Online entrepreneur and 21st Century matchmaker Adeem Younis was nominated by Wakefield College, where he studied Graphic Design. Adeem, graduated from the College with a BA (Hons) in 1999.
Adeem set up his first company, providing web design, development and online marketing solutions, while still at college. Since then his flair for business has seen him set up a number of businesses, a charity and help 20,000 people get married through his website SingleMuslim.com.
While at Wakefield College Adeem realised that many of his well-educated friends were finding it hard to meet suitable marriage partners and came up with a modern solution to an age-old problem.
He launched his online matrimonial service for fellow Muslims in 2000. The site now has more than half a million registered members worldwide and has helped bring about more than 10,000 marriages. It has featured in the media, both at home and abroad, including a BBC1 documentary and as part of a series on ITV1.
His other ventures have included an Indian restaurant, famous for its chocolate curry, and Penny Appeal (www.PennyAppeal.org), a charity he set up in 2009 on the fourth anniversary of the devastating Kashmir earthquake which left 75,000 dead. The charity aims to relieve poverty and give orphaned or destitute children in North West Pakistan access to education.
His work has garnered a number of awards, including the Shell LiveWire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. He was a finalist in the Business Entrepreneur category in the Wakefield District Business Awards in 2007 and highly commended in the e-Business category in 2009.
Adeem has always acknowledged the role that his college has played in his success, particularly the work experience opportunities which gave him the confidence to set up his own businesses.
He said, “I can honestly say that Wakefield College has given me the best start in life. The courses were relevant, up-to-date and practical and I’ll always value the support and guidance I had from my tutors every step of the way. At college I learnt the importance of believing in myself and without the encouragement I received I doubt I’d be where I am today.”