Youngsters blaze trail by doing the business

AT THE READY: Candidates and judges outside Fareham Innovation Centre in readiness for the latest shortlist stage of the inaugural Young Start-up Talent Hampshire.

AT THE READY: Candidates and judges outside Fareham Innovation Centre in readiness for the latest shortlist stage of the inaugural Young Start-up Talent Hampshire.

Five fledgling businesses have now been shortlisted in the search for Hampshire’s next ‘newtrepreneur’.

They were selected from nine businesses that made the semi-final round of the inaugural Young Start-up Talent Hampshire.

LINE-UP: The finalists at Young Start-up Talent Hampshire at Fareham Innovation Centre, south Hampshire. From left, Ming Wu of The Maker’s Guild, Tom Farrugia of Blue Gee, Adeola Babolola, Holly Abbott, Jonathan Tellyn of Innobox Design, Philipa Brobbey of Braids Galore,  Adam Stannard of Innobox Design, Tom Fowler and Chris Key of The Designer Toolkit, Alice Dixon of Seek a Word, Jeremy Mutebi of JeremyMutebi, and Natasha Tiffin of Seek a Word.

LINE-UP: The finalists at Young Start-up Talent Hampshire at Fareham Innovation Centre, south Hampshire. From left, Ming Wu of The Maker’s Guild, Tom Farrugia of Blue Gee, Adeola Babolola, Holly Abbott, Jonathan Tellyn of Innobox Design, Philipa Brobbey of Braids Galore,  Adam Stannard of Innobox Design, Tom Fowler and Chris Key of The Designer Toolkit, Alice Dixon of Seek a Word, Jeremy Mutebi of JeremyMutebi, and Natasha Tiffin of Seek a Word.

Business support worth up to £50,000 goes to the winner in the showcase final being held at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium on September 14.

Potential start-ups were put through their paces by 20 judges, sponsors and supporters at Fareham Innovation Centre.

Candidates as young as 17 pitched their commercial ideas to a pair of judges in 10-minute presentation slots.

The high-pressure format was similar to last year’s Young Start-up Talent Solent, which saw £50,000 worth of business support and services won by 22-year-old Harry Phelan of Studio H in Horndean, Hampshire, who has now opened his first barber shop.

Richard May is the Innovation Director at Fareham Innovation Centre, which is home to 27 start-up and early-stage firms and is managed by competition sponsor Oxford Innovation on behalf of Fareham Borough Council said “We were impressed and inspired by how focused the candidates were on creating viable businesses.

“Some of these newtrepreneurs, given the right advice and guidance, have the potential to successfully scale up and create new jobs and inward investment.”

Judges and sponsors in attendance, including Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith, spent hours discussing which candidates had the best business ideas and showed the most entrepreneurial flair.

After deliberations they decided on a final five to take through to the next stage of the competition, due to be held at Southampton Solent University on July 13 inside the Pod, the futuristic centrepiece of its new teaching building.

Finalists were named as The Designer Toolkit (Tom Fowler and Chris Key), Innobox Design (Adam Stannard and Jonathan Tellyn), JeremyMutebi (Jeremy Mutebi), The Maker’s Guild (Ming Wu) and Seek a Word (Alice Dixon and Natasha Tiffin).

The Designer Toolkit in Southampton provides online tools to streamline design workflows, including easy access to the brand assets of companies, such as logos, and their guidelines.

Innobox Design is a graphic design agency in Southampton and JeremyMutebi, named after the founder, an economics undergraduate at the University of Southampton, is an online personal style consultant.

The Maker’s Guild in Portsmouth provides a creative engineering space for users to create physical things using the latest in prototype technologies, such as 3D printers, and Seek a Word in Portsmouth is a translation service using online technology.

The competition, open to 16 to 25-year-olds wanting to run their own ventures across Hampshire, attracted large number of submissions for this year’s intake.

Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner are the co-founders of the Young Start-up Talent initiatives across various counties in London and the South.

Lorraine said: “Fabulous to see such high number of entrants this year, with students from each of the universities taking up the challenge and thus creating a high calibre of entrants from across the region, although this has made it harder to whittle down the entrants to just five for the final.”

In a separate development, all five finalists have been offered a week’s free exhibition space at Fareham Shopping Centre by Space to Trade, which helps businesses trade in short-let space in shopping centres across the UK.

As well as Richard, Royston, Lorraine and Matt, business professionals and sponsors of the initiative that the youngsters faced during the evening included Nigel Duncan of Fareham College, Andrew Vine of NatWest, Chris Allington and Codie Summerell of Oxford Innovation, Caroline Barfoot of Southampton Solent University, Steve Dimon of 1st Computer Services, Becky Lodge of Little Kanga, Ron Wain of Deep South Media, Victoria Vickery and Rebecca Paterson of All Star Marketing, Helen Frost of Space to Trade, Carley Hawkins and Lynda Povey of Portsmouth University, Haydon Taylor of Unloc, Rob Nunn of Creative Pod and Paul Stacey of IQ Business Consulting, in addition to Harry Phelan of Studio H and winner of Young Start-up Talent Solent 2016.

 

For more information please visit www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk

18 year old Harry Daymond of Kart Kompany wins YST Gatwick Diamond £50k prize fund

Harry Daymond of Kart Kompany

Harry Daymond of Kart Kompany

Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative powered by NatWest and aimed at young entrepreneurs aged 16-25 years old, were honoured to host their Gatwick Diamond Showcase for 2017 at Lingfield Park Resort on Monday 20th March 2017. After months of hard work, business workshops and presentations, it was announced that Harry Daymond of Kart Kompany was the lucky winner of the ultimate business prize fund of products and services worth £50,000.

Following the announcement, Harry stated, “I can’t believe it. When I was waiting for Matt to announce the winner I could feel my heart beating faster and faster. I am so happy right now.”

Harry now plans to focus on growing his business using the tools and advice given to him by Young Start up Talent, the Judges and sponsors.

David Kickham – Operations Director from Thales stated “I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the process and look forward to seeing how Harry progresses from here.”

Fellow judges Matt Tyson from Richard Place Dobson and Daryl Gayler – Director of NatWest both added “we were all impressed with the talent and calibre of the candidates this year and wish them all the best for future.”

Young Start-up Talent was also honoured to welcome guest speakers JubyLee Bakes, an inspirational group of young entrepreneurs who won the YST initiative for Gatwick in 2016, and Neil Laughton, a former Royal Marine Commando and Special Forces Officer turned entrepreneur who has founded a dozen businesses.

Simon from JubyLee Bakes stated that he was “very excited to see who wins this year as he can remember how exciting it was for them”.

As well as the winner, the other finalists, who also impressed the judges with their professional pitches, included:

Will Bower, with his company 'Royalty Three' - a viral marketing and video production company with a twist;

A group of young entrepreneurs, including; Sidney Ellis, Henry Lagrange, Daniel Wheate and Thomas Axtell with their business 'Counter Play Café', which brings people together through gaming.

Abbie Pritchard, with her food app, Nutritive that tells the consumer the specific amount of nutrients, such as fat and sugar, in their food hoping to prevent bad nutrition.

And finally, Robbie Walder and Josh Leggett, with 'Label' - an online platform that allows clothing retailers to sample their stock to young male adults;

Founding Partners of the initiative Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner further added "we have had a terrific year and feel humbled to have worked alongside so many youngsters with such exciting futures ahead of them and wish them all well. We would like to thank all of our judges and sponsors for making it all possible as without their support and generosity Young Start-up Talent would not exist.

To find out more please visit www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk 

Sponsors of this year’s initiative included:

NatWest

Thales UK

Creative Pod

Federation of Small Businesses

London Gatwick Airport

Fastsigns

Bennett Christmas

Structured Communications

Media Word Waves

Basepoint Business Centre

Richard Place Dobson Accountants

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Platinum Business

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Pivotal Moment

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Gatwick Diamond Business Association

Horsham District Council

Beta Futures

Lingfield Park Resort

Lets Do Business Group

Start-up Loans

Crawley Borough Council

Beta Futures

West Sussex County Times

Crawley Observer

Mid Sussex Times

Gatwick Diamond Jobs

Future Capital LP

 

Young Entrepreneurs Pitch their Business Ideas to a Panel of Fiery Judges

On Thursday 16th February, eleven young entrepreneurs met at Thales Group, Manor Royal to pitch their final business plans to a panel of professionals in the hopes of being named the winner of a prize fund worth £50,000. 

GatwickDiamond Judges from left to right: Rob Nunn, Daryl Gayler, Lorraine Nugent, David Kickham, Matthew Tyson and Matt Turner

GatwickDiamond Judges from left to right: Rob Nunn, Daryl Gayler, Lorraine Nugent, David Kickham, Matthew Tyson and Matt Turner

The panel consisted of David Kickham of Thales, Daryl Gayler of NatWest, Matthew Tyson of Richard Place Dobson Accountants, Rob Nunn of Future Capital and co-Founders of Young Start-up Talent Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent.

Young Start-up Talent (YST) initially launched in the Gatwick Diamond in 2010, encouraging young entrepreneurs aged between 16 - 25 years old to start their own business. Seven years on, the initiative has proven to be a great success, and is now run across the whole of Hampshire, Sussex and London. Working with over 140 local and national businesses, Young Start-up Talent award a prize fund of business products and services worth £50k in each region, providing them with all the tools they need to kick-start their business. Since launching, the YST team have been blown away by the quality of young entrepreneurs that have applied for the process, with this year being no exception.

After successfully making it through the first stage, the budding entrepreneurs were invited to undergo a business know-how workshop where they were given the opportunity to meet their fellow contestants. From there, the entrepreneurs participated in a 1-2-1 styled speed-networking event with local sponsors and business professionals. Discussions went on into the night, before only five businesses were chosen to go through to the next round, The Pitch.

                                               Candidate pitching to the panel of Judges

                                               Candidate pitching to the panel of Judges

David Kickham of Thales stated that he was “Knocked out by the enthusiasm of the candidiates” and Daryl Gayler of NatWest was very “impressed with the passion each of the candidates showed during their presentations.” Matt Tyson of Richard Place Dobson said that "he was enthused with all the businesses that presented and it was great to know that there are so many inspirational thinkers for the future in the Gatwick Diamond area.”

                                       Young StartUp Talent Candidates GatwickDiamond 2017

                                       Young StartUp Talent Candidates GatwickDiamond 2017

The young entrepreneurs pitching and wanting to be named the winner of Gatwick 2017 included:

Abbie Pritchard, with her food app that tells the consumer the specific amount of nutrients, such as fat and sugar in their food, hoping to prevent bad nutrition.

Harry Daymond, with 'Kart Kompany', a multi-functional event brand which provides services in the form of a vintage Kart for weddings, parties and other special occasions;

Will Bower, with his company 'Royalty Three' - a viral marketing and video production company with a twist;

Robbie Walder and Josh Leggett, with 'Label' - an online platform that allows clothing retailers to sample and hire out their stock;

And finally, a group of young entrepreneurs, Sidney Ellis, Henry Lagrange, Daniel Wheate and Thomas Axtell with their business 'Counter Play Café', which brings people together through gaming both online and the more traditional board games.

Abbie stated that she has“learned more in taking part in Young Start Up Talent than at university and she is looking forward to the final”.  Harry said that he is “excited to see who will win and is grateful for all the advise and encoragement he has received throughout the process.”

Young Start-up Talent would like to thank the behind-the-scenes team who work tirelessly to ensure everything runs smoothly, from the filming of the event to the AV and calming the nerves of the finalists.

The seventh winner of the Young Start-up Talent initiative for Gatwick Diamond will be announced on Monday 20th March 2017 at Lingfield Park Marriot Hotel and Country Club. The judge’s decision will see a lucky entrepreneur walk away with the prize fund worth up to £50,000 of business products and services.

To find out more please visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk

Sponsors involved in this year’s Gatwick Diamond initiative include:

Fastsigns

Basepoint Business Centre

Richard Place Dobson Accountants

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Thales Group

NatWest 

Bennett Christmas

Structured Communications

Media Word Waves

Creative Pod

Federation of Small Businesses

London Gatwick Airport

Pivotal Moment

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Gatwick Diamond Business Association

Horsham District Council

Beta Futures

Lingfield Park Racecourse

Crawley Chamber of Commerce

Crawley Borough Council

Platinum Business Magazine

West Sussex County Times

Crawley Observer

Mid Sussex Times

 

BRIGHTON GREEKS BECOMES THE FIFTH WINNER OF YOUNG START-UP TALENT BRIGHTON AND HOVE

Young Start-up Talent Brighton - Finalists, judges and speakers at the showcase event - The Platform

Young Start-up Talent Brighton - Finalists, judges and speakers at the showcase event - The Platform

After months of hard work, business workshops and presentations, Young Start-up Talent (YST), an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at 16 to 25 years old, was proud to host their fifth Showcase for Brighton’s finest young entrepreneurs at The Platform on Wednesday 15th February. It was announced that Andreas Georgiades of Brighton Greeks and current student from Sussex University is the lucky winner of the ultimate business prize fund of products and services worth £50,000.

Andreas Georgiades - Brighton Greeks - YST Brighton winner 2017

Andreas Georgiades - Brighton Greeks - YST Brighton winner 2017

Following the announcement, Andreas stated, “I am absolutely ecstatic, in a state of euphoria! This award is going to do so much for myself and my team!

Andreas now plans to continue moving forward with his business, solidifying his relationships and getting to know the community, allowing him to strengthen the company’s message: “To create a home away from home” for the Greek and Cypriot communities.

Gary Chown, Regional Director of Brighton and Hove for Natwest and headline sponsor for the initiative said; “It was good to see a diverse range of businesses – ranging from technology to clothing to community support. The finalists all commented on the positive learning experience that they will take from their individual journeys together with the network of contacts they have made during the competition. I am looking forward to seeing all the finalists progress their businesses over the coming months and years.”  

A fellow judge, Dan Simpson, Partner at Hartley Fowler, also commented; “Andreas is a very worth winner, but all of the finalists were of very high standard. It was tough to pick a winner this year!”

Ana Christie, CEO of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce, stated; “This has been my first year as a judge for Young Start-up Talent and it has been a fantastic experience. It has been brilliant to see how the candidates have developed over the last few months and how they have taken on board all our advice moving forward”.

After launching this year's initiative in June of 2016, YST have worked hard to find the very best young entrepreneurs living across Brighton and Hove. The successful applicants were then invited to a business workshop before they faced a selection of local business professionals in a 1-2-1 styled speed-networking, where they gained invaluable advice on how to develop both themselves and their business. From there, the candidates were whittled down to just five finalists.

The finalists pitched their refined business plans to a panel of six judges. On top of this, the finalists had to hold their nerve in front of a film crew, as their pitches were recorded and shown at the Showcase. After a tense wait, Andreas Georgiades was announced as the fifth Brighton winner with his business Brighton Greeks, which aims to create a home away from home for the Greek and Cypriot community of all generations and backgrounds in the wider Brighton area, by connecting them through a variety of services and consumer products.

Young Start-up Talent was also honoured to welcome guest speakers, Nick Musto, Founder of Radar UK and Winner of YST Brighton in 2016, Tim Hawkes from Unlimited Potential, a business development company that uses a coaching approach in all their programmes, “being around the youngsters has given me new energy!”; and Ben Jeffries, winner of YST Kent in 2016 and Founder of Influencer, a marketing agency that specialises in social media campaigns.

As well as the winner, the finalists, who also impressed the judges with their professional pitches, included:

Georgia Crawford - Daubs and Dashes

Georgia Crawford - Daubs and Dashes

Georgia Crawford, with her business ‘Daubs and Dashes’ - an independent scarf studio with a difference. Working from their Brighton workshop, each organic, fair-trade silk scarf is hand painted with original artwork, creating a beautifully unique accessory. Georgia commented; “I am very excited to continue forward after learning so much from the judges and other candidates!”

George Lengyel of Hubbub

George Lengyel of Hubbub

George Lengyel, with ‘Hubbub’ - a revolutionary social network and app that connects people at events, venues and other locations, known as hubs. “Having recently receiving funding, I am looking forward to proving my model in Brighton before expanding across the country.”

Jack Maddalena - VR Drop and Share

Jack Maddalena - VR Drop and Share

Jack Maddalena, with his business ‘VR Drop and Share’ - a free virtual reality platform, where you can upload your 360˚ photos allowing you to create your own VR experience. Jack stated; “Although I’m disappointed I didn’t win, I am very excited for the future!”

And finally, a group of young entrepreneurs including Ardie Yilinkou, Junior Kassim and Gabriel Meidt, with their business ‘Talentbookr’ - the first digital booking agent in the UK market. The boys commented; “We feel so good as we have learnt so much - there is no giving up over here!”

Young Start-up Talent would like to thank all the sponsors who have helped make the YST Brighton initiative to be a brilliant success. We would also like to thank the YST team behind the scenes, who ensured the whole process ran smoothly.

Sponsors of the initiative and who all contribute to the prize fund are as follows:

NatWest

Gatwick Airport

Hartley Fowler

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Bennett Christmas

Structured Communications

The Platform

Face Media Group

Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce

Jurys Inn

Brighton and Hove Jobs

Let’s Do Business Group

Young Enterprise

Sussex Innovation Centre

Beta Futures

Juice FM

Fast Signs

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Platinum Business Magazine

Best of Brighton and Hove

Latest TV

Pivotal Moment

Media Word Waves

Creative Pod

Future Capital L.P.

Young Start-up Talent Announces Exciting New Partnership with Unloc Enterprise Academy

On Tuesday 14th February, Young Start-up Talent (YST), an initiative aimed at young entrepreneurs aged between 16 - 25 years old, and Unloc Enterprise Academy, a programme to enable schools and colleges to inspire, motivate and develop the enterprising mindsets of their young people, announced a new strategic partnership. The companies will collaborate in an attempt to inspire a larger audience of young and budding entrepreneurs who need support and guidance to kick-start their own business. Through a number of business workshops provided by Unloc Enterprise Academy and the opportunity for one lucky entrepreneur to win a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000 from YST, the companies aim to use the partnership to give young entrepreneurs throughout Hampshire all the tools they need to make it in the business world.

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“Young Start-up Talent are really excited to begin this new partnership with the team at Unloc Enterprise Academy”, commented Lorraine Nugent, MD and Co-Founder of Young Start-up Talent. “This partnership will enable YST to reach a wider audience of young entrepreneurs across Hampshire, whilst working together with Unloc to inspire and encourage them to begin their own business. Sometimes the young entrepreneurs just need the help, advice and confidence to get their business off the ground, and we truly believe this partnership will provide them with all these things!”

Known throughout Hampshire's network of schools and colleges, Unloc Enterprise Academy delivers both short enterprise courses spanning over 12 weeks, as well as specific enterprise days, allowing the young students to develop their business skills.

Hayden Taylor, MD of Unloc, stated; “We’re very excited to be working collaboratively with another organisation that supports young entrepreneurs. This partnership will ensure young people get access to the best opportunities possible.”

Over the course of the next few months, both companies are looking forward to seeing how the new partnership develops and how they can encourage as many young entrepreneurs to follow their dreams of starting their own business.

About Unloc Enterprise Academy

The Unloc Enterprise Academy is a programme to enable schools and colleges to inspire, motivate and develop the enterprising mindsets of their young people. They passionately believe in enabling young people to develop their own skills through setting up and testing their own mini-businesses. Personal development is at the heart of everything Unloc does and this programme embodies that ethos. To find out more, please visit: www.enterpriseacademy.co.uk

About Young Start-up Talent

Initially launched in Gatwick in 2010, Young Start-up Talent now spans across most of the South of England, including London. The initiative, aimed at 16 - 25 year olds, aims to inspire young entrepreneurs to kick-start their business. With a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000 given to one lucky winner in each region, YST provides the winner with all the tools they need to make their business a success. Applications are now open for Hampshire, and will close on Sunday 7th May 2017. Enter now at: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk/enter

Gatwick Diamond's Finest Young Entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to professionals

YST Gatwick Diamond candidates and sponsors at Basepoint Business Centre - Crawley

YST Gatwick Diamond candidates and sponsors at Basepoint Business Centre - Crawley

On Thursday 26th January 2017, Basepoint Business Centre hosted the Young Start-up Talent (YST) annual speed-networking event with a selection of young entrepreneurs from across the Gatwick Diamond region, all hoping to inspire and impress the business professionals that they met during the evening. Each candidate was competing for their place to be in the final five, bringing them one step closer to being announced as the winner of a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000.

When our candidates met our sponsors...

When our candidates met our sponsors...

The entrepreneurial initiative 'Young Start-up Talent' and powered by NatWest was first in launched back in 2010 in Gatwick, and has since expanded across the South of England and London. With its seventh year in full swing, YST are very proud to work alongside 140 businesses, all of which support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Sponsors for the Gatwick Diamond include companies such as London Gatwick Airport, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Thales Group, Richard Place Dobson and many, many more (see list of those involved at the end of the article).

Lisa Sorensen from Crawley Borough Council, commented; "There is some really interesting business ideas, some of them quite on trend. It is great to see youngsters feed their entrepreneurial aspirations". 

David Kickham from Thales Group and judge for this year stated; "I am very impressed with the quality of the presentations and the enthusiasm of the candidates"; whilst long-term sponsor and fellow judge, Matt Tyson of Richard Place Dobson added; "There was a good variety and culturally diverse offering of business ideas".

Nine businesses pitched their ideas on a 1-2-1 basis to each of the business professionals. The candidates had just ten minutes to convince the sponsors of the feasibility and originality of their business, whilst also showing their entrepreneurial flair, passion and creativity.

YST Gatwick Diamond semi finalists..

YST Gatwick Diamond semi finalists..

The young entrepreneurs included:

Will Putner and Sam Devine, both aged 16 and students from Sackville School, with their business 'Shoe Kingdom' a UK based shoe auction app.

Sean Wicks, aged 18 and at Central Sussex College with 'Project Trinity', a games developer, designer and publisher; who said, "overall the experience has been incredible, from the interaction with the judges to their feedback. It has been really useful to help assess my business and push it forward with my drive and passion".

Gideon Angell, aged 17 and also a student from Central Sussex, who is selling stylish urban baseball caps;

Robbie Walder and Josh Leggit, both aged 17 and from Southwater and former students from Collyers College, with their business 'Label', an online platform that allows clothing retailers to sample their stock to young male adults;

Abbie Pritchard, age 21 and a current third year student at Brighton University, with her revolutionary food app that reveals the amount of specific nutrients, such as fat and sugar, in food hoping to prevent bad nutrition. Abbie stated; "I have learnt more in the last 3 months by working with the Young Start-up Talent team and from the event today than I have in the last three years of University!"

Harry Daymond, age 17, with 'Kart Kompany', a multi-functional event brand which provides services in the form of a vintage Kart for weddings, parties and other special occasions; 

Ben Hickie and Archie Burrows, both aged 24 with their specialist recruitment business, 'Balmont Associates';

Will Bower, aged 23 and a graduate from Sussex University, with 'Royalty Three' - a unique viral marketing and video production company; and finally,

A group from Sackville School all aged 17 years old, including; Sidney Ellis, Henry Lagrange, Daniel Wheate and Thomas Axtell with their business 'Counter Play Café', which brings people together through gaming. Sidney Ellis commented; "it has been a very intense experience which has taught us a lot already, with plenty of things to think about for the future. The event has brought new ideas to the table that we hadn't ever considered before, but that can help us develop the business even if we do not win the prize fund."

The process will continue over the next couple of months. The judges now have to decide which five businesses will make it through to the final, where they will have to present and pitch their detailed business plans to a panel of six judges at the offices of Thales Group in Manor Royal. The winner of the prize fund of business products and services will be announced at a showcase final event on Monday 20th March 2017, at Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel, where the winners of 2016, JubyLee Bakes will give an update of their first 12 months in business and inspirational guest speakers to include Neil Laughton.

To find out more about Young Start-up Talent, please visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk. Alternatively, if you would like to attend the showcase please RSVP to: admin@youngstartuptalent.co.uk.

The sponsors and judges that took part in the speed networking evening were from the following organisations:

Fastsigns

Basepoint Business Centre

Richard Place Dobson Accountants

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Thales Group

NatWest 

Bennett Christmas

Structured Communications

Media Word Waves

Creative Pod

Federation of Small Businesses

London Gatwick Airport

Pivotal Moment

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Gatwick Diamond Business Association

Horsham District Council

Beta Futures

Lingfield Park Racecourse

Brighton Brains Battle it out to be named the Winner of a Prize Fund worth £50k

On Thursday 19th January 2017 seven young entrepreneurs gathered at the Quakers Friends Meeting House, Brighton, to pitch their exciting business a panel of six fiery judges. The Young Start-up Talent (YST) initiative started in early July, allowing young entrepreneurs aged between 16-25 years old to enter their business ideas, in the hopes of being named the winner of a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000.

After successfully making it through the first stage, the entrepreneurs were then invited to participate in a business-know how workshop before they were thrown into the deep end at a speed-networking event with a selection of sponsors and business professionals. From there, only five businesses made it through to The Pitch.

YST Brighton judges - left to right Gary Chown, Matt Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Rob Nunn, Ana Christie and Dan Simpson

YST Brighton judges - left to right Gary Chown, Matt Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Rob Nunn, Ana Christie and Dan Simpson

The judges consisted of six business individuals and included: Ana Christie, CEO of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce; Gary Chown, Regional Director of NatWest for Brighton and Hove; Dan Simpson, Partner at Hartley Fowler LLP; Rob Nunn, President of Future Capital L.P. and Strategic Director of Young Start-up Talent; Matt Turner, CEO of Creative Pod and Founding Partner of YST; and finally, Lorraine Nugent, MD of Media Word Waves and Founding Partner of YST.

Ana Christie stated; “I was really impressed by the candidates. They were extremely professional in the way they presented their pitch, as it can be very daunting presenting in front of a panel and answering some very difficult questions.”

Gary Chown of NatWest, and judge, also commented; “The quality was excellent and they all presented very well. The businesses are all high quality and it was very hard to pick a winner.”

The young entrepreneurs pitching to be named the winner of Brighton 2017 included:

YST Brighton finalists - left to right Ardie Yilinkou, George Lengyel, Georgia Crawford, Junior Fassim, Andreas Georgiades, Jack Maddalena and Gabriel Meidt

YST Brighton finalists - left to right Ardie Yilinkou, George Lengyel, Georgia Crawford, Junior Fassim, Andreas Georgiades, Jack Maddalena and Gabriel Meidt

Jack Maddalena, with his Virtual Reality company ‘VR Drop and Share’, a free platform where you can upload your 360˚ photos, enabling you to create your own VR experience. It is also the first VR that allows two or more people to be in the VR space together at the same time.

Georgia Crawford, with Daubs and Dashes, an independent scarf studio, which creates unique, organic, fair-trade silk scarves that are hand painted with original artwork. Georgia commented; “YST has been a really great opportunity that has pushed me to take my business to the next level.”

George Lengyel, with Hubbub, a revolutionary social network and app that connects people at events, venues and other locations, allowing people in the same area to interact with others through sharing pictures, making posts, purchasing items from on-site vendors and much more.

Andreas Georgiades, with his company Brighton Greeks, which connects the Greek and Cypriot communities in the wider Brighton area. Andreas stated; “This has been a great experience and I have learnt a lot. It is the first time I’ve written a business plan and it has really made me focus on the true vision and future for the business.”

And finally, a group of young entrepreneurs, Ardie Yilinkou, Junior Fassim and Gabriel Meidt, with their business ‘Talentbookr’, the first digital booking agent in the UK market for upcoming artists and creatives.

Dan Simpson, from Hartley Fowler, finished the evening by saying; “There was a really impressive variety of ideas. All of the candidates were at similar standard and I was very impressed with their presentations. I am looking forward to the final!”

Many thanks go to the team at Young Start-up Talent who work behind the scenes with the finalists, calming their nerves and preparing them for the formal pitches. Special thanks also go to the film and AV crew, for ensuring the presentations filming ran smoothly.

The fifth winner of the Young Start-up Talent initiative for Brighton will be announced on Wednesday 15th February 2017 on stage at the Platform in Brighton. The judge’s decision will see who will walk away with the prize fund worth up to £50,000 worth of business products and services to help progress their business.

To find out more please visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk

Sponsors involved in this year’s Brighton’s initiative include:

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

NatWest

London Gatwick Airport

Hartley Fowler LLP

Bennett Christmas

Structured Communications

Face Media Group

Brighton and Hove City Council

Young Enterprise

Brighton Chamber of Commerce

Jurys Inn

PSD Ice Art

Pivotal Moment

The Best of Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove Jobs

FASTSIGNS

Platinum Business Magazine

Let’s Do Business

Juice FM

Beta Futures

Brighton & Hove Independent

Sussex Innovation Centre

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Latest TV

Creative Pod

Media Word Waves

17 year old Tom Orchard of Tom’s Computers announced as the very first Young Start-up Talent Chichester winner of a business prize worth £50k

After nearly a year's worth of hard work, Young Start-up Talent (YST), an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at 16-25 year olds, was proud to hold their very first Final for Chichester at the South Downs Planetarium on Thursday 12th January.

17 year old Tom Orchard of Tom's Computers was announced as the winner of the prize fund of £50k worth of business support to help kick start and grow his business.

Over the past year and after visiting and running workshops in the local schools and colleges, including the University of Chichester, the chosen applicants were given advice and support for their business ideas through both a business know-how workshop and a 1-2-1 styled speed-networking event with local businesses and sponsors.

From there, four lucky finalists were chosen to present and pitch to a panel of seven judges. Finally, the judges awarded Tom Orchard a current sixth form student at Bishop Luffa School, with his business Tom’s Computers, the very first winner of YST Chichester.

Tom’s Computers offers a wide range of services, including, but not limited to, computer repairs, iPhone repairs and custom PC building, helping you to get back to your tech as soon as possible. Tom believes that this an area of the market that has not yet been taken over by one company, and he feels that his company could become this leader.

Upon winning this year’s Chichester initiative, Tom Orchard said; “I’m shaking because I’m just so thrilled! I never expected to win because everyone was brilliant and the competition was really hard. Now I just need to ensure I make something happen and take full advantage of the prize I have been given!”

Charles Taylor, another finalist - currently studying at Chichester College and former pupil of Bishop Luffa - also just 17, impressed the judges so much with his business ‘Charles Taylor Pens’ (which design and create individual, luxury, bespoke pens from a range of materials) that he was awarded with the Highly Commended prize. Lorraine Nugent, Founding Partner of YST, commented; “Charles has been with us throughout the competition since its launch in February 2016. His progression throughout this time has been incredible, not only professionally but also personally, growing from a shy and quiet young man into a confident entrepreneur who articulates himself very well. He has been a pleasure to work with!”

22 Year old, Leanne Robertson - a student from the University of Chichester, with LSR Therapies - a mobile business that specialises in pregnancy and sports massage therapy. Leanne stated; “It was a brilliant experience and I have learnt so much that I wouldn’t have done without this competition. I’m looking forward to growing my business.”

17 year old, Hannah Weir, with her business ‘Telephonium’ - an individual and bespoke telephone marketing agency offering professional business to business telephone marketing services to companies who are serious about customer relationship management. “It has been a fantastic process! I woke up this morning like a kid on Christmas Day. Although I didn’t win, I’m looking forward to growing my business and on boarding more clients.”

Young Start-up Talent were honoured to be joined by three guest speakers at the showcase event, including Dr John Mason, Co-Founder and Principal Lecturer of the Planetarium; Kevin Byrne, Founder of Checkatrade, who stated; “Young Start-up Talent should be very proud, as they are contributing to the future of this country. It is refreshing to finally see unions being built around entrepreneurism, as there was nothing like this out there ten years ago”; and Harry Phelan, winner of YST Solent in 2016 with his business, Studio H, who commented; “I have absolutely loved the journey I have been on throughout and since winning Young Start-up Talent. People finally take me seriously and actually want and value my business advice. This initiative is a real life changer.”

On top of this, a number of judges and sponsors also showed their support at the final.

Councillor Eileen Lintill of Chichester District Council, stated; “It was a privilege to be part of Young Start-up Talent in Chichester. Throughout the process we have seen young entrepreneurs come forward with some really exciting ideas. The competition was tough. All four finalists were of a high calibre with four very different businesses. The winner showed considerable business acumen and was very focused on what he was going to achieve. I wish everyone the best for the future and look forward to seeing them succeed.”

Another judge and sponsor, Louise Hastings, along with her colleagues Andrea Wulff and Andrew Henshaw of Moore Stephens (South) LLP were delighted to attend the showcase. Andrea Wulff commented; “As chartered accountants based in Chichester, we are always happy to support young entrepreneurs in their quest to start their own businesses. The quality of the four finalists on the night was exceptional. It was a pleasure to see them presenting their business ideas to the audience, and we were proud to be able to be a part of the initiative and wish all the entrants’ success for the future".

Young Start-up Talent would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters of the initiative, as well as all the people who work behind the scenes to ensure the whole process runs smoothly.

Bishop Martin, finished the evening with; “The winner, Tom Orchard, exemplified qualities found in each of the other contestants.  It is hugely encouraging to meet young people who are committed to delivering a high quality service, sustaining relationships of trust and respect with colleagues and clients alike, and to the hard work that brings about a successful outcome to their aspirations.”

Sponsors of the initiative in Chichester include:

Chichester District Council

NatWest

Moore Stephens

Chichester Observer

Chichester Chamber of Commerce

Chichester Cathedral

South Downs Planetarium

University of Chichester

PEP Printers

Simmons Signs

Beta Futures

Creative Pod

Media Word Waves

Young Entrepreneurs Battle it out to be named the Best Young Business Brain in Chichester

Judges and finalists at the Bishops Palace Chichester. (Left to right charles Taylor, Louise Hastings, Hannah Weir, Chris Deans, Lorraine Nugent, Rob Nunn, Bishop Martin, Gary Shipton, Cllr Eileen Lintill, Tom Orchard and Leanne Robertson)

Judges and finalists at the Bishops Palace Chichester. (Left to right charles Taylor, Louise Hastings, Hannah Weir, Chris Deans, Lorraine Nugent, Rob Nunn, Bishop Martin, Gary Shipton, Cllr Eileen Lintill, Tom Orchard and Leanne Robertson)

On Wednesday 21st December, four young entrepreneurs met at the Bishop's Palace, Chichester Cathedral, to present their final business plans to a panel of seven judges in the hope of being named Young Start-up Talent Chichester’s very first winner. The initiative, which started earlier this year, allows 16 - 25 years old to express their business ideas to a number of business professionals who can offer invaluable advice and experience to help the young entrepreneurs progress with their business goals and dreams.

Judge and sponsor, Councillor Eileen Lintill from Chichester District Council, said, “I am really impressed with all of the candidates. We have seen four very different businesses, all of which can easily come to fruition. It is brilliant to see that we have such entrepreneurial talent in the district.”

Another judge, Gary Shipton of Chichester Observer said - “Having judged many of these events this has been one of the strongest. All the candidates were consistently good and very professional. The business ideas are very sound and viable. One of the biggest challenges that they each will face is knowing how to upscale them.”

After participating in business workshops, and completing a speed-networking event with a range of the sponsors and business professionals, the candidates were whittled down to just four finalists. The four finalists braved the fiery panel of judges, presenting their final and refined business plans in a bid to walk away with a prize fund worth up to £50k of business products and services.

The judges consisted of seven business professionals and included: Chris Deans, Relationship Director for NatWest; Louise Hastings, Partner at Moore Stephens; Cllr Eileen Lintill, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council; Gary Shipton, Editor-in-Chief at the Chichester Observer; Bishop Martin Warner at Chichester Cathedral; Rob Nunn, Managing Director of Creative Pod and Strategic Director of Young Start-up Talent (YST), and Lorraine Nugent, Managing Director of Media Word Waves and Founding Partner of YST.

Chris Deans, Relationship Director from NatWest, commented, “I am extremely impressed with the quality of the presentations, and it was clear the preparation was significant to deliver their pitch. All the contestants excelled, presenting very credible arguments on why they will be successful business people in the future”, with Louise Hastings of Moore Stephens and also a judge adding; “All really strong presentations with a lot of potential.”

Chichester finalists - left to right - Tom Orchard, Hannah Weir, Leanne Robertson and Charles Taylor)

Chichester finalists - left to right - Tom Orchard, Hannah Weir, Leanne Robertson and Charles Taylor)

The final four young entrepreneurs included:

Hannah Weir age 17, with her business ‘Telephonium’ an individual and bespoke telephone marketing company;

Thomas Orchard age 17- with ‘Tom’s Computers’ a device support company which offers all aspects of device repair;

Charles Taylor age 17, who handcrafts his own bespoke pens as well as many other crafts, such as cabinets, whistles and keyrings.

Leanne Robertson age 22, pitching her mobile sports and pregnancy massage therapy business. Leanne commented on the whole process, stating, “the experience has been great. I have learnt such a lot that I wouldn’t have even thought about if I hadn’t entered the competition.”

Bishop Martin Warner, who kindly let us use the Bishop’s Palace for the formal presentations, was also a judge on the night. He commented; “It has been exhilarating to see the levels of professionalism, passion and imagination in these young people. And part of the privilege is having the opportunity to contribute to their future plans”.

Thanks go to the Young Start-up Talent team behind the scenes who helped to calm the finalists and prepare them for the formal pitches. Special thanks also go to the film and AV crew, for ensuring the presentations filming ran smoothly.

The very first Young Start-up Talent winner for Chichester will be announced on Thursday 12th January 2017 at the Planetarium. The judge’s verdict will determine which lucky young entrepreneur will be walking away with the prize fund.

To find out more please visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk

 

Sponsors involved in this year’s Chichester initiative include:

NatWest

Moore Stephens LLP

Chichester District Council

Chichester Chamber of Commerce

Chichester Observer

University of Chichester

Creative Pod

Media Word Waves

Pep4Print

Beta Futures

Simmons Signs

Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs Battle for their Place in the Brighton Final

Sponsors and finalists at the Brighton speed networking event

Sponsors and finalists at the Brighton speed networking event

Aspiring young entrepreneurs gathered at the Quakers in Brighton on Thursday 15th December, as they fought for their place in the final of the Young Start-up Talent initiative across Brighton and Hove. Over the course of the evening the young entrepreneurs were able to speak with the sponsors on a 1-2-1 basis in a ‘speed networking’ style, gaining invaluable insight into the world of enterprise and advice on how they should proceed with their budding business ideas.

The initiative, which started in 2010, is aimed at finding the next up-and-coming young entrepreneurs aged between 16 - 25 years old. After a gruelling process, the winner will be announced of a prize fund of business products and services worth upto £50,000! With over 140 sponsors across the South East, including prevalent local businesses such as NatWest, Gatwick Airport, Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants, FaceMedia Group and Sussex Chamber of Commerce to name but a few, the initiative is proving to be very popular.

Ana Christie, Chief Executive at the Sussex Chamber of Commerce and judge, commented; “As this is my first time judging, I am surprised at the quality of the pitches and presentation of the young entrepreneurial ideas. The Sussex Chamber of Commerce are very proud to be sponsors of such a fantastic initiative.”

Jim Cunliffe from FaceMedia added; “Every kid has a great idea. Young Start-up Talent gives them the opportunity to express themselves.”

 

With only ten minutes each, the room was bursting with entrepreneurial spirit as the young entrepreneurs competed for their places as one of the finalists. Fadress Nyirenda, one of the young entrepreneurs, said; “Young Start-up Talent has filled me with a sense of empowerment. It has taken my hobby to a real business concept, giving me a safe space to grow and develop.”

Mark Bennett of Bennett Christmas added, “Young Start-up Talent gives us the opportunity to support young people in their journey towards creating business. As a businessman I can help! Youngsters are fearless and have the drive to make it work. I am really proud to be a sponsor.”

Amongst them, Alison Addy from Gatwick Airport and long term sponsor and supporter of the initiative further commented; “I am really excited and looking forward to watching the young entrepreneur’s progress through the process and seeing how their businesses develop.”

Following the speed networking the sponsors and judges have to make the tough decision of whittling the group down by half, with only five candidates making it through to ‘The Pitch’ in January. At The Pitch, each finalists will present their refined and polished business plans to a panel of judges in the hopes of becoming the Young Start-up Talent Brighton & Hove Champion in 2017. The final is set to take place at The Platform, Brighton, on Wednesday 15th February 2017 where the final winner of the prize fund will be revealed.

Young Entrepreneurs present their business brains to Local Sponsors

On Monday 5th December, Young Start-up Talent (YST) held a speed-networking event at the University of Chichester with young entrepreneurs from the surrounding area where they were given the opportunity to present to a series of business professionals. The candidates were all aiming to impress the judges with their entrepreneurial flair as all are competing for a prize fund of business products and services giving them all the tools they need to kick-start their businesses.

The entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ was launched for the first time in the Chichester area in February of this year. Since launching the initiative six years ago in the Gatwick Diamond region, YST now works across five regions across the South of England alongside 140 businesses who all support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Chichester is no exception, with sponsors including; Moore Stephens, Chichester District Council, Chichester Chamber of Commerce, Chichester Observer, NatWest, and even the Bishop himself through Chichester Cathedral.

Matt Turner, CEO of The Creative Group, commented; “I am extremely excited to see how the candidates progress and develop their ideas for the next phase of the initiative”

Five entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas on a 1-2-1 basis to each of the eight judges. Over the course of ten minutes, they had to convince the professionals of the feasibility of their business, whilst also allowing their entrepreneurial flair and creativity to shine through.

The five entrepreneurs included:

Hannah Weir, with her business ‘Telephonium’ a telemarketing company;

Thomas Orchard -  with ‘Tom’s Computers’ and ‘Tech Wardrobe’;

Matt Sim, presenting his business idea involving Ski Clothing;

Leanne Robertson, pitching her sports massage and nutrition business; and

Charles Taylor, who handcrafts his own bespoke pens.

Rob Nunn, Director of Young Start-up Talent and MD of Creative Pod commented; “The young entrepreneurs presented their businesses eloquently and clearly. They will all have great success in the future, regardless of what happens in this competition.”

The process will continue throughout December, with the entrepreneurs pitching their businesses in a more formal setting, to the panel of eight judges at the Bishop’s Palace. The winner of the prize fund of business products and services will be announced at a showcase final on Thursday 12th January 2017 at the Planetarium, Chichester.

To find out more about Young Start-up Talent please visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk. Alternatively, if you would like to attend the showcase please RSVP to: admin@youngstartuptalent.co.uk

Sussex students inspired by Global Entrepreneurship Week

Workshop at Central Sussex College - Crawley Campus Nov 2016

Workshop at Central Sussex College - Crawley Campus Nov 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 has marked an extremely successful week for Young Start-up Talent (YST) across Sussex. With an entrepreneurial atmosphere taking over the country, YST has held a number of workshops across the South East to budding young entrepreneurs who are hoping to start their own business. Lorraine Nugent, MD of Media Word Waves Ltd and Founding Partner of Young Start-up Talent commented; “the interest in the initiative has been extremely inspiring and incredible to witness.”

After hosting a drop in session and workshop at the University of Sussex on Monday 14th November, YST then presented a business workshop at the Crawley Campus of Central Sussex College the following day. The turnout was incredible. With over 450 enthusiastic students from all aspects of the curriculum attending the seminar, Young Start-up Talent was extremely disappointed to have to turn away over 150 more students, as there was simply no more room! However, due to the unbelievable attendance and enthusiasm at the college from both students and lectures, Young Start-up Talent will be returning to the Crawley Campus on Tuesday 6th December.

Anahita Henry whose remit is enterprise and entrepreneurship at Central Sussex College said: “The Global Entrepreneurship Week and Young Start-up Talent workshops are key features of the College's calendar.  We strive to instil in our students an enterprising approach to their studies as many of our young people have some really great business ideas with real money-making potential.  Many learners will go on to set up their businesses after being inspired by the YST workshop and entering the competition.  We’ve also seen that our annual focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship gives our students the opportunity to showcase their ideas and talents and pitch to potential employers and investors, making the whole experience very realistic".

Young Start-up Talent was also very honoured to be joined at the workshop by sponsor, Chris Lyle, Business Growth Enabler for NatWest. Chris spoke about her connection to Entrepreneurial Spark, the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures, whose vision is to “to inspire and enable positive social change through the action of entrepreneurship”. On top of this, the students were given an introduction to the world of business and the Young Start-up Talent initiative.

With the deadline for applications being Sunday 18th December for the Gatwick Diamond region, Young Start-up Talent is now feeling extremely positive for their seventh year of running the initiative within the area. With a number of applications having already been received, YST are excited for their next workshop at the Haywards Heath Campus of Central Sussex College and to further school visits booked to sixth forms in the local area.

If you would like the chance to win a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000 to help you kick-start your business, then apply now on the YST website at http://youngstartuptalent.co.uk/enter/ or contact us to find out more information on: admin@youngstartuptalent.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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://youngstartuptalent.co.uk

But remember, it’s not just about the prize fund. Once accepted onto the process, our candidates have the opportunity to meet a huge range of business individuals, including professionals from NatWest, Richard Place Dobson, Thales, Gatwick Airport, Avensys and many, many more. Along with our very own Marketing agency, Creative Pod, and PR agency, Media Word Waves, you will be able to build up your network to promote your business idea to the local and national community.

You may like to check out our short video of the process

With Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) approaching, now is the perfect time to take your future into your own hands. From Monday 14th – Sunday 20th November, we will be hosting a number of events across Sussex, including a workshop at Sussex University and at many of the local sixth forms and colleges within the area including both Central Sussex College campuses. We hope to see as many budding young entrepreneurs with a flair for business!

Last years winners of the Gatwick Diamond region, JubyLee Bakes – a group of six inspirational young entrepreneurs with the tag line ‘special bakes made by special people’ – have recently obtained kitchens in Horsham, started selling their cakes to a very well-known airline and hotel chain aswell as speaking and exhibiting at various trade fairs and business events. They enjoyed the guidance, encourage and support that the Young Start-up Talent initiative has provided them with. Simon Tomlinson, one of the JubyLee Bakes team, commented, “the judges, sponsors and YST team have all been extremely helpful, it was such an exciting process”.

So, what have you got to lose? Apply now at http://youngstartuptalent.co.uk or contact us to find out more information on: admin@youngstartuptalent.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you!

20 year old influencer gains over £100k worth of investment for his business within 24 hours

                                               Ben Jeffries of Influencer – YST Kent 2016 Winner

                                               Ben Jeffries of Influencer – YST Kent 2016 Winner

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.

The influencers are able to generate an organic buzz for the brands they work with. They have a variety of Influencers on their books including top names such as world football star Ronaldinho and realty TV star Amy Willerton, however their main focus is with micro Influencers – those Influencers with followers of between 10,000 and 50,000. In the short time that Influencer has been operating they have worked with a number of large brands such as Badoo, Uber, Triangl, Crowdmobile and Southbeach Swimwear.

The app developers started the work needed to automate the process in September and will take a large chunk of the investment but the remainder will help to deliver a targeted marketing campaign and employ additional staff.

“Through the development of the new web application, we believe we will have the capacity to work with 100x more Influencers through a more efficient CRM system”. Ben added “An increased database of Influencers will provide greater variety and choice for brands as to who they use to promote themselves. The web application will also provide brands with more detailed analytics and access to legal documents. I believe this will further increase the value of the service.”

Ben attributes his success to not just the team, but also the accelerator programmes and competitions he has been apart of.

“From the support I had at both VOOM & Young Start-Up Talent, I was able to really get the business into the right gear to accelerate forward. I then got accepted onto the Crowd10 accelerator programme, which enabled me to become investor ready and achieve these goals.”

The CrowdCube campaign for Influencer is officially still open until 25th November providing it doesn’t meet its further overfunded target – therefore still time for investors to obtain a slice of the action – please visit www.crowdcube.com/influencer  (Please be invest aware – capital at risk).

To find out more about Influencer visit www.influencer.uk

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!”

                                                       Solent Young Start Up Winner Harry Phelan

                                                       Solent Young Start Up Winner Harry Phelan

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.

Michael Dyer from Verisona Law and judge of the initiative commented “The enthusiasm for Harry’s business model was absolutely infectious. His vision to bring in education and train other young apprentices gave him the added edge.”  With Zara Hogg, Partner of Wilkins Kennedy and also judge adding “It’s brilliant to see that it doesn’t have to be a brand new, technological idea, to win.”

In addition to the winning prize fund a Highly Commended Award was announced to another young entrepreneur, John Wheal with his business Group Hub – an online space to make the organisation and management of groups, clubs and societies much simpler. All judges were so impressed with John’s business knowledge and acumen when he pitched his idea back in September that all the judges kindly contributed to another prize fund to help him grow his business including virtual office space, help with PR, finances and legals.

John Wheal commented: “I am extremely happy and honored to have been awarded the Highly Commended prize. I am really looking forward to future and I have a vision that one day Group Hub will be used by every group across the world.”

                                                                 John Wheal of Group Hub

                                                                 John Wheal of Group Hub

Simon Finch, Relationship Manager for NatWest, also added, “At every awards ceremony, people always say that it was really close, but this time is actually was! The judges had to deliberate long and hard over who should win, and I feel both Harry and John are worthy winners”.

After launching the initiative in January of this year, the YST team sought to find the best young budding entrepreneurs, aged between 16 and 25 years old. After being carefully selected from a number of applicants, the chosen candidates worked their way through a series of business workshops and attended a 1-2-1 speed-networking event with both sponsors and local businesses to help them develop their business plans. From there, the candidates were whittled down to just five finalists.

At the Pitch, the finalists had to present their developed and refined business plans to not only a panel of seven judges but also with five camera’s recording them and later shown at the final with the hope to convey why they deserved to win the competition. After a long and tense wait, the winner, Harry Phelan of Studio H, was announced as the very first Solent winner. Studio H is a modern take on a traditional barbershop and already has nearly 300 clients. Harry believes that it is his unique cutting styles and shaving techniques that attracts the clients, and keeps them coming back.

Young Start-up Talent was honoured to welcome guest speakers Chris Allington, Managing Director of Oxford Innovation, Patrick Le Henaff of Novotel Southampton Hotel as well as successful young entrepreneur and newly appointed director of Young Start-up Talent, Rob Nunn, to speak at the event.

Richard May, Innovation Director at Oxford Innovation, said “It’s amazing to be able to give these young entrepreneurs the opportunity to trial out their thoughts, aspirations and ideas. I wish there was a scheme similar to this when I was their age.” Richard is looking forward to working with YST next year, as the success from our first year in the Solent snowballs.

Mark Waldron, Editor for The News Portsmouth, said, “This is a brilliant initiative that supports these very talented young people. Harry is a very worth winner – he is a star, and I wish him all the best.”

As well as the winner, and highly commended award the other finalists, who also impressed the judges with their professional pitches, included:

                                                              Calvin McLeod – Life Beacon

                                                              Calvin McLeod – Life Beacon

Calvin Macleod, with his business ‘Life Beacon’ – a mobile based application that provides tools for its users or patients to manage their medical health. Calvin said; “Although I’m disappointed not to have won, it has been a great experience and I have made lots of great new contacts to help push me forward”.

                                                                   Ming Wu – UU-U Design

                                                                   Ming Wu – UU-U Design

Ming Wu, with ‘UU-U Design’ – an experimental lifestyle brand and design studio, specialising in fashion, jewellery and wearable technologies. Ming stated; “The process has given me clarification on where and how to take my business forward. I want to become an industry leader in making technology disappear”.

                                                              Casper Nielsen – One Beyond

                                                              Casper Nielsen – One Beyond

Casper Nielsen, with his business ‘One Beyond’ – a new customer-centric mobile network offering 4G on EEs network. Casper remarked; “The value in this competition is not just the prize fund, it also lies in the networking and contacts you receive throughout the process. With this in mind, I now plan on growing One Beyond to 2 million customers within 5 years.”

Young Start-up Talent would finally like to thank all the sponsors who have helped make the YST Solent initiative a brilliant success. We would also like to thank the YST team behind the scenes, who ensured the whole process ran smoothly.

Sponsors of the initiative and who all contribute to the £50,000 prize fund are as follows:

NatWest

Oxford Innovation

Novotel Southampton Hotel

Portsmouth Technopole

Fareham Innovation Centre

Ocean Village Innovation Centre

All Star Marketing Club

Wilkins Kennedy

Verisona Law

1st Computer Services

Little Kanga

Splash Display

Social Marley

The News

Future Capital

Media Word Waves

Creative Pod

If you would like to get involved in the process next year please email info@youngstartuptalent.co.uk

Ben Jeffries of Influencer Wins £50k Business Prize Fund in Kent

                                              Ben Jeffries of Influencer – YST Kent 2016 winner

                                              Ben Jeffries of Influencer – YST Kent 2016 winner

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.

Winner and finalists of YST Kent 2016 – (left to right – Serena Christie, Edoardo Abati, Ben Jeffries, Jonathan Wood and Kelly Culver)

Winner and finalists of YST Kent 2016 – (left to right – Serena Christie, Edoardo Abati, Ben Jeffries, Jonathan Wood and Kelly Culver)

The finalists then had to present and pitch their final, polished business plan to a panel of eight professionals, in a ‘Dragons Den’ style event, hoping their business would stand out from all the rest. Finally, the winner was announced as Ben Jeffries with his business ‘Influencer’. His business is connects global brands with famous individuals from social media – whether it be from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Snapchat – to help promote their business or products through targeted social media marketing campaigns. Ben believes that brands are no longer what Companies tell the consumer it is, it is now what the consumers tell each other it is.

YST Kent judges, finalists and winner (left to right – Michael Adamou, Lorraine Nugent, Jackie Sumner, Serena Christie, Richard Reid, Edoardo Abati, Rob Nunn, Ben Jeffries, Ben Towers, Matt Turner, Kelly Culver, Pete Kenyon, Jonathan Wood and Simon Warne)

YST Kent judges, finalists and winner (left to right – Michael Adamou, Lorraine Nugent, Jackie Sumner, Serena Christie, Richard Reid, Edoardo Abati, Rob Nunn, Ben Jeffries, Ben Towers, Matt Turner, Kelly Culver, Pete Kenyon, Jonathan Wood and Simon Warne)

Upon winning this year’s Kent initiative, Ben Jeffries commented, “I am speechless. I honestly didn’t think I would win. The support from all my friends and family at home has been fantastic, let alone all the support from the Young Start-up Talent team and sponsors themselves. It’s been a fantastic process and I really urge other young entrepreneurs to apply.”

Ben now plans to use the prize fund to propel his business, with hopes he will now explode onto the market. He will also be looking for funding through Crowdcube to help him launch his web platform.

Young Start-up Talent were very pleased to welcome three guest speakers at the showcase event, including two representatives of the initiatives loyal sponsors; Simon Warne, Tax Partner at Crowe Clarke Whitehill, who described the entrepreneurs as “confident, connected with the world and comfortable with change”; Jackie Sumner, Head of Community for Town & Country Housing Group, who felt the night was “just fantastic with five high quality business men and women”; and finally, Sabrina Pearson, last year’s East Kent winner who has since used the £50k prize fund to help kick-start her business, Iluminame.

A number of judges and sponsors also attended the showcase, showing their support of the initiative and the five finalists. Pete Kenyon from Cripps said it was “great to be working with YST again” and that it was brilliant to see how the “judging process had influenced and inspired the entrepreneurs, shown by how much they have developed throughout the process”. Michael Adamou from Local World South East stated that he felt the young entrepreneurs were both “amazing and inspirational with a lot of guts at such a young age to pitch in front of all those judges”. He also stated that he was “looking forward to seeing the future of these entrepreneurs”, wishing them success in everything they go on to do.

Richard Reid from NatWest, one of Young Start-up Talent’s headline sponsors, also commented on the evening and finalists, stating he was “very impressed with the quality of all the candidates and how they presented themselves.” He was also fascinated by “their ideas and how in a number of cases, their businesses had already been put into practice”. Richard would like to congratulate Ben Jeffries on his success in the process, but would also like to wish all the finalists every success in the future.

As well as the winner, other finalists, who also impressed the judges with their professional pitches, included:

Edoardo Abati, with his business ‘Servee’ – an app that aims to not only make restaurant and café management smarter but also reduces the hassle of the customer’s dining experience. Edoardo stated; “I am very happy to have participated in this process. I’ve learnt a lot and continued to improve. In the future, I hope to find someone to invest in my app to make my business a reality”.

Jonathon Wood, with ‘Eagle Travel’ – a business that specialises in providing flexible bookings that are tailored to the customer based on their needs, allowing them to get on with their busy lifestyle whilst Eagle Travel find them the best deal. “Although I hoped to win, I honestly feel that everyone is a winner. This process has given me clarity on where I want to go with my business, and I would like to thank everyone for this experience”.

Kelly Culver, with her business ‘Route 66 Motors’, which will restore and sell classic American cars with aims to become the go-to place for bespoke American cars. Kelly commented, “I’m chuffed with how this whole process has gone. Young Start-up Talent has given me the drive to take over the world and spread my love of American cars. I don’t aim small!”

Serena Christie with ‘Imperial Industries’, a creative jewellery company that offers a range of bespoke and innovative accessories and body adornments made from up-cycled coins. “The judges’ advice has been amazing. It will really help me to push my business forward”.

Many of the Young Start-up Talent alumni also attended the event and showed their support to the initiative and the candidates. Rob Nunn, Strategic Director of Young Start-up Talent finished with; “This is the first time I have had the honour of judging the young entrepreneurs in Kent. I would like to not only congratulate, but also thank all of the finalists for making it such a brilliant year. Your journey with Young Start-up Talent has only just begun, and we all look forward to continuing working with you in the future!”

Sponsors of the intiative in Kent include:

Crowe Clark Whitehill

Town & Country Housing Group

NatWest

Bowles

Cripps

West Kent Chamber of Commerce

The Business Terrace

Creative Pod

Beta Futures

Media Word Waves

Infinity

Kent Foundation

Gulbenkian Theatre

Young Enterprise

Omicron

Canterbury Times

Dover Express

Folkestone Herald

Isle of Thanet Gazette

Let’s Do Business Group

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Basepoint Business Centres

Bludel

Social Marley

Encore

To find out more about the entrepreneurial initiative visit http://youngstartuptalent.co.uk.

Young Entrepreneurs Wow the Judges with their Perfected Presentations and Innovative Ideast

                                             Young Start-up Talent Judges and Finalists Solent 2016

                                             Young Start-up Talent Judges and Finalists Solent 2016

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.

YST Solent judges 2016 – Left to right Chris Allington, Lorraine Nugent, Matt Turner, Ben Towers, Simon Finch, Zara Hogg and Michael Dyer

YST Solent judges 2016 – Left to right Chris Allington, Lorraine Nugent, Matt Turner, Ben Towers, Simon Finch, Zara Hogg and Michael Dyer

The judges consisted of seven business individuals, including; Chris Allington – Managing Director of Oxford Innovation, Simon Finch – Relationship Manager for the NatWest Bank, Zara Hogg – Partner of Wilkins Kennedy, Michael Dyer – Director and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Department of Verisona Law, Ben Towers – the teenage Founder of Towers Design and CEO of Social MarleyLorraine Nugent – Managing Director of Media Word Waves and founding partner of Young-Start up Talent, and Matt Turner, a fellow founding partner and CEO of the Creative Group.

                            YST Solent 2016 filming Dragons Den at Ocean Village Innovation Centre

                            YST Solent 2016 filming Dragons Den at Ocean Village Innovation Centre

One of the judges, Chris Allingtoncommented on the initiative stating, “This is one of the most exciting business projects I’m involved with, mainly because it solely focuses on young people. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of the business plans presented, and it is clear to me that even if the candidates are not successful in this competition, there is no doubt they will have great success in their future business career.”

Another judge, Simon Finch of NatWest, also added: “It has been a privilege to witness the progression of these candidates throughout the process. The standard has been very high”.

YST finalists Solent 2016 – Left to Right – John Wheal, Casper Nielson, Harry Phelan, Calvin Macleod and Ming Wu

YST finalists Solent 2016 – Left to Right – John Wheal, Casper Nielson, Harry Phelan, Calvin Macleod and Ming Wu

The five finalists included:

Calvin MacLeod, a man passionate about his business, Life Beacon, a mobile base application that provides tools for users and patients to manage their medical health by providing reminders, calendars, notes, prescriptions and a day-to-day diary. On the night of the event, Calvin commented, “I’ve found the whole experience invaluable. In fact, it’s because of this process that I recently secured a job in business development!”

Casper Nielson, who is planning on starting a new mobile phone network, One Beyond. Casper hopes to become a key player in the UK mobile market within the next five years. “This process has enabled me to meet other like-minded individuals who understand the desire to work for yourself.

Harry Phelan, with his business Studio H – a modern take on a traditional barbershop, which specialises in unique cutting styles and shaving techniques. Harry spoke about the whole process very highly, stating, “Young Start-up Talent has offered me the chance to grow my business a lot faster than I could have done on my own. The process has really made me think about the potential of my business, rather than just focusing on being an in-house barber.”

John Wheal, with his business Group Hub, has developed an online space that helps to simplify the management and organisation of groups, clubs and societies and added “The feedback during the process has been invaluable and has prepared me for pitching my business in now and in the future.”

Ming Wu, who hopes to start an experimental lifestyle brand and design studio called UU-U Design which specialises in wearable technology with affordable fashion jewellery in an up-and-coming market. “During the process I have been extremely motivated and become far more focused and driven to get my business ideas of the ground.

Judge, Michael Dyer of Verisona Law, commended the finalists as he explained how he was “extremely impressed by the improvements in the delivery, content and overall aspects of their businesses” since the last time he saw them at the semi finals in July.

Special thanks go to all of the judges and to the behind-the-scenes team, which consisted of Richard May, Alice Thorn and Rob Nunn, who helped the candidates prepare for their final pitches whilst easing their nerves, as well as the amazing team who filmed the evening. The Young Start-up Talent team would also like to thank the Ocean Village Innovation Centre for allowing them to use the building to film the formal presentations.

The candidates now wait with baited breath until the chosen winner is announced at the Showcase at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton on October 20th 6.30pm. The judge’s decision will determine which young entrepreneur will win the prize fund worth up to £50k of business products and services.

To find out more, please visit: http://youngstartuptalent.co.uk

Sponsors Involved in this year’s Solent Initiative Include:

Oxford Innovation

NatWest

Social Marley

Wilkins Kennedy

Verisona Law

The News Portsmouth

Media Word Waves

Creative Pod

All Star Marketing

1st Computers Services

Novotel Hotel Southampton

Splash Display

Portsmouth Technolopole

Fareham Innovation Centre

Ocean Village Innovation Centre

Little Kanga

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.

This year will be Young Start-Up Talents seventh year in the Gatwick Diamond region as they look to find the latest ‘brightest young business minds’. Candidates who are accepted are put through their paces in a number of one to one sessions, where they can get feedback from leading professionals in their field. The process culminates in a ‘Dragons Den’ style final where the candidates will make their final pitches in front of the judges in order to win the prize fund.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council have been proud sponsors of the ‘YST’ programme in the Gatwick Diamond for four years and Simon Bland, Economic Prosperity Programme Manager was keen to reiterate his passion for the initiative.

He stated, “The notion of supporting local entrepreneurs is always exciting and we want to make sure that we do everything we can to enhance their experience in our area.”

Lorraine Nugent and managing director of Young Start-up Talent, said “It is very much about helping young people who are new to business and teaching them the skills and discipline they need. The winners are achieving a business with real money.”

Applications are now open to anyone between the age of 16-25 who live, work or study in the Gatwick Diamond area and who want to be part of the mentoring process towards winning a prize fund worth up to £50,000 to kick-start their business. Applications for entry are open via the website http://youngstartuptalent.co.uk with a closing date for entries of 16th December 2016.

Young Entrepreneurs Given Expert Marketing Advice

What is going to excite your STAR customer?

                                                            YST workshop with All Start Marketing

                                                            YST workshop with All Start Marketing

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.”

The Marketing Workshop was led by Rebecca Paterson and Victoria Vickery – directors of All Star Marketing Club and held at Fareham Innovation Centre. Entrepreneurial contestants from the Young Start-Up Talent initiative from the Solent and Chichester regions along with co-Founder Lorraine Nugent, Richard May of Oxford Innovation and Claire Peers of Verisona Law were also on hand to help out.  The candidates took part in various activities to improve their marketing skills.

Harry Phelan, an entrepreneur and finalist for the Solent region who runs his own barbershop (Studio H), found particular importance in identifying his STAR customers and how he could target them in his advertising. A STAR customer is one that is most likely to use the business that the entrepreneurs are running that will yield the most results in a marketing campaign.

Victoria Vickery was also keen to stress the importance of modern marketing strategies adding that “It’s so much tougher than it’s ever been. You will have competitors, so you’ve got to find a way to stand out. So speak in the customer’s language and give them the solution to their needs.”

The workshop proved to be an invaluable experience for the young entrepreneurs as they prepare to enter the real business world.

Conrad Manning, of ZAPA, aims to help students learn about the world of marine engineering through various modules. He states that “The session really helped open my eyes to a completely different kettle of fish [marketing techniques].”

The entrepreneurs will now go away and prepare their final business plans before they enter the ‘Dragons Den’ in the Young Start-Up Talent finals. The event, for the Solent region, will be held on 8thSeptember at Oxford’s Innovation Centre in Ocean Village. The winner will be chosen and announced at a showcase event on 20th October at Novotel Hotel in Southampton.

For more information about the All Star Marketing Club http://allstarmarketingclub.com/ and http://youngstartuptalent.co.uk

Young Entrepreneurs Face Fiery Panel of Business Professionals in Kent

YST Kent finalists 2016 – Left to Right Kelly Culver, Jonathan Wood, Serena Christie, Ben Jeffries, Edoardo Abati

YST Kent finalists 2016 – Left to Right Kelly Culver, Jonathan Wood, Serena Christie, Ben Jeffries, Edoardo Abati

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.

YST Kent judges 2016 – Left to Right Keith Cane, Simon Warne, Matt Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Rob Nunn, Dara Chauhan, Michael Adamou and Irfan Baluch

YST Kent judges 2016 – Left to Right Keith Cane, Simon Warne, Matt Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Rob Nunn, Dara Chauhan, Michael Adamou and Irfan Baluch

The judges consisted of 8 business professionals and included Keith Cane – Director of Town & Country Housing Group, Dara Chauhan – Director of NatWest, Simon Warne – Partner of Crowe Clark Whitehill, Irfan Baluch Partner of Cripps, Michael Adamou – Head of Media Sales of Trinity Mirror South, 22 year old entrepreneur Rob Nunn and Director of six businesses, Lorraine Nugent – Managing Director of Media Word Waves and founding partner for Young Start-up Talent along with fellow founding partner Matt Turner and Director of Creative Pod.

Judge – Simon Warne of Crowe Clark Whitehill commented “I found the event hugely enjoyable and the entrepreneurial spirit was clearly evident in the business plans and presentations.  Some of the candidates had to endure close questioning and it was encouraging to see their mastery of relevant detail as well as defining strategic vision.

Whilst Keith Cane of Town & Country Housing Group and also a fellow judge added “I was really impressed by the quality of the pitches and how the business ideas had been developed since the last round” and Michael Adamou of Trinity Mirror South said “A wonderful night, such a talented bunch of individuals with extremely exciting futures”.

                                                           The judging panel that finalist faced

                                                           The judging panel that finalist faced

The final five young entrepreneurs included:

Serene Christie with her business Imperial Industries which works around upcycling old coins into cufflinks and jewellery.

Ben Jeffries with Influencer, a social media marketing agency that connects people with a high social media following.

Johnathan Wood, who entered the initiative with Eagle Travel, a service that specialises in flexible holiday bookings with a personalised touch. Jonathan said “A very competitive and a fantastic experience”.

Edoardo Abati, who pitched his business Servee to the judges, a company which aims to fill a gap between local restaurants and big food chains.

Kelly Culver was passionate about her business Route 66 Motors which involves restoring classic American cars and said “A great night with such valuable business advice given”.

Judge, Dara Chauhan of NatWest said “I was impressed to see the finalists show their talents and especially impressed by the fact they had taken on board feedback delivered at previous sessions which is a very important part of the process.”

Thanks go to the team behind the scenes at the event where former finalist of Young Start-up Talent Kiran Reardon who along with Ben Towers of Towers Design and successful young entrepreneur helped calm the finalists and prepare them for the formal pitches.

The team at Young Start-up Talent would like to thank Karen Franek of Maidstone Borough Council for the use of the building to film the formal presentations as the team were given access to a part of the building that has never been used before to create an industrial feel to the footage and formal presentations.

The Young Start-up Talent winner will be announced on the 15th of September along with the first showing of the film created at the Maidstone at the famous Gulbenkian Theatre at University of Kent campus in Canterbury. The judge’s verdict will determine which lucky entrepreneur will be walking away with the prize fund worth upto £50,000.

To find out more please visit: www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk

 

Sponsors involved in this year’s Kent initiative include:

Crowe Clark Whitehill

Town & Country Housing

NatWest

Bowles

Cripps

West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Maidstone Borough Council

Creative Pod Ltd

BetaFutures

Media Word Waves

Infinity Integrated Technologies

Breakfast Friends

The Kent Foundation

Gulbenkian Theatre

Young Enterprise

University of Kent

BIS (Department for Business Innovation & Skills)

Kent Regional News and Media

Let’s Do Business Group

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

The Kent Foundation

Basepoint

Bludel

Social Marley

Discovery Park