Hands Up Holidays’ Christopher Hill is named one of the Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs for 2008

Zarina Holmes

Last updated 11/24/2008 2:56:02 PM

Christopher Hill, founder and managing director of Hands Up Holidays has been announced as one of the Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008.

The former City banker left his job in 2003 to set up Hands Up Holidays, after spending two years travelling and researching the responsible tourism concept.

Hill said, “I am thrilled to be recognized in this award, as I am passionate about responsible, ethical volunteer travel, and am convinced that voluntourism can be a force for good in the world. We have made volunteering more accessible to segments of society that were somewhat excluded previously, especially families and older travellers.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week is looking to unleash people's enterprising ideas to address some of the society's biggest issues: climate change, poverty, gender equality and health.

The Future 100 Awards is organized by Striding Out, a social enterprise which is committed to supporting the development and growth of young and ethical entrepreneurs.

It profiles young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who are demonstrating entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture; one which demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social goals to achieve ultimate business success.

Founder of Striding Out and organizer of the Future100 awards, Heather Wilkinson said, "The future of our world is in the hands of individuals who are committed to generating commercial and ethical returns."

"Challenging economic times can offer opportunities to question the way we operate as both a business community and a society. We are profiling the 'Future 100' young entrepreneurs who are changing the face of everyday business and improve commerce's impact on the wider world."

Hands Up Holidays gives at least 10% of its profits into further development their work. Apart from meaningful volunteer experiences, it offers corporate volunteering and supporting community-based tourism.

One example is the Sunderbans Smiles tour in India, where former tiger poachers are now committed in tiger conservations as a result of the better income the villagers receive through tourism.