22 episodes

Welcome to the START UP. START NOW. podcast with your host Sharena Shiv. START UP. START NOW. publishes a new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to START UP. and START NOW. by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing! Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! Connect with START UP. START NOW. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk. To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

START UP. START NOW‪.‬ Sharena Shiv

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 50 Ratings

Welcome to the START UP. START NOW. podcast with your host Sharena Shiv. START UP. START NOW. publishes a new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to START UP. and START NOW. by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing! Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! Connect with START UP. START NOW. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk. To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

    #21: Hospitality startup plans to take on Britain’s ‘Big Three’ food delivery apps with Chris McColl (Founder of Gravyy)

    #21: Hospitality startup plans to take on Britain’s ‘Big Three’ food delivery apps with Chris McColl (Founder of Gravyy)

    Chris McColl is the founder of Gravyy, a zero commission food delivery and collection marketplace that enables restaurants to take back control of their profit margins. Chris is the former owner of NY Slice, a Glaswegian pizza restaurant that was forced to shut after being squeezed by the high commissions and unfair practices of the Big Three delivery platforms (Uber Eats, JustEat, Deliveroo). Delivery platforms charged up to 35% in commission for every order to an eye watering total of £1bn in commission every year, that's money that could be invested back into growing the UK's independent restaurants. His experience at the hands of delivery platforms inspired him to take a stand against the power of the Big Three and build Gravyy which is launching its Crowdcube campaign later this year.
    Take a typical £20 food order. An outlet should expect to make around £11.11 gross profit if they sell directly to the customer (once VAT and cost of goods sold are accounted for). If that restaurant were to use Deliveroo, they would lose £7.00 in commission, reducing the outlet’s gross profit to just £4.11.

    “Imagine a world where the eateries, cyclists, drivers and customers own an equity stake in the company they helped to build and grow. That’s the world we are creating! Our customers, partners and team will have the opportunity to share our journey and success through our crowdfunding campaigns.”
     Connect with Chris McColl via: LinkedIn.
    Find out more about Gravyy via: website.
    A new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to Start Up and Start Now by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing!
    Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! 
    Connect with Start Up. Start Now. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk.  To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

    • 56 min
    #20: UK's first design-led smart tech lighting challenger brand with Alisha Zhang (Founder of Accio Homes)

    #20: UK's first design-led smart tech lighting challenger brand with Alisha Zhang (Founder of Accio Homes)

    Alisha Zhang, founder of Accio Homes. She wants to change people’s perception of tech products, and make smart homes ubiquitous to all.  When Alisha was shopping for smart products for her own home, she spotted several pain points from the brands on the market at the time. Many had a complex, intimidating set up process, with short life spans and were in fact, pretty ugly! She decided to address these pain points by creating smart home brand Accio Homes. Accio’s beautiful smart lights do not compromise design for tech, are simple to set up (not just for the Techies!) and are built to last. 
    Alisha believes the future of home space is about automating and simplifying people’s busy lives. Accio’s mission is to create smart products that are beautiful, sustainable and accessible to everyone. 
    Learn more about Alisha’s journey from early days working in Real Estate through to embarking on her solo founder journey. 
    Connect with Alisha Zhang via: LinkedIn & Instagram.
    Find out more about Accio Homes via: website and Instagram.
    A new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to Start Up and Start Now by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing!
    Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! 
    Connect with Start Up. Start Now. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk.  To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

    • 40 min
    #19: Manufacturing sustainable upcycled bags from discarded lorry curtains with Mat Dusting (Founder of M-24 & GPOWERUK)

    #19: Manufacturing sustainable upcycled bags from discarded lorry curtains with Mat Dusting (Founder of M-24 & GPOWERUK)

    Mat Dusting is the founder of M-24, an online bag company that repurposes used truck tarpaulins and car seat belts into ultra-durable, one of a kind pieces of road history. Originally backed by the Prince’s Trust, M-24 has grown from a university idea into a cult brand with customers in over 35 countries, 50 tonnes of waste plastic recycled and sold over 10,000 units to date. Manufacturing everything in the UK, Mat collaborates with the largest haulage firms in the country and has a developed a line of colourful, durable, waterproof bags and accessories, all of which are one-of-a-kind. Mat studied Industrial Product Design at Aston University and veered away from the traditional graduate job route to pursue his idea without a moment's thought. Having secured initial funding from the Prince’s Trust, Mat then raised £100,000+ investment from investors to open 5 pop-up shops in Central London before opening a permanent store in Brighton. As the business grew internationally and online orders increased, Mat tweaked the business to operate entirely online and focused on customer care. With a keen interest in sustainability, Mat has recently started GPOWERUK, which is aiming to shake up the renewables market by using data-driven technologies to help business owners in the UK make smarter and more sustainable decisions. 


    Connect with Mat Dusting via: LinkedIn.


    Find out more about M-24 Bags via: website, Instagram and Facebook.


    A new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to Start Up and Start Now by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing!


    Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! 


    Connect with Start Up. Start Now. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk.  To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

    • 51 min
    #18: Creating a fast-growing disruptive jewellery brand with Connie Nam (Founder & CEO of Astrid & Miyu)

    #18: Creating a fast-growing disruptive jewellery brand with Connie Nam (Founder & CEO of Astrid & Miyu)

    Connie Nam is the founder and CEO of Astrid & Miyu, a London based jewellery brand which has gained cult  status across the UK since its launch in 2012. Ranked #9 in Sunday Times Fast Track 100 in 2020, Astrid & Miyu  is a fast-growing business both online and in physical retail, achieving 1000% growth with 4 stores, 2 concessions,  and over 80 staff. Connie’s accolades also include winning the Athena award for inspirational woman leaders in  the 2020 NatWest everywoman Awards and been highly commended in the 2020 Barclays Entrepreneur Awards  in the Scale-Up Entrepreneur category. The brand currently has 4 stores across central London as well as concessions in Selfridges and regular pop ups  in New York. 
    Connie started Astrid & Miyu from her kitchen table out of her flat in Notting Hill in 2012. While she could find  many cool brands in apparel and other accessories, it was hard to find a go-to jewellery brand at affordable  prices. Nam's goal was to revolutionise the way consumers shop for jewellery by providing well designed, trend led, unique jewellery at accessible price points while creating a strong sense of community. 
    Prior to founding Astrid & Miyu she took a very conventional career path and worked in investment banking at  Credit Suisse in Hong Kong and then finished her MBA in London Business School. While she was at London  Business School she did a stint in brand consulting for LVMH brands. 
     Connect with Connie Nam via: LinkedIn & Instagram.
    Find out more about Astrid & Miyu via: website, Instagram and LinkedIn.
    A new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to Start Up and Start Now by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing!
    Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! 
    Connect with Start Up. Start Now. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk.  To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

    • 33 min
    #17: Innovating in Mental health: addressing burnout (Calvin Benton, founder of Spill)

    #17: Innovating in Mental health: addressing burnout (Calvin Benton, founder of Spill)

    Spill was founded by Calvin Benton, a 28-year-old software developer from Yorkshire whose parents are both therapists. He saw first-hand how life-changing therapy could be, and yet also how difficult it was for most people to get, whether that was due to long waiting lists, the concern it would be seen as a weakness, or the high price of going private. Spill is on a mission to make mental health support barrier-free, stigma-free, and free at the point of use. Over 200 companies (including Beauty Pie, Depop, Bloom and Wild, Bulb and Huel) are now using Spill's all-in-one mental health support via Slack, meaning 12,000 people have access to therapy. According to a study carried out by the National Institute of Mental Health, 72% of entrepreneurs are directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues compared to 48% of non entrepreneurs.
    Connect with Calvin Benton via: LinkedIn.
    Find out more about Spill via: website, Instagram and LinkedIn.
    A new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to Start Up and Start Now by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing!
    Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! 
    Connect with Start Up. Start Now. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk.  To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

    • 39 min
    #16: Supporting early-stage entrepreneurs in developing regions worldwide (Co-founder of Enterprise Academy and Investor in Residence for Google Startups, Anthony Catt)

    #16: Supporting early-stage entrepreneurs in developing regions worldwide (Co-founder of Enterprise Academy and Investor in Residence for Google Startups, Anthony Catt)

    Anthony Catt is co-founder of Enterprise Academy, an organisation providing essential support to early-stage entrepreneurs in developing regions worldwide. Focused on the future of education and on a mission to democratise it for higher accessibility, Anthony has 8 years experience in creating, supporting and investing in new ventures, including across Africa. 
    As well as this, Anthony is an Investor in Residence for Google Startups, helping start-up founders gain better access to investment, as well as part of the Africa Angel Academy programme, to educate on and encourage increased UK investment into African startups and technology.  
    With his knowledge of investment, Anthony has also had the opportunity to work as an investment scout for organisations such as Korea Investment Partners, South Korea’s biggest VC fund, and now having facilitated $10m in investments to date. 
    Learn more about Anthony’s journey from completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Aston University, to now partaking in various investment programmes and co-founding Enterprise Academy!
     Find out more about Anthony Catt via: LinkedIn and Twitter.
    A new episode EVERY WEEK, showcasing the journeys of inspirational entrepreneurs, side hustlers and their mentors. We discuss their successes, challenges and how they overcame setbacks. Focusing mainly on what they wish they had known when starting out. The podcast aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence to Start Up and Start Now by showcasing real and relatable entrepreneurs. After all, seeing is believing!
    Join the conversation using #startupstartnow and tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Don't forget to leave a review as it really helps us reach those who need it and allows us to get the best guests for you! 
    Connect with Start Up. Start Now. and to nominate a guest please visit: www.startupstartnow.co.uk.  To connect with Sharena Shiv please visit: www.sharena.co.uk.

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Rlee92 ,

Rlee24

Interesting and insightful! One of my favourite Sunday listen! Looking forward to the next interview :)

Rickyf92 ,

Amazing presenter and guests

This is my first experiencing of listening to a podcast and wow this has changed my view. The interviewer and guests are really engaging and I look forward to the weekly episodes. The guest vary from background and experience keeping the podcast fresh and someone who has just started a side hustle this has opened my eyes to the journeys like minded individuals go through. I would highly recommend this podcast to people thinking about starting their entrepreneurial business or those who have been managing a business for a number of years. I look forward to further episodes and new seasons!

marybtl ,

Podcast which inspires!

I am so inspired by this podcast. So many gems! As a young black female just starting my career, I can learn so much from different individuals stories and it really motivates me to keep pushing. Thank you Sharena for using your platform to inspire us! 👏🏾

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