Third annual 'Big Idea' event for Lambeth's young entrepreneurs

The opportunity is part of ‘Your Big Idea’, an event taking place at Clapham Library, Lambeth, on 18 November 2015, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Now in its third year, the event is open to 17-25 year-olds from the borough who aspire to make their way in the world of business. It is being organised and sponsored by Capita in partnership with Lambeth Council, with support from The Prince’s Trust and Hatch Incubator.  

"The Big Idea is a fantastic opportunity for young people to tap into the knowhow of some of Lambeth’s biggest business brains. Young people have an incredible spirit of enterprise and innovation, and this support may just help them to come up with London’s next big business success." 

Boris Johnson MP, The Mayor of London 

Shortlisted entrants in age groups 17-21 and 22-25 will present their new business ideas to guest panellists, with categories covering food, digital, fashion/retail and community/social enterprise. Successful individuals or teams will be offered the support of a business mentor to help them develop their service or product and have the opportunity to receive start-up funding of up to £500.  

In addition, any young person from Lambeth will be able to attend the event and learn about how to start their own business. Expert advice and career guidance will be provided by entrepreneurs and business leaders covering a range of subjects, including design, advertising, digital, social media, finance and marketing. 

All entrants will have the opportunity to learn more about the free support programmes delivered by The Prince’s Trust and Hatch Incubator. 

"For the last two years, the Big Idea event has demonstrated the spirit of innovation and ambition within young people in Lambeth. Great ideas, an entrepreneurial spirit and determination are core values and skills that help businesses to grow and achieve success. We are delighted to sponsor, for the third time, this fantastic opportunity for young people with great ideas to learn about how to build their own business and lay the foundations of a successful future." 

Andy Parker, Capita chief executive 

Anyone interested in taking part in the event can register their details at bigidea@capita.co.uk. 

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