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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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Uncle:

Cities are becoming more desirable places to live but renting a flat is still a stressful experience. Ryan Prince, co-founder of Uncle, has set out to change all that. His property-management service (which he co-founded with his father) has found success by regarding its tenants as customers. The company, owned by Canadian property developer Realstar, now has three properties in London and a building in central Manchester.

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19 Oct 2018
10 min

Eureka 120: Ciele Athletics: 

Knowing that most technical brands do not focus specifically on caps, Mike Giles and Jeremy Bresnen set out to design the best running cap on the market. The breathable, lightweight, fast-drying caps are designed to look just as good on the run, as with streetwear on the weekend. And with its “Everybody Run” philosophy, Ciele has become the preferred cap of runners around the world.

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36617 Oct 2018
30 min

Uncle: 

Cities are becoming more desirable places to live but renting a flat is still a stressful experience. Ryan Prince, co-founder of Uncle, has set out to change all that. His property-management service (which he co-founded with his father) has found success by regarding its tenants as customers. The company, owned by Canadian property developer Realstar, now has three properties in London and a building in central Manchester.

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12 Oct 2018
8 min

Eureka 119: Oscar Deen Eyewear: 

With a shared sense of style and a desire to turn their passion for design into something tangible, Oscar Phillips and Sheriff-Deen Showobi set out to craft the ideal sunglasses. Inspired by vintage frames, they created Oscar Deen. The east London natives built their brand over three years and launched it earlier this year. Phillips works full-time at a recruitment agency, while Showobi works for an advertising agency, meaning Oscar Deen represents the ultimate side hustle.

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36510 Oct 2018
30 min

Sylvain Labs: 

Sylvain Labs was launched in 2010 in the so-called ‘innovation consulting’ market – somewhere between a creative agency and business consultancy. At its heart is a focus on strategy, helping companies to develop and launch new products and solidify their brands, while communicating their purpose and ethos. With offices in Manhattan, Amsterdam and Richmond, Virginia, the Certified B Corporation has an extensive client list including GM, Google, Samsung, Nike, Airbnb and LVMH.

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5 Oct 2018
9 min

Eureka 118: Amelia Singer: 

Amelia Singer has carried a passion for sharing her love of wines throughout her life. Wine-and-cheese events in university and small tasting pop-ups for friends quickly turned into a career for the self-starter, who is now a successful television host, columnist, consultant, educator and events host.

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3643 Oct 2018
30 min

The Allbright: 

Debbie Wosskow is co-founder of The Allbright, a members’ club aimed at celebrating, connecting and empowering women at work. Previously she was the founder and CEO of home-exchange platform Love Home Swap; she also sits on London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Business Advisory Board.

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28 Sep 2018
8 min

Eureka 117: Over Under Coffee: 

Ed Barry knows the value of a good cup of coffee in building a community. After five years living between Dublin and New York, he was looking to mix his experience in both cities with the café culture in New Zealand, where his parents are from. This led to the launch of Over Under Coffee two years ago in the heart of Earl’s Court in London. Serving cocktails, brunch and regularly hosting live events and pop-ups have helped the brand establish a loyal following – and also enabled Barry to open a second location in Soho.

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36326 Sep 2018
30 min

LNDR: 

East London label LNDR makes sophisticated women’s clothing for the gym or high street. Launched by Sarah Donnelly, Donna Harris and Joanna Turner in 2015, the brand is stocked at Selfridges, Net-a-Porter and Le Bon Marché. Today, Harris and Turner are here to tell us about growing a brand known for quality products and customer care in a crowded market.

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21 Sep 2018
9 min

Eureka 116: Clippings: 

Adel Zakout is an architect-turned-entrepreneur and the co-founder of Clippings, a digital platform for interior designers that allows them to easily source products, from furniture to light fittings. Adel launched the company with Tom Mallory back in 2014 and it has since expanded fast. Earlier this month the company announced that it had closed a $15m (€12.7m) Series B investment round – led by Farfetch, Moda Operandi and Rent the Runway.

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36219 Sep 2018
30 min

The new face of finance: 

This week we’re taking an in-depth look at how a host of start-ups are bringing more people into the worlds of personal finance and investment. We meet four entrepreneurs who are making the world of finance easier to understand and engaging people who wouldn’t ordinarily invest their money. We hear from Max Rofagha, founder of Finimize, Ben Stanway and Charlie Mortimer, co-founders of Moneybox, and Emilie Bellet, founder of Vestpod.

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14 Sep 2018
9 min

Eureka 115: Octopus Energy: 

Greg Jackson has worn many hats over the course of his career. He co-founded marketing-technology business C360 in the early 2000s and then sold it to the Tangent Group in 2006; after that he went on to work for several companies across various sectors, from healthcare to finance. Then, three years ago, he launched Octopus Energy, a green-energy provider set up to rival the so-called “Big Six” energy companies that dominate the UK market.

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36112 Sep 2018
30 min

Allbirds: 

Tim Brown was a professional footballer in his native New Zealand before deciding to create environmentally friendly footwear. He is the co-founder of Allbirds, a booming shoe brand with sustainability at its heart; earlier this year the company sold its one millionth pair.

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7 Sep 2018
8 min

Eureka 114: Adorno: 

Adorno is a digital platform for design-lovers that enables people to discover and buy one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces direct from designers around the world. Part marketplace, part online gallery, the site was launched last year by Copenhagen-based entrepreneurs Kristian Snorre Andersen and Martin Clausen, and has already garnered fans worldwide.

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3605 Sep 2018
28 min

Seedlip: 

Ben Branson spent a decade working for creative agencies, helping other people to build their brands. But in 2014 he decided to put his skills to the test on his own project. That project was Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirit born out of Branson’s passion for natural botanicals and hobby distilling. Seedlip has since become a huge success and is stocked in high-end London retailers and served in bars and restaurants across the globe. Branson explains how his experience designing toothpaste tubes helped him build the brand and reveals why he’s confident the market for non-alcoholic drinks is only just getting started.

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31 Aug 2018
8 min

Eureka 113: Yatay : 

When Umberto De Marco went looking for a pair of sustainable trainers and returned empty-handed, he made a decision: he would create the world’s first luxury sustainable sneaker brand. Little more than 50 years ago his father Enrico invented an eco-friendly synthetic-leather material. Coronet Group, the company that spun out of that invention, is today a global manufacturer that supplies fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton and Armani. Having put Coronet’s expertise to use, De Marco has launched a line of trainers made entirely in Italy from high-quality vegan leather.

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