Arya Yurdacan is a 19-year-old young entrepreneur from Istanbul, Turkey, and studying international business administration in Estonia. Living in an area very close to the water, plastic waste is an issue near and dear to Arya’s heart. She knows it's not enough to know a subject or have an idea for a project; it’s also very important to know how to turn it into action.
So she created a start-up, Entella, and with her team invented a machine to combat pollution by collecting solid waste while also creating awareness. Entella was chosen as the JA (Junior Achievement) Europe Company of the Year and also received the FedEx Access Award for connectivity and sustainability.
Arya was also recently selected as one of Europe’s “20 under 20” which highlights some of the continent's most talented young entrepreneurs. She believes that everyone can be a changemaker, and has a deep passion for supporting young people in achieving their conservation goals.