Kiwi entrepreneur launches foundation to improve the lives of one billion people over fifty years

A 26-year-old Kiwi who started a $400 million company says she's now devoting her entire life to giving away a fortune to help others. 

Sharndré Kushor launched start-up Crimson Education in 2012 which now operates in 24 countries.

She's now using her next move to impact one billion lives. 

As a young entrepreneur, Kushor set out to make a social difference. 

Just six months out of high school, she created Crimson Education - linking Kiwis to Ivy League universities in the United States. 

"I saw entrepreneurship and business as a really great platform to build resources for myself, In the first part of my career," she told Newshub. 

Eight years later, the 26-year-old has an approximate net worth of $40 million and was named on Forbes 30 under 30 rich list.

"My share of the company that was worth zero when we started ending up being worth quite a substantial amount so now I am in a privileged position to be able to use not all but some of the resources that I have through that." 

She left Crimson in July and is now funding her own foundation The One Billion.

"Being able to launch this initiative that has a really big goal of being able to impact a billion lives over fifty years is something that I'm pumped about," she said. 

Her first move was donating 26-thousand dollars to UNICEF to help develop a resource for teachers to ensure Maori and Pacific students are given the same opportunities as others

UNICEF New Zealand's executive director Vivien Maidaborn told Newshub the mainstream bias "operates to exclude people". 

Kushor's parents grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era and after moving to New Zealand in 2002, she was inspired to help remove the bias she says she's experienced here. 

"One of the goals we have is to make sure we see all people as equal," Kushor said. 

Unicef says New Zealand has one of the most unequal education systems in the OECD as a result of our woeful poverty levels. 

The new programme includes a toolkit with coaching sessions for teachers, and workshops with parents, enabling them to identify AND eliminate any discrimination they may have towards certain young people.  

"The implicit bias resources for teachers are about supporting teachers to overcome their own bias, in the ways they include and celebrate the cultures of every child in a classroom," Vivien Maidaborn said. 

And like it or not, teachers say that unconscious bias does exist.

"We all have an unconscious bias everyone has used it in some way, schools are predominantly a really important place for us to not hold an unconscious because our perspectives can shape the perspectives of children," Tiffany Driver told Newshub. 

Kushor has more than money to offer too, with advice to anyone looking to make it big in business. 

"I think honestly the most important thing is really choosing to spend your time on things that matter to you and for me, that's what I certainly did."

Wisdom from someone who’s been there before, now paying it forward.