Our client, 21-year-old Hassan Iqbal, from Rochdale, worked with Unicef to support young people in developing countries in the latest chapter of his journey as a young entrepreneur
By the age of 16, Hassan had already started and run three of his own businesses. After completing his GCSEs he studied a two-year Enterprise Diploma at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, which was launched by Dragon’s Den panellist and investor Peter Jones CBE.
With his passion for business and his drive to make a difference to the lives of others, Hassan has used his creative skills through his marketing and design business CreativePixels to support the charity Unicef which is the UN agency headquartered in New York City which provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Hassan and his team worked on creative concepts for the Unicef UK 2018 Halloween Ball in London, an annual event which features high profile celebrities and guests. The ball raised over £478,000 and a spokesperson for Unicef UK, April Williams, said: “The design of the programme allowed us to very clearly advertise the live/silent auctions and raffle and the pledge card was so engaging and made it very easy for guests to donate. Without your expertise and support in creating these, raising this incredible total would not have been possible.”
Hassan, who is a TEDx Speaker and who was one of the region’s first to benefit from the OBLG fund supporting up and coming enterprises in Oldham, says starting early was crucial to his success:
“I believe starting early allows young people to actually learn, grow and even make mistakes which help build them to become more confident and resilient individuals and the young entrepreneurs I’ve met and worked with, show exactly this; they understand the challenges, they’ve faced many but yet their confident and determination just grows. Start young and you can only keep going up”
As he looks towards his success this new year, Hassan reflects on his journey and gives his advice for young people looking for fresh options in the new year:
“My personal aim for 2019 is to get back into the ‘entrepreneurship world’ after a 3 year break whilst being at university,  hoping to get out and network more, meet more amazing people and help support, speak to or even mentor other young people who are at the start of their journey – as I may be still be within my journey, but I hope I can inspire others.
But at the same time, this is an exciting time for CreativePixels, we’ve spent nearly 5 years in the shadow of other agencies doing their work and now we’ve rebranded and look forward to growing the business and getting more amazing clients to work with.”