Young Kiwi entrepreneur following his dreams gets tips from Sir Richard Branson

A young Kiwi entrepreneur who turned down a law scholarship and has had a meeting with billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson, is hoping to put New Zealand on the map with his latest business venture.

The billionaire businessman has met with a 20-year-old business hopeful, sharing his advice on how to succeed. Source: 1 NEWS

Jake Millar of Christchurch launched subscription website Unfiltered after selling his first business to the Government last year.

The website provides advice to businesses via interviews with top leaders and entrepreneurs discussing marketing, raising capital, technology and leadership.

Now they're expanding globally, with 20-year-old Mr Millar living out one of his biggest dreams by meeting Sir Richard Branson to get advice on how to succeed.

"When you see this person you admire so much... You don't imagine they're real, they're so removed from where you're at," Mr Millar told ONE News. 

The former Christchurch Boys High head boy encourages others to follow their dreams, even if it means ditching university like he did.

"Each week we probably get 10 or so people come up to us and say 'Man I've watched that interview with (investor) Stephen Jennings and it was exactly what I needed to make this decision'," he said.  

Unfiltered has already notched more than 200 interviews including Telsa co-founder Ian Wright, clothing designer Karen Walker and countless Kiwi millionaires.

Fonterra, Spark, PWC and government agencies are among many businesses subscribing to the site.

Mr Millar leaves for the US next month, where he says he'll continue to work at expanding Unfiltered. 


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