After starting his first business at 19, Ash Phillips knew he would forevermore be an entrepreneur… or ‘unemployable’ as he likes to describe it. The founder of multiple businesses before turning 25, Ash has been awarded for his work in developing the next generation of entrepreneurs & professionals on lists such as The Maserati100 and being featured in the likes of Forbes and The Sunday Times.
Ash has a background in brand consultancy, design & digital marketing (specialising in social media, community building, digital customer service and personal brand development).
He started YENA after always being the youngest person at business events and wondering just where everyone else his age was. Realising that in this ‘social media age’ it’s likely people were running what looked like big brands from behind their phones or in their bedrooms, he wanted to develop a more personal aspect to disrupt this quickly. YENA bought together people just like Ash – whom had entrepreneurial approaches to their jobs, study, businesses – and there he found the makings of what is now the global YENA community.
Ash is an active campaigner for better opportunities for young entrepreneurs and a regular public speaker at all types of events (book Ash here).
In his spare time, Ash is a big film buff, self-confessed comic book geek and considers himself a bit of a gin & pizza connoisseur (not exclusively at the same time).
His biggest dream is to experience space travel and hopes that, thanks to the YENA network and the speed of technological developments today, he’ll be able to walk on another planet in his lifetime. YENA Mars, anyone?!