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Boyd Whalan, 2012 Social Entrepreneur (Anthill 30under30)


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About ‘Social Entrepreneurs’ and 30under30:

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, so we thought we would highlight some of the bright and innovative nominees who just missed the Top 30. More.

Among these ambitious talents, we’re delighted to honour five individuals who are using their business savvy to make the world a better place: our 2012 Social Entrepreneurs.

Boyd Whalan, ACT (b. 1989)

Name: Boyd Whalan
Age: 23
Born: October 1989
Gender: Male
State: ACT
Known for: Hessex

When one in three people in the world have no access to clean energy — and when even unclean resources, such as kerosene lamps, are ponderously expensive — practical solutions call for inventive thinking.

To that end, Boyd Whalan is demonstrating that such solutions are possible. After volunteering in Ghana and studying business at uni, Boyd — the second young Whalan (after Hugh) to be honoured by Anthill — founded Hessex Solutions to make solar energy easier to purchase.

Instead of buying the whole system up front, consumers can manage their consumption on a pay-as-you-go basis. The adoption of solar energy, says Whalan, “will improve health, improve educational opportunities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions all for less than they currently pay for unsafe traditional fuels.

“In less than a year, Whalan has assembled a multi-talented team of partners to grow the business and simplify the manufacturing process. A series of wins at business competitions have increased Hessex’ media presence, putting the niche of microfinance ever higher in the conscience of the global public.

Anthill asks: Boyd Whalan, what motivates you as an entrepreneur?

My activities are driven by a desire to have a significant impact on the world around me. I seek to understand the roots of the world’s biggest problems and find new ways to solve them. I enjoy creating successful teams and partnerships, and working hard to achieve the goals which I set for myself.

Boyd Whalan: Hessex Solutions


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