This episode, listen to disabled entrepreneur, Mark Esho about his journey from being diagnosed with Polio as a child, adapting to life in a wheelchair, setting up his first online business, what he is doing now and much more, enjoy!
Overcoming life's obstacles - Disability and Inclusion, with Mark Esho of Access Rating
THE IMPACT INTERVIEW
Much of the theme of The Impact Interview is about the profit potential of creating businesses that do good, how benefiting society can also generate strong investor returns. But inevitably some social entrepreneurs want to build something that is free to all who use it, and so look for launch funding from other sources. This was Mark Esho’s view when he and his co-founder Richard Hopson decided to build Access Rating last year, as a social enterprise. Access Rating is an app that will allow anyone with a visible or invisible disability to find out about accessible venues and public places before they get there. It will remove the anxiety and uncertainty of going somewhere new with a real probability that there won’t be proper access, or other suitable accommodation for their needs. Many families with children - especially if still in buggies - face this type of challenge all the time. But imagine facing it alone, or as an older child or young person who craves greater independence without having to be constantly assisted. Access Rating’s primary focus is the physical accessility of venues, but there is potential and ambition to encompass the whole sphere of public life. But they need funding and publicity to generate the momentum and coverage that they need to rerally make an impact. Mark has had a fascinating and inspiring journey since he began his career as a disabled black guy in the 1980s. He’s founded successful businesses, won a list of awards and now he and Richard are determined to build a game-changing app to transform the lives of millions of disabled people in the UK.
Online Entrepreneurship That Makes a Difference with Mark Esho
Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley
In today’s episode, Martyn and Mai Ling talk about the things going on in the world right now and how they relate to the disability community. Also, Martyn interviews internet entrepreneur Mark Esho, to learn about his successful businesses and how they started. Mark also shares some insight into his newest project, an app for rating businesses on accessibility found at accessrating.com. And lastly, Mark gives us three tips for aspiring entrepreneurs.