The Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 gives major recognition to young entrepreneurs for their successful startups and to organisations supporting youth entrepreneurship.

Over a 1,000 people were named in the Honours list, which was released last week Friday as Her Majesty celebrated her 90th birthday.

Some of the young business owners, aged 35 and under, awarded MBEs included:

Alexandra Depledge and Thomas Nimmo (

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From right to left: Alexandra Depledge and Thomas Nimmo. Image credit –

Alexandra and Thomas were both awarded for their services to the Sharing Economy. They both co-founded in 2013, along with Jules Coleman but have since exited the company back in December 2015. 

Rajeeb Dey (Enternships)

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Founder of Enternships – Rajeeb Dey

Rajeeb, who started his own entrepreneurial journey aged 17, was awarded for services to entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder of StartUp Britain.

James Watt and Martin Dickie (BrewDog)

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James and Martin used to brew their own beers and sold them out of the back of their old van.

James and Martin both received an MBE for their services to the brewing industry – Both were 24 years old when they set up BrewDog in 2007.

Tunde Okewale (Urban Lawyers)

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Tunde Okewale is a Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and also founded Urban Lawyers.

Tunde Okewale received recognition for his services to the community and disadvantaged young people. He founded Urban Lawyers in 2009 to help deprived youths secure work or placement in the legal sector.

Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock (Swiftkey)

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Founders of SwiftKey – Jon (Left) and Ben (Right).

Jon and Ben were awarded for their services to Technology – They were inspired to launch their SwiftKey app after becoming frustrated with the slowness of typing on a touchscreen.

Alice Bentinck and Matthew Clifford (Entrepreneur First)

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Alice Bentinck and Matthew Clifford are both co-founders of Entrepreneur First and Code First: Girls.

Alice and Matthew founded Entrepreneur First in 2011 to impact the way startups were built. They were awarded for their services to Business. They also both founded Code First: Girls, a not-for-profit, helping women learn how to code.

See the full list of the entrepreneurs given awards.