Sarah Martin and Ashwanth Gnanavelu former MBA students from Kent Business School have been nominated for AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2021.
Two years have passed since University of Kent alumni, Sarah Martin, began her business journey opening her first business in Topsham in 2018, followed by her second shop in 2019. Sarah’s successful business helps towards the environment by removing the use of unnecessary plastics and inviting customers to reuse empty containers they may have at home. Sarah’s achievements have led her to become the only female in her category to be in the running for the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award. The MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award honours the accomplishments of successful alumni in innovative world-class business strategy, with Sarah’s achievements reflected in her nomination in opening the first zero waste store in Exeter called Nourish Zero Waste.
With the success of Sarah receiving the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year nomination, Ashwanth Gnanavelu has also been nominated for the MBA Leadership award. Ashwanth’s roots from rural India has manifested into his work as he is currently a founding member of DesiCrew, which works towards creating IT-based jobs in his hometown. The MBA Leadership award honours alumni from AMBA-accredited Business Schools who have been making an impact in the business world.
MBA Director, Debbie Kemp said:
“I am delighted that two of our MBA students have been shortlisted for the prestigious, global AMBA awards in Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Sarah and Ashwanth epitomise everything about our Kent MBA programme – being transformational leaders and entrepreneurs who value sustainable innovation and support their local and global communities.”
The AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards is an annual award celebration where leading lights from the global business education community collaborate together. The award commemorates excellence and commends achievement among Business Schools, students, graduates, suppliers and employers that share AMBA & BGA’s values of ambition, impact and integrity.
Congratulations to Sarah and Ashwanth on these highly regarded nominations. We wish you both the best of luck in the final of the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2021!