Aston Students shortlisted for the BYPY awards

Anisa Haghdadi and Dilesh Bhimjiani

9 May 2012 

Entrepreneurial business students from Aston University have been shortlisted for the prestigious Birmingham Young Professional of the Year awards.

Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) is a highly prestigious awards ceremony that recognises and rewards the most talented individuals within Birmingham’s business community.

Anisa Haghdadi has been shortlisted for the new Aspiring Talent award and Dilesh Bhimjiani for the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Business graduate Anisa, is passionate about social enterprise and inspiring young people. She has run several different dance based classes since the age of 15 and has been involved in a number of charitable events and shows. She works for Catch22, a national youth charity, and was awarded a 'Shaping Lives Award' by HRH Princess Ann.

Anisa was also funded by Unltd Sport Relief in 2010 to set up a new dance enterprise called Identity and she now has a group called IDC (Identity Dance Collective) which also runs kids classes and open classes. Most recently she co-founded a training business called Fifteen Minute Trainer Ltd (recently shortlisted for Birmingham's Best Business Award).

Business graduate Dilesh, is quickly building a reputation in the city as ‘the entrepreneur that never sleeps’, a key requirement for running his marketing agency – VIVA Aspire.  Since starting the agency in 2009, he has led the organisation to deliver award winning work which has been seen across the world. He has worked in London, New York, Doha, Dubai and Madrid and actively applies his understanding of global business trends to all he does.

In addition to the marketing agency, he has also made a contribution to sport through his involvement with the London Olympics bid and to charity through his contribution to BBC's Children in Need.

Candidates compete across six different categories- Communications; Entrepreneurial; Financial Services; HR, Recruitment & Training; Legal and Property & Construction. The overall winner is chosen from the winners of these six categories, awarding them the prestigious title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. BYPY also recognises individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the city’s business community with the Inspiring Leader award. Winner of the overall BYPY Award benefits from a place on the Common Purpose Navigator programme.

Launched this year by BYPY, the Aspiring Talent award sits alongside the current six categories and sets out to recognise exceptional individuals aged between 16 and 23 currently in full time Higher or Further Education and looking to embark upon a professional services career within Birmingham in the future.

All category winners and the overall BYPY’12 will be announced at the ceremony at the ICC on Thursday 17th May.

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