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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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CDLP:

Andreas Palm and Christian Larson are the co-founders of premium Swedish underwear brand CDLP, which is stocked by top hotels and retailers around the world. Larson is a filmmaker who has created music videos for artists such as Sigur Rós and Kylie Minogue; Palm is a former CEO for fashion designer Ann-Sofie Back.

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37916 Jan 2019
30 min

CDLP: 

Andreas Palm and Christian Larson are the co-founders of premium Swedish underwear brand CDLP, which is stocked by top hotels and retailers around the world. Larson is a filmmaker who has created music videos for artists such as Sigur Rós and Kylie Minogue; Palm is a former CEO for fashion designer Ann-Sofie Back.

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11 Jan 2019
11 min

Eureka 130: Frank Green: 

When a corporate career in business strategy led Benjamin Young into Australia’s waste-management sector, he quickly learned that disposable cups were a huge problem for landfill sites and oceans. Young spent four years product testing a reusable cup then launched Frank Green, which makes stylish reusable cups and bottles.

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3789 Jan 2019
30 min

Epic Foundation: 

French serial entrepreneur Alexandre Mars has always seen business as an opportunity to drive positive social change in the world. Mars is a celebrated philanthropist and founder and CEO of the global nonprofit Epic. The foundation invests in social innovation, and transforming the lives of underprivileged youth. Mars is also the founder of blisce/, a tech fund which invests in startups; some of the profits used to fund Epic’s mission.

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3772 Jan 2019
30 min

Athletic Propulsion Labs: 

Adam and Ryan Goldston were student athletes at the University of Southern California when they started Athletic Propulsion Labs and created a basketball shoe proven to make players jump higher. Launched direct to consumer in 2010, APL’s Concept 1 basketball shoe became a global sensation overnight, helped along by the fact it was the first ever shoe banned by the National Basketball Association. Based in Los Angeles, APL now creates products across the luxury, performance and streetwear markets, stocked by 300 of the world’s finest high-end retailers.

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37626 Dec 2018
30 min

The best of The Entrepreneurs: 

For our final episode of the year, we look back at some of the most inspiring conversations we’ve had this year, unpacking everything from branding, growing a company, building a strong team, attracting investment and mentoring the next generation of business leaders. We hear from Debbie Wosskow, co-founder of The AllBright, Cal Henderson, co-founder and CTO of Slack, Alain Sylvain, founder and CEO of Sylvain Labs and menswear designer Kestin Hare.

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21 Dec 2018
10 min

Eureka 129: Grenade : 

Grenade is one of the fastest growing brands in the massive sports-nutrition market. The brand was started by Alan and Juliet Barratt, who created their first product in their home kitchen in 2009, later launching the company with just £27 in their business bank account. Grenade now has customers in more than 80 countries, with plans to expand further after a huge stake in the company was sold last year to Lion Capital for £72m.

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37519 Dec 2018
30 min

Mungo Design: 

In 1998, Stuart Holding restored two antique looms, which he used to create homeware textiles he then sold at his wife’s shop. Their children Tessa and Dax now help run Mungo Design and its three shops in South Africa.

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14 Dec 2018
10 min

Eureka 128: Chalkdown Cider: 

After a successful career working in IT, Piotr Nahajski followed his passion into winemaking and, in 2013, launched Chalkdown Cider. Produced from apples grown in the Hampshire Downs, the sparkling cider is both uniquely English and a refreshing alternative to champagne and prosecco.

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37412 Dec 2018
30 min

Jobbatical : 

Karoli Hindriks is co-founder and CEO of Jobbatical, an employment network helping companies to build stronger and more diverse workforces by hiring talent from abroad. Well-known in her native Estonia as an inventor, media personality and successful entrepreneur, Hindriks set her sights on working with businesses and governments to move skilled workers across borders.

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7 Dec 2018
12 min

Eureka 127: Violet Cakes: 

Claire Ptak opened Violet, her bakery in East London, in 2010 after moving to the UK from California five years earlier. She trained at Chez Panisse under renowned chef and restaurateur Alice Waters and, earlier this year, caught the eye of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who hired her to make a cake for their wedding.

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3735 Dec 2018
30 min

Community Clothing: 

Having spent a career building fashion brands, working in high-end tailoring on Savile Row, running factories and consulting with the country’s largest department stores, British fashion designer Patrick Grant wanted to start from scratch. He launched Community Clothing in 2016 with the aim of crafting affordable clothes for both men and women in a more sustainable way.

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30 Nov 2018
6 min

Eureka 126: Fearless Futures: 

Hanna Naima McCloskey started Fearless Futures after leaving her job in finance, feeling there was something missing in the way the corporate world was addressing diversity and inclusion. McCloskey and her team now run training programmes to engage people in thinking critically about those issues.

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37228 Nov 2018
30 min

Vastari: 

While managing a Mayfair gallery, Bernadine Bröcker Wieder was looking for better ways to connect with collectors. With Francesca Polo, she founded a global platform that allows art to be securely sourced and loaned to exhibitions.

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23 Nov 2018
12 min

Eureka 125: Stepney Workers Club: 

Launched in March 2018, East London footwear brand Stepney Workers Club was inspired by the ethos and inclusive culture of workers’ sports clubs of years past. Bringing together a wealth of experience in designing footwear for luxury brands as well as working in wholesale and brand management, Roger Pereira, Simon See and Simon Bishop set out to create a new classic shoe and wardrobe staple: timeless canvas and suede footwear.

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37121 Nov 2018
30 min

Cookson Adventures: 

After leaving the world of finance, Henry Cookson became a record-setting polar explorer, and has since built a multi-million-dollar business, Cookson Adventures, specialising in bespoke journeys for clients. Many of the trips are considered “world-first” experiences, including the first commercial submersible dive in Antarctica.

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