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Life-changing programme launches for young entrepreneurs

More than 60 young people from across Watford, have come together for the launch of a new, exciting programme: ‘Young Entrepreneurs’.

Funded by Watford Borough Council and delivered by experts at the University of Hertfordshire, this life-changing programme builds on the huge success of the Council's recently completed pilot project.

Some of the 18-35 year old entrepreneurs attending the event have big ideas they’d love to bring to life. Others have developed a side hustle to pursue their passions. Many have already started their own companies.

But, all are keen to develop their business knowledge, with the support of some of the most experienced business specialists in the country.

Photo: Young entrepreneurs at the launch

The three month programme is inspiring, practical and informative.

Stage one is a Bootcamp, which includes:

  • Face-to-face and online group workshops.

  • Training and support to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Stage Two will involve 20 young people. They will have a viable idea to grow or set up a sustainable business, a social enterprise and/or creative or digital businesses. These entrepreneurs will benefit from:

  • Expert and specialist 1:2:1 mentoring support.

  • Access to grant funding of up to £5,000 available from a £50,000 grant pot.

The Council’s investment in young entrepreneurs will create a long-lasting legacy. It will ensure up to 120 young people who’ve taken part in both programmes have the skills to help create vibrant Watford businesses and contribute to a robust economy, now, and in the future.

Find out more about the Council's pioneering programmes here.

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