We're not all natural entrepreneurs, but I want to talk about the importance of tapping into your entrepreneurial side and how to take advantage of opportunities that arise!
I didn't see myself as an entrepreneur when I first started BYP, I saw a problem that needed solving and so I got to work. However, many of the things that make up an entrepreneur also make up an athlete - and these rang true from my time as a javelin thrower. They both require discipline, confidence, an open mind, creativity, determination, resilience and strong people skills. Aside from this though, I had support. I spent time networking with like-minded individuals, I sought advice and got mentors who helped to shape my ideas and who continue to be a source of strength.
Over the past year, I've benefitted from a lot of great programmes such as the Mayor of London's Business Growth Programme, Sky UK's Woman in Technology Scholar Programme and the New Entrepreneur Foundation's 2018 Programme. Whilst I have worked hard and had a great team behind me these programmes have given me the boost and resources I needed to take BYP to new levels.
So, if you have an idea or a business but you're struggling to make it a reality, consider these programmes:
New Entrepreneurs Foundation Class of 2019 application is now open! The NEF FastTrack supercharges your entrepreneurial endeavours and equips you with a founder mindset and skill set. This is a year long program that pairs you with a start-up company while you learn all the skills needed to succeed. (You don't need a business to apply)
Founders of the Future have launched their premier startup competition for 14-18 and 19-25 year olds across five regions of the UK - SE/SW, London, Midlands/Wales, NE/NW, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You could win £10, 000 for your startup, apprenticeships and more! Apply here. (You don't need a business to apply)
London & Partners Business Growth Programme. If your business falls into one of the following sectors - Tech, Media, Telecoms, Creative Industries or Life Sciences, apply! This is a 3 month
programme that matches you with mentors and workshops.
Now's the time to make your dream a reality!
It's vital we see representation across every sector, in every industry, in every region, and every country!
Be a Boss!
XMAS IN WAKANDA: Pictures, Video & Blog!
We said thank you to 2018 by bringing the network together for a Wakandan special dinner, awards & after party.
Want to know all about our Xmas in Wakanda event? Check out the new blog post on it.
Want to see all the pictures from the night? Click here
Check out our 3 minute highlight video! Click here
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