Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bradford, also known as Bradford Junior Chamber has recently partnered with the Bradford Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES) to help them co-ordinate their peer support group for young entrepreneurs in the Bradford area.
Bradford YES was launched following the local Step Up 2 Business campaign, in which young people between the ages of 16 and 25 pitched in front of a panel of ‘dragons’ in order to access a slice of a £15,000 fund and seed fund their proposed business ventures.
The group, made up of a dozen or so young entrepreneurs, decided that following their experience in trying to raise investment for a new business venture, along with planning, budgeting, marketing and all the traditional activities involved in starting a new business, it would be useful for them to establish a peer support group especially dedicated to young entrepreneurs.
This group would meet monthly and would include a flexible agenda in which the young entrepreneurs could discuss problems in their business and pool wisdom from the other members of the panel. Their ambition is also to build a local network of young entrepreneurs between 18 and 30 who are interested in networking with like-minded people and participating in the group.
Following a bumpy start to the groups incorporation, Bradford YES has partnered with Bradford Junior Chamber to help organise events, utilise the groups resource and facilities and raise awareness of the Bradford YES network and the peer support group across JCI Bradford’s membership and channels.
JCI Bradford has been established since 1958 in the Bradford area and is well-known in the Bradford community for its Secret Santa Appeal (done in partnership with the Pulse radio station) and its Easter Egg Appeal. Running monthly training events and activities, JCI is all about providing a platform for young people in the Bradford area to learn new skills, meet new people, give back to the community and experience leadership.
Upon announcing the partnership, Bradford YES co-founder, Carl Marsden from Chip Parade, a telecoms and web design firm said “entrepreneurship is a scary world and without a network and little experience, young entrepreneurs need somewhere they can attend, in confidence, and discuss and resolve the issues around their businesses.”
Philip Cockayne, Immediate Past President of JCI Bradford and Chairman at the Yorkshire Group of Junior Chambers (JCI) said “we are delighted to support the Bradford YES group in raising awareness of their group and helping them build momentum. I’d encourage all Bradford-based young entrepreneurs to take Bradford YES up on this offer and get involved”.
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