The Apprentice 2015 finalists: Final two candidates profiled

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The Apprentice 2015 finalists have been confirmed ahead of Sunday night's grand final.

There have been ten weeks of tasks and the interviews are now over with after a triple firing saw the final two candidates chosen.

Joseph Valente and Vana Koutsomitis are the only two left standing and this Sunday night they face the FINAL where one of them will go on to win Lord Sugar's £250,000 investment and become his new business partner.

Here we profile the two remaining candidates...

Joseph Valente

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Task stats: Project manager twice (won once, lost once), winning team fifth out of nine tasks
Age: 25
Occupation: Owner, Plumbing Business

Joseph describes himself as successful, passionate and driven. He says he applied for the show because he feels it is his destiny to be Lord Sugar’s business partner. He currently runs his own plumbing company and feels having a business is like being a parent, as it needs undivided attention and nurturing, and that Hugh Hefner is one of his role models.

Joseph's business plan is an franchised-based plumbing and gas engineering firm where companies can pay to use his brand.

Lord Sugar said of the plan: "You’re a business that I can understand and I also understand that you’re very, very determined."

He says: “I am the definition of success, I’m a godfather of business and I’m here to make Lord Sugar a lot of money."


Vana Koutsomitis

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Task stats: Project manager once (lost), winning team five out of nine tasks
Age: 27
Occupation: Social Media Entrepreneur

Vana speaks five languages and grew up in New York but has also studied in Spain, France and China as well as living in Shanghai and London. She currently runs a networking site for finance professionals. She says she has been entrepreneurial since the age of seven, when she sold her old toys on the streets of New York. She cites Aston Kutcher as one of her biggest business inspirations because he has an eye for commercial ventures.

Vana's business plan is an online 'blind' dating app called PlayDate based around games and featuring 'good quality' men.

Lord Sugar said of the idea: "Vana in order for your business plan to work, it has got to be so drop dead brilliant that it’s going to capture the imagination of users at a very early stage [but] I’m a gambler."

She says: “I believe this is a marathon and if you have stamina and if you do things with integrity, morals and direction, you can get where you want to go.”


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THE FINAL of The Apprentice airs on SUNDAY, 20th December, 9pm on BBC One and BBC One HD, immediately followed by an hour special of You’re Hired.

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