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PROJECT LAUNCH: Young Start-Up Talent


The Young Start-up Talent scheme was launched at The PROBIZ County Cricket Ground recently with over 30 local businesses present.

There is a prize fund worth £50,000 that awaits the winner of this entrepreneurial initiative supported by a number of local businesses. The initiative is aimed at helping 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair for business to make their dreams a reality. The winner will receive thousands of pounds worth of products and services donated by local businesses.

The initiative has been running successfully in the Gatwick Diamond for the past three years with a string of success stories including those that have gone on to start up a business, received work experience from the judges and sponsors with some leading to full time employment. This exciting opportunity is now open to 16-25 year olds who live, work or study in the Brighton and Hove region. 

The judging panel consists of seven of the local leading business professionals and includes:  John Keenan – Business Editor of The Argus, Dean Orgill - Chairman – Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP, Matthew Tyson – Director - Richard Place Dobson, Gary Peters – Managing Director -, Matt Turner – Director - Creative Pod, Lorraine Nugent – Director – Media Word Waves and Stephen Mason – Managing Director - Mason Consulting and entrepreneur who will independently be looking to invest in one of the entries.

It was announced that the closing date for entries for the Brighton & Hove region is 31st January 2013. In the meantime, the Young Start-up Talent judges and sponsors team will be visiting schools, colleges, universities and youth groups in the local area to deliver workshops and assemblies to inspire young people to participate.

The semi final will take place on Tuesday 5th March at City College and a further ‘Dragons Den’ style final with the judges will be filmed at the College on Tuesday 12th March. The winner will be announced at a grand unveiling event on Tuesday 26th March at the College’s restaurant at The Amex Community Stadium to an audience of approximately 300 key business partners and heads of local schools.

Founders of the project, Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner commented “We are excited and pleased to be bringing this initiative and opportunity to Brighton & Hove and delighted that so many are backing the initiative either financially or by providing products or services for the project. The initiative will enable the young entrepreneurs in the local area to be inspired and for some to achieve their goals of running a business. We hope that in the process we will also inspire others to consider it as an option”.

Sponsors of the initiative include:

City College – Brighton & Hove
Extech IT Solutions
Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP
Richard Place Dobson
The Argus
Creative Pod
Media Word Waves
Brighton & Hove City Council
Future Proof Consulting Solutions
MCR Print
Sussex County Cricket Club
Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce
Young Enterprise
Heart FM

Click HERE to find out more about this fantastic opportunity. 

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