KickStart debuts in the North West with cash for new entrepreneurs

KickStart debuts in the North West with cash for new entrepreneurs

The North West’s next generation of entrepreneurs is being urged to enter a competition that offers substantial cash and mentoring support , and which has been launched in the region for the very first time.

The KickStart Young Entrepreneur Awards, which are open to 18 to 25 year olds, offer the winner a grant of £10,000 along with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice, with two runners-up each receiving £5,000 worth of mentoring and advice.

The competition, which was launched in 2013 by Baldwins, is now being rolled out across the North West by Lancashire-based Cassons, which became part of the Baldwins Group in December last year.

Les Nutter, Managing Director at Cassons, said, “This is a really exciting opportunity for young people who have just started in business or are looking to turn their idea into reality.

At a time of economic uncertainty, it’s important that we are nurturing the next generation of business professionals, particularly when it comes to the practicalities of setting up a business and creating a steady flow of income, and applicants that are invited for an interview will receive constructive feedback to help their ideas flourish”.

The awards are not restricted to any sector and everyone who enters will have the invaluable experience of preparing a business plan. Ten entrepreneurs will be interviewed about their ideas, with three being invited to present to more than 400 people at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Thursday 15 November 2018.

Last year, 19 year olds, Harry Smith and Jack Cornes won the top prize for their concept of wall-climbing painting robots, with the investment enabling them to develop an investor-ready prototype.

David Baldwin, Director at Baldwins who has overseen the KickStart awards since their inception, said, “The KickStart programme has developed an enviable reputation for developing talented home-grown entrepreneurs, and the growing standard of entries that we receive year-on-year demonstrates that there is still more to come”.

The deadline for applications is Friday 31 August – to enter, click here.

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