July 2015, Tunbridge Well, Kent:
West Kent Crowns 2015’s Young Start-up Talent Champ
by South East Marketing Agency Media Word Waves
Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells was home to this year’s Young Start-up Talent showcase where we discovered our 2015 winner, Dean Day, who is walking away with a £50k prize fund worth of business products and services for his first year of business. The five finalists came together to set up their individual stands in a bid to exhibit their businesses they have worked tirelessly to perfect. The event was attended by a host of representatives from the local business community, finalists and their families. All were impressed by the high standards of those that have progressed throughout the process and the young entrepreneurs behind them.
It was announced that the 2015 winner was 24 year old Dean Day - founder of independent games studio 'Greenlight Games'. Dean's vision is to support students, graduates and other indie studios.
“Young Start-up Talent has been great, I have learnt a lot. I have learnt from the other young people too and helped each other improve our businesses. I can’t wait to see what’s next, I’m hoping I can look at employing some staff to help develop the business.
Dean’s parents commented "We're so excited, he has worked so hard and we knew he'd get there, we just can't believe he's won."
Michael Stevens of Cripps added “I have been really impressed to see so many young people with such great ideas and such confidence to present to the judges. It really is great to encourage more attention on young people in business. I am glad this is happening in West Kent.
Among the judging panel were leading business professionals; Jo Ellis - Group Operations Director, Town & Country Housing , Lorraine Nugent - MD - Media Word Waves, Matt Turner - MD - Creative Pod Ltd, Roger Kasper- Senior Editor - Courier Media Group, Michael Stevens - Senior Partner- Cripps Harries Hall, John Redfern - Head of Corporate lending in the South East - RBS Group and Simon Warne - Partner - Crowe Clark Whitehill.
The judges with winner Dean Day
The guest speakers at the event included Alex Green of Trinity Theatre, William Benson – CEO of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, John Redfern of NatWest Bank, multi award winning young entrepreneur Ben Towers and Founding partners of the initiative Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner.
Jo Ellis of Town & County Housing Group said “For me, after being involved for two years, I have been thoroughly impressed by the range of businesses coming through and with the passion of all of the finalists, particularly the guys from ‘No Limitsplay Centre’ and the volunteer work they had done with people with disabilities. I am looking forward to seeing Grenlight Games out there!
Guest speaker and young entrepreneur Ben Towers said "As always, I am incredibly impressed by all the young talent here tonight. The evening has enjoyable and a great success."
The judges with all the finalists
Runners up of the prize fund included:
Entrepreneurial trio Flo, Jack and Rachel, who aim to open a play centre for children and adults with special needs and physical disabilities named 'No Limits Play Centre'. "Being able to develop the business and meeting people who can help us develop has been great. Our business can help so many people it would be great to be able to get it to start up."
Bola Adegbulu of AutoMosys who described the evening as excellent said "What I've enjoyed most about tonight is meeting different people and talking about my idea. I've worked so hard on it, such a great opportunity to showcase it to everyone and get feedback." Bolas product provides people with an app and adapter designed to diagnose the problems with your car.
Melissa and Stewart whose business comprised of new and original fashionable clothes being sold under the label of ‘Urban Panther’.
And the youngest finalists were dynamic duo Nic and Holly with their Airsoft business which they explained is an experience much like laser quest and paintballing.
Guest speaker, John Redfern of NatWest Bank encouraged the youngsters by telling them "Hats off to the finalists, you've all shown real flair, don’t lose that entrepreneurial spark because you all have something you should be really proud of."
Sponsors of the initiative are as follows:
Town & Country Housing Group
The Courier Media Group
Media Word Waves
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Crowe Clark Whitehill
West Kent Chamber of Commerce
Let’s Do Business Group
The Spa Hotel – Tunbridge Wells
Department for Business & Innovation
Infinity Integrated Technologies
West Kent College
For more information use the following links Young Start-up Talent