Here at Virgin Unite we believe that business leaders and entrepreneurs must put purpose at the core of their work – making business the force for good this planet so desperately needs.

To encourage this way of working, and to highlight and celebrate impactful businesses, we have joined forces with the Virgin Media Business’s VOOM competition to present the Impact Award.

The award highlights and celebrates entrepreneurs with businesses that have social and environmental impact. The winner will receive mentoring and training workshops from the Virgin Unite team and will join next year’s Disrupting for Good Leadership Gathering on Necker Island, where they’ll spend time with Richard Branson and a group of inspiring change-makers.

We’ve had over 4,800 brilliant businesses enter the competition and over 100,000 people vote so far. With only one week to go until voting closes we encourage everyone to get behind this group of change-making entrepreneurs.

“This award celebrates businesses which create measurable social and environmental impact through their core business model, something we champion loudly here at Virgin Unite,” entrepreneurship director Anna Jones says. “Increasingly, many start-ups are considering people and planet, as well as profit. Entrepreneurs are leading the way and developing innovative solutions, such as green tech. They are also setting up ethical supply chains that are fair for all and giving employees meaningful work in supportive workplaces.”

With only one week to go until voting closes we encourage everyone to get behind this group of change-making entrepreneurs.

So many businesses have already caught our eye, from Thriva – a business that provides personal health-monitoring kits, to Extremis Technology – manufacturers of disaster relief shelters, to Pavegen – creators of electivity generating floor panels.  

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These are just a few of the entrants in the running, so be sure to look at the leader board and vote for your favourite. You’ll find business offerings ranging from waste-reducing toothbrushes, to roads made from recycled plastics, to apps that book medical appointments, buy food from local sources, and make digital payments easier for people in need.

“In the early days of business there’s one thing that every entrepreneur should focus on: survival. One of the best ways to ensure that your start-up survives is to place purpose at the core of your business model. If you do, you, your business and the whole world all stand to gain” Richard Branson says.

With this in mind, don’t miss your chance to support an up-and-coming purpose driven business. You could make their world better – and they could make your world better. It’s a win-win. So be sure to vote before VOOM closes on May 23rd.