Entrepreneurial initiative aimed at 16-25 year-olds due to launch in Croydon with a 50k prize fund


By - Wednesday 12th November, 2014

On 2nd December, Young Start-up Talent – an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at inspiring 16-25 year-olds to set up in business – will be launched at Fairfield Halls, central Croydon. 


Photo by Young Start-Up Talent,  used with permission.

Release begins: The project offers young entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for a £50,000 prize fund worth of business products and services and is FREE to enter.

Young Start-up Talent was launched by founding partners Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner in 2010 in the Gatwick Diamond and since then has been successful in helping to promote and encourage thousands of young people to have a ‘can do’ attitude towards starting up in business by a series of workshops and 121 sessions.

The project has grown from strength to strength since its inception with some 80 businesses sponsoring and supporting the initiative each year across the regions it currently operates such as RBS, British Airways, Gatwick Airport, Owadally & King accountants, Coast to Capital, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Croydon BID to name a few. All have contributed to the fantastic prize fund of £50,000 worth of products and services to help the winner start up their business.

In September 2014 Lorraine and Matt (the founders of the project) were invited to represent the UK at the Youth Time Forum in Greece to showcase Young Start-up Talent with an overwhelming response from professionals all over the world to bring this initiative to their countries.

Not only does the initiative have a number of successes that have started up and are running successful businesses, a number of others have gone on to set up their companies or gain positions with sponsors who have seen their potential.

Here are just a few of the success stories of Young Start-up Talent:

The winner of the Brighton 2014 competition was 24 year old Natalie Evans with her company 42Juice which produces fresh organic juices made up of 100% raw, cold-pressed fresh fruit and vegetables to provide instant nutrient and vitamins, 42 Juice offers cleanse and detox packages. Since winning the prize fund Natalie has appeared in The Sunday Times Magazine and in Cosmopolitan. Natalie recently opened a shop in Market Street in The Lanes, Brighton www.42juice.co.uk/

Natalie said “I thought the process was amazing and invaluable to my business. I’m so excited. It will be incredible; I am looking forward to working with the team and seeing what will evolve.”

Henry Rogers, aged just 16, wowed the judges and won the Gatwick 2014 prize fund with his blacksmithing business ‘Hot Iron’. Henry walked away with a prize fund of £50k worth of products and services, all donated by some 36 local and national business sponsors to set him off on his business journey. Henry’s mum, Helen Rogers commented “I’m immensely proud. Henry comes home every day and disappears to work on his skills, we are always amazed by what he comes up with. He’s self-driven, hardworking and creates everything himself.”

The winner of the West Kent’s entrepreneurial initiative in June 2013 was Mohammad Abusayed from Tunbridge Wells, who was just 18 years old and studying part-time at West Kent College in Tonbridge, with his business SMT Trading UK Ltd – a company which hire’s and distributes linen and hot towels to restaurants, hotels and banqueting halls.

The Young Start-up Talent Team keep in touch with the finalists and are always on hand to give support and advice.

To take part in the initiative couldn’t be simpler. Just log on to the website www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk and submit the online form for Croydon which is open NOW!

If there are any businesses / companies that wish to sponsor or even a judge and star in the video of the ‘dragons den’ pitch which we then present to the audience at the showcase event, which in the past has included heads of schools, politicians, teachers, local business leaders and the families of the finalists, then please do contact us.

Please have a look at our website www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk and our YouTube channel to see the amazing talents that Young Start Up have found and nurtured to success.

Release ends.

Release provider: Young Start-Up Talent

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