23 Female Entrepreneurs Under 30 Who Are Bossing Life

The #girlbosses you need to know

From pulling pints in a pub to self-fund their business ventures to funding business education for women in rural India from selling sportswear, these twentysomething women reveal the inspiration behind their businesses and how they made a success out of their dreams.

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Rachel McCoubrie (24) and Elizabeth Robinson (30); Co-founders and owners of LRM Goods

Rachel: Libby and I met at work and discovered that we shared a common entrepreneurial spirit and loved anything personalised.


Last November, Libby wanted to buy me a Navy Blue personalised passport holder with my initials for my birthday but could only find premium brands that stocked holders worth over £70. 


As a result, we identified a gap in the market for beautiful leather goods, personalised with your chosen initials, at an affordable price. 


The most important thing we learned from starting our business is that if you believe in yourself and put your mind to something, things can and will happen. 


Find your passion and let nothing stop you. There will be times when you will feel completely out of your comfort zone, but embrace this and absorb all the new skills and experiences you can. Don't ever be intimated by obstacles or challenges - you will look back and realise they were put in place for a reason. 

Visit LRM Goods here

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Bianca Miller-Cole; 27; CEO of Personal branding company 'The Be Group' and diverse hosiery brand 'Bianca Miller London'

'I started my first business 'The Be Group' aged 23-years-old after working in the city and seeing that there were a number of people at various stages of the career lifecycle who needed assistance with understanding the value of their 'personal brand'. 


When I started the business, I was young and fairly naive but over the last four and a half years I have grown the business from nothing to having an amazing list of blue chip clients (Accenture, EY, Barclays, HSBC, Mercer, Alliance, Olswang LLP etc), universities and schools. 


In 2014, after having my own personal frustrations with not being able to find the right 'nude' tights to match my skin tone, I took my business plan to redefine nude hosiery by offering a variety of colours to suit all skin tones onto the BBC show, The Apprentice


My hosiery brand 'Bianca Miller London' launched online in November 2015 providing eight shades of nude to compliment all women - from English rose to darker African skin tones. In August 2016 we launched internationally with Topshop. 


I have learnt a lot in business about what it takes to succeed - the importance of having a vision, accepting feedback, the ability to negotiate, how to turn no into yes, being determined and so on. 


My advice to women is 'feel the fear and do it anyway', women tend to be more risk adverse than men but statistically are better in business, so if you have a great idea get the support you need and get started.

Visit Bianca Miller London here.

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Rebecca (27) Andrea (24) and Danielle Winckworth (21) Co-founders of White & Green, Ireland's first 100% Certified Organic cotton bedding company

Rebecca: I was living in India a few years ago and spent time with garment factory workers. Through them, I learnt about the human rights abuses that are prevalent in the industry (sweatshops, child labour etc).


I came home quite horrified by the experience and decided to start an ethical retail brand to create an alternative to this exploitative system. Similarly, my mother is an interior designer and she spent years trying to source really high quality bed sheets at an affordable price, but found it was almost impossible. 


My sister Danielle was a fashion model and always wanted to go into product creation and design. So, we pooled all of our talents and skills to create an ethical bed sheets brand of high quality, classic designs at a fair price.


We spent a year and a half preparing for the launch of White & Green and in the end we almost had to be forced to launch it – we were so scared of not getting everything absolutely perfect. There will be mistakes and you might even have to change fundamental parts of the business model, but it's impossible to know this until you catapult your idea from pen and paper to the real world.

Visit White & Green here.

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Jusnah Gadi; 26; Music Entrepreneur of Young Music Boss, a resource hub and network building tool for young music entrepreneurs and creatives.

I've always been a person wanting to operate outside of the box and driven by the desire to make a difference. When I finished Law School, I started to explore how I could merge my academic training with my passion, which is music and turn it into a business, through that process of exploration young music boss was born. 


Many of the people surrounding me are creatives or entrepreneurs in the music industry and often come to me for guidance on the legal aspects of the business, which encouraged me to establish the consultancy element of YMB. 


Through the company, I also wanted to create more diverse visibility for the young people who are shaping the music business, but are often overlooked because they don't operate in traditional roles within the industry, which is why I established the YMB Awards (taking place April next year) and our quarterly Meritocracy dinner series which we do in partnership with UK Music and the MMF.  


I think the greatest lesson I have learned through running YMB is mistakes are valuable, failure is great because these are the things that shape you, they create the moments that force you to do better. 


If I had to give advice to anyone wanting to start their own business I would say 'just jump', you can spend the rest of your life assessing risk, thinking the time is not right but the reality is you need courage and the audacity to believe in your capacity to be great.

The Young Music Boss website is coming soon.

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Pippa Murray; 28; Founder of Pip & Nut, the all-natural nut butter brand

Having my own food brand has, hands down, been the most rewarding thing I've ever done. Granted, there have been moments which have challenged me but the fact that on a day to day basis I can say I've learnt something new is one of the things I love most about my job. 

I love marathon running, and whilst training I often turned to natural sources of protein to fuel on. I often found myself eating peanut butter straight from the jar, but a lot of them were supermarket brands laden with either palm oil and sugar and then the healthy ones were just a little too healthy looking. Having created the business concept, I entered Pip & Nut into a competition - 'Escape to the Shed' run by Escape the City and won. For the next three months I lived, worked and launched the business from a shed in Central London. 

Having never run my own business or worked in food and drink, I've had to learn everything from the ground up and I've done this by surrounding myself with the best mentors, investors, team, suppliers and agencies who share their knowledge and expertise to develop my own and grow the brand.

If you're looking at starting up a business, never be afraid to ask that stupid question or reach out to someone in the industry you admire, as the more support you can get the more your brand – and you – will flourish.

Visit Pip & Nut here.

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Angelica Malin; 25; Editor-in-Chief of About Time Magazine, offering readers information about food, drink and lifestyle in and around London

The website is inspired by a quote from Zadie Smith in On Beauty: 'Time is how you spend your love.' I came about the idea for About Time after feeling increasingly frustrated by going on lifestyle websites and being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice and variety on offer for restaurants, events, fitness classes - massive long lists of 100 things. 

I wanted someone to sit me down and say: 'This. This one thing is worth your time.' And that's what About Time is - bossy, authoritative, your friend in the know, who knows that your time is precious, and wants to spend it well. 

Sometimes you do things without knowing, exactly, why you're doing them at that time. Listen to that gut instinct, the drive to pursue a project, because that's what takes an idea to a reality. You have to be fluid with that idea; it changes, morphs, takes on a life of its own. 

Visit About Time here

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Morgan Dowler; 24; Director of Love Me…(And My Secret), a lingerie brand creating post operation and mastectomy bras for women

Starting your own business is always a difficult process and biting the bullet and taking your idea forward is the first huge hurdle. You will hit many road blocks that need to be assessed and overcome, but passion will always increase your determination. Doing what you love makes it an enjoyable journey. 

Starting Love Me…(And My Secret) and providing lingerie for women post breast cancer surgery is something close to my heart after my mum was diagnosed in 2013. It inspired me to provide women with comfortable, supportive and pretty bras that in turn will increase their confidence and restore their varied and personal perceptions of 'femininity'. One thing I have learned from my process would be that there are many people out there that want to help that were once in the same boat as you. 

Visit Love Me...(And My Secret) here

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Ifeyinwa Frederick; 24; Co-founder of Chuku's, the world's first Nigerian tapas lounge

My first business was a dance school that I set up when I was 16-years-old to earn some extra cash so I didn't have to spend my weekends working a part-time job. My main focus then was money.

My motivation for starting Chuku's was something entirely different and I wholeheartedly believe now that in business you need to be driven by a purpose beyond profit.

For me, it was my love of Nigerian food. I am passionate about the food of my heritage and whilst British consumers love exploring new cuisines and culture,s many haven't had the chance to try Nigerian cuisine. I wanted to provide them with that opportunity for discovery.

So, despite never having worked in a restaurant before, I launched our first pop-up with my brother  which proved to be a sell-out success. In the year since launching Chuku's, our successes has continued, including feeding Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu.

As an entrepreneur in a sector that I previously knew nothing about, my advice is don't let your knowledge gaps stop you. You don't need all the answers to begin. Make a start in some way, and then become a sponge. As you approach something you're inexperienced in, soak up guidance from all sources: read books, attend workshops, Google! And don't be afraid to reach out to successful people in your industry for advice – you'll be surprised at how many people will respond to a cold email.

Visit Chuku here.

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Margot Radicati di Brozolo; 28; Founder, YourMind, an online network offering practical tools to help users overcome fears, worries or sadness

The idea for YourMind started a few years ago when, after telling my friends and family that I was suffering from symptoms of anxiety, I realised that many around me were facing similar struggles.

I imagined YourMind as the go-to place for easy-to-understand, friendly and effective advice for looking after mental wellbeing and video-therapy sessions with high quality psychologists and psychotherapists.

At the time, I was working in management consulting and the idea of leaving a well-paid job to throw myself into uncertainty was unthinkable. So, I continued in my corporate job while dreaming of YourMind.

After two years of daydreaming, in January 2016 I decided to attend the entrepreneurial event 'Startup Tribe at Escape The City' to find out more about launching a business. Four months later, I started to set up YourMind alongside my job and eventually left to dedicate myself to it full time.

My advice to women considering setting up a business: you don't need a huge amount of funding. You can – and should – start with a minimum viable product (MVP) and invest as little as possible to test your concept. If it works, then you can invest more. Equally, there are plenty of freelancing opportunities out there – you could be earning on a flexible schedule while setting up your dream company. 

Visit YourMind here.

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Phoebe Gormely; 22; Founder and Tailor-in-Chief of Gormley & Gamble, the first women's only tailors in Savile Row's history

In 2014 I quit university to start my own company, Gormley & Gamble. I had one lecture a week and was completely un-stimulated – I wanted more. Having interned around Savile Row since the tender age of 15, I knew where I wanted to go. Two years on and we're the first women's only tailors in the history of the street. The future of G&G includes a semi-bespoke line launching a highly-curated edit of wardrobe essentials.

My advice to other women looking to start out is that this life, of 7-day weeks, 14-hour days, it's not for everyone and it's never going to be easy. It's not for the faint-hearted, and you absolutely have to back yourself, and believe in yourself, or you can't expect anyone else to do so. But the rewards are great; there's nothing like the feeling of serving a happy customer, or walking into a morning meeting with your team around you and ready to work. 

I believe that everyone has it in them; it's just finding the right thing to put your heart and mind to.

Visit Gormley and Gamble here

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