What inspired me to start a business – two company owners reveal all

Katie Alcott and Silas Adekunle created their own businesses after deciding to follow their passions. But they couldn’t have done it without help from UWE Bristol

Katie Alcott, founder and chief executive of Frank Water, a charity based in Bristol, studied fine art at the University of the West of England Bristol (UWE Bristol). She has been awarded an MBE and won many national and local awards for social entrepreneurship, including an award for young entrepreneur of the year, a women of the future award, and Ernst & Young’s Future 100 award.

I founded Frank Water a few years after leaving UWE Bristol in 2005. But my initial passion for human rights stemmed from my first trip to India in the year before I started at UWE Bristol. I taught English in Kashmir and noticed children, particularly girls, often skipped classes. I later realised it was down to water-related illnesses. Then I got dysentery myself, from the unclean water, and was so ill that I lost about two stone in four months.

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