We’re launching The Empowerment Fund with Bigga Business UKand we are looking for those who have got a business idea or are ready to start trading.
The Empowerment Fund is part of the government funding initiative, Start Up Loans, supported by Inspirational YOU and Bigga Business to help new businesses and give entrepreneurs aged 18-30years old an opportunity to bring their business ideas to life with financial help and mentoring support from experienced professionals.
The Empowerment Fund is part of our Inspire YOUth series to promote and encourage enterprise in young people.
We want to see you get ahead! This is your chance to go out and get your business off the ground with the guidance of those who have already done the same.
There have been some amazing success stories already with over £100,000 worth of business funding already distributed. There is now a further £500,000 available and we want to invest in you!
We support all kinds of businesses from media, youth projects, cosmetics, fashion, music, digital, food, PR, sport and domestic assistance.
This is your opportunity to get ahead.
If you want to get your ideas off the ground then this is for you.
· This is for the dedicated, the visionaries and the motivated. · Those who see an opening or are keen to create one. · Those who are unfilled by a 9-5 job and want to dictate their own future. · Those who are ambitious, hungry and will put the work in.
Former footballer Clarke Carlisle is supporting a scheme to give black youths the opportunity to study a university degree which can lead to employment within the sports industry.
The former PFA chairman has described the partnership between Wembley Stadium-based university UCFB and The Reach Society as ‘formidable’ and, along with Kick it Out chair Lord Ouseley, has thrown his backing behind the scholarship worth £27,000.
The UCFB Reach Society Scholarship Programme, will provide significant financial support to two students from the Afro-Caribbean community, one male and one female, annually until 2018.
“The partnership between UCFB and the Reach Society is a formidable thing,” said Carlisle.
“The Reach Society are really reaching out, hence the name, into the inner-city communities to give young men and women hope, inspiration and hopefully – with this collaboration now – there’s opportunity with that as well.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to come and get an education in a phenomenal institution and get yourself on that ladder.”
The scholarship was launched on April 10 at the Reach Society’s third Careers Conference and applications must be submitted by Monday August 11.
At the event, Myles Ball, a third year UCFB undergraduate, shared the benefits he gained from his three years of study with UCFB and his plans after graduation.
Successful applicants will attend UCFB Wembley at the national stadium, where lecture theatres, seminar rooms, quiet study areas, library and media suites all overlook the stadium’s hallowed turf.
Young entrepreneurs encouraged to “Think Bigga” at monthly mixer for start-ups
An inspirational networking event that hopes to help hundreds of 18-30 year olds kick-start their businesses returned to the capital last night.
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Hosted at Google Campus, the Think Bigga Launchpad for young entrepreneurs featured leading business organisations, such as the Facebook Small Business team and was attended by students from Ravensbourne College and The BRIT School who partnered with Bigga Business, the organisation behind the event.
CEO of Bigga Business Nii Sackey said: ‘we have been truly inspired by the “everyday” stars that have built new businesses. It has been a great opportunity to partner with cutting edge colleges like The BRIT School and Ravensbourne to host this second Think Bigga event and help more young people start up tech, media and service businesses.’
The event was an opportunity for young people to hear from global creative tech companies and successful business start-ups with the hopes of joining an increasing number of young start-ups in the capital.
CEO’s of Chew TV Wil Benton and Ben Bowler spoke on the support they received for their start-up a live streaming and video on demand platform ‘We discovered Bigga Business and applied for a low interest loan to help us get off the ground. The team have been instrumental in our initial successes, having helped us through the business creation and introducing us to our mentor at MTV. It’s been an amazing process and one we’d recommend to anyone!’
About Bigga Business
Bigga Business (www.biggabusiness.com) launched in 2013 and provides young entrepreneurs with business finance and guidance through a start up loan and mentoring scheme. It’s part of the Bigga Fish social enterprise that has addressed the lack of opportunities for inner-city youth across the UK since 1999.
Bigga Business is an official delivery partner of The Start-Up Loans Company, a government backed agency, it offers:
Start up business investment in the form of a government low cost loan at a £6k average
Tailored high quality industry mentoring
Exclusive networking events for the Alumni to generate more business and meet other entrepreneurs.
Bigga Business is particularly focused on the ages 23-29 and ideally looking for either people who have existing businesses would want to get extra investment in to grow, or those with strong business ideas but don’t have access to finance.
Repayment of the loan is structured at 6% per annum, which is the lowest on the market and a lower rate than student loans.
Trust for London
The Trust are interested in work that develops new ways of addressing the root cause of London’s social problems, especially work which has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. The Trust is willing to take risks by supporting unpopular causes and activities that government is unlikely to fund. Deadline for application is 4 February 2014. For more information please visithttp://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/grants/
These regional grants aim to help community organisations to deliver activities that they would not otherwise be able to and provide new experiences for the most disadvantaged people. Grants of up to £2,000 are available; priority will be given to organisations that have Greggs shops or premises nearby. Deadline for application is 17 February 2014. For more information please visit http://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/regional-grants
Heart Research UK
Innovative projects designed to promote heart health and prevent the risks of heart disease in specific groups of communities are eligible to apply. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. Deadline for applications is 28 February 2014. For more information please visit http://www.heartresearch.org.uk/grants/healthyheartgrant
Can you encourage active lifestyles in Britain? Do you have an idea/ project that will address this and can you submit an application before midday on 15 January 2013? The first prize is £30,000 with 3 runners up prizes of £25,000 each. For more information please visit http://www.geovation.org.uk
Applications for the Amos Bursary Programme are being accepted for 2013. The DEADLINE is 31 January 2013
To be eligible students need to fill the criteria below .
Who is eligible?
They need to be a UK resident studying for lower sixth qualifications. Students have to be in Year 12, male, African or Caribbean background, intending to go to University and at least two of the following criteria need to be relevant :
You attend a state school/academy/College in London
You require financial support to attend University due to family circumstances.