We have partnered with UK Youth to pilot a new programme to provide 180 young people aged 14-25 with an introduction to entrepreneurship. The programme is launched in three delivery regions in the UK – London, Bolton and Coventry.
This programme will engage young people to create an idea for a product, service or business that can help to solve a problem within their local area or wider society. Young people will be encouraged to focus their innovative solutions around 3 key themes:
Participants will take part in a Challenge Day to learn about Entrepreneurship and meet Entrepreneurs who will share their experience. Young people are guided through a design thinking approach to develop their ideas and will have the opportunity to meet and be supported by local business professionals, entrepreneurs and trustees of The Grass Roots Foundation throughout the process.
At the end of the Challenge Day, the participants pitch their ideas to the panel of judges and will score against judging criteria. All individuals and groups will receive feedback and advice on their work and on their ideas. The 18 young people with the highest scores will move into the next round of support and idea development – the Ideas Accelerator.