The opportunity was part of ‘Your Big Idea’, a charity-led event created for 17-27 year-olds in the borough who hope to make their way in the world of business. It was organised and sponsored by Capita in partnership with Lambeth Council, with support from The Prince’s Trust and Hatch Incubator.Young people from Lambeth, who have always dreamt of starting their own business, were given the opportunity to win start-up funding and the support of an experienced mentor on Wednesday 24 February to develop and grow their business idea.
Lambeth’s entrepreneurs descended on Brixton East on Barrington Road to present their new business ideas to guest panellists, which included Cllr Jack Hopkins and representatives from the London Youth Support Trust, Lambeth Council and the Princes Trust.
One of the successful entrepreneurs was Lauren Turner, aged 24, who will use the financial and mentoring support to develop her business idea, which aims to help start-ups utilise social media more effectively and create engaging online content.
In addition to the panellist presentations, a host of young people from the borough attended the event to listen to a branding session from corporate communications consultancy Radley Yeldar and take part in a sales and marketing workshop delivered by Hatch Incubator, an organisation that helps London start-ups to become financially sustainable.
Sofia Whyte,who was one of the Your Big Idea winners in 2014, said:
“Your Big Idea gave me the confidence to establish The London Baby Journey, a unique business that offers families with children aged 0-5 years old in Lambeth the opportunity to get involved in the local community through organised social events and day-trips at affordable prices, while capturing childhood memories. The funding I won helped me get my business off the ground and provided the initial capital investment that enabled me to organise the first few events for parents and their children.”
You can find out more about the young entrepreneurs scheme on the Capita website.
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