Young Start-up Talent team out to inspire and encourage 16-25 year old

Dean Orgill and Lorraine Nugent speaking to students

Dean Orgill and Lorraine Nugent speaking to students

The Young Start-up Talent team is once again out and about visiting sixth form students in the area to inspire and encourage 16-25 year olds to have a ‘can do’ attitude towards business. The team has already visited Collyers College, Holy Trinity and The Weald to conduct workshops and assemblies with many more school and college visits planned over the next month across the County.

Judges – Dean Orgil, Chairman of Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, Lorraine Nugent of Media Word Waves, Matthew Tyson of Richard Place Dobson and Andrew Hookway of extech IT Solutions visited The Weald School in Billingshurst and Holy Trinity in Crawley to deliver the assembly to approximately 300 sixth form students at each school.

“It was a great pleasure to deliver our message out to so many students and a delight to see such a good take up with great quality entries already flooding in” commented Dean.

The initiative is now in its third year in the area with heaps of success stories both from previous winners and finalists not only starting up their own businesses but also receiving work experience and full time jobs for some. The initiative has proved such a success in the Gatwick Diamond region that it is soon to launch in the Brighton and Kent areas later this month.

Recyclabook, the project’s winners from 2010 are now selling approximately 30-40 books per day via their online shop . They are also expanding rapidly and are currently looking to recruit a full-time employee. Toby Gillett of Sobiblio – an online e-book library and winner from earlier this year has been in discussions with Penguin Digital and is due to start an internship with Penguin in just a few weeks’ time.

With presentations skills being a key aspect to the project, a new sponsor has joined the team – Dorothy Larios, Director of Nvision Coaching UK ( is offering coaching, support and presenting skills to the candidates before they pitch their ideas to the judging panel. Dorothy is an experienced executive coach and facilitator with over 20 years’ experience and will be great asset to the initiative.

If you would like to find out more about the initiative and interested in either getting involved or entering please visit