May 2015, Croydon:
Young Starters impress business professionals in Croydon
by Croydon Marketing Agency Media Word Waves
Seven determined Croydon young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 25 made it through to the semi-final stage of Young Start-up Talent, all are in with the chance of winning the £50K prize fund worth of products and services.
The search began in December 2014 when the YST team visited schools, colleges, universities and youth groups to provide inspiring and informative workshops to students who are looking to kick start their first business. Simon Maddox from Owadally & King and a judge on the panel exclaimed "It's fantastic to see so many youngsters with great ideas. Age shouldn't stand in the way, we are really looking forward to working and progressing their ideas to get them on the map to help them in their early years and grow Croydon from the bottom up. A lot of youngsters leave Croydon, it's great to support those that want to set up business here and grow Croydon".
The event was held at Matthew’s Yard in Croydon on Thursday 30th April, the evening was hosted by founding partners Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner who were joined by members of the local business community to meet with the entrepreneurs on a 121 basis. The business professionals had the opportunity to speak individually to the aspiring young entrepreneurs in order to help, advise and support them through the process and into the wider world of business.
Semi Final of Young Start-up Talent Croydon Region 2015
Jo Patterson at Gatwick Airport said "I'm looking for a good, well thought out idea and an entrepreneur with real belief in that and themselves."
Ultimately the semi-final is set to put the entrepreneurs to the test, to see if they have the determination and dedication to take their idea to the start-up stage. With the help of sponsors such as RBS, Amicus Horizon, Gatwick Airport, Owadally & King, Fastsigns, Croydon Chamber of Commerce, Hands on IT, Build IT-Grow IT, The Croydon Advertiser, Media Word Waves, Creative Pod, Fairfield Halls and 3D Change to name a few, the entrepreneurs will have the support to develop their business even if they don’t make it through to the Final. Tom Arkle from Amicus Horizon added "I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens with all the contestants, there's a lots support available throughout the process, not just the one who wins the £50k prize fund."
The Semi Finalists had individual sessions with the judges
The diverse collection of ideas within Croydon’s first year of Young Start-up Talent has been fantastic. The 2015 process has seen Ideas range from falconry, lettings agency, bespoke hockey sticks, organic creams, bubble tea café, video games to even a model railway company. Only a select few will go to the final to pitch their ideas to the judges, with the other semi-finalists being given feedback from the business community to help develop their idea.
Mark Burgess at Natwest commented "It's been so inspirational to speak with these young people and to see their entrepreneurial flair and enthusiasm."
Another Semi Finalist meets the judges in an indivudal session.
Follow the 2015 process via our social media or website at Young Start-up Talent
The judges and sponsors for Young Start-up Talent Croydon 2015, so far are:
3D Change. 3D Change is a dynamic social regeneration consultancy. At the heart of our company is action to work: when local businesses prosper, they create jobs, which then have a positive impact on the communities in which we live, work and socialise.
Amicus Horizon AmicusHorizon provide homes and services to communities across London, the South and South East of England. We’re committed to providing more than bricks and mortar. We work to improve the lives of our residents through innovative programmes and training schemes. We own and / or manage just under 28,000 homes and offer housing solutions from general needs to housing for people with care and support needs.
Avensys Hire and Events , an Audio Visual Company with divisions supplying Professional AV Sales & Installation, Hire, Events & Exhibition services as well as a retail store supplying consumer Audio Visual products.
Coast to Capital, Coast to Capital is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Brighton and Hove, Croydon, Gatwick Diamond, East Surrey, Lewes, West Sussex. Formed in 2011, our small team is focused on delivering growth for one of Britain›s most economically important regions. We represent a population of 1.9 million people, more than 85,000 businesses supporting more than 776,000 jobs and 141,000 self-employed individuals. Our focus is on those areas where we can stimulate growth and add the most value, working with the private and public sectors.
Creative POD , A South East based multi-award winning design agency. Creative Pod works with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and one man bands to SMEs and global blue chips. We become our clients internal marketing department from as little as 10 hours per month.
Croydon Advertiser , The Advertiser is published every Friday in print but now also has a website, www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk which is the home of breaking news and sport in Croydon. In October, the Advertiser launched a new monthly business supplement, aiming to chronicle the huge change currently happening in Croydon’s economy and shine a light on business success stories at all levels.
Croydon Chamber of Commerce , We are the local membership for the local business, delivering business opportunities. A local branch of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) membership network, we have all you need to succeed in business. With a network of over 2,500 members, access to a range of membership services and products designed to support your business.
Department of Business Innovation and Skills BIS is working together for growth and investigating in skills to make markets more dynamic with lower regulation, and by promoting trade to boost innovation and help support people looking to start and grow a business.
Fairfield Halls The Fairfield Halls is South London’s largest arts and entertainment complex with three venues offering music, dance, comedy and drama to an audience of 800,000 within a four mile radius. We have an 1800 seat concert hall, a 750 seat theatre and a 500 standing concert space. We also provide a highly regarded platform for community arts in Croydon.
FastSigns your leading local sign company supplying all your sign requirements. We have been part of Crawley life for over 15 years working closely with the whole community.
Gatwick Airport , is the busiest single-runway airport in the world and is currently undergoing a £1bn transformation. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 33 million passengers a year.
Matthews Yard Matthews Yard is an arts, cultural and community hub in the centre of Croydon with a fully licenced café, a workspace for early stage start-ups, a gallery showcasing the work of local artists and a studio theatre offering an intimate space with a varied scheduled encompassing theatre, film, comedy, live music and community events.
Media Word Waves As a leading PR agency we offer the full range of PR Services including creative copy for press releases, advertising campaigns, brochures, newsletters and websites which we deploy through our extensive network of Local and national media contacts.
O and K Our dedicated team serve a wide range of clients around the UK and abroad, as many of our team are also fluent French speakers. We run unique Business Success Clubs, where on a regular basis we assist a select group of business owners to grow and manage their business in a very different way.
RBS Group The RBS Group is one of the leading UK banks with its support for local business community and young entrepreneurial talent. For every great business today there was once a ‘young start-up talent’ and RBS are very proud to be supporting this event.
Young Enterprise , a not for profit organisation; building a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to succeed through enterprise.