How entrepreneurs must act in times of political and economic chaos.

‘Given Brexit and Trump, we now need entrepreneurs more than ever,’ said Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed at a social enterprise event organised by Chivas last week at Impact Hub Westminster. ‘Politicians don’t start businesses. It’s only entrepreneurs that ever start businesses, creating jobs, wealth and opportunities.’

At the event entitled ‘Make Society Great Again,’ Reed said that Brexit is not going to stop entrepreneurs. He was talking to, among others, thirty of the most exciting entrepreneurs in the world. They are the finalists of the Chivas Venture one million dollar global social enterprise competition, a global search to discover and reward the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs. This year’s finalists include entrepreneurs making protein bars from crickets, creating shoes from rubbish and one on a mission to bank the unbanked. To find out more about the finalists, check out the interactive illustration.

Every year, Chivas invests $1 million in startups that are creating positive change and a better future. Innovative social businesses that help to create a better future pitch for a share of the Chivas Venture’s $1 million fund and world-class mentorship to help accelerate their growth. Since the launch of the Chivas Venture in 2014, nearly 6,000 entrepreneurs from startups across six continents have applied. The start-ups accelerated in the first year of the Chivas Venture, have now expanded to 50 countries, impacting over 200,000 lives.

From 1 May- 4 June, the public can support their favourite finalist in a live vote to decide how the first $250,000 will be split among finalists. The winner(s) of the remaining £750,000 will be decided on 13 July 2017.

March 2017