Comments from sponsors, judges, supporters and participants:

“It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be part of such a valuable community based project such as Young Start-up Talent which brings together both business and education. I would like to congratulate all sponsors and supports of the project” Henry Smith MP for Crawley

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.” Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP and  Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills

“As a Housing Association we recognise that we have a role that is much wider than simply building and managing homes. Our support of this project builds on this and gives a focus to develop exciting opportunities for our young residents. At the school workshops we heard great business ideas”. Jackie Sumner – Town & Country Housing Group

‘It’s a great opportunity for any young person who wants to start a business, even if you just have a idea, come and speak to them, they are some of the best business minds in the area.  Sam’s Kitchen has even supplied lots of them, even if you don’t win you get loads of great contacts. I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in the competition  this year.’ – Sam French, winner Gatwick Diamond 2013

Being involved with YST is really worthwhile and it’s great for young entrepreneurs to be given such great chance’ – Max Robinson – MCR Print

“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” Matthew Tyson – Richard Place Dobson

“I have learnt so much throughout the process and want to thank the organisers for all the help and support I have received so far” Pierre Jalon – finalist West Kent 2013.

‘I think it’s important to encourage entrepreneurship in young people especially if you see it existing already. I firmly believe that you cannot make an entrepreneur you are born with it or not.  YST is extremely important in recognising young entrepreneurs’ – Mike Holland – Entrepreneur

‘We are proud to have been supporters of YST since its inception. We have been impressed by the quality of the business ideas and how previous winners have begun to develop their businesses. Todays young entrepreneurs are tomorrow’s future.’ -Alan Trace – extech

“Involvement in the Young Start-Up Talent competition was a very positive experience for all concerned – judges as well as contestants. All the finalists coped remarkably well with presenting to the “Dragons Den”, and demonstrated a maturity well beyond their years. The competition provides a tremendous framework for encouraging young people to become the next generation of business leaders and wealth generators.” Jonathan Denny of Cripps Harries Hall.

“It’s extremely important that we encourage and support young people who want to start their own business so I am delighted that the Young Start-Up Talent project has decided to expand into West Kent.” Greg Clark MP for Tunbridge Wells

‘Having been involved (in last years competition) Last years competition demonstrated a wealth of talent in the area, which I hope will be encouraged this year and that they take advantage of the package of assistance the prize provides.’ – Dean Orgill, Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors

‘It was exciting to see the range of wonderful ideas that were brought to the competition last year. I am looking forward to finding out what the young people will bring to the table this year’ – Laura Murphy – MTC2

‘It’s a call to arms to the youth of the city to use the help available. Its rare to be offered such a fantastic opportunity, help with I.T, marketing, accounting, it’s a great package’ – Rob Dawson – Brighton&Hove City Council

“Taking part in the Young Start-up Talent helped me realise what I needed to have in order to run a business. Since the competition I have been working on developing those areas. I now have a better understanding of what I want and this has given me more confidence to approach more people.” Anya Krasnikova – Finalist from Brighton&Hove 2013

Since winning the competition my customer base has tripled and hopefully from the help from the contacts I will hopefully be getting a loan from Start-up Loans to lay down my own warehouse’ – Mohammad Abusayed – winner West Kent 2013

“Young Start-up Talent is an excellent initiative that with its proven track record is clearly inspiring budding entrepreneurs. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, which is why new innovations are so important in rebuilding our economy. I wish everyone luck for this year’s competition. Special congratulations must go to both Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner for their dedication in organising the laudable project.” – Mike Weatherley MP for Hove

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