The Ideas Factory

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:

The Challenge Day

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.

Ideas Accelerator

Those who have successfully pitched their idea move into the next phase of the development where they will receive further workshops to develop their skills and refine their ideas. There are two sets of workshops. One focuses on the emotional and social capabilities and the other one focuses on the technical skills needed as an entrepreneur.

Workshop Series 1

Focusing on mindset and emotional & social capabilities:

  • Confidence
  • Leadership
  • Presentation skills
  • Taking the positives from rejection and overcoming challenges

Workshop Series 2

Focusing on technical skills needed as an entrepreneur:

  • Business planning
  • Project management
  • Money management skills
  • Building your networking
  • Marketing

In the third phase of the Ideas Accelerator, the participating young people work closely with their assigned mentors to refine their idea and move into the prototype or testing phase of their idea.
We conclude the programme with a big celebration, bringing all Challenge Day participants, trustees and volunteers back into a room for pizza and the crowning of the overall winning idea.

Volunteering Roles

Are you an entrepreneur and would be interested in judging or mentoring young people in London, Bolton or Coventry?

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