Business competition pitches itself to schools

Young Start Up Ceremony (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Young Start Up Ceremony (Pic by Jon Rigby)
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The time for young people with great business ideas to step forward has arrived as a Gatwick competition launches this year’s competition.

Young Start-up Talent, now in its third year, is a business competition for 16-25-year-olds living or studying in the Gatwick Diamond, where young people pitch their great idea to a panel of business experts from some of the area’s leading firms.

Four of the judges spent last week visiting schools to drum up interest and encourage youngsters to take part by holding workshops, swinging by The Weald in Billingshurst, and the College of Richard Collyer.

Dean Orgil, one of the judges, and chairman of Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, said: “It was a great pleasure to deliver our message out to so many students and a delight to see such a good take up with great quality entries already flooding in.”

Lorraine Nugent of Media Word Waves, Matthew Tyson of Richard Place Dobson and Andrew Hookway of Extech IT Solutions were the other visiting judges.

The initiative has proved such a success in the Gatwick Diamond that it will launch in the Brighton and Kent later this month.

Recyclabook, the project’s winners from 2010 are now selling approximately 30-40 books per day via their online shop.

Toby Gillett, from Crawley Down, of Sobiblio an online e-book library and winner from earlier this year, has been in discussions with Penguin Digital and is due to start an internship with Penguin in just a few weeks’ time.

With presentations skills being a key aspect to the project, a new sponsor has joined the team – Dorothy Larios, director of Nvision Coaching UK, and is offering coaching, support and presenting skills to the candidates before they pitch their ideas to the judging panel.

She is an experienced executive coach and facilitator with over 20 years’ experience.

For those interested visit www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk