January 2016, Portsmouth:
Young Start-up Talent Launched in the Solent area
by South East PR Agency Media Word Waves
Young Start-up Talent have come together with Oxford Innovation to launch the successful entrepreneurial initiative into Hampshire and the Solent area.
The region’s sponsors and early supporters of this exciting youth enterprise programme gathered at Portsmouth Technopole innovation centre keen help in any way they could – to publicise, mentor, share expertise, encourage the young talent in this special economic zone to come forward and develop their business ideas.
A significant £50,000 prize fund is now available for the young entrepreneurs to make their ideas a reality.
The full room heard from inspiring speakers outlining the initiative, the talent on-board, the mentoring process and the various opportunities it generates for young people. The initiative, designed for 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial talent has been running for six years across the South East and is expanding rapidly by reaching more and more young people.
- Matt Turner, a founding partner of Young Start-up Talent, which is now in its sixth year, during the Solent initiative launch at Portsmouth Technopole.
Speakers at the launch included Chris Allington – Managing Director of Oxford Innovation, Simon Finch of NatWest, founding partners of Young Start-up Talent – Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner in addition to guest speaker and 17 year old multi-award winning young entrepreneur Ben Towers of Social Marley and Towers Design. Ben who was recently been named by Richard Branson as ‘one of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs’ said “It’s so exciting to see Young Start-up Talent expanding into another region. Young people deserve the chance to flourish and this initiative really provides incredible safe opportunities that should be available to as many young people as possible.”
Multi award-winning Ben Towers at the launch of Young Start-up Talent (YST) Solent 2016 at Portsmouth Technopole.
Ben was listed No.1 in The Times Magazine’s Superteen Power List in December and named as one of Virgin’s Top 5 young entrepreneurs for last year.
Oxford Innovation, who are donating to the prize by offering mentoring, virtual office space in addition to a financial contribution, were present at the launch. Chris Allington, Managing Director said “Entrepreneurship is what this initiative is all about. All young people should be exposed to enterprise as part of their skills training. The number of small business continue grow and they employ ever more of the community. In years to come it’s possible that one in three people could be business owners!”
Chris Allington, the managing director of Oxford Innovation, Britain’s leading innovation centres operator, at the launch of Young Start-up Talent (YST) Solent 2016 at Portsmouth Technopole.
Simon Finch of NatWest and sponsor and speaker at the event commented. “If we can nurture and challenge these young people it will benefit us all as these youngsters are the future.”
Attendees were given the opportunity to watch a video from a previous YST winner and founder of Greenlight Games (GLG) – Dean Day. In the short clip, Dean shared his progress since winning the initiative in the West Kent area in 2015 and pointed out the areas in which the support has been invaluable. Since winning the prize fund Dean has launch several games with the most recent creations being a mobile app game ‘Duel’ and ‘Minecart Dash’ with an Xbox and PC game set to launch in the summer.
Zara Hogg – Partner at Wilkins Kennedy and sponsor commented “There are so many brilliant ideas out there and all too often not enough support is given to help get off them of the ground.”
Partner at Verisona Law and judge for the competition – Mike Dyer added “Wow is the way I felt when I heard about YST. This is a seriously exciting project. I just knew that my business, colleagues and I had to be involved”.
The launch has been very positive especially as this a new initiative in the Solent. The YST team and supporters are now very excited to hear the range of ideas from aspiring entrepreneurs from around the region. There will now be a round of workshops to inspire the region’s youngsters over the coming months. Those that want to take part will need to have submitted their idea by 3rd June 2016 and those that impress will have a chance to meet the judges and sponsors of the initiative at a speed networking event on the 5th of July at Fareham Innovation Centre.
To find out more about the initiative or to submit an entry please visit www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk/entry
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