The Young Start-up Talent entrepreneurial initiative launched for the third year at Broadfield Stadium where some 40 local businesses, Henry Smith MP and heads of local sixth forms met to celebrate the launch of the popular entrepreneurial project where the winner receives a prize fund worth over £50,000 worth of products and services and aims to help and encourage others to start a business.
The initiative has increased the age range to encompass graduates as well as school leavers and is now open to all 16-25 years olds who live, work or study in the Gatwick Diamond area – visit www.youngstartuptalent to find out how to enter.
New to the judging panel for this year is Dean Orgill, Chairman of MayoWynneBaxter Solicitors and who has been with the firm for over 20 years. MayoWynneBaxter provides a comprehensive and personal service to a broad spectrum of local, national and international clients. Dean will also be on the panel of judges when the project launches in Brighton in September. In the Gatwick Diamond region Dean will be working alongside the other judges who have been on the board for the last two years and who include Marion Broughton, Vice President of Thales Training & Simulation, Matthew Tyson – Director of Richard Place Dobson, Alan Trace – Senior Manager at Lloyds TSB, Gary Shipton – Editor in Chief of Sussex Newspapers, Matt Turner – MD of Creative Pod and Lorraine Nugent – MD of Media Word Waves.
It was also announced at the event that the Grand unveiling, where 350 key business partners and heads of schools come together to hear the winner announced for the 2012/13 prize fund will now be held at the prestigious 4* Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club in February 2013.
To further add to the sponsors for the 2012/13 initiative the Federation of Small Businesses have also come on board who are offering the winner 12 months membership to the organisation along with a new company Future Proof Consulting Solutions who are a not-for-profit company helping businesses and organisations get the most from a strong approach to sustainability and CSR.
Speakers at the event included the initiators of the project, Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner and fellow judges Alan Trace of Lloyds TSB and Matt Tyson of Richard Place Dobson who all shared the highlights of being part of such a worthwhile community initiative. The other guest speakers were finalists George Fisher and Timothy Armoo who told the audience of how Young Start-up Talent had helped them with work experience and in Timothy’s case to set up a business.
Due to the success of the initiative since its inception just over two years ago, the project has moved on rapidly, with the winners of the 2010/11, James Seear and Tom Williams, now successfully running and expanding their business ‘Recyclabook’ an online business to buy and sell used text books and encouraging another finalist, David Newick, to start his business ‘Connect-a-gadget’. The winner of 2011/12, Toby Gillett of Sobiblio has now also set up his online e-book library with a meeting with the head of Digital for Penguin Publishing lined up. Timothy Armoo, a finalist from 2011/12 is just about to launch a magazine for young entrepreneurs ‘EntrepreneurXpress’ and has already managed to get a face-to-face interview with Richard Branson no less for his first issue. Others that have been finalists in the project have received work experience and full-time permanent positions with some of the sponsors of the project.
The sponsors and supporters for the 2012/13 initiative are as follows:
Henry Smith MP
Media Word Waves
Richard Place Dobson
Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club
West Sussex County Times
Crawley Borough Council
Mid Sussex Times
Praxima Video Solutions
Basepoint Business Centre
Central Sussex College
Crawley Chamber of Commerce
Federation of Small Business
Gatwick Diamond Business Association
Crawley Town FC
Future Proof Consulting Solutions
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