Your news: Giving young talent the chance to shine

Sponsors and finalists at the YST Gatwick Diamond speednetworking event
Sponsors and finalists at the YST Gatwick Diamond speednetworking event

Young entrepreneurs had the chance to impress business professionals at the Young Start-up Talent annual speed-networking event at Basepoint Business Centre on January 26.

Candidates were competing for a place in the final five. The overall winner will receive a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000.

Nine businesses pitched their ideas on a one-to-one basis to each of the business professionals. The candidates had just ten minutes to convince the sponsors of the feasibility and originality of their business, whilst also showing their entrepreneurial flair, passion and creativity.

The final five will each put together detailed business plans and formally pitch their businesses to the panel of six judges at the offices of Thales in Manor Royal. The winner of the prize fund of business products and services will be announced at a showcase final event on March 20 at Lingfield Park Marriot Hotel.

The entrepreneurial initiative ‘Young Start-up Talent’ and powered by NatWest was first in launched back in 2010 in Crawley, and has since expanded across the South of England and London.

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