Whitgift Sixth Former wins Bottlemakers award as well as being listed on ‘20 Under 20’ list.
Upper Sixth Form Whitgift student and entrepreneur, Arminder Dhillon, has won the Horners Bottlemakers Award 2018, for his impressive Boot Buddy invention (originally of Dragons’ Den fame). The annual prize is awarded in conjunction with the British Plastics Federation and entrants are required to have significant UK content in design, materials or manufacture, alongside a proven record of commercial success. Huge congratulations to Arminder who is the youngest person to have ever received this accolade.
This is a further great accomplishment for the young founder, who earlier this year was placed on TransferWise’s ‘20 Under 20’ list. The company, which offers a cost-effective way for users to transfer money internationally, was searching for Britain’s most promising young entrepreneurs. During a pitching, training and mentoring trip to Estonia, Arminder faced a judging panel of renowned investors and business minds, presenting exceptionally well to be selected as one of the top five entrants.
Will Shu, CEO and co-founder of Deliveroo, commented on Arminder’s invention, “With Boot Buddy, Arminder has created something rare – a genuinely useful and clever product, which I can see doing really well.”
Arminder is able to grow his already successful Boot Buddy business, alongside his studies, with support from his family as well as ongoing input from the Dragons. He is certainly kept busy, also speaking at various industry events, most recently at Peter Jones’ Enterprise Festival (EntFest). Arminder’s team have plans for further expansion into additional markets as well as launching useful new variations such as Paw Buddy, an adaptation for cleaning your pet’s muddy paws. Watch this space for more from this savvy young businessman.
Find out more about Horners Bottlemakers Award here.
Read more about TransferWise’s 20 under 20 here.