City’s young people gearing up for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019

Every day in the UK people talk about making a change in their life and consider starting up a business. By connecting individuals to practical support and those who have done it already, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 – Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November – will help turn these exchanges into the businesses of tomorrow. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovation and enterprise, active in 150 countries across the world. Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

Although Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019 has a grand sounding name, the reality of the week is that it’s all about the small things, and as the small acorn develops into a mighty oak, so it hopes that the ideas and activities put on during the week for many young people in Hull will one day take root and go on to become something much bigger.

Thousands of younf people in the city are gearing up to engage with Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019.

Hull is putting its weight behind Global Entrepreneurship Week in order to show how enterprising its young people are. The city will host a wide range of entrepreneurship events, including six major events organised by Hull City Council in partnership with Hull and East Riding Youth Enterprise Partnership, alongside events in schools and colleges, with almost 2000 young people from more than 50 schools taking part.

In terms of the major events there will be visits from Adam Corbally, a former candidate on BBC’s The Apprentice, Lizzy Hodcroft the founder of Sweet Beet as well as young entrepreneurs from the MC4C Programme, including Fynn Hooper of Life and Loom, and Ash Tyson of Bad Wolf Gaming. Also joining them will be Kelvin Hall pupil, Lucy Musgrave who was the 15 year old winner of the Badgers Sett Enterprise Challenge 2019, as well as Sarah Fenwick and Gareth Pennington of Tree Fellas Hull.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull will be sponsored by a number of small and large private, public and charitable organisations including The Freedom Community Trust, University of Hull, Humber LEP, Pickering Lifts, Danny Barker Music, Wisper Broadband, Music Academy for Schools and Communities, Engaging Education, Sainsbury’s Willerby, Hull Bid, Hull City Council, JCYEB, Oakconsult, KCOM, Primarytec, Enigma Graphics, TArran Photo, Hull Training, Springfield Training, Rollits, Swift Group, Sangwin Group, Hull College, Inspire Ignite, The Customer Panel, Hull City Wide Construction Partnership, KCOM, KWL, Hull and Humber Cahmber of Commerce and 360 Accountants.

Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council, said: “Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about how small ideas can take root and become viable business plans, with the potential to grow into sustainable companies. Hull City Council hopes to set an aspirational agenda for today’s young people in the city to set up their own businesses, start social enterprises and cooperatives, improve their communities and/or become enterprising students or employees.

“The council and its partners are delighted yet again to be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week under the theme of supporting young people and establishing effective partnerships and are very pleased to be supporting its enterprising young people on a daily basis through a number of schemes including £5 Blossom and the MC4C programme for young people.”

Ross Bennett, Chair Hull and East Riding Youth Enterprise Partnership and Director of Engaging Education said: ” The partnership and my own company Engaging Education are delighted to be involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week – it’s an absolute pleasure to be supporting the aspirations of Hull’s enterprising young people and showcasing them during this festival of enterprise that takes place across the world.

“As a young entrepreneur I am delighted to work with the local business community and Hull City Council in supporting the future entrepreneurs of the area and only hope that other areas follow Hull’s example of a coordinate approach in promoting enterprise skills and youth entrepreneurship.”

Ewan Gaffney, MD of GEN UK and GEW UK said: “This November, the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates its 12th anniversary. Over that time, Hull has played a significant part in these celebrations and has always demonstrated its commitment to engaging with enterprising young people and sharing good practice with young people across the UK and the rest of the world. At GEN UK we are delighted to see that this year Hull is showcasing the contribution of Care Leavers to the economy not only as young entrepreneurs through but also through enterprising young people in the workplace.”

Proposed Events during the week in Hull:

Monday 18th November – The Guildhall Make £5 Blossom event where 13 schools will meet up with 13 businesses in order to start a three month programme in which young people receive a loan of £150 from their business partner and get the chance to make it grow through a range of money making activities. At the end of the period the profits made from business loans will be split between the school and Joy for Joel which is this year’s charity – Joel has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Schools taking part in this activity are Stockwell Primary, St Mary’s College, Gillshill Primary, Craven Primary, Pearson Primary, Thoresby Primary, Paisley Primary, Ainthorpe Primary, Priory Primary, Dorchester Primary, Bellfield Primary, Eastfield Primary and Griffin Primary 

Tuesday 19th November Craven Park Stadium  – Care Leavers Event – The Real Icons

Sponsored by Hull City Council, HCAL Ltd and KCOM, this event is to showcase what those who have had a care experience have achieved and to encourage Hull businesses to support Hull’s Care Leavers Commitment by offering them opportunities such as work trials, work shadowing, interviews and apprenticeship opportunities whilst in or when they leave care. It will feature a number of young people who will tell you about their care experience and what they are doing, including those that have gone into self-employment, working for a micro business, become Regeneration Champions at Hull City Council, as well as the Councils own Care Leaver Champion. We have Lizzy Hodcroft as a keynote speaker who was the star turn of Newcastle Start-Up Week, in which she outlined the importance and the necessity of good mental health and how important it is in what can be the lonely world of self-employment.

Wednesday 20th November Craven Park Stadium  – Post 16 Event, this will involve 200 young people from a range of colleges and schools, as well as apprentice providers with former BBC Apprentice Adam Corbally and young entrepreneurs at this event where the young people will be set a business challenge around developing a new product for the Swift Group. The young people will be competing for prizes ranging from £100 to £250 for their teams. The educational establishments taking part in this activity are St Marys College, the MC4C Programme, Sirius Academy, Wilberforce College, Hessle Academy, Hull Training, ENL UTC, Hull College, Swift Group Apprentices, Wyke College, Bishop Burton College and the Read School.

Thursday 21st November Craven Park Stadium – Secondary School Event, is a full day event that will involve 200 young people from a range of schools with former BBC Apprentice Adam Corbally. At this event the young people will be set a business challenge around developing an event at the Craven Park Stadium for the Sangwin Group. The young people will be competing for prizes ranging from £100 to £250 for their teams. The Schools taking part in this activity are St Marys College, Marvell College, Sirius Academy, Park House, Hessle Academy, Hull College 14-16 School, ENL UTC, Ganton School, Seven Hills Academy and Sirius Academy

Friday 22nd November Craven Park Stadium – Primary Event 9:30am till 2:30pm. This will involve 200 young people from primary schools, at this event the young people will take part in a challenge focusing on the Craven Park Stadium as a central venue – exploring innovative ideas and uses. The young people will be competing for prizes ranging from £100 to £250 for their teams. The Schools taking part in this activity are Griffin Primary School, Gillshill Primary School, Ainthorpe School, Victoria Dock Primary School, Priory Primary, Cavendish Primary, Appleton Primary, St Richards Primary, Phoenix Park Academy, Longhill Primary, Biggin Hill Primary, Estcourt Primary, St Nicholas Primary, Craven Primary, Stockwell Primary and Pearson Primary.

Friday 22nd November Craven Park Stadium – Annual Awards and Celebration

Annual Celebration and Awards Evening at the Craven Park Stadium in which 10 youth enterprise awards including The Maxwell Bird Most Enterprising School, The Kevin McNamara Most Enterprising Teacher and the Sheila Waudby Young Entrepreneur of the Year will be given out by the Lord Mayor of Hull and all funds raised at the evening will go to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

[Charles Cracknell – Hull City Council]