Could you be the next Richard Branson?
Are you sitting on the next big business idea that could change the world? Or simply one that could change your future? Then what are you waiting for? Young Start-up Talent is looking for young entrepreneurs aged between 16-25 years old with a passion for business and the drive to run their own company, whatever that may be. You could win a prize fund worth up to £50,000 of business products and services donated by both local and national businesses, giving you everything you need to kick-start your business.
Whether you want to apply as an individual, or part of a group up to five people, we want to hear from you! The closing date for applications is Sunday 18th December, 2016. All successful candidates will then be contacted via email, inviting them to participate in the project. To enter now, please go to http://www.yst-test.co.uk/enter/
20 year old influencer gains over £100k worth of investment for his business within 24 hours
Ben Jeffries, a 20 year old student from Tunbridge Wells with his business ‘Influencer’, has achieved their target on CrowdCube of £100k worth of investment within the first 24 hours of going public. Influencer connects brands with famous individuals on social media, who they call ‘Influencers’. The campaign has thus far gained 123 investments from as little as £10 through to larger amounts of £10,000 and is already in the overfunded stage.
Ben commented “I felt quietly confident that I would achieve the investment but didn’t quite expect to hit the target within the first 24 hours – I had spent weeks planning a massive marketing plan but as soon as we launched, it became clear we didn’t need to use it”
Having been shortlisted for the Virgin VOOM Start-up awards early on in the year where he participated in a world record live pitchathon and then went on to win the local entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ £50,000 prize fund for Kent 2016.
Harry Phelan of Studio H wins the Young Start-up Talent £50,000 prize fund for the Solent 2016
On Thursday 20th October, Young Start-up Talent (YST) hosted their first showcase for the Solent region at the Novotel Southampton Hotel. It was announced that the lucky young entrepreneur who has won the prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000 is Harry Phelan of Studio H.
Following the announcement, Harry commented, “I’m genuinely shocked. Although I put in a lot of effort to get here, I didn’t think I would win. I was just so nervous!”
Harry now plans to use the prize fund to help expand and grow his business, much faster than he could have achieved without Young Start-up Talent. Studio H will now be able to move from a room in his parent’s home, into his own barber shop, as well as take on a number of apprentices from the local area, allowing Harry to train them on the job and teach them the special techniques that makes Studio H distinctive and individual.
Shaking Hands to host high-profile Croydon business events
Two of Croydon’s most promising young entrepreneurs are preparing to take their business to the next level. Together, Laurence Grant and Rob O’Sullivan have founded their own company, the ‘Shaking Hands Interactive Partnership’, which won the Young Start-Up Talent award for the Croydon region in July of this year. This gave them a prize-fund worth up to £50,000 in business products and services.
Both Laurence and Rob are keen to stress that since their ‘YST’ triumph, “Shaking Hands has enjoyed a new lease of life as a result of winning the Young Start-Up Talent Awards, and we have discovered a whole new arena of support and benefits.”
Ben Jeffries of Influencer wins £50k business prize fund in Kent
On Thursday 15th September, Young Start-up Talent (YST) hosted their Kent showcase in the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, where the judges celebrated one lucky young entrepreneur as the winner of a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000. The initiative, which is aimed at finding the best 16 –25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair, starting back in November and after visits to schools, colleges and the Universities, the competition saw a large variety of applicants from across Kent. After months of business know-how workshops and a 1-2-1 styled speed-networking event with local businesses and sponsors, the applicants were whittled down to just five finalists from across.
On September 8th, the Young Start-up Talent (YST) final five candidates pitched their refined business plans at the Ocean Village Innovation Centre, Southampton, to a panel of judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event. All were hoping to win a prize fund worth up to £50k worth of business products and services. The prize fund is donated by sponsors and local businesses to help ensure the lucky winner will have all the assistance they need to kick-start their new business.
Before reaching this point, the candidates have already worked their way through different business workshops, as well as a speed-networking event, which involved local business professionals grilling and feeding back their worldly wisdom and expertise to the young entrepreneurs on their business ideas.
Search Continues for Bright Young Business Minds
Young Start-Up Talent (YST) is out once again hunting for the next set of talented entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 25. ‘YST’ is an initiative that works with over 140 local and national businesses who all contribute to a prize fund worth over £50,000 in each of the six areas it currently operates to enable vital support and guidance for young start-up businesses to ensure a more sustainable future.
The workshops are currently delivered to over 60,000 youngsters across the South East, where the project works within schools, colleges, universities and youth groups to inspire and encourage a ‘can-do’ attitude towards business.
Young Entrepreneurs Given Expert Marketing Advice
What is going to excite your STAR customer?
All Star Marketing Club were on hand to give some of the South’s brightest young entrepreneurial minds a guide on how to ensure their business succeeds through great Marketing strategies and a strong Proposition.
The budding entrepreneurs were taught about the importance of identifying a clear five-point proposition for their business – product, experience, distribution, price and communication.
Rebecca Paterson, Marketing Director, told them that “You can have the best idea in the world, but it’s no use if it’s the world’s best kept secret. Do everything you can to let your potential customers know you exist.”
Young Entrepreneurs Face Fiery Panel of Business professionals in Kent
The Business Terrace at Maidstone House, the Gateway has been home to this year’s Young Start-up Talent process for the Kent region. The initiative, designed to aid 16-25 year olds in starting up their own business, has taken this year’s entrepreneurs through business know-how workshops followed by a speed networking event which saw local business professionals meet with the young minds. The chosen final five faced the tough job of pitching their polished business plans to a panel of judges in a bid to walk away with the prize fund worth upto £50k. The prize fund, which is made up of products and services donated by local businesses and sponsors, will provide the chosen winner with all the necessities to kick start their business off the ground.
Start-up Initiative Celebrates Seventh Year in Gatwick Diamond
The 20th Of July marked the launch of Young Start-up Talent’s (YST) seventh year in the Gatwick Diamond, held at Crawley Town Football Club. Since its inception, YST has launched across six different regions and has aided the start-up of over 54 businesses. The initiative, which is set to encourage and inspire 16-30 year olds who want to set up their own business, is celebrating another year in the Gatwick Diamond searching for the next entrepreneur to walk away with a prize fund worth upto £50k for their first year of business.
Bhavna Patel of PDT solicitors said “I think it’s a fantastic initiative, it allows young talent the opportunity to contribute and add value. This gives young individuals that just need the opportunity to be listened to, heard and invested in, so I think it’s a great concept”
Sponsors from across the region joined the event to look to the future as well as back on past successes. 2015 winners, Juby Lee Bakes, joined the launch and updated sponsors on their year thus far since winning the initiative and its prize fund.
Entrepreneurs of the Future face Business Minds of the Present
Young Start-up Talent are an initiative targeted at aiding and encouraging 16-25 year olds who are in the process of starting up their own business. Marking the project’s first year in Chichester, a 121 speed-networking event took place at Chichester Park Hotel on the 18th of July.
Initiative seeks Young Brighton Business Minds
The business world is heating up for 16-25 year olds in the Brighton and Hove area as Young Start-up Talent (YST) prepares to launch its fifth annual entrepreneurial competition in region.
This year’s launch took place in the charming Jurys Inn Waterfront Hotel, which is renowned for its calming seaside views. During the event, several influential speakers were in attendance, including Entrepreneurial Spark’s Fiona Anderson and Dan Simpson of Hartley Fowler who commented that being part of the initiative was “a truly humbling experience.” He continued “If this year’s entrepreneurs bring a similar level of entrepreneurship, care and skill as others have done in the past couple of years I think we’ll do very well.”
Shaking Hands Crowned Croydon 2016 Young Entrepreneurs and Winners of Prize Fund
On Thursday 7th July Fairfield Halls played host to this year’s Young Start-up Talent showcase where one successful business was chosen to walk away with a £50k prize fund worth of business products and services. The initiative, which is set to seek out the region’s most promising entrepreneurial spirit, whittled a range of applicants from across Croydon down to a final six entrepreneurs. Robert O’sullivan and Laurence Grant were crowned this year’s winners with their business – Shaking Hands Interactive Partnership (SHIP), a platform for Croydon-based small-medium business owners to inform, smarten and grow their businesses. Laurence said “We are so thrilled to have been chosen as this year’s Croydon winner, this experience has been invaluable and the year head looks very exciting.”
Young Solent Entrepreneurs Take the Lead
Young aspiring entrepreneurs from across the Solent area are competing for a prize fund worth up to £50,000 towards their first year of business. Young Start-up Talent is a program geared towards 16 to 25-year-olds who are looking to gain access to the business world. These promising minds gathered at Fareham Innovation Centre on July 5th where they were placed in a 121-speed networking session with business professionals from around the region in a bid to see their business take flight.
Tunbridge Wells’ Future Business Owners Put to the Test
Two of Tunbridge Wells’ brightest entrepreneurial minds continue their push to become the best Young Start-up Talent in the Kent region.
These budding young entrepreneurs both resident in Tunbridge Wells met at Trinity Theatre to receive feedback on their business plans. Among this year’s selected finalists for the Kent region were Serena Christie (Imperial Industries) and Ben Jeffries (Influencer).
Take a look at Kent Entrepreneurs of the Future
Aspiring young entrepreneurs from across the Kent region are competing for a prize fund worth upto £50,000 to go towards their first year of business. Young Start-up Talent is an initiative built for 16 -25 year olds who are looking to move their start-ups off the ground and into the business world. The bright minds gathered at the Business Terrace, Maidstone House at the Gateway on the 22nd June, where they were met by an assembly of business professionals from all over Kent for a 121 speed networking session.
Meet the Man behind Crawley’s Viral Videos
Twenty Three year old Sussex Graduate and internet sensation, Will Bower is taking the web by storm alongside his company Royalty Three. Having recently featured in The Metro and Daily Mail for taking lonely holiday snaps with his absent girlfriend, the people of Crawley are looking to see what is next from the director of Crawley TV and 2015 Young Start-up Talent finalist.
Pitches to professionals prove Croydon to be home of Business Flair
Selected finalists for business initiative, Young Start-up Talent (YST), gathered at Jury’s Inn Croydon to pitch in front of panel of professionals in a bid to be crowned this year’s Croydon YST winner. The initiative, designed for 16-25 year olds, works across six different regions and is now in its second year working in Croydon, looking for the next set of young entrepreneurs.
Greenlight Games Hit Go on Latest Project
Indie Studio get Funding for Up-and-Coming Game
Indie games studio Greenlight Games is rising to success with yet another achievement under its belt. New talent development programme funded by the UK government – Tranzfuser, have deemed Greenlight Games a successful applicant in this year’s competition, granting them a £5,000 budget to begin developing the prototype of their newest game.
Croydon Artist takes a Kardashian Twist
Stephanie Kane on Success of New Art Series
Up and coming Croydon Artist, Stephanie Kane, is soaring in popularity with her latest S-KK series that has recently evolved from the twenty-three year olds collection. The S-KK series was created around reality television star – Kim Kardashian and was produced using an iPad and Adobe Sketch.
Turning an idea into a reality
Five top tips on how to successfully turn your idea into a reality by changing the way you think.
Game Jam takes Universities by Storm
Indie studio introduces programme to inspire creative gaming students
Young entrepreneur and CEO of Indie games studio Greenlight Games, Dean Day, has filled us in on his latest ventures for 2016. After becoming winner of the Young Start-up Talent initiative in 2015 and being awarded the Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award (#SBS) the studio has taken off in popularity. Since its inception, Greenlight Games has created four mobile app games available on Google and android, with their most popular game, Deul, now reaching over 100’000 downloads.
Youth of Croydon Pitch to Business Bods
Croydon’s Jury’s Inn played host to the Young Start-up Talent speed networking event which saw an array of young entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a group leading business professionals.
STUDIO14 Artist Stephanie Kane is Fast Making Marks in Croydon
Twenty-Three year old up and coming artist, Stephanie Kane, is one to watch as her latest collaboration with Apple went down a storm. The young artist from Croydon was approached by Apple in 2015 after taking part in a successful art collective at the TATE Britain where she performed a live illustration of her abstract portraiture over a spoken word performance using an iPad.
Croydon Business Workshop Bursting with Talent
Budding young entrepreneurs selected to go on to the next stage of the Young Start-up Talent (YST) initiative arrived at Jury’s Inn Croydon for a two hour workshop on the 7th of April. The project is designed for 16-25 year olds hoping to start-up their own business with the winner walking away with a £50k prize fund worth of business products and services to help in their first year of business.
Young Start-up Talent Reaches out to Budding Entrepreneurs in Chichester
The entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ was launched for the first time in the Chichester area on 2nd of February 2016. The initiative was established six years ago, now working across seven regions in the South East alongside 140 businesses who all support a new generation of entrepreneurs including; Chichester District Council, Chichester Observer, Chichester Chamber of Commerce, NatWest, Rolls Royce, Chichester Cathedral with even the Bishop himself being involved.
Young Start-up Talent: An Opportunity to Become an Entrepreneur
16-25 year olds in the West Kent area have until the 31st of March to submit their application to the process in which the winner receives £50,000 in products and services to launch their business.
Young Start-up Talent aims to help young people with an entrepreneurial flair for business and make their dreams a reality. The initiative works across seven regions in the South, and has already given rise to 52 successful start-ups over the past six years.
Young Start-up Talent Winners Bake up a Storm at Lingfield Showcase
Juby Lee Bakes named as Gatwick 2016 Winner
The young entrepreneurial initiative for the Gatwick Diamond ‘Young Start-up Talent’ (YST) revealed the winner of the 2016 prize fund at Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel on 7th March 2016. The showcase was home to the highly anticipated premiere of the YST Dragons Den style film which saw the process that the five finalists had gone through and their pitches to a panel of leading business professionals, in a bid to walk away with the prize fund worth £50,000 of business products and services – all donated by local and national businesses. Zoe Wright of B&CE and judge said – “The highlight has been seeing the amount of passion and energy the contestants have for their ideas and concepts.”
Greenlight Games Hits Start Button on 2016
What to expect this year from the Indie Games Studio
Dean Day, an up and coming young tech entrepreneur and CEO of Indie games studio Greenlight Games (GG) has sailed into 2016 with a host of achievements under his belt, including the Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday award and a range of successful games including Deul and Minecart Dash. This year is set to be an exciting one with the studio’s plans already packed with updates, new programmes and even entering the world of virtual reality.
Nick Musto wins Young Start-up Talent Brighton’s £50k Prize fund for 2016
Night Club App Makes a Splash in Business Initiative
SEALIFE Brighton, with the help of Avensys AV played host to Young Start-up Talent’s eagerly anticipated Brighton and Hove showcase where it was revealed from the glass bottom boat that University of Sussex student, Nick Musto, has been awarded this year’s £50k prize fund. The 22 year old, whose app – Radar is designed to allow students to save money on nights out said “The process has been incredible. I’ve learnt so much and had a blast. This is an app made by students for students, I’m very proud.”
Young Talent Soars High in Entrepreneurial Final at Thales
Thales in Manor Royal once again played host to this year’s 2016 Young Start-up Talent Gatwick Diamond finals, where five promising businesses were put under scrutiny in a bid to discover who will be the 2016 winner of the £50k prize fund worth of business products and services.
Following on from a 121 speed networking session at Basepoint Business Centre where the ambitious young entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to a movement of some 38 business professionals and sponsors of the initiative, the group were whittled down to a final five.
Palace sets scene for Young Start-up Talent Chichester Launch
February has kicked off with a bang as the entrepreneurial initiative for 16-25 year olds in business, Young Start-up Talent, has launched its first year in Chichester.
Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, says: “This is great news for young people across Chichester District. Young Start-Up Talent is such a worthwhile project and I am really pleased that it is expanding its work here in our district. It has already helped inspire many young people to develop their skills and set up their own businesses – I would urge young people across the area to find out more and see how it could change their life.”
Supporting the next generation of Britain’s Entrepreneurs
With a cheeky grin and words of inspiration, one of Britain’s youngest businessmen has fired the starting gun on an initiative to find the next wave of entrepreneurs across the Solent region.
Open to youngsters aged 16 to 25 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the inaugural Young Start-up Talent (YST) Solent 2016 was officially launched by 17-year-old Ben Towers at flourishing Portsmouth Technopole.
Bright Business Minds Face 121 Challenge
The semi-finals of the Gatwick Diamond’s entrepreneurial initiative for 2016 – Young Start-up Talent took place at Basepoint Business Centre Crawley.
Young entrepreneurs from across the region prepared their business idea for interrogation at this year’s 121 speed networking event in a bid to make it one step closer to a £50k prize fund for their first year of business.
Ben Towers takes on new role with Young Start-up Talent
Young Start-up Talent (YST) are excited to announce that Ben Towers, who has recently been named by Richard Branson as “one of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs”, has proudly come on board as the initiatives newest non-executive director.
Young Talent to be Inspired by New Sponsor B&CE
Young Start-up Talent (YST) are proud to welcome on board their newest Gatwick Sponsor – B&CE. Based in Manor Royal, the company have been providing employee benefits for over 70 years and are thrilled to be making a mark on the future of young entrepreneurs in the Gatwick Diamond area.
Young Entrepreneurs Dive in at the Deep End for Business Pitch
Young Start-up Talent saw one of its most anticipated events take place at Sea Life Brighton this week as eight aspiring entrepreneurs from the Brighton and Hove area came forward with their carefully polished business plans and pitched to the YST Brighton panel. After an intense session of 121 pitches in the previous stage of the process, the bright young minds were ready for the ultimate stage in the process.
Young Entrepreneurs on start-up grid for Solent initiative
They are known as ‘rawtrepreneurs’ – fired-up youngsters with a cracking commercial idea that could generate jobs and make them wealthy.
Now, in the first awards of its kind in the Solent region, they have a chance to take the first step in the thrilling journey from concept to success.
Developing leaders of tomorrow with Pivotal Moment
The entrepreneurial initiative for 16-25 year olds ‘Young Start-up Talent’, have been working with Claire James of Pivotal Moment Transitions Ltd who supports leaders and organisations through times of change. Claire has been working closely with two of YST Brighton and Hove’s past winners and finalists – Jodie Deakin of Hounds & Hides and Bettina Nem of Bettina Nem Design, to aid them in identifying their natural leadership style in-order to develop themselves and their businesses.
Young Start-Up Talent Bring in the Big Fish for 121 Event
This week, Young Start-up Talent (YST) took to the coast of Brighton to see this year’s candidates take part in the projects 121 speed networking event. Hosted by the Sea Life Centre, the young entrepreneurs prepared to discuss their business plans amongst an aquarium of fishy friends – marking one of the initiatives most unique events.
East Kent set off for latest Young Start-up Talent Launch
This week marked the launch of the initiative’s third year in East Kent where we celebrated the beginning of a new year scouting out the entrepreneurial flair across the region. One of Europe’s leading science and technology venues, Discovery Park, played host to the launch which saw an accumulation of our sponsors, supporters and past entrepreneurs gather.
Young Entrepreneur Proves to be more than Switched On
Sabrina Pearson was crowned East Kent’s Young Start-up Talent winner in September of 2015 with her business Illuminame. We recently got in touch to see how her business has evolved since gaining the £50k prize fund worth of products and services to lift the company off the ground.
West Kent Kicks off Fourth Year with Young Start-up Talent
Educational charity organisation, Bowles, played host to this year’s Young Start-up Talent West Kent launch in which we celebrated our fourth year in the region. Set in the handsome grounds of the outdoor centre, the launch took place in the secluded chapel on site where the regions loyal sponsors and supporters gathered to reflect on the initiatives previous years in West Kent and looked forward to the potential talent involved in the up and coming year.
New Partnership with Sea Life Set to go Swimmingly
This week, Young Start-up Talent are proud to announce their newest sponsor – Sea Life Centre Brighton. Situated on the seafront, the Sea Life Centre is the world’s oldest operating aquarium dating back to 1872. With its historical architecture and fascinating wild life this is set to be one of Young Start-up Talents most exciting venues.
Kiran gets a Kick out of Business Start Up
This week we caught up with 24 year old, Kiran Reardon to hear about his time since the finalists of Young Start-up Talent (YST) and how life as a young entrepreneur is treating him. Kiran’s infectious enthusiasm for his business along with his impressively formed branding and website saw Kiran race to the finals where he pitched to our panel of professionals at Discovery Park regarding his online business – Adkick.
Floristry Business Blossoms
This week we caught up with 19 year old East Kent Young Start-up Talent (YST) Finalist, Hayley Heath, to find out how her floristry business Pixie-Pots is panning out. When Hayley entered into the initiative for 16-25 year olds she insisted “you don’t need to be a flower expert to arrange flowers anymore.”
Passion for business could be boosted with £50k Start-up Package
Budding young entrepreneurs across the Brighton and Hove area are taking their business ideas and putting them to the test by entering into the Young Start-up Talent (YST) initiative. Designed for 16-25 year olds who have ideas and are looking to get their start-up’s off the ground, the social enterprise looks out for passion, dedication and originality in future entrepreneurs. The 15th of November marks the deadline for entries to Brighton and Hove’s 2015/16 project and YST are looking for the next young talent, which will see the winner walking away with a prize fund worth £50k of products and services.
Young Start-up Talent Kick Start Second Year in Croydon
The 5th of November marked the launch of Young Start-up Talent’s (YST) second year in Croydon, working with sponsors, partners and young entrepreneurs from the local community. With the initiative’s first year being a great success and seeing an influx of innovative business ideas from the youth of the district, Croydon and YST are keen to collaborate once again.
The launch was kicked off by new sponsor – Sussex Innovation’s Saffron Saunders, followed by a warm welcome from co-founders Matthew Turner and Lorraine Nugent, where the duo reflected on the success of the initiatives first year venture into Croydon.
This week we caught up with this year’s Young Start-up Talent (YST) West Kent winner, Dean Day, to discover how his growing business, Green Light Games (GLG) is evolving. After chatting with the young entrepreneur, it’s evident that the Independent Games Studio is rapidly progressing. The kudos and publicity that the company has gained from winning the entrepreneurial initiative has meant that Dean has received a host of interest from various companies looking to work alongside the exciting venture.
A Stroke of Talent see’s Studio Plans Grow for Stephanie Kane
We caught up with Croydon’s first Young Start-up Talent winner, Stephanie Kane, to hear more about her vision to create Studio 14. Stephanie entered the initiative with the concept of a gallery with a twist for emerging artists – incorporating three elements, Studio 14 will contain an artist studio space, a gallery and a bar area for events in Croydon. In a bid to create a more relaxed and approachable environment for the public to appreciate art, the 22 year old came into the process with an original perspective.
Beauty Entrepreneur Butters up Business World with New Skin Care Range
This week we caught up with 2015 Young Start-up Talent Croydon Finalist Vanessa Karikari who gave us an update on Ezápé. Ezápé is a 100% natural skincare company dedicated to making products for dry and sensitive skin.
Vanessa’s quest to create an effective, healthy skin care product began when her young daughter was suffering from eczema. After attempting to better her condition with a number of different creams from various stores and brands, Vanessa noticed no improvement in her daughter’s skin and even found that some products irritated it further.
Indie Studio Armed with Latest Duel Game
Greenlight Games studio has recently conceived their newest mobile creation, ‘Duel’, and we think everyone should give it a shot… followed by many more.
This fast paced game is set to test player’s precision, reaction time and becoming increasingly addictive as its difficulty rises. While the aim of the game is to shoot the opponent possessing a gun before they attack, other opponents will instead present a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates; indicating their innocence. Trigger happy players may want to stay on their toes because those who shoot innocents can expect their score to steadily decline – reducing their chances of making it onto the leader board.
Student Engine Revs up Interest
This week we caught up with 21 year old CEO of Student Engine and 2015 Young Start-up Talent Gatwick Diamond Finalist, Christopher Foster to hear about the progress of his flourishing business.
Student Engine is an online freelance platform designed to connect businesses with ‘up and coming’ talented young people across the UK. Specifically those looking to provide freelance services to businesses, at lower than usual costs in order to gain experience prior to graduation, or to use their experiences, skills and recommendations from the platform to find employment. Foster’s natural flair for business and his enthusiasm for the online platform has placed him and Student Engine on the path to success.
Four years collaborating with extech
Young Start-up Talent has had the pleasure of working alongside dedicated sponsors, extech, for the past four years in a bid to enthuse and encourage the young business generation and mentor them towards success. The IT solutions management company has sponsored the Gatwick Diamond, Brighton and Hove, West Kent and East Kent regions in the past.
Co-Founder of Young Start-up Talent, Director of Creative Pod and Co-owner of Crawley Town FC has been shortlisted for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards
The team at Creative Pod, Young Start-up Talent and Crawley Town FC are all celebrating after it was announced last night that the Crawley based company is a finalist for the ‘Small Business’ award in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, taking place on 25th November at the Ballroom Southbank, Central London, are set to become the recognised standard of excellence amongst entrepreneurs. They mark a new era for entrepreneurship in the UK and this inaugural event is set to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution and inspiration provided by entrepreneurial businesses.
Budding entrepreneurs shine with potential at business finale with £50k prize fund
This week, Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury opened its doors to Young Start-up Talent for East Kent’s 2015 Young Start-up Talent (YST) showcase, where this year’s winner of the prize fund worth £50k of business products and services and donated by 20 businesses was unveiled. It was revealed that Sabrina Pearson who entered the initiative with her company – Illuminame Limited, would be walking away with the prize fund to aid her start-up business that produces personalised table lights.
Sabrina said “I feel amazed and so surprised to have won as the other finalists were all very strong contenders. I am very excited about the next stages of progressing with the business and working with the YST team. I have to admit that I only had an idea when I first met with YST and working with them has bought it to life. Without Young Start-up Talent it would have remained just an idea and it can go further only because of the initiative. I would like to say a special thank you to sponsors Alan White of Fastsigns, who has been an incremental part of the development process and mentor throughout, without their help I would not have had the working prototype.”
East Kent Dragons see Young Entrepreneurs Shine
Discovery Park in East Kent played host to Young Start-up Talent’s 2015 final, where four aspiring entrepreneurs came forward to pitch their business plans. A panel of seven local, leading business professionals spent the evening meticulously dissecting their business plans in a bid to whittle down who this year’s prize fund winner will be. The winner will walk away with a prize fund worth £50k to go towards the first year of their business. The life changing fund is made up of an array of products and services that are fundamental to lifting a start-up off the ground and towards success.
West Kent Crowns 2015’s Young Start-up Talent Champ
Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells was home to this year’s Young Start-up Talent showcase where we discovered our 2015 winner, Dean Day, who is walking away with a £50k prize fund worth of business products and services for his first year of business. The five finalists came together to set up their individual stands in a bid to exhibit their businesses they have worked tirelessly to perfect. The event was attended by a host of representatives from the local business community, finalists and their families. All were impressed by the high standards of those that have progressed throughout the process and the young entrepreneurs behind them.
It was announced that the 2015 winner was 24 year old Dean Day – founder of independent games studio ‘Greenlight Games’. Dean’s vision is to support students, graduates and other indie studios.
Young Start-up Talent launch for a sixth year in the Gatwick Diamond
On Monday 13th July at the Checkatrade Stadium in Crawley, the Gatwick Diamond’s business community and the regions loyal Young Start-up Talent (YST) sponsors came together to celebrate and mark the launch of the entrepreneurial initiatives sixth year of running in the Gatwick Diamond.
Patron and longstanding supporter of the initiative and MP for Crawley, Henry Smith kicked of the proceedings by saying “This an initiative that has really grown from strength to strength. I am very enthusiastic and excited to see what new ideas come forward over the come year.”
Young Start-up Talent Launches its Fourth Year in Brighton & Hove
On Friday 10th July at Brighton Racecourse, Brighton’s local business community and the regions loyal Young Start-up Talent (YST) sponsors came together to celebrate and mark the launch of the entrepreneurial initiative’s fourth year in Brighton & Hove.
The event heard from long term sponsors as well as new ones with Gary Chown of NatWest speaking from experience and saying “I find the whole experience of working with these talented youngsters, extremely rewarding.”
Melanie Martinez from Fastsigns and dedicated sponsor of the initiative commented “The whole process is so enjoyable, you meet some great people. You can put as much or as little in as you want – but you really want to do more.” She went on to say “As a company we will not hesitate to encourage anyone to sponsor or enter and get involved in YST.”
Croydon Showcase Reveals Star Talent at Fairfield Halls
Croydon welcomed the regions first Young Start-Up Talent (YST) winner to the stage at Fairfield Halls. The showcase event on Thursday 9th July marked the end of the YST process for its first year in Croydon. Stephanie Kane aged 22 was crowned 2015′s winner, walking away with a prize fund of business products and services worth £50k that are all donated by local businesses to go towards her vision of creating Studio 14.
Speed networking event sparks deliberations into the night
East Kent’s young entrepreneurs rose to the challenge at Discovery Park earlier this week and faced Young Start-up Talent’s sponsors in a 121 speed networking event. Having already been whittled down to ten, the chosen youngsters were asked to start to further develop their business ideas before meeting the sponsors of the project. Dara Chauhan of RBS said “Today is about offering support and giving feedback. That way businesses can evolve and so can they as entrepreneurs.”
Entrepreneurial workshop shows promise in Folkestone
Aspiring young entrepreneurs selected to go on to the next stage of the Young Start-up Talent (YST) initiative arrived at Basepoint Business centre in Folkestone for a two hour workshop. The meeting was in preparation for the exciting and perhaps daunting journey ahead, a process that will involve 1-2-1s with leading business professionals, business planning and polished pitches to a panel of judges for the chosen finalists.
Croydon captures young entrepreneurial spirit
On 9th of June, Jurys Inn in Croydon played host to this year Young Start-up Talent (YST) finalist presentations. With this being the first year the project has branched out to the Croydon region, we saw an influx of promising young entrepreneurs enter the initiative in a bid to walk away with the £50k prize fund package worth of business products and services. The most impressive business plans were whittled down to five finalists during the 121 sessions with our sponsors and judges and last week we got to see what those finalists were really made of.
The entrepreneurs were asked to come prepared with pitches for the judging panel which would be followed by a grilling of questions to be answered on the spot in the hope of being 2015′s Croydon YST winner.
Young entrepreneurs take competition by storm in West Kent
This week we saw the Young Start-up Talent West Kent finalists face our panel of judges in the den. The five deserving finalists came forward to pitch their carefully composed business plans to a panel of leading business professionals who had plenty of questions to ask our young entrepreneurs. Having already had a go at proposing their business ideas in the 1-2-1 sessions with sponsors of the project, the youngsters had to step up their game in a bid to be chosen as West Kent’s 2015 winner and walk away with the prize fund worth £50,000 which will be announced at a showcase event on 20th July at Trinity Theatre.
The panel was made up of local business professionals who have a wealth of business knowledge and grilled the entrepreneurs on the flaws within their plans as well as offering some stellar advice.
Sushi Business is on a Roll
Budding Sushi star – Imrich Berta has kicked of his delivery business with a bang. After becoming Gatwick Diamond’s 2015 Young Start-up Talent winner, Happy Go Sushi lunchboxes have been soaring in popularity amongst businesses across Crawley. Having noticed a gap in the market, the twenty-two year old entrepreneur decided to utilise his passion and talent for sushi making by starting a delivery company to fill the void – and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. Over the past two months Imrich has seen an influx of customers, many of whom are becoming regular consumers.
Entrepreneurial initiative Young Start-up Talent (YST) currently operates across the South East to inspire, instil and encourage 16-25 year olds who are looking to set up their first business. In the last few years the initiative has grown rapidly, now operating in five areas from Gatwick, Brighton, East & West Kent to Croydon. The rapid expansion of the initiative led the team to explore the possibility of bringing on board an apprentice to develop and grow the team for the future.
Young Starters impress business professionals in Croydon
Seven determined Croydon young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 25 made it through to the semi-final stage of Young Start-up Talent, all are in with the chance of winning the £50K prize fund worth of products and services.
The search began in December 2014 when the YST team visited schools, colleges, universities and youth groups to provide inspiring and informative workshops to students who are looking to kick start their first business. Simon Maddox from Owadally & King and a judge on the panel exclaimed “It’s fantastic to see so many youngsters with great ideas. Age shouldn’t stand in the way, we are really looking forward to working and progressing their ideas to get them on the map to help them in their early years and grow Croydon from the bottom up. A lot of youngsters leave Croydon, it’s great to support those that want to set up business here and grow Croydon”.
Young entrepreneurs meet business professionals
West Kent’s entrepreneurial talent has emerged for a third year in the area through the Young Start-up Talent project.
Aged between 16-25 years old, nine business ideas were selected to advance to the semi-final held at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells on Monday 27th April. Attended by the local business community, the team worked with the entrepreneurs on a 121 basis to advise and learn more about each business. Rachel Branson from Town and Country Housing Group said ”When I was that age I had lots of ideas but there was no support at all. I was 28 before starting my own business, I wish I had the support much earlier, for me that is why Young Start-up Talent is really important.”
Pedigree Business could be leading the market
In a world where our beloved pooches deserve only the very finest, it’s no wonder that up and coming luxury leather pet accessory company ‘Hounds and Hides’ has taken the market by storm. 23 year old Jodie Deakin, founder of the high-end collection, has been on a mission to provide her beautiful French bulldog, ‘Cash’, with the best quality collars and leads and on the way has blossomed into a successful young entrepreneur.
Spending many years being trained with leather, Jodie actually found her passion for the industry whilst working as a Production Assistant at an adult leather company, where she produced top quality leather goods and clothing. After sustaining a wealth of knowledge in leather and developing a passion for the trade, she made the dramatic leap from the BDSM industry to pet accessories. Perhaps not the most obvious transition but one that has certainly benefited Jodie and the many dog lovers out there looking to treat their pampered pups.
Entrepreneurial Talent Unearthed in Croydon
An extraordinary and diverse group of young entrepreneurial talent has been uncovered in Croydon. Since December 2014 Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative for 16 to 25 year olds, has been working in the area providing workshops to schools, colleges and youth groups. The initiative offers a £50,000 prize fund worth of products and services to the winner, with each entrepreneur given the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience throughout the process with professional support.
The selected lucky candidates who put forward most innovative ideas were selected to attend a workshop on Monday 13th April at Matthew’s Yard. Hosted by Lorraine Nugent, the evening consisted of a number of activities in which the entrepreneurs were able to ask questions, gain advice, work with other likeminded individuals and build upon their current business acumen in order to develop further in the process. The range of business ideas includes the creation of a new skincare range to cater for individuals with problem skin to the opening of a new artist’s space where upcoming artists can exhibit and adults and children can take art workshops and a falconry business offering an experience of flying birds of prey. All who attended showed real dedication throughout.
Bumper Year for Young Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurial initiative Young Start-up Talent has ventured into West Kent for a third year and over the last five months the YST Team have been busy delivering workshops to over 5,000 16 to 25 year olds throughout the region, and offering them the opportunity to create their own careers rather than choose it.
Set in the heart of Tunbridge Wells at Trinity Theatre, Director Lorraine Nugent met with the selected semi-finalists on Tuesday 14th April to help build upon their business acumen and get them ready for the exciting process ahead.
Learning Curve for Young Start Intern
Cara Dawson, who has worked in the role of media assistant at Young Start-up Talent for the past three months, writing press releases, manning social media and helping co-ordinate our events among many other roles as part of a graduate internship. Having spent the past three years completing a degree in Film and Drama studies at the University of Sussex where she was given an insight into many different aspects of media, Cara wanted to expand her knowledge in this field. She hoped the internship would allow her to gain a better understanding of what she may want to do in the future.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at YST. Having learnt an array of different skills and discovered my strengths along with heaps of experience and confidence.” This was Cara’s first time working in an office and naturally it took her a while to familiarize herself with the new environment. On the other end of the spectrum Cara was extremely confident and natural at working with the young people who enter YST and has improved her writing skills along the way.
Folkestone Futures Fair Thrives with Enthusiasm
On Thursday the 19th March, Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative, ventured into East Kent for Folkestone Academy’s Futures Fair. The fair was bursting at the seams with fantastic opportunities for youngsters to think about what their next career choice may be. Young Start-up Talent stood out as a unique stand offering an opportunity for students to create their own career rather than choose it. We experienced fantastic enthusiasm from students and their parents who recognised the chance to thrive in a direction that was not academic but instead creative and entrepreneurial. We were speaking to students as young as 13 who were pleased to hear about the initiative so early on, giving them the chance to consider their passions over the next few years in preparation for when they are eligible to apply.
Imrich Berta of Happy Go Sushi wins the Young Start-up Talent £50k prize fund
Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club welcomed Young Start-up Talent (YST) and its 2015 Gatwick Diamond finalists to the stage for the showcase. It was revealed that Imrich Berta with his business ‘Happy Go Sushi’, a student from Central Sussex College was the winner of this year’s prize fund. Imrich is hoping to make a success of his Sushi Home Delivery company having noticed a gap in the local market. With plenty of experience working as and training with chefs, Imrich’s quality product could just fill the gap.
During the evening each of the young entrepreneurs liaised with local business professionals and sponsors whilst they promoted their businesses and presented their own assembled stands.
Imrich Berta commented “I was so shocked at first, now I see all the new opportunities available for me. It’s a big opportunity for young talent, its perfect. Young start-up talent is one of the great opportunities this country offers.”
Croydon College opens its doors to entrepreneurial initiative
The Young Start-up Talent (YST) team visited Croydon College in an endeavour to inspire some of its students into considering their thoughts towards the world of business. The team took to the foyer of the College to inform and inspire students of our free workshops that followed at the offices of Amicus Horizon. The team will also be in the College for the week commencing Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March to fit in with the College’s progression and employability week where we will run further workshops to ensure that all students are aware of this marvellous opportunity.
The workshops are a chance for students to consider their passion in life and recognise that their enthusiasm can be channelled into success. The youngsters will be given an insight into the world of business and a series of exercises to gain that ‘can do’ attitude that every young entrepreneur should have.
Those who become inspired by the workshop will then have the opportunity to enter into the Croydon YST initiative and be in with a chance of winning a £50k prize fund worth of business products and services to help start up in business.
Professionals Blown Away by Entrepreneurial Flair in the Den
Five promising young entrepreneurs took to the Young Start-up Talent den to propose their business plans in an effort to win a 50k prize fund worth of business support and services. Thales was home to this year’s finalists while they pitched for the prize of a lifetime to some of Gatwick’s leading business men and women.
Behind the panel were Gatwick Diamond Sponsors and business experts; Daryl Gayler – Regional Director at RBS Group, Jane McGill – Talent Development at British Airways, Lorraine Nugent- MD at Media Word Waves, Peter Hitchcock – Vice President of Thales, Gary Shipton – Editor in Chief at West Sussex County Times group, Penina Shepherd – MD at Acumen Business Law, Matthew Tyson – Richard Place Dobson and Matthew Turner – MD at Creative Pod.
Brighton and Hove Young Start-up Talent winner revealed as Jodie Deakin
This year the Brighton Racecourse played host to the 10th Young Start-up Talent (YST) showcase revealing the Brighton and Hove 2015 winner, Jodie Deakin, with her luxury leather pet accessory company, ‘Hounds and Hides.’ When asked how she felt about her recent victory, a tongue-tied Jodie simply said “I just didn’t expect it all. I’m so shocked!”
Dan Simpson of Hartley Fowler commented that “Jodie is absolutely a worthy winner. She has drive, she knew what she wanted to do and I think she’s going to be a very successful business woman.” He later went on to describe the evening as “very inspiring.”
Young entrepreneurs kick start 2015
Young Start-up Talent has kicked off 2015 with a workshop at Basepoint Business Centre in Crawley for some of the young entrepreneurs within the Gatwick Diamond area. A £50,000 prize fund worth of products and services is up for grabs, all of which is contributed by local businesses who are dedicated to seeing young entrepreneurs thrive.
The workshop was held by Lorraine Nugent (a founding partner for the initiative) & Rebecca Gattinesi (Manager of Basepoint Business Centre). The evening was a chance for the entrepreneurs to discuss and share their business ideas and to look at strengths and weaknesses of their business, gain some financial guidance and to start to put together a business plan.
Young entrepreneurs present at the British Engineerium to win a £50k prize fund
Young Start-up Talent’s final five have pitched their concepts in front of seven of some of Brighton and Hove’s top business professionals in a bid to win £50,000 worth of products and services to get their business off the ground.
All aged between 16 to 25, each finalist presented their businesses in front of the panel in addition to a full film crew from Latest TV who were there to capture the evening’s events for a forthcoming six part fly on the wall TV documentary about the initiative.
Last chance to win the Young Start-up Talent £50k prize fund for the Gatwick Diamond region
Time is running out to enter the Gatwick Diamond Young Start-up Talent project for 2014/15, the amazing entrepreneurial initiative for 16 to 25 year olds. Young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to win a superb prize of £50,000 worth of products and services towards their new business venture from major sponsors including RBS, British Airways, Thales, Extech, Richard Place Dobson and Acumen Business Law.
Workshops have been held throughout the area including St Wilfrid’s and Hazelwick Schools in Crawley, Central Sussex, Collyers, Reigate College and East Surrey College, with the final few being held this week.
Matthew Whitley, Assistant Head of 6th Form at Hazelwick School exclaimed “the workshop was engaging and motivating – all round excellent!”
Young Start-up Talent launch into Croydon
The local business community came together to launch the entrepreneurial initiative Young Start-up Talent in Croydon on Tuesday 2nd December at Fairfield Halls.
Any 16 – 25 year old living, working or studying within the Croydon area is legible to enter this free competition with the opportunity of winning the £50k prize fund worth of products and services to assist them to start their own business.
The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, launched the project and said “It is a privilege to be here at the launch of Young Start-up Talent in Croydon, it’s great to bring the community together. As a Mayor, we hope to get young people involved in projects and as a community we can work together to achieve this. I support local jobs for local people. It’s great to see so many local businesses here to support, you’re doing a great job and good luck to the project in the borough. ‘
Entrepreneurial initiative with a £50k prize fund launch in East Kent for a second year
East Kent’s local business community came together to launch the entrepreneurial initiative Young Start-up Talent for a second year on Monday 24th November at Discovery Park in Sandwich.
The launch was a chance for sponsors, judges, previous entrants and the wider business community to come together to celebrate its success and to look forward to inspiring and encouraging more youngster to start up in business.
Guest speakers included Cameron Smith who received the prize fund in September of this year and spoke about the experience that he gained throughout the process, and how he has been able to develop his business with the help of various sponsors products and services. His company Maid in Broadstairs aims to provide a reliable, personal cleaning and shopping service to residents who own a second home in the area.
Young blacksmith Henry Rogers attends international symposium
Henry Rogers winner of the Gatwick Diamond entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ 2014 with his blacksmithing business ‘Hot Iron’, has just returned from a four day International Symposium of the Forge held in Normandy, France.
Organised by the Institute for Training and Research for the Crafts of Metals, in Seine-Maritime, the event welcomed over 50 professionals including Blacksmiths, Cutlers and Coppersmiths from all over the world.
Henry, aged 17, was one of only 4 UK blacksmiths invited to attend this four day event, reserved for professionals to showcase their skills, exchange ideas and for apprentices to come to learn, perfect their skills and meet fellow blacksmiths from all over the world.
Entrepreneurial initiative launches for a third year in West Kent
On Monday 3rd November West Kent’s local business community, sponsors and supporters of the entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ came together at Bowles for the launch and to celebrate its third year of running in the West Kent area.
Having operated successfully over the last two years in the local area, the initiative offers 16-25 year olds the opportunity to start their first business and to take it to the next level. Each entrepreneur who enters has the opportunity to walk away with a £50,000 prize fund worth of business products and services all donated by some 25 local and national businesses in order to support them and their business over the next 12 months and beyond which includes cash, offices space, legal and financial support and advice, branding, website, marketing, signage, a laptop and IT support, PR, coaching and mentoring and much more.
£50k prize fund from Young Start-up Talent for entrepreneurial students
Young Start-up Talent’s search for Brighton & Hove’s entrepreneurial 16-25 year olds is well underway this year. Universities, colleges and schools within the area are dedicated to allowing their students to develop and explore the various opportunities within the community where they can expand and explore their future career paths.
This week Young Start-up Talent worked with City College students to inspire, encourage and instil a ‘can do’ attitude towards business. The workshop was a chance for students to gain an insight into the world of business whilst for others it was an opportunity to discuss their ideas and pitch them to their peers. The workshop was taken by Lorraine Nugent – a Founding Partner of the initiative and who was recently announced as Influential Woman of the Year at the Natwest Venus awards.
18 year old entrepreneur – Cameron Smith – wins £50k prize fund
The winner of the £50K prize fund from Young Start-up Talent for East Kent has been announced as 18 Year old Cameron Smith who has created a business called Made to Measure, aimed at providing a reliable and personal cleaning experience with those who own second homes.
Held at the Gulbenkian Theatre on the 11th September the showcase event was hosted by founders Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner with guest speakers including Pete Kenyon of Cripps, Bob Heapy of Town & Country Housing Group, Mairi Coyle from the Gulbenkian Theatre alongside two previous winners – Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen and Eden Tiltman of Bales Care Agency.
Cameron commented “I’m feeling ecstatic! It’s been hard work but even if I hadn’t won, the experience has been amazing. I’m so pleased!”
Young Start-up Talent Founders to be guest speakers at the International Youth Time Conference in Rhodes
Matt Turner, the Gatwick Diamond Young Entrepreneur of the Year and managing director of Creative Pod and Lorraine Nugent, the managing director of Media Word Waves who are both the founders of Young Start-up Talent have been invited as guest speakers at the International Youth Time Forum which will be held between 25th-29th September in Rhodes, Greece.
“We both feel honoured to be chosen to speak in front of other business minds and inspiring new business heads with representatives from around the world.” Explains Lorraine Nugent.
Young Start-up Talent launch for a fifth year in the Gatwick Diamond
Leaders of the business community came together to support the entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ in the Gatwick Diamond launch for a fifth year. The initiative is aimed at encouraging 16-25 year olds to start-up their own business, with the opportunity to be in with the chance of winning £50,000 worth of business products and services to help kick start their business.
The launch, held at Crawley Town Football Club on the 17th July, brought the 36 sponsors and supporters of the initiative together, updating them on the exciting developments that happened over the last 12 months and the exciting plans for this year.
A ‘Beta’ Future for a Young Starter
Two local businesses, Beta Futures and Young Start-up Talent, have come together to share and employ an intern for the next three months.
The aim of having an intern is to teach and offer an experience for the skills needed when they leave education and enter the world of work. By sharing an intern with two different businesses, we hope to give our intern a more diverse experience and understanding of how a business operates.
Priya Khosla, the chosen intern is a student of the University of Sussex and will be working as a relationship co-ordinator at Beta Futures and is dipping her foot into the world of marketing and PR at Young Start-up Talent.
Young Entrepreneurs compete for a £50k prize fund at Discovery Park
Nine young entrepreneurs were put through their paces by heads of local businesses at Discovery Park in Sandwich to determine the finalists of Young Start-up Talent, all will be in with a chance of winning the £50k prize fund on offer.
The team have run workshops for the last six months throughout East Kent to find young entrepreneurs in the area who are all aged between16-25. Visiting schools, colleges and universities to work with a variety of students, the team inspired and encouraged a ‘can do’ attitude towards business. The initiative is open to all youngsters looking to start-up their own business, they might already be an entrepreneur or someone looking to develop an idea or concept.
Entrepreneurial initiative launch for a third year with a six part TV series set to be aired in December
Young Start-up Talent has launched in Brighton for a third year following on from the project’s success in the City. This year the team are working with Latest TV and officially announced the filming of a six part ‘fly on the wall’ type documentary that will follow the initiative through the rest of the year.
Held at the Latest Music Bar, the launch was hosted by founders – Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner with guest speakers including managing director of Latest TV – Bill Smith, winner of the 2013/14 prize fund – Natalie Evans of 42 Juice and celebrity comedian Lynn Ruth Miller.
Eden Tiltman of BALES Care Agency wins £50k prize fund
The winner of the £50k Young Start-up talent prize fund for West Kent was announced earlier this week as 19 year old Eden Tiltman with her company BALES Care Agency which provides both care companies and carers with the opportunity to find on the spot ‘supply’ carers or care jobs. The idea of the agency is to give care homes more stability with staff by providing a means to have extra help when needed as well as providing carers with more variety of work.
The evening was held at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells where founding partners of the entrepreneurial initiative, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent along with headline sponsors Town & Country Housing Foundation hosted the showcase event which brought together a gathering from the business community, heads of education, previous contestants of the initiative and recent finalists and their families.
Young entrepreneurs to be TV stars through successful project
Young Start-up Talent is launching in Brighton for a third year, offering young entrepreneurs the chance to win £50,000 worth of help starting their business.
Young Start-up Talent is an exciting initiative, the winner is determined following a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style final in each area. The process offers participants valuable workshops to put their business ideas on the right track by helping to building confidence, presentation skills and business planning tools. Additionally, there is a prize fund worth £50,000, which includes a collection of products and services which helps launch and support the winner over the next 12 months as their business grows.
Latest TV have already began filming for the series. A launch, is due to take place on 17th June at the Latest Music Bar, the show will focus on the projects finalists and their journey through the competition. The show is a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary following the contestants through each stage of the process and will be on air at the end of the year.
Young entrepreneurs put through their paces at K-College
Young entrepreneurs from around the region have battled it out for the chance to win £50,000 worth of business products and services all donated by the local business community.
The projects judges are all from the business community who came together to break down the final four’s business plans in a Dragons Den style final. The finalists put into practice all they had learnt through the workshops, mentoring and 121 speed networking session earlier in the month.
From the beginning of the year the team searched West Kent looking for the young people who have a ‘can do’ attitude towards business, providing workshops for students in schools, colleges and universities to help them to develop their ideas further. Those who entered each had their business ideas broken down by the team who selected four entrepreneurs to go through to the speed networking session to speak to business professionals on a 121 basis, helping to develop their business ideas and concepts.
Students in West Kent pitch their ideas to business professionals
The entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ is back for a second year after its success last year in West Kent. The team have been conducting workshops and assemblies to local schools and colleges to inspire and encourage young entrepreneurs in the area to start up in business. The initiative has £50,000 prize fund worth of business products and services to entice them which is donated by the local business community.
Four made it through to work more closely with the team and who think that they have what it takes to take their business ideas to the next level.
Natalie Evans of 42Juice wins the £50k prize fund
The winner of the £50k Young Start-up talent prize fund for Brighton was announced earlier this week as 24 year old Natalie Evans with her company 42Juice which produces fresh organic juices made up of 100% raw, cold-pressed fresh fruit and vegetables to provide instant nutrient and vitamins, 42 Juice offers cleanse and detox packages.
The evening was held at Brighton Racecourse where founding partners of the entrepreneurial initiative, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent hosted the showcase event which brought together a host of the business community, heads of education, previous contestants of the initiative and recent finalists.
Natalie said “I thought the process was amazing and invaluable to my business. I’m so excited. It will be incredible; I am looking forward to working with the team and seeing what will evolve.”
Five youngsters impress the judges
Five Young entrepreneurs impressed the judges of Brighton’s business community and are all in with a chance of winning £50,000 worth of products and services to help them set up their company.
Held at City College in the heart of the City, the Young Start-up Talent Dragon’s Den style final presentations were made to a panel of seven leading business people from the Brighton and Hove area. Each contestant was given just 20 minutes to present their business.
Wowing the judges this year included an organic nutritional health drink, innovative music workshops, symbols to aid children’s reading and learning development, healthy flavoured tea as well as a music memory box to help people with dementia.
Young entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to top business professionals
Young entrepreneurs are turning their business dreams into reality with the hope of winning the £50k prize fund available through the Young Start-up Talent initiative aimed at 16-25 year olds in the Brighton and Hove area who have that special spark to start up in business.
14 young business men and women had been selected to pitch their business ideas to some of the top business professionals in the Brighton and Hove area to win the prize fund. They will receive business products and services all donated by local businesses that include mentoring, accountancy, legal advice, marketing, branding, printing, a laptop and IT support to name but a few.
16 year old blacksmith, Henry Rogers wins £50k prize fund
Henry Rogers of Sackville School, aged just 16, wowed the judges and audience of 250 at Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel with his blacksmith business ‘Hot Iron’.
Henry walked away with a prize fund of £50k worth of products and services, all donated by some 36 local and national business sponsors to set him off on his business journey.
Henry’s mum, Helen Rogers commented “I’m immensely proud. Henry comes home every day and disappears to work on his skills, we are always amazed by what he comes up with. He’s self-driven, hardworking and creates everything himself.”
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer of Gatwick Airport and key note speaker at the event said “Henry clearly has a massive passion and in business you have to be passionate. He now needs to surround himself with great people that will help him.”
Henry faced stiff competition from the other finalists who were: Alex Redfearn – Permit Skateboards, Ashlie Regan – Miscella Fragrances, Freddie Seagrave and Lewis Harvey – Lord Clothing and Peter Ross and Nathaniel Hill of Cite.ac.
Business workshop to further develop young entrepreneurs
Entrants for Young Start-up Talent are close to pitching their ideas in front of local businesses in the Gatwick Diamond area as the Semi-Final is only a few weeks away. Held at Basepoint Business Centre in Crawley on Tuesday the 14th January, the workshop gave the young entrepreneurs a chance to discuss their business ideas and concepts before meeting with the other judges and sponsors at a 121 and speed networking event.
The winner will receive a prize fund of £50,000 worth of business products and services that includes mentoring, accountancy, legals, marketing, branding, printing, laptop and IT support to name a few, helping to make their dream a reality.
£50k prize fund available for young entrepreneurs in East Kent
The entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent, whose aims are to inspire and encourage 16-25 year olds to set up in business, launched at Discovery Park in Sandwich on 26th November 2013 to cover the East Kent area. The initiative provides young people with the opportunity to compete for a £50,000 prize fund worth of business products and services.
Following the success of a London National Showcase event at the Government offices for Business, Innovation and Skills during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Young Start-up Talent team, sponsors and supporters are excited to see the initiative grow and expand in the South East from the Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, West Kent areas and now into East Kent. The team will be working in partnership with Town & Country Housing Group to deliver the project to the East Kent region by not only help the project financially but also by providing an employee.
Chief executive of the Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce, Tim Kidd, said “I have always been interested in business from a young age and think it’ a great way of getting our tomorrow in to business now”. The Chamber will be providing 12 months membership to the Chamber to the winner.
Entrepreneurial initiative based in the South East showcased during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the BIS offices in London
Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds into the world of business, showcased its achievements over the last four years in the South East at an event at the BIS Conference Centre in 1 Victoria Street during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on Thursday 21st November with a view to pushing out the project on a national level.
The project carries a prize fund worth £50,000 in business products and services to benefit the young entrepreneurs in the four areas it currently runs in the South East – Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, West Kent and East Kent. The team attracts the local and national businesses within a community who all help contribute to the prize fund by providing business products and services to the young entrepreneurs in each area.
The keynote address at the event will be the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP and Minister for Skills and Enterprise.
Students at City College inspired by ‘Young Start-up Talent’
Founding partners of Young Start-up Talent, Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner along with judge and sponsor Dan Simpson – Partner at Hartley Fowler Accountancy firm visited students at City College last week to inspire and encourage a ‘can-do’ attitude towards business. The hope is that some will take part in the project and benefit from the opportunity that the entrepreneurial initiative brings to 16-25 year olds who live in the Brighton & Hove area. The initiative carries a prize fund of £50,000 worth of business products and services and donated by 25 local businesses.
Tina Porter from the Commercial and Enterprise Department of City College commented, “Once again the Young Start-up Talent team brought an engaging bag of tricks to kick start what will be the most enterprising competition so far. This year the students were ready to have their ideas challenged and their potential developed. We’ve already been inundated by inspired students and look forward to working with Lorraine and Matt to help the students take the first steps in their exciting enterprise journey. We have a host of initiatives and workshops lined up to support the entrants and these along with diary insights will be posted on the City College Brighton and Hove Enterprise Facebook page over the coming weeks. https://www.facebook.com/EnterpriseCCBH
£50,000 prize fund available for young entrepreneurs in West Kent
Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds into the world of business launched for a second year at Bowles on Tuesday 5th November 2013.
The project carries a prize fund worth £50,000 in business products and services. The team will be working with a number of local businesses and in partnership with Town & Country Housing Group (TCHG) who are not only one of the sponsors of the initiative but also are providing an employee to further grow the projects aims.
“Most people who strive to succeed are able to network and get on in life whether through family, friends or employment. Working with Young Start-up Talent provides a valuable bridge for TCHG to be able to support local young adults who have aspirations and great ideas and to put the two together.” said Jo Ellis – Operation Director at Town & Country Housing Group.
Fashional Gingerbread man – Sam French is setting the trend
Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen and Young Start-up Talent winner and entrepreneur has announced his 2013 Autumn/Winter fashion collection for his gingerbread men at Sam’s Kitchen.
Inspired by the elegance displayed at this years’ London fashion week Sam has been busy designing his gingerbread men, creating bespoke dresses and suits.
Sam explains “The blue Lanvin dress featured in August’s edition of Vogue has been the vision for the 1st design, the dark blue dress really works well in this instance and is sure to be a big hit. The second design features a grey suit which is very much in fashion this season, its simplicity is very effective, a very smart addition to the collection. Keeping up with fashion is very important and Pastel pink is the current trend, being the stimulus for the 3rd design, it looks like a fantastic addition.
Young Start-up talent take on a new apprentice
Young Start-up Talent is proud to announce the appointment of a new apprentice, James French as Media Assistant. Due to the success and expansion of the Young Start-up Talent initiative which is now running in four areas across the South East, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, West Kent and East Kent, it has meant that the team has also had to expand to cope with demand. James is one of several new employees to the project.
James’ role will predominantly be attending events to film and interview guest speakers alongside carrying out various other administration duties such as web updates. James will be studying with Chichester College to complete his NVQ level 3 qualification.
Young Start-up Talent team out and about to inspire young entrepreneurs
The entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ which carries a fabulous prize fund of £50,000 worth of business products and services has been visiting a number of schools throughout the Gatwick Diamond such as Hazelwick, Sackville, Holy Trinity, Collyers College, Reigate College, Chichester College, The Weald, Imberhorne and University of Brighton students with many more visits planned over the next few months.
£50,000 prize fund available for young entrepreneurs in Brighton & Hove
Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds into the world of business launched for a second year at Sussex County Cricket Ground on Tuesday 1st October 2013.
Some 40 local business leaders, heads of local sixth forms, college and university representatives met to celebrate the launch of the ever growing and popular entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent. The project attracts some 30 local and national sponsors and carries a prize fund worth £50,000 worth of products and services all donated by the judges and sponsors. To find out how to enter visit: www.yst-test.co.uk.
Successful entrepreneurial initiative launches for a fourth year in the Gatwick Diamond
Young Start-up Talent , an entrepreneurial initiative launched for a fourth year at Broadfield Stadium last week.
Some 40 local business leaders, heads of local sixth forms, college and university representatives and the local MP Henry Smith met to celebrate the launch of the ever growing and popular entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent. The project attracts some 35 local and national sponsors whose aims are to encourage and inspire 16-25 year olds to set up a business. The initiative carries a prize fund worth £50,000 worth of products and services all donated by the judges and sponsors. To find out how to enter visit www.yst-test.co.uk.
Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen on BBC Surrey review’s BBC Apprentice finalists
Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen and winner of Young Start-up Talent in the Gatwick Diamond was interviewed on BBC Surrey on Thursday 11th July to review the four finalists from the BBC Apprentice series 2013 that was first shown on Wednesday evening – 10th July. Please listen to the interview by following the link below.
Mohammad Abusayed wins Young Start-up Talent – West Kent 2013
The winner of the £50,000 prize fund for West Kent’s entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent 2013, was announced at an impressive show at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on Monday 10th June 2013.
Mohammad Abusayed from Tunbridge Wells, who is currently just 18 years old and studying part-time at azelK-College in Tonbridge, was announced as the winner of the 2013 project with his business SMT Trading UK Ltd – a company that was formed in January of this year which hire’s and distributes linen and hot towels to restaurants, hotels and banqueting halls.
Orders flying in for fashionable gingerbread man – Sam French
Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen won the prize fund from Young Start-up Talent Gatwick Diamond 2013 earlier this year after competing amongst many other young entrepreneurs in the area.
Sam’s business is called Sam’s Kitchen who produce fashionable teatime treats and specialise in hand iced gingerbread men. Sam wowed the judges at the Young Start-up Talent final when he pulled out the latest issue of Vogue showing his gingerbread men wearing the latest colours and styles. Sam first came up with his business idea on a trip to Selfridges in London when he saw their gingerbread houses and thought that he could do better.
Since winning the entrepreneurial competition just a few months ago Sam has been the talk of many with lots of interesting orders. Sam has supplied Tulley’s Farm, he has iced biscuits with children on race days at Lingfield Park, received orders from British Airways where Sam is baking and designing gingerbread men for the airlines VIP guests.
A surprise visit from Michael Fallon MP for entrepreneurial finalists at K-College
Five young entrepreneurs competed and pitched their business ideas in the hope to win the £50,000 prize fund at the Dragon’s Den style final of Young Start-up Talent at K-College in Tonbridge.
A surprise visit by Michael Fallon MP and Government Minister for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) dropped by to wish the five well before they presented their business to the panel.
Mr Fallon commented “I am thrilled that the Young Start-up Talent initiative has expanded to West Kent and gives the opportunity for local young entrepreneurs to be part of such a wonderful project. It gives me great hope and pleasure when I meet the talent of tomorrow from within the area. I am certain they will go on to have wonderful careers and be the employers of tomorrow”.
Entrepreneurs battle to turn their business dreams into reality at K-College
Several young entrepreneurs are one small step from turning their business dreams into reality as they reach the final of Young Start-up Talent for West Kent – the business initiative aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair.
Four business ideas were successful in making it through to the final stages held at K-College’s campus in Tonbridge. Each pitched their ideas to the judges and sponsors of the initiative and received invaluable feedback to further progress their businesses from each of the judges and sponsors.
The winner will receive a £50,000 prize fund of business products and services that includes mentoring, accountancy, legals, marketing, branding, printing, laptop and IT support to name a few.
Ideas that made it through include: Mohammad Abusayed of SMT Trading UK Ltd – a company that hires out linen based products and hot towels to restaurants, hotels and banqueting halls, Jack Wise and Robert Stevens of United Business Advisors Group Ltd offer a business and management advice and guidance services with a focus on young people, Pierre Jalon of Double Take Discos – affordable mobile discos and Anna Wells of Dream Dresses – an online bespoke clothing business.
Rochelle Rekowski-Donovan of Enjoy Arts wins Young Start-up Talent – Brighton & Hove 2013
The winner of the £50,000 prize fund for the Brighton & Hove entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent 2013, was announced at an impressive show at Brighton Racecourse with an impressive staging, lighting and video production put together by SeeThat and AV specialists Avensys on Tuesday 26th March 2013.
Rochelle Rekouski-Donovanazel was announced as winner of the project with her business – Enjoy Arts which delivers high-quality, fun and affordable creative arts classes to all ages with an aim to promote physical, emotional and social development along with the flexibility in choosing different classes with an EnjoyArts art card.
Rochelle said, “I am astonished to have won the prize fund with such strong competition. I am really excited about the future and will be fully focused now on running and growing the business, I am looking forward to the year ahead. I have met some great people during the process and have thoroughly enjoyed this experience.”
Entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality at City College in Brighton
Several young entrepreneurs are one small step from turning their business dreams into reality as they reach the final of Young Start-up Talent for Brighton & Hove – the business initiative aimed at inspiring 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair.
Five ideas were successful in the semi-final held at City College last Tuesday, who each pitched their ideas to the judges and sponsors of the initiative.
The winner will receive a £50,000 prize fund of business products and services that includes mentoring, accountancy, legals, marketing, branding, printing, laptop and IT support to name a few.
Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen wins Young Start-up Talent – Gatwick Diamond 2013
The winner of the £50,000 prize fund for the Gatwick Diamond’s entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent 2013, was announced at an exciting show at the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club Hotel with an impressive staging, lighting and video production put together by SeeThat and AV specialists Avensys on Thursday 28th February 2013.
Sam French, age 21 from Crawley, who attended Hazelwick School was announced as winner of the project with his business Sam’s Kitchen www.sams-kitchen.co.uk.
Sam said, “This has been a fantastic journey and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The best thing is making like minded friends with the other competitors. I have met great people during the process such as the judges and sponsors through this experience.”
Sam’s very proud mum said “Sam is driven by passion, he has always been desperate to run his own business and to be his own person. We are very proud of him.”
Judges select the winner of the entrepreneurial initiative – Young Start-up Talent
The final round of judging has now taken place in the Gatwick region of the entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent. The winner of the £50,000 prize fund will be announced at an impressive show at the Lingield Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club on the evening of 28th February 2013.
The overall impression from the judges was that the standard of entries was very high from all six finalists this year. “I was most impressed with the detail covered in the business plans and forward thinking. It was fantastic to see the finalists rise to the challenge of presenting to the very daunting judging panel of eight businessmen and women” commented Matt Tyson – Judge and Director of Richard Place Dobson.
Entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality
Professional film makers work with students at City College
The entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent, aimed at 16-25 year olds are creating a new video to show at their workshops in Schools and Colleges across the South East. The video is been produced with the help of film making students from City College and professional video production company, SeeThat who are based in Hove.
The two students selected at City College to work on the project were Luke Burge and Theo Tsois who are both aged 21 and who have attended the City based College for the last three years on a ‘film making’ course.
Government department for Business, Innovation and Skills back local initiative to promote enterprise
The local initiative, Young Start-up Talent, aimed at 16-21 year olds with a flair for business and enterprise has won government support.
Project founders, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent were asked to visit Michael Fallon MP for Sevenoaks and Minister for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in his London office to find out more about the project.
The minister was impressed with the success of the project in the Gatwick Diamond region and with its expansion to both Brighton and West Kent to promote entrepreneurship to young people.
Michael Fallon MP for Sevenoaks and Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said “I’ve been very impressed with the work Young Start-Up Talent does to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. If we want to compete in the global race, we’re going to need ambitious, enterprising and crucially, business-aware young Britons. This what Young Start-Up Talent fosters and I salute them for it.”
Former finalist and judges of entrepreneurial initiative inspire students at Reigate College
The entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent for the Gatwick Diamond visited Reigate College. One of the college’s former pupils and previous finalist, George Fisher, came along to assist with judges Matthew Tyson, Director of Accountancy firm Richard Place Dobson and Lorraine Nugent, Founder of Young Start-up Talent and Director of PR Agency, Media Word Waves. The aims of Young Start-up Talent are to inspire and encourage a can-do attitude towards business. The project carries a prize fund of £50,000 worth of products and services to help 16-25 year olds start up in business.
Stephanie Whitelock, a teacher at the College commented “It was one of the most inspiring and interactive talks we’ve had at the College. The students were engaged from the beginning and came up with some excellent business ideas. It was also really helpful for the students to have the Judges on hand to give them some invaluable business advice. It has motivated those students to have belief in themselves and turn their business dreams into reality.”
Entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ inspires students at City College
Founding partners of Young Start-up Talent, Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner visited students at City College last week to inspire and encourage a ‘can-do’ attitude towards business. The hope is that some will take part in the project and benefit from the opportunity that the entrepreneurial initiative beings to 16-25 year olds who live in the Brighton & Hove area. The initiative carries a prize fund of £50,000 worth of business products and services and donated by 25 local businesses.
Toby, winner of entrepreneurial initiative, shares his experience at Penguin
Toby Gillett – winner of the entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ in the Gatwick Diamond earlier this year recently spent time with Anna Raffety, MD of Penguin Digital on work experience.
Toby’s idea for a business is an online e-book library which he has named ‘Sobiblio’. The model is based around Spotify but for books. During discussions with the panel of experts at Young Start-up Talent it was suggested that Toby would need to work with a publisher and who better than Penguin.
£50k prize fund and business opportunity for 16-25 year olds in West Kent
‘Young Start-up Talent’ an entrepreneurial initiative which is supported by a number of local businesses has a prize fund worth £50,000 waiting for an entrepreneurial winner for those living in the West Kent region. The project was launched at the Bowles Learning & Development Centre recently with over 30 local business sponsors and supporters present.
Jackie Sumner, Head of Community Investment at Town & Country Housing Group, heard of the initiative and has been the driving force of bringing the project to West Kent. “It’s those kids that haven’t got a Mum and Dad that need help with a business plan – these are actually the kids we want to come through this initiative because they may be where the greatest golden nuggets are.”
Business opportunity for 16-25 year olds to win a £50k prize fund in Brighton & Hove!
A prize fund worth £50,000 awaits the winner of Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative supported by a number of local businesses. The project was launched at the PROBIZ County Cricket Ground recently with over 30 local businesses present.
The initiative is aimed at helping 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair for business to make their dreams a reality. The winner will receive thousands of pounds worth of products and services donated by local businesses.
Young Start-up Talent team out to inspire and encourage 16-25 year olds
The Young Start-up Talent team is once again out and about visiting sixth form students in the area to inspire and encourage 16-25 year olds to have a ‘can do’ attitude towards business. The team has already visited Collyers College, Holy Trinity and The Weald to conduct workshops and assemblies with many more school and college visits planned over the next month across the County.
Richard Place Dobson Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers have awarded a full time apprenticeship contract to student and Young Start-Up Talent finalist, George Fisher.
The winner of the £50,000 prize fund for the Gatwick Diamond’s entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent, was announced at an impressive show at the Copthorne Effingham Hotel on Thursday 29th March.
Tom Williams and James Seear of Recyclabook, also spoke about their highs and lows of their first 12 months and their ongoing plans for the future of their business. They talked about the media frenzy after winning, and their radio interview on BBC World News which was played to the audience. Their key piece of advice to the next generation of entrepreneurs was to “take the plunge with your business idea – go for it!”
For more information please contact Lorraine Nugent on 07827 815377