The Young Entrepreneurs Programme is a totally free 6-week start-up programme running this summer. A joint project by Nwes and Harlow Council, the programme will help 18-to-25 years olds in the Harlow area to start their own business by providing business skills training, grants, business advice and use of a professional office suite!
The Young Entrepreneurs Programme is a 6-week bespoke programme of business and employment skills training, one-to-one business advice, small grants and free workspace to support 18–25-year-olds in the Harlow area who want to start their own business.
The programme will support 10 individuals aged 18-to-25, who are either resident within the Harlow area or have completed educational courses at a Harlow-based school or college, over a period of 6-weeks in July & August 2021. The aim of the programme is simple – to help young people start their own business while also helping them develop new skills, improve self-confidence and boost their employability!
The Programme is funded jointly by Nwes and Harlow Council through the proceeds of the Harlow Enterprise Hub’s joint Enterprise Fund. This means it is totally FREE for anyone to take part in providing they meet the eligibility criteria!
The programme will be based around 10 half-day online workshops covering a range of topics, with the focus on enterprise and employment skills. The workshops will cover:
The workshops will be accompanied by one-to-one advice from Nwes’ professional Business Advisor, with each participant able to access unlimited business advice and consultancy. This one-to-one support will help them in the development of their business strategy and production of a business plan.
Nwes will also provide a grant of £150 to every participant who completes the programme successfully to assist them in starting their own business.
The project will provide access to a dedicated co-working suite at the Harlow Enterprise Hub for the exclusive use of programme participants. This will provide a ‘drop-in’ space where participants can come to work, accessing a hot desk in a peaceful and focused environment. Our Business Advisor will be on-hand in the suite to provide any help as and when the participants need it. All participants will also benefit from 12-months free virtual office facilities at Harlow Enterprise Hub in order to provide them with a professional business address for their first year of trading.
The project will culminate with a ‘Pitch Evening’ allowing the participants to present their business idea to a panel of local businesspeople in a Dragon Den’s style event. The best business idea as judged by the panel will win an award for their work. This will offer a showcase for the participants allowing them to develop useful contacts within the Harlow business community.
With spaces limited to 10 participants and expected to fill up fast, we recommend anyone interested in applying to do so as soon as possible.
To take part you need to be aged between 18 and 25 years old, live in the Harlow area (or have previous studied at a Harlow school or college) and not currently be working full-time.
If you meet this criteria and want to take part in this amazing project, applying couldn’t be easier. Please send us an email at email@example.com with the title ‘Young Entrepreneurs Programme’ with your name and contact details saying you’d like to take part. Then one of our friendly team will then get in touch to sign you up to the programme.