Founder & CEO, Patrick Cantellow, talks about young entrepreneurship.
This blog post was originally published on the Ideas Test Website.
Starting a business has certainly been an alien world to me, and without the support of endless Googling and my experience with working with charities it would not have been possible. If only there was a group of other like minded and knowledgable individuals who could have helped me. Well, that’s what we’re up to! To join our Young Ambassadors Network here at Swale Young People, we have teamed up with Ideas Test to launch the Young Entrepreneurs Network.
Swale Young People CIC changes the lives of young people in Swale by improving their employability and promoting community cohesion, we do this by giving free access to our Young Ambassador Network (YAN), here they will access the best, and some exclusive, opportunities and volunteering around Swale and the UK. Working with Ideas Test, we will empower young people aged 16 to 25 to start their own business and share knowledge with those who have knowledge in the sector.
Kent Messenger recently released their Top 30 of Kent’s brightest young minds which includes the likes of Ben Towers who, aged just 17, employs 15 members of staff, and Becky Campbell who manages budgets of up to £100,000. These are inspiring people who we are reaching out to and who will speak at our events and meetings.
We have also reached out to The Kent Investors Network which invests between £100K to £500K in business start-ups. We are looking forward to welcoming a speaker from the Investors Network who will be giving out some hints and tips from securing an investment to pursing a business idea.
The Young Entrepreneurs Network will include Brian Condon, a locally-based business leader and investor with lots of experience of building networks and partnerships as well as working with creative people who are trying to start new businesses.
We’re looking forward to setting up the Young Entrepreneurs Network and meeting with people in the area! To find out more contact @SwaleYPeople on twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Swale Young People empowers young people to start their own projects and businesses. In this case Jamie Pugh has founded The Well Minds Project.
Update: After receiving funding from O2 Think Big Jamie has been able to build his own website. Check it out!
Jamie, a young person from Scunthorpe, needed somewhere to host his website and get a professional email address. We agreed to do this free of charge* as his project is made by young people for young people – and here at Swale Young People that’s what we’re all about.
The Well Minds Project will teach young people the importance of mental health in a variety of ways including online resources, videos, interactive PowerPoints, worksheets and easy-to-read PDF documents, which explain mental health in a way that is easy to understand. Well Minds all also be launching a Schools Workshop Project, which will involve the project going into schools and talking to students.
Do you have a youth project and need some extra exposure? We can offer you an annex to our website free-of-charge (if based in Swale) as well as a @swaleyp.org.uk email address! Find out more by clicking here.
*Jamie has received his website free of charge has he took part during our testing period. You can get involved in our BETA testing by following us on Twitter and Facebook for updates