A Liverpool woman who has created her own brand of prosecco has been chosen to appear in an Amazon Prime show.
Katherine Jones, from Aigburth, is due to start filming in America in the summer after being handpicked as the only UK CEO alongside 39 others from around the world in the reality show about implementing social change.
The young entrepreneur founded Think Wine group which produces an organic, low calorie, low sugar, vegan prosecco and pinot grigio sparkling rose, using the finest Glera grapes in a family-run vineyard from Treviso, Italy.
Katherine, who also founded her own influencer marketing agency We Are Social Nation in 2018, started her wine company after seeing a gap in the market for prosecco and wine with less calories but with no compromise in taste.
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The 31-year-old told the ECHO: "I used to work for a celebrity marketing agency and would often go to parties and events with clients and back then I would go to the opening of an envelope. There were people handing out Champagne and bubbly all the time and I started putting on weight.
"Then I had this speck of an idea to try and develop a wine or prosecco that has fewer calories and sugar but still tasted good."
Katherine, who is an international business management graduate and has interned in sales for companies in America and China, set about researching her product.
But she still needed the funds to get her idea off the ground and managed to find an investor in the most unlikely of places.
Katherine said: "I was at a weight loss boot camp and met a woman who is an investment banker. We were talking and I told her my idea and she said she thought it was a brilliant and she wanted to invest. Over the next year, we got to know each other and she gave me a start-up loan.
"I have a real passion for prosecco and I spent a lot of time back and forth from Italy and I did a lot of wine tasting. A lot of wineries don't want you to mess with their recipe, but of course, I wanted it to have less sugar in.
"I finally found a family-run winery who happened to be vegan and they agreed to make my prosecco and wine."
After 18 months in development, Think Wine arrived in the UK and Katherine sold her first bottle in September 2019.
The former St John Almond pupil said: "We launched in September and I was working towards selling online for Black Friday and Christmas. I was in talks with hotels, bars and hospitality venues marketing the product as a luxury, lifestyle brand.
"Lockdown was the best thing that could have happened in terms of the business. People were at home and wanted to drink but be mindful of living a healthy lifestyle and our sales exploded through the website.
"I wasn't working from the office, so my house was just filled with bottles because I was packing wine from the house.
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"Before lockdown, I wasn't thinking about retail or supermarkets, but now I'm thinking that is the way to take the business next and so I have approached them and I have a few more routes to go down."
Katherine has also used her contacts and clients to her advantage with influencers including Charlotte Dawson, the Cheshire Housewives, plus former Love Islanders Katie Salmon, Mollie Smith and Tyne-Lexy Clarson promoting her beverage.
Now in only her second year of business, Katherine will star in a new Amazon Prime reality show, The Social Movement, that brings together CEOs with four days to change the world through philanthropy.
In the show, leaders will be challenged to create a team and come up with a financially viable business model that is going to solve issues including inequality, access to health care, global warming, hunger, and support for homeless people.
They will then pitch their model to The Social Movement's Genius - a successful business person who will decide who wins and gets to then develop their idea into reality.
Katherine said: "I was hesitant at first when they approached me, but I thought I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about my own product in front of these billionaires! I'm not bothered if I win, I've never been one to want to be in front of the camera, it's just about getting the brand out there."
Katherine is due to film the show in Miami in the summer as long as coronavirus restrictions allow.