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FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards

In the Business World, Boldness Matters More than Ever...

WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT |
Winners include:
Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis

Tesco

Levi Strauss & Co : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

Levi Strauss & Co : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

levistrauss.com

VkusVill : Developing Markets

VkusVill : Developing Markets

vkusvill.ru

Overview

WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

The FT & ArcelorMittal are pleased to announce the winners of the FT/ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards.  

Many congratulations to the winners and to all the shortlisted companies. Further details can be found below and in the Boldness in Business Magazine and on the award category videos, which are both on the righthand side of this page. 

Person of the Year: Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco

Corporate Responsibility/Environment: Levi Strauss & Co

Developing Markets: VkusVill

Drivers of Change: BYJU’s

Entrepreneurship: Nubank

Smaller Company: Ÿnsect

Technology: Healthy.io

The awards dinner scheduled to be held in London on 26 March was cancelled due to COVID-19.  The organisers sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation caused.

In this volatile and unpredictable environment, the need for business to be bold has never been greater: the need for managers to think and plan beyond the short term; the need for workforces to embrace change; the need for companies, large and small, to consider how to build sustainable enterprises in a world where competition is tougher than ever. This is the context for the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards, now celebrating their twelfth year. Since their inception, the awards have established themselves as the premier accolades in their category, thanks to their global reach and the impressive credentials of our eight-member judging panel.

The awards will feature candidates from Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Winners are selected by a panel of experts including Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times and Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & Chief Executive of ArcelorMittal, who base their decision on a shortlist drawn up by the FT's global network of bureau chiefs and senior journalists.

Previous award winners include, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Sir James Dyson of Dyson, Helena Morrissey of The 30% Club, Andy Jassy of Amazon Web Services, Travis Kalanick of Uber, Moya Greene of Royal Mail, Warren Buffet, Ivan Glasenberg of Glencore; the innovators at Preferred Networks, M-KOPA, Samsung, Huawei, Apple and DeepMind Technologies; SoftBank, the Japanese telecommunications and internet corporation and UK robotics developer, Oxbotica.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 03/30/2020 00:00:0003/30/2020 00:00:00falseFT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENTThe FT & ArcelorMittal are pleased to announce the winners of the FT/ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards.  Many congratulations to the winners and to all the shortlisted companies. Further details can be found below and in the Boldness in Business Magazine and on the award category videos, which are both on the righthand side of this page. Person of the Year: Dave Lewis, CEO, TescoCorporate Responsibility/Environment:  Levi Strauss & CoDeveloping Markets: VkusVillDrivers of Change: BYJU’sEntrepreneurship: NubankSmaller Company: ŸnsectTechnology: Healthy.ioThe awards dinner scheduled to be held in London on 26 March was cancelled due to COVID-19.  The organisers sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation caused.In this volatile and unpredictable environment, the need for business to be bold has never been greater: the need for managers to think and plan beyond the short term; the need for workforces to embrace change; the need for companies, large and small, to consider how to build sustainable enterprises in a world where competition is tougher than ever. This is the context for the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards, now celebrating their twelfth year. Since their inception, the awards have established themselves as the premier accolades in their category, thanks to their global reach and the impressive credentials of our eight-member judging panel.The awards will feature candidates from Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Winners are selected by a panel of experts including Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times and Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman & Chief Executive of ArcelorMittal, who base their decision on a shortlist drawn up by the FT's global network of bureau chiefs and senior journalists.Previous award winners include, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Sir James Dyson of Dyson, Helena Morrissey of The 30% Club, Andy Jassy of Amazon Web Services, Travis Kalanick of Uber, Moya Greene of Royal Mail, Warren Buffet, Ivan Glasenberg of Glencore; the innovators at Preferred Networks, M-KOPA, Samsung, Huawei, Apple and DeepMind Technologies; SoftBank, the Japanese telecommunications and internet corporation and UK robotics developer, Oxbotica.FT-ArcelorMittal-Boldness-in-Business-Awards-570e110e254993baddc41b67649a4115MM/DD/YYYY

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Winner: Person of the Year (1)

Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis

Group Chief Executive
Tesco

Dave Lewis joined the Board of Tesco PLC as Group Chief Executive on 1 September 2014.

Dave has significant experience in brand marketing, customer management and general management. Prior to joining Tesco, he worked for Unilever for nearly 30 years in a variety of different roles across Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has experience across many sectors in the UK and overseas, and has been responsible for a number of business turnarounds. He was previously a non-executive director of Sky PLC.

Dave is also a member of the Governance Committee of the Consumer Goods Forum and Chair of Champions 12.3, a UN programme seeking to add momentum to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals target 12.3 by 2030.

Winners of each category (6)

Levi Strauss & Co : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

Levi Strauss & Co : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

levistrauss.com

Iconic US denim maker Levi Strauss has long adopted progressive social positions — most recently around sustainability and gun control. Each year the firm typically allocates about two per cent of earnings before interest and tax to its philanthropic efforts. In 2018, Levi dedicated $1m to fight gun violence through grants to gun-safety organisations. By 2025, the firm aims to cut emissions across its supply chain by 40 per cent.

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VkusVill : Developing Markets

VkusVill : Developing Markets

vkusvill.ru

VkusVill — which translates to ‘Tasteville’ — is a Russian grocery chain focussing on fresh produce. It is one of the first food retailers in Russia to assume control of the output and branding of nearly all its products, ensuring a high level of quality control. VkusVill’s first store opened in 2012. Now the firm has more than 1,000 stores.

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BYJU'S : Drivers of Change

BYJU'S : Drivers of Change

byjus.com

India’s largest educational technology company, BYJU’s started life in 2006 after its founder, Byju Raveendran, successfully coached a number of friends through India’s notoriously difficult Common Admissions Test. BYJU’s offers app-based learning programmes and standardised test preparation to primary and secondary school students. Valued at $5.7 billion, it has over 35m registered users and plans to expand internationally with offerings in the US, UK and elsewhere.

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Nubank : Entrepreneurship

Nubank : Entrepreneurship

nubank.com.br/en/

Nubank is a Brazilian digital bank disrupting Brazil’s hidebound banking sector. With 15m clients, it is the nation’s fifth-largest credit-card issuer and Latin America’s most valuable private technology firm, valued at over $10bn. Nubank’s flagship product is a zero-fee credit card that comes with lower-than-average interest rates. Customers apply for it entirely online in a first for Brazil. 

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Ÿnsect : Smaller Company

Ÿnsect : Smaller Company

ynsect.com

Ÿnsect is a French startup raising insects for pet and fish feed and fertiliser. The company farms mealworm beetles to make a protein meal for salmon, trout, shrimp and sea bass. At 72 per cent, its protein content is equivalent to that of high-grade fish feed. Ynsect employs over 100 people in France and aims to build 15 factories around the world over the next several years.

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Healthy.io : Technology

Healthy.io : Technology

healthy.io

Founded in 2013, Israeli health startup Healthy.io developed the first FDA-approved home urine analysis test to catch urinary tract infections — the most common bacterial infections in humans. It has since partnered with Walgreens Boots Alliance and NHS England. Healthy.io has also won FDA approval for a test to detect chronic kidney disease that can be used at any pharmacy. Next it plans to enter wound and dermatological care.

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Hosts and Chairs of Judging Panels (2)

Lakshmi N. Mittal

Lakshmi N. Mittal

Chairman and CEO
ArcelorMittal

Lakshmi N. Mittal is the chairman and chief executive of ArcelorMittal. He founded the company in 1976, which then expanded globally through a series of mergers and acquisitions, most notably the merger with Arcelor in 2006. Mr Mittal is an active philanthropist and a member of various boards including Goldman Sachs and Aperam, of which he is chairman. He is a member of the Harvard Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Trustees at Cleveland Clinic.

Lionel  Barber

Lionel Barber

Former Editor
Financial Times

Lionel Barber is a writer and broadcaster. Between 2005 and 2020, he served as editor of the Financial Times. During his tenure, the FT transformed itself from a print-led newspaper into a global, multichannel news organisation, winning multiple awards for its journalism. These include UK Newspaper of the Year three times, as well as Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Mr Barber has co-written several books and lectured widely on foreign affairs, international economic policy and business matters. He appears regularly on TV and radio.  As FT editor, he interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards for his contribution to journalism and to the transatlantic community. In 2009, he was awarded the St George’s Medal and in 2018 received the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism.  He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Tate and is a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation in New York.

Judges (7)

Anne  Méaux

Anne Méaux

Founder – Owner & Chief Executive
Image Sept

Anne Méaux is founder-owner and chief executive of Image Sept, the public relations house that represents some of Europe’s largest companies. She was communications adviser to Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France.

Leo  Johnson

Leo Johnson

Head of Disruption Practice
PwC

Leo Johnson is the co-presenter of Radio 4’s series “Futureproofing” and head of PwC’s Disruption Practice. He is the co-founder of the strategy advisory firm Sustainable Finance Ltd, now part of the PwC group. He is a visiting business fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise & Environment at Oxford University.

Peter  Tufano

Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Dean
Saïd Business School

Peter Tufano is the Peter Moores Dean of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He has championed a new model of business education, melding business with science, social science and the humanities, and founding the Oxford Foundry, a university-wide home for student entrepreneurs. Before joining Oxford in 2011, he spent 22 years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, where he co-founded the Harvard I-Lab and founded a social enterprise, buildcommonwealth.org

Edward  Bonham Carter

Edward Bonham Carter

Vice Chairman
Jupiter Fund Management plc

Edward Bonham Carter is Vice Chairman of Jupiter Fund Management plc, Senior Independent Director at both Land Securities Group plc and ITV plc, a director of The Investor Forum and Netwealth Investments. He has over 30 years’ experience in the investment market and has extensive knowledge of the fund management business. He is a Trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Livingbridge LLP.

Brent  Hoberman, OBE

Brent Hoberman, OBE

Chairman and Co-Founder
Founders Factory, Founders Forum and firstminute Capital

Brent Hoberman is Co-Founder and Chairman of Founders Factory (a corporate backed studio/accelerator), Founders Forum (an invite-only, global community of founders, corporates and tech leaders) and firstminute capital (a $100m seed fund with global remit, backed by Atomico, Tencent and over 30 unicorn founders). Mr Hoberman co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $650 million and include Karakuri (a provider of robotics, AI and automation systems), made.com, Founders Intelligence (an entrepreneur powered consultancy), and most recently, Founders Academy (a new type of business school for a changing world).

Brooke Masters

Brooke Masters

Opinion and Analysis Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters has been the FT’s comment & analysis editor since February 2018 and assistant editor since 2016. She previously served as companies editor, chief regulation correspondent and city correspondent and wrote for the Lex column. Prior to joining the FT, Ms Masters worked for the Washington Post, reporting on Wall Street and white-collar crime. She has an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and a degree in History from Harvard University.

Robert  Armstrong

Robert Armstrong

US Finance Editor
Financial Times

Robert Armstrong is US Finance Editor at the Financial Times, having previously been the FT’s Chief Editorial Writer and prior to that, Head of the FT’s Lex column, which has been dispensing pithy, pungent and analytically informed financial commentary for nearly 80 years. Before joining the FT, Robert was a columnist at Dow Jones and an analyst at Seminole Capital, a long/short hedge equity fund. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University.

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Shortlist: Corporate Responsibility/Environment (6)

Aquafil : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

Aquafil : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

aquafil.com

Italian manufacturer Aquafil makes synthetic fibres. Its best known product is Econyl, a recyclable nylon fabric made from discarded fishing nets, fabric scraps and other waste. Its unique chemical recycling method ensures that the material does not degrade with each generation — so Econyl can be recycled repeatedly with no loss in quality. Fashion brands including Gucci, Prada and Adidas use Econyl.

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IBM : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

IBM : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

ibm.com

US IT firm IBM opened its first tuition-free school in Brooklyn in 2011. Their goal is to address a growing tech skills gap by offering predominantly low-income students a six-year engineering course — equivalent to four years of high school and two years of community college, plus relevant work experience. Nearly a decade on, P-TECH, as the initiative is known, counts over 200 schools in 18 countries.

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Levi Strauss & Co : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

Levi Strauss & Co : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

levistrauss.com

Iconic US denim maker Levi Strauss has long adopted progressive social positions — most recently around sustainability and gun control. Each year the firm typically allocates about two per cent of earnings before interest and tax to its philanthropic efforts. In 2018, Levi dedicated $1m to fight gun violence through grants to gun-safety organisations. By 2025, the firm aims to cut emissions across its supply chain by 40 per cent.

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Milk & More : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

Milk & More : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

milkandmore.co.uk

Milk & More is Britain’s largest doorstep delivery service for bottled milk. Most of the firm’s sales volume is delivered in reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging, and its bottles can be reused 25 times before recycling. It is also the largest electric-vehicle operator in the UK. Milk & More, which is owned by dairy supplier Müller, counts over 500,000 customers, with 100m bottles delivered annually.

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SSAB : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

SSAB : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

ssab.co.uk

SSAB is a Swedish steelmaker with ambitious plans to decarbonise its production process. It aims to replace coke, a carbon-rich form of coal used in steel production, with hydrogen so that the main byproduct is water rather than carbon dioxide. In 2018, SSAB, along with several partners, started building a pilot plant to test this environmentally-friendly method. SSAB plans to begin selling “green steel” by 2035.

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Stella McCartney : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

Stella McCartney : Corporate Responsibility/Environment

stellamccartney.com

British fashion designer Stella McCartney founded her eponymous label in 2001. The brand has been a pioneer of sustainable fashion, rejecting animal products such as leather, fur and skins. It also quantifies the environmental costs across its entire supply chain by publishing an Environmental Profit & Loss Account. Last year LVMH took a minority stake in the brand, and Ms McCartney was made special adviser on sustainability to its chief executive, Bernard Arnault.

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Shortlist: Developing Markets (6)

Bioceres : Developing Markets

Bioceres : Developing Markets

bioceres.com.ar

Bioceres is an Argentine agricultural biotechnology firm that develops and sells genetically modified soybean, wheat and alfalfa seeds, as well as crop nutrition products. The firm’s drought-resistant soybean seed has a yield advantage of 14 per cent under water stress and 7 per cent under good conditions — for a yield gain amounting to an additional 300 kilograms per hectare. It won regulatory approval in the US last year.

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Farmer's Cheese Making : Developing Markets

Farmer's Cheese Making : Developing Markets

farmerscheesemaking.com

Farmer’s Cheese Making is an artisan cheesemaker in Pakistan. It was founded by Imran Saleh, a hobbyist cheesemaker, in 2008. After several years of experimentation, he opened a market stall in Labore. Now he sells to 40 supermarkets across the country. The firm counts 50 varieties among its offerings, including Havarti, parmesan, Taleggio and English Cheddar.

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Koko Networks : Developing Markets

Koko Networks : Developing Markets

kokonetworks.com

Kenyan startup Koko Networks supplies clean cooking fuel in the form of bioethanol to homes in Nairobi. It aims to supplant the dirty fuels — mostly charcoal and kerosene — that predominate in homes across sub-Saharan Africa. Customers buy a cooker manufactured by Koko, pre-pay for the fuel via mobile app, and refill their fuel canisters at neighbourhood vending machines.

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Lenskart : Developing Markets

Lenskart : Developing Markets

lenskart.com

Lenskart is a manufacturer and retailer of eyewear based in India. It stocks 5,000 types of glasses and 45 kinds of contacts, and sells about 30,000 glasses per day. Unlike other retailers in India’s fragmented eyewear market, Lenskart controls its manufacturing. That has allowed the firm to quickly adjust production while controlling prices and maintaining quality control.

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Twiga Foods : Developing Markets

Twiga Foods : Developing Markets

twiga.ke

Twiga is a Kenyan mobile-based logistics firm delivering agricultural produce and packaged goods. The firm started by connecting small farmers in rural areas with informal retail vendors in cities. On Twiga’s app, vendors can order fresh produce. The firm then processes the orders and manages their delivery. Farmers are paid within 24 hours of supplying produce.

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VkusVill : Developing Markets

VkusVill : Developing Markets

vkusvill.ru

VkusVill — which translates to ‘Tasteville’ — is a Russian grocery chain focussing on fresh produce. It is one of the first food retailers in Russia to assume control of the output and branding of nearly all its products, ensuring a high level of quality control. VkusVill’s first store opened in 2012. Now the firm has more than 1,000 stores.

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Shortlist: Drivers of Change (6)

BYJU'S : Drivers of Change

BYJU'S : Drivers of Change

byjus.com

India’s largest educational technology company, BYJU’s started life in 2006 after its founder, Byju Raveendran, successfully coached a number of friends through India’s notoriously difficult Common Admissions Test. BYJU’s offers app-based learning programmes and standardised test preparation to primary and secondary school students. Valued at $5.7 billion, it has over 35m registered users and plans to expand internationally with offerings in the US, UK and elsewhere.

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Hitachi : Drivers of Change

Hitachi : Drivers of Change

hitachi.eu/en-gb

Founded in 1910, Japanese conglomerate Hitachi produces items spanning from rice cookers to nuclear power stations. An aggressive restructuring plan over the past decade has seen it shed non-core assets to focus on IT, infrastructure and industrial equipment. Overseas expansion and corporate governance reforms have also set it apart from other Japanese conglomerates. Hitachi shares have more than doubled since 2009, significantly outperforming the Tokyo Stock Price Index.

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Microsoft : Drivers of Change

Microsoft : Drivers of Change

microsoft.com

Over the past few years US technology giant Microsoft has executed a stunning turnaround, led by chief executive Satya Nadella. Its old, Windows-centric business model has given way to a focus on cloud computing — the firm’s cloud product has nearly half the market share of industry leader Amazon Web Services. Last year the firm surpassed a market capitalisation of $1 trillion.

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Northvolt : Drivers of Change

Northvolt : Drivers of Change

northvolt.com

Founded by two former Tesla executives in 2016, Northvolt is a Swedish startup building Europe’s first factory for lithium-ion batteries. Last year Northvolt began construction on the first phase of its battery factory in northern Sweden. It aims to reach 32 gigawatt hours of battery production at full capacity by 2023 — enough to supply 400,000 electric cars. Northvolt has raised $1.1bn in funding so far.

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Signal : Drivers of Change

Signal : Drivers of Change

signal.org

Signal is widely considered the most secure free encrypted messaging and voice-calling app. It was developed by American security researcher Moxie Marlinspike between 2010 and 2015. Its open-source end-to-end encryption methods have since been adopted by the likes of Facebook, Google, Skype and WhatsApp to safeguard the communications of billions of people. The app is managed by the nonprofit Signal Foundation.

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Waterstones : Drivers of Change

Waterstones : Drivers of Change

waterstones.com

Founded in 1958, British bookseller Waterstones has defied industry-wide travails and endeared itself to book lovers. It was rescued from near collapse a decade ago by managing director, James Daunt, who — through clever branding, book selection and store layouts — brought it back to profitability. Last year Mr Daunt was also made chief executive of US bookstore chain Barnes & Noble.

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Shortlist: Entrepreneurship (6)

Beyond Meat : Entrepreneurship

Beyond Meat : Entrepreneurship

beyondmeat.com

US startup Beyond Meat makes plant-based meat substitutes. Unlike most other purveyors of vegetarian fare, the firm markets its products — which include imitation burgers, chicken and bratwurst sausage — to omnivores. They are available at restaurants and grocery stores in the US, Canada, parts of Europe and Asia. Its public listing last year was a hit with investors.

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Ecotricity : Entrepreneurship

Ecotricity : Entrepreneurship

ecotricity.co.uk

Founded in 1995, Ecotricity is Britain’s largest green energy company. It supplies over 200,000 customers and generates nearly a quarter of their electricity from its own wind turbines. The rest is bought from other green generators. In 2011, Ecotricity launched a network of electric vehicle charging points along highways in the UK — of which there are now about 300.

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EG Group : Entrepreneurship

EG Group : Entrepreneurship

eurogarages.com

UK-based EG Group — short for Euro Garages Group — is one of the world’s largest independent petrol station and convenience store chains. It was founded in 2001 by brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa and has since expanded to more than 5,200 stores across Europe, North America and Australia. Among its brand partners are Burger King, Subway and Starbucks.

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Nubank : Entrepreneurship

Nubank : Entrepreneurship

nubank.com.br/en/

Nubank is a Brazilian digital bank disrupting Brazil’s hidebound banking sector. With 15m clients, it is the nation’s fifth-largest credit-card issuer and Latin America’s most valuable private technology firm, valued at over $10bn. Nubank’s flagship product is a zero-fee credit card that comes with lower-than-average interest rates. Customers apply for it entirely online in a first for Brazil. 

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Richer Sounds : Entrepreneurship

Richer Sounds : Entrepreneurship

richersounds.com

Richer Sounds is the UK’s largest independent retailer of hi-fi and television equipment — grown from one modest shop near London Bridge in 1978. Last year its founder, Julian Richer, handed control of the business to his staff, selling 60 percent of his shares to an employee-owned trust. The firm refuses to employ people on zero-hours contracts and donates about 15 percent of operating profit to charity each year.

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Rocket Lab : Entrepreneurship

Rocket Lab : Entrepreneurship

rocketlabusa.com

Founded in 2006, California-based Rocket Lab is an aerospace equipment manufacturer that specialises in the launch of small satellites into orbit. Rocket Lab provides the launchpad and rockets that satellites can be loaded onto at a much cheaper cost than its competitors. The startup has successfully launched nine satellites to date from its launchpad in New Zealand.

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Shortlist: Smaller Company (6)

Adaptive Biotechnologies : Smaller Company

Adaptive Biotechnologies : Smaller Company

adaptivebiotech.com

US medical technology firm Adaptive Biotechnologies analyses the human immune system to develop therapeutics. Adaptive’s technology sequences white blood cell receptors and maps them to the antigens they bind to, revealing which diseases a patient has experienced or is actively fighting. The firm aims to build a database of the immune system that would allow doctors to diagnose a whole range of disorders with a single test.

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CMR Surgical : Smaller Company

CMR Surgical : Smaller Company

cmrsurgical.com

CMR Surgical is a British medical technology company that manufactures surgical robots for minimally invasive keyhole procedures. By making these highly specialised operations easier and faster, CMR aims to increase their uptake in hospital wards. CMR’s flagship innovation is Versius, a modular, multi-armed robot that mimics the human arm and wrist with better dexterity and precision.

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Reformation : Smaller Company

Reformation : Smaller Company

thereformation.com

Reformation is a California-based women’s fashion retailer committed to sustainable design. It reports the environmental impact of each garment online — from CO2 emissions to water usage to waste generated. Reformation has an agile production model that produces 15 to 20 new styles weekly. Most items go from sketch to store hanger in less than four weeks, rather than the six months of the conventional fashion cycle.

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Solar Foods : Smaller Company

Solar Foods : Smaller Company

solarfoods.fi

Solar Foods is a Finnish startup developing a protein ingredient through gas-based fermentation. It involves mixing hydrogen, obtained through water electrolysis, with CO2 and fertilisers such as phosphorus and ammonia. These are fed to a proprietary soil-derived bacteria in a bioreactor, triggering a fermentation process that forms protein. When dried, the protein powder — called Solein — can be added to foods, such as smoothies, yogurts or pasta.

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Timpson : Smaller Company

Timpson : Smaller Company

timpson.co.uk

Timpson is a British high street retailer that specialises in shoe repairs, key cutting and other domestic services. Rapid expansion over the past decade has seen the firm add hundreds of stores, which now number 2,000. Timpson is known for proactively hiring ex-offenders, who often struggle to find employment. By 2017, 10 per cent of the company’s 4,700 employees had criminal records.

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Ÿnsect : Smaller Company

Ÿnsect : Smaller Company

ynsect.com

Ÿnsect is a French startup raising insects for pet and fish feed and fertiliser. The company farms mealworm beetles to make a protein meal for salmon, trout, shrimp and sea bass. At 72 per cent, its protein content is equivalent to that of high-grade fish feed. Ynsect employs over 100 people in France and aims to build 15 factories around the world over the next several years.

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Shortlist: Technology (6)

Babylon : Technology

Babylon : Technology

babylonhealth.com

British telehealth startup Babylon offers patients AI-generated advice on symptoms, as well as the option to video chat with a GP within two hours. Founded in 2013, it now operates in the UK, Ireland, Rwanda and parts of Asia and has struck partnerships with England’s NHS, Samsung, Tencent and others. Babylon’s service was designed to cut waiting times for GP appointments, offer GPs flexible working and reduce A&E visits.

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Brainomix : Technology

Brainomix : Technology

brainomix.com

British startup Brainomix builds AI-powered software to analyse CT scans, improving care for stroke patients. It was founded by two medical researchers from Oxford and spun out of the university in 2013. The startup aims to eliminate delays in treatment by instantly assessing stroke damage and advising physicians. Brainomix plans to extend its analysis technique to other diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Healthy.io : Technology

Healthy.io : Technology

healthy.io

Founded in 2013, Israeli health startup Healthy.io developed the first FDA-approved home urine analysis test to catch urinary tract infections — the most common bacterial infections in humans. It has since partnered with Walgreens Boots Alliance and NHS England. Healthy.io has also won FDA approval for a test to detect chronic kidney disease that can be used at any pharmacy. Next it plans to enter wound and dermatological care.

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Local Motors : Technology

Local Motors : Technology

localmotors.com

US startup Local Motors is a motor-vehicle manufacturer that sources designs collaboratively and produces them in low volumes, largely by 3D printer. External engineers and car aficionados offer input on designs in a process called “co-creation”. In 2016, Local Motors released Olli, an electric, autonomous and 3D-printed pod for eight riders, built with 90 per cent fewer parts than a traditional vehicle.

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Neuralink : Technology

Neuralink : Technology

neuralink.com

Founded by Elon Musk and several others in 2016, US startup Neuralink is developing neural implants to record patients’ brain activity, transmit it to computers and then stimulate the brain via electrodes. Its goal is to treat neurological impairments, such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy or lost vision. This year Neuralink will seek FDA approval to begin clinical trials on humans.

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Verily : Technology

Verily : Technology

verily.com

US firm Verily is the life sciences unit of Alphabet, focused on harnessing big data to predict and prevent disease. It has formed partnerships with an array of healthcare firms, such as drugmaker Sanofi, with whom it will monitor blood glucose levels in diabetes patients. Another initiative aims to collect genetic, molecular and wearable device information from 10,000 people to better understand human health.

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Organised by (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient.We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing. In 2017, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $68.7bn and crude steel production of 93.1 million metric tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 57.4 million metric tonnes. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

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