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About 30under30 and the Editors’ Ten:
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year saw a surplus of highly qualified entrants — far more than the 30 spots reserved for the best and brightest. We thought we would spotlight 10 innovative nominees who just missed the Top 30, yet impressed our judges enough to merit special attention. Behold, our Editors’ Choice Honourable Mentions for 2012! More.
Adam Long, NSW (b. 1986)
Name: Adam Long
Age: 25 (Born: November 1986)
Known for: Beehive Digital Manufacturing
Adam Long exercised his global conscience in his work with Engineers Without Borders, organising volunteer tours for Australians to visit poverty-stricken villages in India and Cambodia.
While the tours were a success, Long was just warming up. His newest venture, Beehive Digital Manufacturing, is devoted to customisable products made with sustainability in mind. Long found his breakthrough in the Panda Pad, a bamboo-cover notebook that pre-sold well over a thousand copies through a crafty Kickstarter campaign.
Beehive’s products are designed and distributed through its Sydney workshop, and the local community has responded as enthusiastically as the global one.
Affirms Long, “Being an entrepreneur is a mechanism for effecting change that builds momentum and multiplies.” Not to mention, the Hive is approaching $600,000 in turnover in its first fiscal year.
The panda approves.
Anthill asks: Adam Long, complete this sentence: “I’m entrepreneurial because…”
I’m an inventor. I invent new ways to unleash people’s creativity! When other people have an idea, they come to me to take it from concept to reality.
Panda Pad on Kickstarter
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