Elon Musk: Musk is one of the few entrepreneurs who is truly innovative and thinks big (really BIG!). He's an inspiration to all.
Richard Branson: not strictly in tech, but Branson's biography is what first got me really interested in entrepreneurship when I was 12 or 13.
What initiatives would you like to see introduced in the UK to support young tech entrepreneurs?
Students always have fantastic ideas but often lack the courage to try them. We need to get more entrepreneurial mentors into schools and provide schemes, which enable students to run a business or experiment with an idea while in school. This also means that we need to convince teachers that business is not always bad! I've come across one or two teachers in the past who believe money-making to be purely inspired by greed, when it really doesn't have to be.
5th and 6th: Andrew Brackin (19), Founder of Spot, and James Anderson (16), Founder of Thinkspace
7th and 8th: Leo Anthias (23), Co-founder and CTO at Kivo.com, and Isabel Bescos (23), International Marketing Co-ordinator at BlaBlaCar.
9th and 10th: Elia Videtta (23), co-founder and VP of engineering at AdBrain, and Tade Oyerinde (20), co-founder and CEO of Gleepost.
11th and 12th: Emma Walker (21), programs producer at General Assembly, and Duncan Peters (23), founder of eRiple.
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