Scotland’s next generation of entrepreneurs are being urged to enter a competition that offers substantial cash and mentoring support, and which has just launched in Scotland for the first time.
The KickStart project, which is open to 18 to 25-years-old entrepreneurs, offers the winner a grant of £10,000 along with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice, whilst two runners-up will each receive £5,000 worth of mentoring and advice. The competition, which launched in 2013 by Baldwins, is now being rolled out in Scotland by Campbell Dallas & Springfords.
Chris Horne, managing partner at Campbell Dallas, said: “KickStart offers a generous package of cash and advice to young Scots’ entrepreneurs with an exciting business or innovative idea. Scotland is famed for its young entrepreneurial talent but with so much economic uncertainty at present it is essential that we support the next generation of entrepreneurs as they build their businesses. We hope as many new Scots’ entrepreneurs will take up the challenge and showcase their talent, and their ideas, on a national stage.”
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, November 15.
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, has overseen the Baldwins KickStart Young Entrepreneur project since its inception. He added: “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 shows us that there is still more to come.