The Olio story - An entrepreneurs journey - Building a sustainable business
What does it really take to solve a large and growing problem, in this case food poverty and food waste?
Join myself and the wonderful Tessa Clarke, former Dyson exec, to learn from her entrepreneurs journey and how she built a sustainable, social purpose business with over 7 million followers.
In this session we will cover:
The Olio story, from a proof of concept via Whatsapp, to a global movement of over 7 million people. Tessa will also explain how Olio has built a network of over 80,000 trained volunteers who enable thousands of business locations to be zero food waste, by redistributing their unsold food at the end of the day. She will conclude by summarizing her learnings about innovation and how to be a truly sustainable business, drawing from both her corporate and startup experience.
About our speaker: Tessa Clarke, Co-Founder and CEO, Olio
Tessa is Co-Founder & CEO of Olio, an app tackling the problem of waste in the home & local community by connecting neighbours with each other, and volunteers with local businesses, so that surplus food & other household items can be given away, not thrown away; and so that everyday items can be lent and borrowed, instead of bought brand new. Olio has grown to over 7 million users in 63 countries and its impact has been widely recognised, most notably by the United Nations who highlighted Olio as a "beacon” for the world, and by Vivatech who awarded Olio "Next European Unicorn".
Prior to Olio, Tessa had a 15 year corporate career as a digital Managing Director in the media, retail and financial services sectors, and she met her co-founder Saasha whilst they were studying for their MBAs at Stanford University. Tessa is passionate about the sharing economy as a solution for a sustainable world, and about ‘profit with purpose’ as the next business paradigm.
Attendance is free as part of your DIN membership subscription