Young Start-up Talent - Brighton - 2016

Added on 15/12/2015

Face Media Group, proud to be involved with the 2016 Young Start-up Talent project.

This week, Young Start-up Talent (YST) took to the coast of Brighton to see this year’s candidates take part in the projects 121 speed networking event. Hosted by the Sea Life Centre, the young entrepreneurs prepared to discuss their business plans amongst an aquarium of fishy friends – marking one of the initiatives most unique events.

Aspiring entrepreneurs laid out their business plans and products onto allocated tables and were met by a movement of business professionals ready to assess and assist the youngsters in their ventures. Co-founder of YST, Lorraine Nugent said “This stage is an imperative one in the process, not only can we evaluate which are the most viable businesses and where we are able to provide some real guidance and steer these young businesses in the right direction.”

Situated in the Victorian Arcade which dates back to 1872, the centre set the scene for hours of business discussion and fast paced pitching.

Business sponsors and representatives who took part in the event where the Sea Life Centre, Strong Flavours, Pivotal Movement, Acumen Business Law, The Letting Partnership, Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Social Marley, Fastsigns, Young Enterprise, Hewlett Packard, Mason Consulting, Let’s Do Business, Face Media Group, NatWest, PSD Ice Art, Structured Communications, Hartley Fowler, Pivotal Moment, Best of Brighton, Latest TV, Beta Futures, Media Word Waves and Creative Pod.

Ranging from a brain app to pocket pouches to an online community building platform, the sponsors saw an array of promising businesses throughout the night. Our young entrepreneurs, who came from various schools, colleges and universities across Brighton such as Brighton University, University of Sussex, Brighton & Aldridge Academy, Varndean College and City College were: Jordan Black, Tristan Kibble, Callum Sexton, Robbie Down, Ashley Lecheminant, Joseph Chan, Phillipp Streicher, Radek Oris, Adam Patel, Shifa Bayram, Jasper Menzies and Nick Musto.

Penina Shepard of Acumen Business Law said “Once again I’ve seen an incredible amount of potential at such an early stage, and as a judge, I am looking forward to seeing how these businesses develop between now and the pitches.”

Dan Simpson of Hartley Fowler, concurred with this notion saying “The night has been filled with some extremely promising entrepreneurs and think we can expect some great things as the process goes forward.”

The grand showcase in February will reveal which of our young entrepreneurs will be walking away with the £50k prize fund but before then we can look forward to our Dragons Den final which will also be taking place amongst the undersea creatures of the Sea Life Centre and deciphering Brighton and Hove’s 2016 winner.

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Business sponsors who took part in the event were:

Max Leviston and Dan Benson – Sea life Centre,

Nick Corbett – Strong Flavours,

Claire James – Pivotal Movement,

Penina Shepherd – Acumen Business Law,

Jenny Markham – The Letting Partnership ,

Heidi –Brighton Chamber,

Ben Towers – Social Marley,

Melanie Martinez and Alan White – Fastsigns,

Emily Assinder - Young Entreprise

Glenn Ballard – Hewlett Packard

Stephen Mason – Mason Consulting,

Ian Smallwood – Lets Do Business

Jim Cunliffe – Face Media Group

Gary Chown – NatWest

Nicky Salazar – PSD Ice Art

Antony Etheridge – Structured Communications

Dan Simpson – Hartley Fowler

Gerry Hussain – Best of Brighton

Angi Mariani – Latest TV

Claire James – Pivotal Moment

Chris Dale – Structured Communications

Nick Corbett – Strong Flavours

Marie Harris – Beta Futures

Lorraine Nugent – Media Word Waves

Matt Turner – Creative Pod

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