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Andre Rafael dos Santos

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André Rafael dos Santos
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André Rafael dos Santos in 2013
Born (1981-01-07) 7 January 1981 (age 39)
Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
EducationHenley Business School, University of Reading
Alma materFortec São Vicente
OccupationAuthor, Migrant Entrepreneurs, Speaker
Websiterafaeldossantos.com

André Rafael dos Santos is an entrepreneur, author, business speaker and known for being the founder of High Profile Club.[1][2]

Early Life, Education and Career[edit]

Rafael dos Santos was born in Itajai, in the southern state of Santa Catarina in Brazil and completed his schooling and graduation from Fortec, Sao Vicente. Later he moved to São Paulo City to complete his higher degree in Front End Development, but left the courseand moved to London in December 2000. In the early days, he worked in bars and restaurants in London.[3][4] In 2003 he launched his first rent to rent business.[5][6]

In 2013 he wrote and published the book Moving Abroad One Step at A Time.[7]

In 2015 Santos launched Migrant Business Accelerator business programme,[8] to help migrants to start their businesses in London. In 2016 Santos co-authored Migrant Entrepreneurs, The Benefits to Britain report,[9] which was commissioned by the Institute of Directors and endorsed by Lord Young of Graffan.[10] The report was launched at the Houses of Parliament hosted by MP Neil Coyle.[11]

In 2016 he started studying his MBA and completed his masters from Henley Business School, University of Reading in 2018.[12]

In 2019, Santos organised the 5th Migrant Business Show and the Migrant Entrepreneur Awards, which took place at the Houses of Parliament with MP Andrew Rosindell being the guest of honour.[13][14]

Awards[edit]

  • The Guardian Startup of the Year 2014[15]
  • Web Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 – Finalist[16]
  • Nominated by Room in the Moon for The Guardian Small Business Leader of the Year 2014[17]
  • Sunday Times List 'Top 100 Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs in the UK' 2016[18]
  • Small Business Advocate of the Year 2018[19]
  • Business Leader Magazine ‘Top 30 Inspiring Entrepreneurs in the UK’ 2019[20]

References[edit]

  1. "TOP 30 INSPIRING UK ENTREPRENEURS". businessleader.co.uk. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  2. "What it takes to be a migrant entrepreneur - Rafael dos Santos". Youtube. Retrieved 27 Jun 2016.
  3. "Moving Abroad One Step at a Time by Rafael Dos Santos". femalefirst.co.uk. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. "Rafael's story". migrantvoice.org. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. "This Foreigner Can: Rafael dos Santos". startups.co.uk. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  6. "Migrants are creating jobs, not taking them, says report". theguardian.com. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. "Moving Abroad - One Step at a Time". goodreads.com. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  8. "Migrant Entrepreneurs Face UK Funding Challenge". forbes.com. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. "Migrant Entrepreneurship in the UK: Celebrating the benefits to Britain" (PDF). iod.com. September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. "Supporting migrant entrepreneurs: Rafael dos Santos". businesscomparison.com. September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  11. "Britain must be open to entrepreneurial migrants - new report from mi-HUB and the IoD". Journalism.co.uk. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  12. "Rafael's story: A high profile migrant". migrantvoice.org. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  13. "Get ready for the Migrant Business Show". eastlondonnews.co.uk. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  14. "WHAT DO EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POST-BREXIT IMMIGRATION RULES?". businessleader.co.uk. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  15. "Startup of the year 2014: Room in the Moon". theguardian.com. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  16. "High Profile Media Club: Interview with CEO and Founder, Rafael dos Santos". techround.co.uk. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  17. "Leader of the year 2014: Rafael dos Santos". theguardian.com. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  18. "The more we support migrant entrepreneurs, the more benefit to society we will have". migrantwoman.co. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  19. "THE 2018 SHORTLIST AND WINNERS". britishsmallbusinessawards.co.uk. February 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  20. "TOP 30 INSPIRING UK ENTREPRENEURS". businessleader.co.uk. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.


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