Liita Lyaloo Cairney has made the shortlist for the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur awards which recognises the UK’s 35 up-and-coming entrepreneurial stars.
Liita founded her product Koree. A reusable hygiene device that provides both functional psychological protection to effectively and affordably manage menstrual cycles. This has since developed to include a site; First Period, dedicated to providing free education on the menstrual cycle in a safe, non-judgemental space.
According to UNICEF, 77% of girls in Nigeria have no place at school to change their sanitary materials. It is estimated that some girls in Africa miss up to ten percent of their education because they don’t have access to the right items.
The awards are split into categories for Scotland, Wales and England’s North East, North West, Yorkshire, Midlands and London and the South regions, and will celebrate businesses in sectors such as food and drink, healthcare, and technology.
One finalist will be selected from each area’s category at the BQ Entrepreneur Festival powered by Atom bank, taking place in Newcastle’s Boiler Shop on 21st November. The overall winner will be announced on the evening.
This year one entrepreneur will be recognised as a ‘rising star’ and attendees will be able to vote for the people’s choice award during the event.
David Townsley, group account director at BQ said: “This year we’re blown away by the calibre of entrepreneurs who are nominated.”
With support from LAUNCH.ed, Liita won a SMART proof-of-concept grant. This was followed by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship and private investment which allow Liita to test her ideas and create a prototype. If you have an idea you think could make a difference come along to one of our many free events or book a one to one meeting with an advisor.