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Young Start-up Talent grand final comes to Brighton Racecourse

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Young Start-up Talent is proud to present the 4th Brighton & Hove Grand Final at Brighton Racecourse on the 29th January 2015.

Young Start-up Talent is a community based initiative whose main aims are to inspire 16 - 25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair to start up a business.

The initiative was launched in 2010 in the Gatwick Diamond and since then has been successful in helping to promote and encourage thousands of young people to have a ‘can do' attitude towards starting up in business. As well as Brighton and Hove and the Gatwick Diamond, we have spread out into Croydon and East and West Kent, with further areas being added every year.

We have delivered workshops and assemblies to the majority of sixth formers, college and university students within Brighton and Hove to help encourage and inspire young entrepreneurs across the region over the past six months.
Our past winners and other finalists have now registered and are running their businesses with some now employing others. Many of the finalists have received valuable work experience and mentoring sessions from some of our judges and sponsors which has also led to full-time employment for some.

Last year's Brighton & Hove winner was 24 year old Natalie Evans with her company 42Juice which produces fresh organic juices made up of 100% raw, cold-pressed fresh fruit and vegetables to provide instant nutrient and vitamins which was originally home based, offering cleanse and detox packages on-line.

After obtaining major publicity in the Sunday Times, a local Brighton personality contacted Natalie and agreed to invest in the business. 42Juice opened their first shop and Juice Bar in The Lanes in Brighton in October 2014.

Young Start-up Talent has received huge amounts of positive press coverage both locally and nationally since its inception and continues to do so both online and in print.
Our five finalists, Joseph Edward, Ben Le Brocque, Jodie Deacon, Bettina Nemeth and Josh Avis have been through a rigorous process to be selected from the large number of applications we received this year. All applicants were judged not only on their business and its feasibility but also on their entrepreneurial flair, passion and enthusiasm to succeed in business.

The finalists all had to formally present their business ideas to the judging panel at the Engineerium in Hove in early January and the judges are happy to present their winner at this Grand Unveiling!

The project has grown from strength to strength with some 30 businesses now sponsoring and supporting the initiative within the area each year.

All have contributed to the fantastic prize fund of £50,000 worth of products and services to help our winner start up their business.

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