A COMPETITION to find Croydon's brightest young entrepreneurs, backed by the Advertiser, is launching today.
The Young Start-up Talent contest offers aspiring businesspeople the opportunity to compete for a £50,000 prize fund worth of products and services, and is free to enter.
The initiative, which is aimed at 16-25 year olds, will be launched at an event at Fairfield Halls on Tuesday (December 2).
Young Start-up Talent was founded by Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner in 2010, in the Gatwick Diamond business area of West Sussex and Surrey.
Since then, the initiative has been successful in helping to promote and encourage thousands of young people to start up in business via a series of workshops and one-to-ones.
The project has gone from strength to strength since its inception, with some 80 businesses sponsoring and supporting the initiative each year across the regions it currently operates.
Those involved include RBS, British Airways, Gatwick Airport, Owadally & King accountants, Coast to Capital, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Croydon BID.
All have contributed to the prize fund of £50,000, which will help the winner start up their business. The Advertiser is backing the first-ever Croydon Young Start-up Talent contest, with editor Glenn Ebrey among those on the judging panel.
To take part in the initiative, log on to www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk and submit the online form for Croydon. For more details on the initiative or learn about some of the success stories, visit www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk or check out the project's YouTube channel.