Leon Watson & George Foster of Savi – wins YST London entrepreneurial prize fund

Young Start-up Talent (YST), an entrepreneurial initiative powered by NatWest and aimed at young entrepreneurs aged 16-25 years old, were honoured to host their London Showcase and first Gala Dinner for 2017 at the NatWest HQ in Bishops Gate, London on Thursday 21st September 2017.

Leon Watson & George Foster of Savi

Leon Watson & George Foster of Savi

After months of hard work, business workshops and presentations, it was announced that Leon Watson & George Foster of Savi (savi-app.com) - were the lucky winners of the YST London ultimate entrepreneurial business prize fund of products and services to help take their business to the next level.

Savi, an online platform looking to disrupt the outdated loyalty card industry that allows users to accumulate loyalty points automatically when they spend through their mobile phone or by using debit/credit card driven transactional data. The app is currently being trialled in Nottingham were the duo have 30 large brands including Bella Italia and Ask Italian already signed up with a large uptake of users for the beta testing of the app which is looking to be set for success.

Following the announcement, Leon and George stated, “Unbelievable – to think a year ago this was just an idea at Uni and now we are standing here holding the prize fund with a functioning and working app.”

The pair went on to congratulate their fellow finalists. The duo now plans to focus on growing their business using the tools and advice given to them by Young Start up Talent, the Judges and sponsors.

Long term judge, mentor and accountant, Simon Maddox of Owadally & King commented; the quality of the candidates has been awesome – they are all winners in my eyes with massive potential for the winners Leon and George of Savi whom I look forward to working with.”

Dary Gayler - NatWest - speaking at the event

Dary Gayler - NatWest - speaking at the event

Lead sponsor of the event was NatWest with speaker Daryl Gayler, Managing Director, South Region commenting; “Another fantastic evening spent celebrating with the finalists of Young Start Up Talent London 2017. At NatWest we are very proud to be associated with such a great initiative - supporting, mentoring and recognising the achievements of our young entrepreneurs. I never cease to be amazed by the passion, determination and energy they display in starting up their own businesses.

Bill Morrow - Judge, Founder & CEO of Angels Den speaking at the event

Bill Morrow - Judge, Founder & CEO of Angels Den speaking at the event

Judge and also guest speaker at the event was Bill Morrow – Founder and CEO of Angels Den further adding – “Amazingly inspiring, a process where I have learnt as much from the start ups as they have from the experienced professionals. The whole experience is uplifting and one I am proud to be part of.”

Young Start-up Talent was also honoured to welcome past winners from other regions to the event with some sharing their experiences to the audience such as successful artist Stephanie Kane, Dean Day of Greenlight Games and Ben Jeffries of Influencer.   

Previous winners - left to right back row (Dean Day, Ben Jeffries, Stephanie Kane, Tom Orchard, Harry Daymond, Jeremy Mutebi Luzinda - front row - Matt Turner, Leon Watson, George Foster and Lorraine Nugent)

Previous winners - left to right back row (Dean Day, Ben Jeffries, Stephanie Kane, Tom Orchard, Harry Daymond, Jeremy Mutebi Luzinda - front row - Matt Turner, Leon Watson, George Foster and Lorraine Nugent)

Also on the judging panel and presenting at the showcase this year was were the two founding partners of the initiative Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner.

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

Left to right - Akran Allam, Tade Fadairo, Leon Watson, Aftaab Allam, George Foster, Ibiere Banigo and Diana Florescu

Left to right - Akran Allam, Tade Fadairo, Leon Watson, Aftaab Allam, George Foster, Ibiere Banigo and Diana Florescu

TADE FADAIRO & KIMBERLEY MOYO | CREATIMATCH

CreatiMatch - an ideas and skills matching platform exclusively for university students. It connects students in different locations with ideas that have the willingness and expertise to contribute effectively in order to establish founding teams.

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AFTAAB ALLAM & AKRAM ALLAM | ECOSMART

TheEcoSmart is the UK’s first on-demand, eco-friendly, mobile car wash app. Customers can request and Pay for all services on their app, website and over the phone. Using their eco-friendly solution with a Bespoke Nano-spraying technology and versatile branded smart cars they provide their services to customers in London. TheEcoSmart uses 93% less water than the average car wash with minimal water runoffs and no splashes.

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IBIERE BANIGO | ZOO TOWN

Zoo Town is a forward thinking online platform that connects students from universities across London with employment opportunities. With more than 558,000 young students aged 18-24 in the UK facing unemployment, Zoo Town aims to tackle and change this forever. With all payments being taken online and paid directly to the student, Zoo Town aims to revolutionise the way students and employers find the jobs and support that they need.

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DIANA FLORESCU | LOCAL SPOON

Local Spoon is a web application for last-minute price drops on independent restaurants in Central London. Their innovation is to merge the online last-minute services with the offline casual dining. The App is using geo-location targeting to only promote offers at tables that would otherwise remain empty – thus representing an opportunity for the business to reduce waste and reach a wider market.

The room at the showcase and Gala dinner - NatWest HQ

The room at the showcase and Gala dinner - NatWest HQ

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 our candidates, 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

Angels Den

Gatwick Airport

Owadally & King

Wildwood PR

Minuteman Press

Croydon Chamber of Commerce

Creative Group

Creative Pod

Beta Futures

Fastsigns

Young Enterprise

Sussex Innovation

Hands On It

BVP

Nacue

 

Jeremy Mutebi – wins YST Hampshire entrepreneurial prize fund

Judges and finalists on stage at Winchester Science & Planetarium [Left to right - Royston Smith MP, Paul Stacey, Mat Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Ming Wu, Jonathan Tellyn, Jeremy Mutebi, Adam Stannard, Natasha Tiffin, Chris Allington, Alice Dixon, Cheryl Gourlay and Chis key.

Judges and finalists on stage at Winchester Science & Planetarium [Left to right - Royston Smith MP, Paul Stacey, Mat Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Ming Wu, Jonathan Tellyn, Jeremy Mutebi, Adam Stannard, Natasha Tiffin, Chris Allington, Alice Dixon, Cheryl Gourlay and Chis key.

Young Start-up Talent, an entrepreneurial initiative powered by NatWest and Oxford Innovation and aimed at young entrepreneurs aged 16-25 years old, were honoured to host their Hampshire Showcase for 2017 at Winchester Science and Planetarium Centre on Thursday 14th September 2017. After months of hard work, business workshops and presentations, it was announced that Jeremy Mutebi of J.M. Mutebi (@JeremyMutebi), an online stylist business and current student at Southampton University was the lucky winner of the ultimate entrepreneurial business prize fund of business products and services to help take the business to the next level.

Jeremy Mutebi

Jeremy Mutebi

Following the announcement, Jeremy stated, “I am shocked to have won the prize fund with such tough competition and feeling humbled– just before the announcement I spoke to my Mum on the phone – she said that she would pray to god for a positive outcome – I believe god answered her prayers.” Jeremy went on to congratulate his fellow finalists and offered them his help and support going forward.

Jeremy 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.

Richard May, Innovation Director at the three Hampshire centres of Oxford Innovation, said: “Jeremy is blessed with a vibrant personality that captivates everyone he pitches his well-thought-out ideas to. He has carefully researched the menswear market in the UK, has a remarkable talent to pick out clothing combinations from high street retailers of all price points and understands how to use social media, such as Instagram, to generate customers in this growing space. We look forward to mentoring and helping Jeremy finesse his business plan and financial forecasts in the coming year.

Cheryl Gourlay – Strategic lead for young entrepreneurs for NatWest and judge commented “NatWest has a strong history of working UK-wide with young people to find, develop and unlock talent. We are passionate about helping to support young people with skills that will allow them to flourish in later life, whether that’s working for someone else or setting up their own business.

Young Start-up Talent was also honoured to welcome guest speakers Chris Allington Chairman of Oxford Innovation, Cheryl Gourlay – Strategic Lead for Young Entrepreneurs of NatWest and Royston Smith - Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen Constituency.

Royston Smith MP said “It was a privilege to be involved in this year's Young Start Up Talent. I was really impressed with all the young people that entered and particularly those that made it through to the final round. The judges found it almost impossible to choose one winner from such a talented group. However, Jeremy Mutebi impressed us all and pipped the other finalists to the post. His mixture of style, innovation and personality will, I'm sure mean we will all be seeing a lot more from him in the future and I wish him good luck on his entrepreneurial journey."

Judges with Jeremy Mutebi (centred) - left to right - Paul Stacey, Lorraine Nugent, Matt Turner, Chris Allington, Cheryl Gourlay and Royston Smith MP

Judges with Jeremy Mutebi (centred) - left to right - Paul Stacey, Lorraine Nugent, Matt Turner, Chris Allington, Cheryl Gourlay and Royston Smith MP

Also on the judging panel this year was Paul Stacey of IQ Business Consulting Ltd -Charted Accountants, who has also worked alongside the finalists to help with their financials going through the process and said, “I have enjoyed working and listening with the high calibre contestants, all their pitches were amazing.” The other two judges were the two founding partners of the initiative Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner.

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

Ming Wu of The Makers Guild

Ming Wu of The Makers Guild

MING WU of THE MAKERS GUILD and based in Portsmouth. The Maker’s Guild provides the opportunity to develop skills and ideas to make, innovate and collaborate within a space that facilitates making and sharing as part of a creative community. Ming said “The YST process has kicked up a gear to get things done.”

Chris Key of Designer Toolkit

Chris Key of Designer Toolkit

TOM FOWLER & CHRIS KEY of DESIGNER TOOLKIT and based in Southampton. After spotting ways to make designers and their clients’ lives easier, The Designer Toolkit was set up, offering a suite of online tools to streamline design workflow, improve client interaction and make more money. Their products include: A brand asset management and sharing platform to ensure correct logos, fonts and colours are used. 

Natasha Tiffin & Alice Dixon of Seek A Word

Natasha Tiffin & Alice Dixon of Seek A Word

NATASHA TIFFIN & ALICE DIXON of SEEK A WORD and based in Portsmouth. Seek a Word uses new technology for language communications. Their app and office seeks to provide businesses/customers with regular or singular translation. The girls commented “A mind blowing experience that really made us think deeply about the business.”

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JONATHAN TELLYN & ADAM STANNARD of INNOBOX DESIGN also based in Southampton. Innobox Design is a graphic design agency based in Southampton, UK. Specialising in branding, marketing tools, 3D imagery and promotional materials. “We found that the pitching part of the process was highly beneficial – we found that also found watching and talking to the other candidates that we learnt a lot”.

Matt Turner, Jeremy Mutebi and Lorraine Nugent

Matt Turner, Jeremy Mutebi and Lorraine Nugent

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 our candidates, 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

Oxford Innovation

UNLOC Enterprise Academy

Fareham Innovation Centre

Ocean Village Innovation Centre

Portsmouth Technopole

The News

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Little Kanga

1st Computer Services

Space to Trade

All Star Marketing

Splash display

Creative Pod

Media Word Waves

Southampton Solent University

IQ Business Consulting

Winchester Science & Planetarium

The Creative Group

 

Judges Blown Away by Ambitious Young Entrepreneurs in London as they Pitch for an Unbelievable Opportunity

On Thursday 20th July, five business professionals met at the impressive London office of NatWest in Bishops Gate, to hear from eight young entrepreneurs to give their final presentations in an attempt to win the Young Start-Up Talent prize fund of business products and services to help kick start their businesses.  

The Judges and Finalists: George Foster, Akram Allam, Phil Hall, Ibiere Banigo, Tade Fadairo, Matt Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Simon Maddox, Kimberely Moyo, Bill Morrow, Ben Chubb, Diana Florescu, Aftaab Allam and Leon Watson

The Judges and Finalists: George Foster, Akram Allam, Phil Hall, Ibiere Banigo, Tade Fadairo, Matt Turner, Lorraine Nugent, Simon Maddox, Kimberely Moyo, Bill Morrow, Ben Chubb, Diana Florescu, Aftaab Allam and Leon Watson

The winner will be announced at a black tie showcase and gala dinner on 21st September at the NatWest offices in Bishops Gate.

The finalists were chosen following the previous speed networking event, where the semi-finalists shared their business ideas with the sponsors and judges.

Making up the judging panel for the London were: Phil Hall of NatWest, Bill Morrow of Angels Den, Simon Maddox of Owadally & King and the Young Start-Up Talent Co-Founders Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent.

The 2017 Judges: Matt Turner, Ben Chubb, Phil Hall, Lorraine Nugent, Simon Maddox and Bill Morrow

The 2017 Judges: Matt Turner, Ben Chubb, Phil Hall, Lorraine Nugent, Simon Maddox and Bill Morrow

Phill Hall of NatWest commented, “All of the finalists have done amazingly well with all showing a good balance of skills to take their businesses to the next level” whilst Bill Morrow further commented “what an amazing night and honoured to part of the judging process – five worthy businesses that all have an exciting future ahead”.

Simon Maddox of Owadally & King adding, “Everybody was professional, knew their numbers and were brilliant. The calibre of talent was incredible and there was a broad diversity between everybody. I would be happy to support all of them.

The Young Start-up Talent 2017 London finalists are as follows:

The 2017 London Finalists: Ibiere Banigo, Tade Fadairo, Leon Watson, Diana Florescu, George Foster, Kimberely Moyo, Akram Allam and Aftaab Allam

The 2017 London Finalists: Ibiere Banigo, Tade Fadairo, Leon Watson, Diana Florescu, George Foster, Kimberely Moyo, Akram Allam and Aftaab Allam

Aftaab Akram and Allam Akram, with ‘TheEcoSmart’ – UK’s first on-demand, eco-friendly, car washing app using a Bespoke Nano-spray technology and versatile branded smart cars to provide their services to customers in London. Customers can request and pay for all services through their app, website and over the phone.

Ibiere Banigo, with ‘Zoo Town’ – a forward-thinking online platform that connects students from universities across London with employment opportunities. Ibiere said, “I am grateful to have come this far, I just want to enjoy today and see where it takes me”. 

Diana Florescu, with ‘Local Spoon’ – a smart application which helps you save money with great restaurants and get rewarded for what you know best - sharing offers with your friends, writing reviews and being a loyal customer to your favourite restaurants. Diana also commented, “We are revolutionising a multi-billion dollar global industry with dynamic promotions. Restaurants have the freedom to instantly promote tables that otherwise would remain empty and to avoid throwing food once again". 

George Foster and Leon Watson, with ‘Savi’ – an app that replaces the traditional reward scheme that allows users to accumulate loyalty points automatically when they spend through their mobile phones or using debit/credit cards.

Tade Fadairo and Kimberely Moyo, with ‘CreatiMatch’ – an ideas and skills matching platform exclusively for university students. The duo said, “It went by really quickly – the questions were more grilling than expected”.

Kimberley Moyo and Tade Fadairo of CreatiMatch during their pitch

Kimberley Moyo and Tade Fadairo of CreatiMatch during their pitch

Young Start-Up Talent would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who was working behind-the-scenes and making this event so successful. 

The 2017 London sponsors are:

NatWest

Angels Den

Owadally & King

The National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs

Croydon Advertisers

Beta Futures

Croydon Chamber of Commerce

Creative Pod

Fast signs

Frost Group

Gatwick Airport

Hands on IT

Sussex Innovation Centre

Media Word Waves

Minuteman Press

Morton Michel

Mathews Yard

Platinum Business Magazine

Structured Communications

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Young Enterprise

Lorraine Nugent and Director of Young Start-up Talent added “the calibre for London along with the businesss plans and presentations far exceeded everyone’s expectations” and went on to say “a huge thank you to the judges, sponsors and YST team and of course the candidates for their time, commitment and energy during the process”. 

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

 

Eager Young Entrepreneurs Pitch for a Chance to Hit the Jackpot by winning a Prize Pot Worth of Business Products and Services

On Thursday 13th July, eight eager young entrepreneurs pitched to six judges at Southampton Solent University for a chance to walk away with prize pot worth of business products and services to help progress their businesses.

After previously impressing the judges at a speed networking event, the five finalists were chosen to continue their journey with the initiative and give a formal presentation of their business plans to the judges.  

The Line-up: Richard May, Paul Stacey, Ming Wu, Matt Turner, Royston Smith MP, Jonathan Tellyn, Lorraine Nugent, Adam Stannard, Natasha Tiffin, Chris Key, Alice Dixon, Tom Fowler, Caroline Barfoot, Chris Allington, Cheryl Gourlay and Jeremy Luzinda.

The Line-up: Richard May, Paul Stacey, Ming Wu, Matt Turner, Royston Smith MP, Jonathan Tellyn, Lorraine Nugent, Adam Stannard, Natasha Tiffin, Chris Key, Alice Dixon, Tom Fowler, Caroline Barfoot, Chris Allington, Cheryl Gourlay and Jeremy Luzinda.

Caroline Barfoot – Head of Employability and Student Enterprise at Southampton Solent University said “We are delighted to be a sponsor of the competition this year and to host the finalist pitches inside the Pod at the new Spark Building. This is such an amazing opportunity for young entrepreneurs to receive feedback and support for their business start-ups from experts in their field. We are really proud that two of the businesses are from Solent University – encouraging enterprise is at the heart of everything we do and its wonderful to see students on our MA Creative Enterprise getting into the finals.

Making up the judge’s panel this year is, Chris Allington of Oxford Innovation, Cheryl Gourlay of NatWest, Royston Smith MP for Southampton, Paul Stacey of IQ Business Consulting and co-Founders of Young Start-Up Talent, Matt Turner and Lorraine Nugent.

The 2017 Hampshire Judges

The 2017 Hampshire Judges

Chris Allington of Oxford Innovation commented; “I was impressed by the passion, commitment and clear preparation from all those that pitched, they all demonstrated real entrepreneurial talent.”

Paul Stacey of IQ Business Consulting added; "I was amazed at how confidently the five finalists pitched for the prize pot.  We didn’t make it too easy on them - there were some tough questions from the judges.  The variety of ideas made it quite tricky to compare candidates - it was great fun and I am confident they will all go on to be a great success in the business world.”

Cheryl Gourlay of NatWest reflected on the evening, saying; “Young Start-Up talent plays a key role in the entrepreneurial landscape, celebrating those who are already on the road to success and encouraging those who are taking their first steps on the journey. It was great to see the entrepreneurial spirit, drive and enthusiasm from the Young Entrepreneurs during their pitches and I wish them all luck for the next stage.”

The budding entrepreneurs that presented and in the running for the YST Hampshire 2017 prize fund are:

The 2017 Hampshire Finalists

The 2017 Hampshire Finalists

Tom Fowler and Chris Key, with ‘The Designer Toolkit’ – offering a suite of online tools to streamline design workflow, improve client interaction and make more money. Chris added, “I thought it was a great experience and I believe our pitch went well.”

Candidates pitching to the Judges

Candidates pitching to the Judges

Ming Wu, with ‘The Maker’s Guild’ – a creative studio environment for anyone, individuals, groups and small businesses to use to create physical things using the latest in prototyping technologies, such as 3D Printers and Desktop CNC.

Jeremy Luzinda, with ‘JeremyMutebi’ – creating ensembles formed of separates from retailers meticulously put together.

Jonathan Tellyn and Adam Stannard, with ‘Innobox Design’ – a graphic design agency, specialising in branding, marketing tools and promotional materials.        

Natasha Tiffin and Alice Dixon, with ‘Seek a Word’ – an app and office to provide businesses/customers with regular or singular translation. The girls commented, “We have had such a great experience so far with our time with Young Start up. We have learnt so much!”.

Young Start-Up Talent would like to take this chance to thank those who were working behind-the-scenes to ensure that every part of the event was running smoothly.

The winner of the prize fund and the Hampshire round 2017, will be announced on Thursday 14th September at the Winchester Science and Planetarium.

The sponsors involved with this year’s Hampshire initiative are:

NatWest

Oxford Innovation

UNLOC Enterprise Academy

Fareham Innovation Centre

Ocean Village Innovation Centre

Portsmouth Technopole

The News

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Little Kanga

1st Computer Services

Space to Trade

All Star Marketing

Splash display

Creative Pod

Media Word Waves

Southampton Solent University

IQ Business Consulting

Winchester Science & Planetarium

The Creative Group

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

16 – 25 Year Olds Pitch Business Ideas to Business Professionals in London

YST London candidates and judges and sponsors of the initiative at NatWest offices in Bank, London getting ready to pitch.

YST London candidates and judges and sponsors of the initiative at NatWest offices in Bank, London getting ready to pitch.

Young Start-up Talent is a community-based initiative supported by NatWest for young entrepreneurs aged 16 – 25 where they can pitch their business ideas across London and the South East.  The victorious business will win a prize fund of business products and services to help kick start and progress their business.

Five businesses in the London region have now been selected from a high energy evening of speed networking and are one step closer to winning the prize fund of business products and services.

YST London speednetworking underway

YST London speednetworking underway

Over a hundred submissions from all across London were made to Young Start-up Talent after holding workshops at schools, colleges and universities across the region. Twenty-five were then selected to attend a workshop, which led to thirteen contestants being further picked to attend the semi-finals, held at the NatWest offices in Princes Street, Bank. Five contestants out of thirteen, will go forth to pitch their ideas on the 20th of July to a panel of judges at Bishops Gate.

YST London semi finalists at the speednetworking event - NatWest offices in Bank

YST London semi finalists at the speednetworking event - NatWest offices in Bank

Twenty judges, sponsor and supporters attended the event to hear the contestant’s ideas for their start-ups.

The judges and sponsors that attended are all business professionals including Phil Hall, Nick Howe and Ben Chubb of NatWest, Alison Addy of Gatwick Airport, Alan White of Fastsigns, Terence Nell and Ricardo of Minute Man Press, Marie Harris of Beta Futures, Matt Turner of Creative Pod, Lorraine Nugent Media Word Waves, Rob Nunn Echo, Tim of BVP, Bill Marrow of Angels Den in addition to two former winners of the prize fund - Stephanie Kane and Ben Jeffries of Influencer.

Candidates came from all across London from universities such as LSE, Imperial, Brunel, Westminster and Greenwich. In addition to others that live in London but attend universities elsewhere such as Bangor, Nottingham, Lancaster, Norwich and Cambridge to present their start-ups to judges in 10 short minutes whilst others heard about the initiative through other sources.

Phil Hall, the regional director of NatWest chatting to Terence Nell of Minute Man Press.

Phil Hall, the regional director of NatWest chatting to Terence Nell of Minute Man Press.

Phil Hall, regional director of NatWest for London commented “a great evening with entrepreneurs of the future and delighted that the standard was high from this talented generation”.

Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement for Gatwick Airport further commented “It was great to meet so many passionate young entrepreneurs during the evening. So many strong business ideas with real entrepreneurial flair”.

After much discussion and contemplating, the final five have been chosen for the next round of the competition which will be held at the NatWest offices in 250 Bishops Gate.                                                                                                

The five finalists have been named as CreatiMatch (Tade Fadairo and Kimberley Mayo), The EcoSmart (Aftaab Allam and Akram Allam), Zoo Town (Ibere Banigo), Metadrift (Nick Scweitzer) and Savi (George Foster and Leon Watson).

CreatiMatch - a student networking application that matches those with enterprise/project ideas with those who have the skills to contribute effectively and allows students to network with like-minded students across the UK.

Eco Smart is the first of its kind in the UK, an eco-friendly mobile car wash App on-demand that uses 93% less water than an average car wash.

Zoo Town provides an online platform that connects university students in London with paid employment opportunities.

Metadrift based is the first AI-powered researched tool targeted exclusively at innovators. It enables users to analyse the patterns of innovation across their industry to gain inspiration to tackle similar problems.

Savi is a platform that replaces the traditional reward scheme, providing a mobile application where loyalty points are accumulated automatically and when they spend using their mobile phone or debit/credit cards.

Stephanie Kane, the 2015 Young Start-up Talent former winner who attended the event commented “EcoSmart really shone out with having a developed app” and “MetaDrift is a really great idea that I could imagine being really useful and influential, I really wanted to play around with and use it myself”.

Edmond Mammy preparing his pitch to the judges. 

Edmond Mammy preparing his pitch to the judges. 

Edmond Mammy of Lend Wheels is a semi-finalist and said “Even though I am disappointed to not make it through to next round, I do not take this as a failure but rather a prelude to a great success, and grateful to take away all the valuable knowledge and skills I have obtained, that will surely benefit me in the future.”

Diana Florescu of Local Spoons, another candidate expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to take part in Young Start-up Talent and wished the “best of luck to all the other contestants that have been selected to go through the final stage”.

The other semi-finalists that took part in the speednetworking evening and made it through to this round were as follows:

Uteepi - Cyril Balay, Vishnu Menon and Sebastien Baudin

Lend Wheels - Edmond Mammy

Like Locals - Constantinos Los

Exist - Valentine Nampigga

Octam - Orlando Miller

Local Spoons - Diana Florescu and Maxim Antoci

Maple & Muffins - Abigail Davis

Sponsor My Society - Jack Culpan

Young Start-up Talent would like to thank all those that took part and wish all candidates all the best for the future.

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

 

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