My Startup Story

Meet The Young Founders Sharing Their Experience At My Startup Story 2018

My Startup Story
Queen Ilebode, Founder, I Am New Generation Magazine

We’re looking forward to networking with these inspiring young founders who turned their business dreams into reality at My Startup Story.

On June 13th, the I Am New Gen team will be having an intimate, in-depth interview with three startups set up by young people who were inspired to launch their own enterprise.

The UK’s largest independent tech retailer Ebuyer recently surveyed 2,000 UK adults and found that millennials will have nine jobs in a lifetime and one career change.

Research also found that young people were the most likely group to take the plunge and start their own business.

Nine in ten 25 to 34-year olds are thinking about starting their own business, along with 85 percent of 18 to 24-year olds.

Since you’re never too young to share your experience, and never too old to learn, My Startup Story is all about startups and entrepreneurship.

Whatever your business interest, you’re welcome to attend My Startup Story and join us in celebrating the achievements of these young entrepreneurs who ventured outside their comfort zone to achieve their full potential.

My Startup Story gives young founders the platform to share their entrepreneurial journey and also creates the right environment for the next generation of business leaders to feel more secure in sharing and learning from the experience of others.

This, in turn, will inspire the birth of new creative ideas and help entrepreneurs to explore and develop their innovative startup ideas or existing business.

Our panel of speakers on the day will be discussing business culture, entrepreneurial drive, innovation and attitude to work, as well as their experience of turning their business dreams into reality:

You ask….‘What’s so special about these young founders’?….well, here are some quick facts about them and their business:


Ben Corrigan – Pouch

My Startup Story - Speaker 1 - Ben CorriganBen is the co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Pouch, which aims to make online shopping seamless with a free browser extension.

Pouch finds and displays active voucher codes for the website you’re browsing.

Having graduated Law at Leeds University, Ben became employee no.7 at the technology startup Yieldify, which went on to become one of the fastest growing tech companies in Europe culminating in a $11.5m investment from Google Ventures.

He was then hired as Senior Vice President for Nordic markets at the email retargeting powerhouse SaleCycle before founding Pouch with his two other co-founders in September 2016.

Ben also appeared on BBC investment show Dragons’ Den 15th series last year where Pouch received investment offers (investment sought – £75,000) from every single dragon.

Ellenor McIntosh & Alborz Bozorgi – Twipes

My Startup Story - Speaker 2 - Twipes
Ellenor McIntosh and Alborz Bozorgi

The dynamic duo has known each other since college days. Since starting Twipes in 2016, they have gone on to a number of different opportunities including becoming The Mayor of London’s Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2017 and coming first place in The 2018 Green Investment Innovation Forum in Stuttgart, Germany.

Their environmentally-friendly invention ‘Twipes‘ is a chemical-free ‘biodegradable’ wet wipes made from wood pulp, which dissolves in water within three hours and fits into existing toilet roll holders.

As well as their previous achievement, Al (the Business Head) and Elle (the Biomedical Scientist) are both individually nominated for Director of the Year at The Institute of Directors Awards this upcoming June, for their creation of the world’s first truly flushable wet wipes which disperses in water in just three hours.

Hawaa Budra & Gina Dorodvand – Onaria Technologies

Onaria Technologies develops Artificial Intelligence to help people take control of their health. The health tech company’s product is an app – PlaqueChecker – which is the world’s first digital dental checkup using a smartphone.

My Startup Story - Speaker 3 - Onaria Technologies
(L+R) Hawaa Budra and Gina Dorodvand.

Hawaa, when not working on the Onaria software, enjoys hiking, adrenaline filled sports and horse riding.

She graduated as a Biomedical Engineer from City University in July 2015 where she gained the skills needed to invent Onaria’s first product – PlaqueChecker.

She previously worked as part of the operations team at Vantix Ltd, a medical diagnostic company, and was also an associate at City Techcelerator where her role involved commercialising technology and establishing the technical vision.

Gina also studied Biomedical Engineering at City University and she’s currently responsible for the product design and users trials at PlaqueChecker.

Aside from working on positively disrupting the dental sector, Gina also spends her free time getting involved in adrenaline-filled sports.

She previously worked with the NHS England (South) Early intervention program as a Youth Participation Lead to ensure that the program evolves to better suit the people that they target and serve.


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