Name: Gerrit Scholle
Study: International Finance & Control
Company: Taxi Scholle
What's the most important thing that elevates man from animals? Some say it's the languages humans share amongst ourselves. Others say its our societies, risen from nothing. Others again say it's complex culture, a heritage, a shared vision created in man's eyes. But all these things have one thing in common: humans that share, come together and connect with each other, to make something bigger than themselves.
One line of work that's in the business of connecting humans together is the humble taxi driver. They bring loved ones to each other, business people to important meetings, families to where they enjoy the greatest moments together. They listen with an ear to people sharing their troubles and joy. They drive through sleet, snow and rain so that others don't have to, always keeping two eyes on the road.
Certainly, there is nothing innovative about a taxi business, nothing disruptive about driving people around. A taxi business is a business like a barber shop or a bakery, essential but forgotten by most unless needed. Most of the time, you don't read about taxis in the newspapers like you would new, innovative businesses and ideas. This may be the case. Because it's not about being disruptive. It is about something more deeply profound - about helping people connect and share across distances.
That is why Gerrit owns a Taxi company in Straelen, right across the border from Venlo. Yes, it has been an ordinary job for him for many years - but it has also been a journey to bring all humans closer together for more than 5 years now.