Sergey Petrossov

Private aviation entrepreuner, Florida

When Sergey Petrossov first began  flying on private jets back in 2009, the drawbacks of the rigid, almost antediluvian booking system quickly became apparent, so he began working on an app that would streamline the process. In 2013, he launched JetSmarter, which allows users to scroll through the network of more than 800 air carriers, all of which can be rented by individuals or, in true Uber-style, shared with strangers. The app has since been downloaded by more than 800,000 users.

Anna Hieronimus and Elise Kornack

Restaurateurs, New York

Elise Kornack never attended culinary school, but learnt to bake bread and make pasta from her Italian mother. In 2013, she and wife Anna Hieronimus opened the 12-seater Take Root in Brooklyn. ‘Initially, we opened a restaurant because we wanted to spend more time together,’ says Hieronimus. Within a year, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. ‘I carefully ride the line between comfort and intrigue,’ says Kornack.

Amiad and Koby Soto

Hospitality entrepreneurs, Tel Aviv

After experiencing almost uninterrupted questions from Airbnb guests at their Tel Aviv rental, 29-year-old identical twins Amiad and Koby Soto founded Guesty to offer a centralised service that takes care of time-consuming and mundane tasks like key drops, cleaning and maintenance. Business is booming, with the  rm already boasting a Rolodex of property management companies covering more than 2,000 Airbnb properties in 65 countries and 800 cities.

Ha Lam

Entrepreneur, Ho Chi Minh City

Lam is the co-founder of, a web-based platform that enables travellers to book tours directly with approved local experts. Lam’s idea stemmed from her initial job giving free tours to improve her English. A mother of three, she sold her family home to focus on the fledgling company while surmounting Vietnam’s embedded gender bias. The company now boasts a presence in 655 cities and 98 countries, with New York at the top of the list. ‘We knew from first hand experience, the challenges people face in exploring a culture in a truly authentic way,’ she says. ‘The platform allows anybody with an idea, the ability to create a limitless number of one-off tours, rooted in local knowledge.’

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