regional hit in the Americas. Launched in 2011 by the Uruguayan music lover, every instrument comes with an app, flashcards and online lessons that get kids rocking from day one. Monocle’s Lucinda Elliott sat down with Artijas in Montevideo to fine tune one of their latest creations.

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5087 Jul 2021
30 min

Oura: 

Harpreet Singh Rai is CEO of Oura, a Finnish company launched in 2013. Oura’s lightweight ring, which is designed to be worn all day, evaluates sleep and activity to give its wearer minute details about their health and wellbeing. Metrics such as heart-rate variability, respiratory rate and body temperature can be discreetly measured through a growing number of wearables, including Oura, in a market that was valued at more than $37bn (€31bn) last year and is forecast to top $100bn (€85bn) in 2027.

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2 Jul 2021
13 min

Eureka 251: Nubocha: 

Katrina Smith and Gianluca Franzoni are the co-founders of Nubocha, a US-based company that has developed a healthy and delicious dairy-free gelato for the American market. Launched in 2018, the husband-and-wife team worked to develop an innovative recipe using high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients, including Italian hazelnuts and Ecuadorian cacao. Franzoni is an Italian chocolatier who created premium chocolate brand Domori in the 1990s.

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50730 Jun 2021
30 min

Lick and Karana: 

Lucas London is CEO and co-founder of Lick, a UK-based home-décor brand launched in 2020, which makes paint, wallpaper and blinds. The company recently partnered with Made.com and is aiming to inspire more people to take on home renovations. Plus: Monocle’s Nina Milhaud speaks to Karana co-founder Blair Crichton about the brand’s whole plant-based meat alternative – made from jackfruit – and Asia’s growing taste for meat alternatives.

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25 Jun 2021
11 min

Eureka 250: Coco Shop: 

Taylor Simmons is the CEO of Coco Shop, a clothing brand which was first established on the Caribbean island of Antigua in 1949. The retail outpost became well-known to island residents and visitors alike for its patterned summer dresses and shirts. When the founders retired in 2017, the brand’s future was uncertain. Simmons is leading with design and is aiming to elevate the brand without stepping on what has made the label so beloved for decades.

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50623 Jun 2021
30 min

Sustenir Agriculture and Hammerhead: 

Benjamin Swan is CEO and co-founder of Sustenir Agriculture, a Singapore-based company that has created a unique vertical farming model to help tackle food insecurity, reduce waste and lower the carbon footprint of food production. Plus: we hear from Hammerhead CEO and founder Pieter Morgan on creating a bike computer that can power the pros – including his investor and high-school friend Chris Froome – and make our streets safer for everyone.

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18 Jun 2021
14 min

Eureka 249: Orca AI: 

Dor Raviv and Yarden Gross are co-founders of Orca AI, a Tel Aviv-based company that provides data and technology solutions to help ships and other vessels navigate the globe safely. Launched in 2018, after the pair met in the Israeli navy, the company works with the world’s biggest shipping operators to cut down on the thousands of accidents a year that are caused by human error.

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50516 Jun 2021
30 min

Nordic Knots and The True Honey Co: 

Liza Lazerow and Fabian Berglund are two of the co-founders of Nordic Knots, a Stockholm-based brand making rugs inspired by natural light in the Nordics and classic Scandinavian design. Plus: we meet Jim McMillan, the founder of The True Honey Co, a brand he was inspired to launch in 2013 after flying over hills of Mānuka flowers in remote parts of New Zealand’s north island as a helicopter pilot.

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11 Jun 2021
12 min

Eureka 248: Future Noodles: 

Carl Clarke is a chef and founder of Future Noodles, a brand he created with the aim of completely upending our ideas about instant noodles. The goal was to make a plant-based, nutritionally complete meal that is both healthy and good for the planet. He’s also the founder of London restaurants Chick ‘N’ Sours and Chik’N.

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5049 Jun 2021
30 min

The Lost Explorer and Vision-Box: 

David de Rothschild is a conservationist and explorer, and the entrepreneur behind The Lost Explorer, an award-winning mezcal brand he created to show how production of the famed Mexican spirit could be done in a more sustainable way. Known for his adventures, De Rothschild discusses why mezcal had nothing to do with the brand he was aiming to create. Plus: Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann talks about making cross-border travel safer and easier for travellers.

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4 Jun 2021
16 min

Eureka 247: Uncle – rethinking city living: 

Ryan Prince is the founder of Uncle, a London property company that aims to make renting in the city a more desirable and stress-free experience. Prince is a past guest on ‘The Entrepreneurs’ and speaker at Monocle’s Berlin Quality of Life Conference. With all the headlines about people fleeing for the countryside, host Daniel Bach visited Prince at Uncle’s London building to catch up and discuss how Uncle is evolving to cater to city-dwellers.

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