West Vancouver, Mainland/Southwest

Akonna

West Vancouver, Mainland/Southwest


Akonna was created by a passionate 15-year-old youth entrepreneur, Ava, and offers a variety of embroidered and printed apparel. One of Akonna's main missions is giving back as 10% of all proceeds are donated to charities and organizations, as well as showing and inspiring others that youth are just as capable of owning a successful business as anyone else.


1 Employees

In Business Since 2018

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Akonna has been nominated in the following categories:

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Best Solopreneur


What motivated you to start your business? What challenges did you overcome as a Solopreneur?

Starting a business comes with immense challenges and difficulties, and especially as a young entrepreneur navigating both school and hobbies as well, running a business definitely did not come easy! Youth are often not the spear headers of successful businesses, and I felt as though I was the only one that was going through my specific journey of becoming an entrepreneur. There are many false notions engrained within society that only adults with years of experience can lead successful businesses. When I started my small apparel store, I wanted to prove to those who believed in that preconceived notion that age is not a barrier in starting a successful company. I started running my Etsy shop when I was 12-years-old, and I went in with barely any knowledge. My mindset was jump in and learn along the way. I didn't have a mentor I could consult for help either, however, my family was an incredible support system I could rely on and ask for help when dealing with difficult situations that running businesses entail. I additionally attended various craft markets around Vancouver prior to the pandemic, where I was welcomed in to an amazing community of artisans. Although I went in to this challenge feeling alone, I ended up on the other side connecting with customers around the world and other amazing, passionate sellers.

Why do you deserve to win the Best Solopreneur award?

From my pure passion and desire of growing and learning more, this award would be validation in the fact that successful businesses can spawn from various places, along with an importance of the phrase: stage not age. Through hard-work and a driven mindset, Akonna has grown immensely in both sales and brand presence, but it's just the beginning. I have a constant desire to continue learning and growing in order to better service my customers and expand the reach of Akonna's mission.

Best Youth Entrepreneur


What motivated you to start your business and what is your vision for the future of your company?

Starting a business comes with immense challenges and difficulties, and especially as a young entrepreneur navigating both school and hobbies as well, running a business definitely did not come easy! Youth are often not the spear headers of successful businesses, and I felt as though I was the only one that was going through my specific journey of becoming an entrepreneur. There are many false notions engrained within society that only adults with years of experience can lead successful businesses. When I started my small apparel store, I wanted to prove to those who believed in that preconceived notion that age is not a barrier in starting a successful company. I started running my Etsy shop when I was 12-years-old, and I went in with barely any knowledge. My mindset was jump in and learn along the way. I didn't have a mentor I could consult for help either, however, my family was an incredible support system I could rely on and ask for help when dealing with difficult situations that running businesses entail. I additionally attended various craft markets around Vancouver prior to the pandemic, where I was welcomed in to an amazing community of artisans. Although I went in to this challenge feeling alone, I ended up on the other side connecting with customers around the world and other amazing, passionate sellers. I see Akonna expanding to a variety product lines and partnerships with other brands as well.

Why do you deserve to win the Best Youth Entrepreneur award?

From my pure passion and desire of growing and learning more, this award would be validation in the fact that successful businesses can spawn from various places, along with an importance of the phrase: stage not age. Through hard-work and a driven mindset, Akonna has grown immensely in both sales and brand presence, but it's just the beginning. I have a constant desire to continue learning and growing in order to better service my customers and expand the reach of the mission I hope becomes a widespread mindset, that age once again is not a defining factor of an entrepreneur's limitations or ability, it defines the new amazing changes that we are going to make.

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