Beau Jessup is a renowned entrepreneur and public speaker currently studying a B.Sc. Social Anthropology at London School of Economics. She regularly appears on television and radio to talk about her internationally acclaimed Chinese baby naming business; Specialname.cn
Inspired by a chance encounter during a trip to China when Beau was just 16, she created a website that provides appropriate English names to Chinese parents. In the first 4 months Beau named 250,000 Chinese babies and when news of her business was featured by BBC Online News her story went viral. In the first week of Sept 2016 Beau Jessup’s story was featured in 187 newspapers in 22 different countries.
In October 2016 Beau was invited to present a Ted Talk in which she described how she became aware of China’s growing need for English names, how she developed her idea into a website, then into a business and why she thinks her story connected with a global audience. Beau’s Ted Talk has been viewed over 100,000 times and is now used in schools as an inspirational teaching tool.
The story of her success has been featured in numerous radio and television interviews. Beau was the guest speaker at 2017 AllBright’s FoundHER Festival and recently appeared on the BBC One Show alongside Sir Richard Branson.
In 2017 she was listed in BusinessCloud’s Top 101 female founders of tech. The following year Beau was included in their ‘35 under 35 2018’: thirty-five entrepreneurs aged thirty-five or under who are setting the tech world alight.
She is an ambassador for Postcards for Peace working with children, parents and schools around the world to promote unity, equality and diversity.
Beau enjoys speaking to students, educators and business about the benefits of identifying similarities in cultures to enable us to embrace our differences and make a positive contribution by proposing harmonious adjustments to effect a significant global change.