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Top 20 Entrepreneurs to follow on LinkedIn in 2023

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Top 20 Entrepreneurs to follow on LinkedIn in 2023 | The Business Anecdote

We have compiled a list of 20 Entrepreneurs we feel you should follow on LinkedIn. These are entrepreneurs impacting their industry positively. Not just economically, but socially, culturally and technologically. Some of these entrepreneurs create educational content on LinkedIn that could help you start your own business or social enterprise. Without further ado, here are the 20 entrepreneurs you should follow on LinkedIn in 2023.


  1. Christian Wylonis

  2. Jake Karls

  3. Will Rowe

  4. Mary Spio

  5. Noella Coursaris Musunka

  6. Melissa Snover

  7. Raphael Sofoluke

  8. Talifhani Banks

  9. Mitch Jacobsen

  10. Michelle De Leon

  11. Sharon Hurley Hall

  12. Lisa Hurley

  13. Patricia López Trabajo

  14. Leila Hurstel

  15. Zeneca Z

  16. George Rawlings

  17. Magnus Grimeland

  18. George Imafidon

  19. Sue Fennessy

  20. Avrum Elmakis


Christian Wylonis | The Business Anecdote

Christian Wylonis is the CEO and Cofounder of The Org. He founded The Org with Andreas Jarbøl in November 2017 with a mission to make organizations more transparent. The Org is the world’s biggest network of public org charts. They are on a mission to make organizations more transparent and to improve internal and external collaboration. The Org is doing for the public org chart what LinkedIn does for the public resume.


Jake Karls | The Business Anecdote

Jake Karls is the Cofounder and Chief Rainmaker of Mid-Day Squares, one of the fastest growing chocolate manufacturing brands in Canada and the United States.


Before becoming an Entrepreneur his dream was to become an Actuary or Investment Banker. After graduation and several job interviews, he was unsuccessful in securing a job. While watching a Shark Tank episode, Jake became inspired to explore a career path as an Entrepreneur because of his desire to be an outlier, and unapologetically himself.

Jake’s first stint as an Entrepreneur was as the Cofounder of “Chase and Hunter”, a clothing brand. He would later join his sister and her husband in cofounding Mid-Day Square, and is in charge of building the company’s network, brand and community.


Will Rowe | The Business Anecdote

William Rowe is the founder and CEO of Octopus Hydrogen, an energy company responsible for producing and supplying green hydrogen as a source of renewable energy.

Octopus Hydrogen was setup to decarbonise the sectors which cannot be decarbonised easily through electrification.


Mary Spio | The Business Anecdote

Mary Spio is an Entrepreneur, Tech Innovator, Author, Space Engineer and one of the first early adopters of the Metaverse. She is the CEO and Founder of CEEK VR, the original Metaverse company which also provides virtual reality event services. CEEK introduced Facebook’s parent company (Meta) to the Metaverse and also received growth funding from them in the early stages of CEEK Metaverse.

In addition to being a tech innovator and entrepreneur, Mary also served in the United States Air Force before going on to create innovations and technologies for global titans such as Universal Music, Baptist Health, Microsoft XBOX, Coca Cola and Boeing. Mary is on the Board of Facebook’s Oculus VR for Good and serves as a Scientific Reviewer for the Department of Defence.


Noella Coursaris Musunka | The Business Anecdote

Noella Coursaris Musunka is a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Malaika a non-profit organization that is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She leads Malaika at every level on a voluntary basis.

Noella is also a mother, an accomplished international model, philanthropist and the ambassador for The Global Fund to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She has dedicated her time to raising awareness of the importance of educating girls across the globe.


Melissa Snover | The Business Anecdote

Melissa Snover is serial entrepreneur, visionary and innovator in the food tech industry. After studying Business Management and Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, Melissa moved to the UK to finish her studies at the prestigious Lancaster University.


At the age of 23, she co-founded Burton Mortgage Services, and in 2009 she sold her shares of the company to focus on the confectionery industry. In 2010, she launched her first consumable goods company called FTF Sweets Ltd, also known as Goody Good Stuff. It was the world’s first vegan, natural and allergen-free fruit gum. In 2013, Melissa sold Goody Good Stuff to Cloetta and decided to explore innovative manufacturing techniques which could create truly personalised confectionery.


By 2015, she partnered with the successful German Katjes family corporation, and was able to immerse herself in the world nutrition and 3D printing, which led to her current ventures, Nourished and Scripted.


Raphael Sofoluke | The Business Anecdote

Raphael Sofoluke is a serial entrepreneur, author and the Founder and CEO behind UK Black Business Show, UK Black Business Week, Birmingham Black Business Show & Black Tech Achievement Awards.


UK Black Business Show was founded in 2017. It is an annual conference and exhibition show which takes place during Black History Month to highlight and promote the amazing businesses founded by people from the black community.


Talifhani Banks | The Business Anecdote

Talifhani Banks is the Founder and CEO of Analytics Advertising, a multi-disciplinary advertising, marketing, and brand building agency. He originally established himself in the actuarial and econometrics sphere, and then reinvented himself in the analytics industry by launching Analytics Advertising.


Mitch Jacobsen | The Business Anecdote

Mitch Jacobsen is the Cofounder and CEO of Rviita Energy Tea, a low calorie, naturally caffeinated and revitalising beverage, that fuels productivity. He is an entrepreneur and a Petroleum Engineer by trade.


Michelle De Leon | The Business Anecdote

Michelle De Leon is the founder and CEO of World Afro Day® a global day of change, education and celebration of Afro hair and identity. World Afro Day® was established on the 15th of September 2017. Until recently, she successfully combined her broadcasting career of 20+ years at ITV with building World Afro Day®. She currently works full time for World Afro Day®.


Sharon Hurley Hall | The Business Anecdote

Sharon Hurley Hall is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Diverse Leaders Group, the Founder and Curator-in-Chief of Sharon’s Anti-Racism Newsletter, and a renowned speaker on Anti-racism and Equality. Prior to this, she worked as a journalist, writer and educator for more than three decades. Sharon and her sister Lisa Hurley are both Co-Founders and Co-Hosts of the popular podcast called The Introvert Sisters Podcast.


Lisa Hurley | The Business Anecdote

Lisa Hurley is an Anthem Award-winning activist, speaker, and writer whose work focuses on anti-racism, texturism, and destigmatizing introversion. 


Ms. Hurley is the Co-Founder of The Introvert Sisters Podcast, and a Host of Real Talk on Racism. She has been honored as one of pocstock’s Future of Black America Top 50 Leaders, and is a Favikon Top 10 LinkedIn Creator in Inclusion and Diversity worldwide.


Patricia López Trabajo | The Business Anecdote

Patricia López Trabajo is the CEO and Founder of MYHIXEL. Born in Seville, she describes herself as a citizen of the world.

She has had several years of professional experience working in the Tourism and Sex-Tech industry. Her company MYHIXEL, was founded in 2017 with the mission of improving male sexual well-being.


Leila Hurstel The Business Anecdote

Leila Hurstel is a leading expert on creating virtual worlds, NFTs, Web3 strategies and virtual fashion. She is determined to close the gender gap in the technology industry and build an inclusive Web3 world. She is the Founder of AllStarsWomen DAO and she currently works as the Chief Metaverse Officer of Verse Estate.


Zeneca 33 | The Business Anecdote

Zeneca is an NFT investor and content creator who grew his collection of non-fungible tokens from 0 to about 3,000 pieces worth millions in less than a year. He is also the founder and CEO of ZenAcademy a metaverse community project.


George Rawlings | The Business Anecdote

George is the Cofounder and CEO of Thursday, an offline dating app revolutionising the culture of dating. They host exclusive events, every Thursday where you can match, chat and meet other members that same day. They currently operate in London and New York.


Magnus Grimeland | The Business Anecdote

Magnus Grimeland is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Antler, a global early-stage VC enabling and investing in the world's most exceptional people. He leads a global team across 6 continents with the mission to fundamentally improve the world by supporting founders, who are building the defining companies of tomorrow. Antler has invested in, and helped build over 600+ portfolio companies worldwide.


George Imafidon | The Business Anecdote

George Imafidon is an award-winning humanitarian engineer and social impact leader from Peckham, South London. George's passion for sustainability and innovation is expansive. He was named Young Engineer of the Year in 2022 by the Royal Academy of Engineering, he is CEO of Motivez, an organisation dedicated to working at the grassroots, business and governance level to upskill young people from underestimated backgrounds to access entry-level jobs, particularly within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Sue Fennessy | The Business Anecdote

Sue Fennessy is a serial technology entrepreneur currently serving as the Founder and CEO of WeAre8, a data platform that enables brands to directly sponsor hundreds of millions of people and reward them for their time and advocacy. WeAre8 was built to inspire people to own their voices and be rewarded for who they are. Sue has spent 30 years creating disruptive businesses in the digital economy. She is fueled by her belief that people should be at the economic center of the media ecosystem and there is a better way for brands to engage people than bombarding them with ads across the web.


Avrum Elmakis | The Business Anecdote

Avrum is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a proven track record of building multiple successful businesses in dynamic and diverse markets. He founded CLMBR a fitness technology company that offers a vertical climbing machine, featuring a large-format touch display with on-demand classes. It aims to revolutionize the climbing machine segment with technology and design. Every detail of the CLMBR was designed and engineered with the end-user in mind.

 

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