The founder of the first zero waste store in Exeter has been named a finalist in the prestigious MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Sarah Martin, who opened her first shop in Topsham in 2018 followed by Magdalen Road in 2019 is the sole female in an impressive list of finalists for the award, which celebrates the achievements of successful alumni in innovative world-class business strategy, but also showcases Business Schools that are nurturing a spirit of enterprise and ambition.
The MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award is one of the most distinguished awards in the industry. AMBA has developed the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award to encourage and promote the value of entrepreneurship in the current competitive climate and to highlight its importance in the global market.
Sarah says, “This is a huge honour for me, especially as I am the only finalist working in an environmental context.
“The pressure is on now, as I have to write a further submission which will be put forward for the final judging.”
The other finalists are:
- Daniel Burns, TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München (Germany) for Testifi
- Daniel George, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University (UK) for StepEx
- Francisco Santolo, Universidad del CEMA (Argentina) for Scalabl
- Oluwatobi Ajayi, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University (Nigeria) for Nord Automobiles
- Ramil Khantimirov, Graduate School of Management, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) for StormWall
Sarah was nominated for the award by Debbie Kemp, MBA Director at Kent Business School, University of Kent who was impressed with the resilience of Nourish Zero Waste stores in the face of lockdown, and Sarah’s commitment to dispel beliefs that this type of store is expensive, niche, and exclusive.
The winner of the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award will be announced on 29 January 2021.