THE EUROPEAN PRIZE FOR SUCCESSFUL MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS

The MoneyGram Award was launched in Italy in 2009 and was the only national award at that time to recognise the successful entrepreneurship of migrant entrepreneurs. The prize was awarded to migrant entrepreneurs – or rather entrepreneurs with a migration background – who have successfully established their own business in Italy. Today, the experience from Italy is the basis for our new, unique project. The European MoneyGram Awards 2019.

Our goal is to honour and recognise migrant entrepreneurs for their achievements and merits in their new home countries. In our first European edition, we are focusing on migrant entrepreneurs in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain and Germany, who can apply here to be nominated for the award.
These awards will be given per country in the following categories:

• Social Responsibility
• Profit Growth
• Innovation

All participants will be able to introduce themselves with their personal profile in the corresponding section. Starting in mid-September 2019, all participants will have the opportunity to share their profile via social platforms such as Facebook to collect votes for themselves.

A neutral jury will select the national winners from all categories after about four weeks. The jury will choose from the three entrepreneurs with the most votes in each category.

The winners from each country will be awarded at an official gala event in Brussels on 7 November 2019 – including transportation, food and accommodation. The European MoneyGram Award winners will also be named; they will be selected from the respective country winners.

The MoneyGram Awards 2019 honour the astonishing performance of entrepreneurs with migrant background who have established successful businesses in their new home countries. We reward the courage and the dedication that it took to implement new business ideas as we are grateful for the cultural diversity that these visionaries have added to our everyday life. We have met many exceptional entrepreneurs in the last couple of years and admire their determination, their vision and their leadership skills. With this in mind, we are pleased to offer a larger scale award this year and look forward to meeting many new, great personalities.

Michael Schütze, Head of Europe von MoneyGram

Categories

Social Responsibility

Are you and your company committed to a high degree of social responsibility? Is social responsibility more than just a phrase for you? If so, introduce yourself and your company to us.

Profit Growth

Does your company benefit from sustainable growth and continue to improve in its development from year to year? Are you becoming more and more established as a successful entrepreneur? Then we are looking forward to your application.

Innovation

Are you a visionary? Is your company characterised by innovative projects or products? Do you regularly succeed in bringing about inspiration through innovation? Then join in and register your profile.

Nominations

Profit Growth
Social Responsibility
Innovation

Profit Growth

Jaciara Teotonio (UK BASE PROPERTY)

Jaciara Teotonio (UK BASE PROPERTY)

Oct 23 2019

Jaciara Teotonio, 46, multi-award-winning Portuguese-Brazilian entrepreneur living in London, UK, founder of UK BASE PROPERTY UK. Jaciara Teotonio is the owner of UK BASE PROPERTY, a large, award-winning accommodation service in London. She has been interviewed by CNBC, Isto E Magazine (Brazil) and the Financial Times newspaper. In search of prosperity and financial independence, Jaciara and her family moved from Brazil to Portugal and then onto London. As a result of her perseverance, Jaciara is now the owner of her own business. Here, we find out more about Jaciara’s exciting journey to date. Jaciara has grown her property business to 25 properties over the 5 years in business. www.ukbaseproperty.uk

Vanessa Fernandes (NAYA London Ltd.)

Vanessa Fernandes (NAYA London Ltd.)

Oct 10 2019

Vanessa Fernandes, is 32 years old, Born in Portugal and the Director of NAYA London Ltd NAYA London is a hair cosmetics multi brand boutique, supplying salons and stylists not just in the UK but all across Europe. Originally created to bridge the gap in the industry for the supply of good quality professional cosmetics to smaller salon’s and mobile stylist who could not afford to meet distributors minimum orders. Fast forward 13 years today it is a brand on the rise which strives to use beauty as a medium to empower women. The company stocks over 16 different brands, providing a platform for new brands to enter the UK market. NAYA London’s unique approach to distribution is one of the reasons for its success, the company invests heavily in marketing and business development for the brands and salons it partners with. As part of its commitment to supporting women in business, the company hosts regular networking breakfasts, free digital marketing and Enterprise skills training for women who are struggling to find flexible work around childcare. www.naya.london

Ben Todar (Benz Burgers)

Ben Todar (Benz Burgers)

Oct 06 2019

My name is Ben Todar, owner and managing director of Benz Burgers. I’m 31 years old, Born in Casablanca and moved to London in 2009. Benz Burgers has been awarded second best takeaway in the UK, after only one year of its kick off. Restaurants were ranked on factors including popularity, reviews, star ratings, return sales and hygiene standards www.benzburgers.com s2

Michelle Watson (BREAKFREE FOREVER CONSULTANCY LTD.)

Michelle Watson (BREAKFREE FOREVER CONSULTANCY LTD.)

Oct 05 2019

MICHELLE WATSON IS 38YRS OLD, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN IS JAMAICA COMPANY NAME – BREAKFREE FOREVER CONSULTANCY LTD. BREAKFREE FOREVER CONSULTANCY WAS CREATED TO HELP INDIVIDUALS GO FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY THROUGH THE ART OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, SPEAKING AND WRITING. THIS COMPANY WAS BIRTH FROM A PLACE OF PAIN TO PASSION AS MICHELLE WATSON HAS BEEN AN OVERCOMER FROM DOMESTIC ABUSE, SUICIDAL TENDENCES, DEPRESSION AND DEBT. SHE SERVES BY OFFERING THE ABILITY TO SHARE YOUR STORY AND BUILD YOUR BUSINESS BY WRITING A BOOK, AND HAS PUBLISHED NUMEROUS AUTHORS. HELPING OTHERS TO ALSO SUCESSFULLY SHARE THEIR STORY OR CONTENT ON A PLATFORM BY GIVING SPEAKER TRAINING. THE THIRD SERVICE IS COACHING IN THE AREAS OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS. MICHELLE THRIVES TO HELP INDIVIDUALS ACHIEVE SUCCESS AND CREATE THE LIFE THEY DESIRE NO MATTER WHAT THEIR PAST MAY MAKE THEM THINK AS SHE STRONGLY BELIEVES THAT ANYONE CAN TURN THEIR PAIN INTO A PASSION AND PROFIT FROM IT INSTEAD OF USING IT AS AN EXCUSE TO QUIT. www.breakfreew.com

Social Responsibility

Abdi Hassan (Coffee Afrik CIC)

Abdi Hassan (Coffee Afrik CIC)

Oct 19 2019

Abdi Hassan, someone who has experienced child abuse, homelessness, addiction and lives with bi polar yet founded a community social enterprise. Coffee Afrik CIC is a community based organisation operating in Hackney & Tower Hamlets. Our community work is aimed at building the capacity of disadvantaged communities and individuals to create the change they want to see by empowering them at grassroots level. Our values stem in building cohesive, positive and open community relations, with a key focus on supporting community members who are elderly and young black men, in East London. We presently run 7 projects, starting with a £5,000 grant and now turning over £130,000 YTD. www.coffeeafrique.co.uk

Muzaffar Sadykov (Oshpaz Authentic Uzbek Street Food)

Muzaffar Sadykov (Oshpaz Authentic Uzbek Street Food)

Oct 03 2019

I am Muzaffar Sadykov, 38 years old. I was born in Osh city, Kyrgyzstan Central Asian. I am chef, founder of OshPaz/Secrets of The Silk Road. When I work as a chef at the restaurant, I have always noticed what a street food great opportunity it is to introduce people who never knew before about our traditional Uzbek cuisine to its rich flavours. This and because it’s a long term ambition of mine, I have decided to open a new street food and catering business called OSHPAZ Authentic Uzbek Street Food. It is first Uzbek street food in London and Europe. We are cooking our traditional dish Plov – Artisanal rice-based dish, with fresh, slow cooked lamb, carrots, onions, garlic and herbs and traditional Central Asian spices. Nowadays I have four stalls in Central London to lovers Authentic test. “Get a taste of Oshpaz and discover the flavours and spices of the Silk Road.” www.oshpaz.co.uk  

Aisha Abdelmaquid (Brushes library)

Aisha Abdelmaquid (Brushes library)

Sep 30 2019

Aisha Abdelmaguid an Egyptian lawyer and writer living in UK in London, 26 years old, passion about business, and running currently my own business .My business is, Brushes library the world’s first ebook store for all types of Arabic literature – from modern classics and favourite poets to undiscovered treasures and unsung heroes. Brushes library connect over 900 writers and publishers to a world of Arabic readers to communicate them with their civilization again, which they are a massive sector of the world my LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/aisha-abdelmaguid Aisha Pitch notes

Betty Encinales (Bercruit)

Betty Encinales (Bercruit)

Sep 25 2019

Betty Encinales is the founder of Becruit she has raised over 40K in different projects in Latam and Africa for children and education, her company is a recruitment company based in the city but the social work she does in on a personal level and she has work in several projects with the LATIN community raising funds for education for kids and in November they are also contributing with RAICES ORG IN Uganda to open a library there. www.becruit.com

Innovation

Giuliano Dore (Get Groomed)

Giuliano Dore (Get Groomed)

Oct 19 2019

Giuliano is a 28 years old entrepreneur from Belgium who moved to London 3 years ago where he founded Get Groomed, the mobile barbering platform. Get Groomed is a male beauty & tech platform connecting customers with professional barbers for bookings at home, office, hotel or hospital through the mobile app or website. The company has been awarded best emerging barber brand by Barber UK in 2018 and counts companies like Groupon, Warner Music and MatchesFashion.com as clients. Get Groomed has been selected as one of the best “barbershop” in London by Jackal magazine. The company does non-profit initiatives in partnership with the Brixton Soup Kitchen where they provide services to less privileged people. Get Groomed is currently working with 25 barbers, covering the whole London area. www.gogetgroomed.co.uk

Tejas Dave (Avasam)

Tejas Dave (Avasam)

Oct 11 2019

Tejas Dave, 39 from India is the founder and CEO of Avasam and eBusiness Guru, & has been helping eCommerce businesses worldwide since 2010. Avasam is a fully automated DropShipping platform facilitating effective and efficient B2B business, allowing sellers and suppliers to maximise sales to end customers. Avasam grew out of a clear need that was highlighted by eBusiness Guru customers, and has received multiple award nominations, winning UK eCommerce Software or Extension of the Year at the UK eCommerce Awards 2019. Established in 2011, eBusiness Guru are an award-winning eCommerce agency providing technical leadership to eCommerce businesses. We provide expert advice and services, enabling our clients to achieve and surpass their goals. We develop and provide tools – both bespoke and for use by a wide range of eCommerce businesses. We also provide website development, mobile app and bespoke development, digital marketing and EPOS solutions to businesses. With full support available online, ultimately, our long-term eCommerce clients refer to us as their online technical support team. www.avasam.com

Vera Ilisoi (Maya Designa)

Vera Ilisoi (Maya Designa)

Oct 07 2019

Vera Ilisoi is the founder of Maya Designa. She is originally from Moldova and moved to the UK in 2014. Vera is a hard working and determined visionary. She started Maya Designa from the back of her garage 3 years ago and grew the business to international level, getting involved in leading projects in the property sector. Now the focus of Maya Designa has shifted and the company is going through massive rebranding becoming an AR and VR boutique agency to serve a wider audience at MNE level. One of the projects that Vera is most proud of is a development of a AR product with therapeutical effect for terminally ill children. “At the end of the day you are a sum of your contribution to the world!” Vera Ilisoi www.mayadesigna.com

Rafael dos Santos (High Profile Club)

Rafael dos Santos (High Profile Club)

Oct 05 2019

Rafael dos Santos, 38, an entrepreneur from Brazil. Founder of High Profile Club in London. High Profile Club is an artificial intelligence platform that connects entrepreneurs with the media. We use Ai technology the same way that Netflix uses it: we understand the profile of our members and when a journalist adds a request onto our platform, we recommend the right profile and introduce to the journalist. Our matching algorithm has made thousands of matches and our members have been featured over 500 times in Forbes, The BBC, Grazia, TEDx, Daily Mail, Virgin Television and hundreds of other outlets. www.highprofileclub.com

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