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Young Sussex entrepreneurs reveal their start up dreams
Young entrepreneurs are turning their business dreams into reality.
The finalists in the Young Start-up Talent Brighton and Hove competition have been unveiled. The initiative is aimed at inspiring 16 to 25-year-olds with an entrepreneurial flair. The winner will receive a £50,000 prize fund of business products and services that includes mentoring, accountancy, legal advice, marketing, branding, printing, a laptop and IT support.
Five ideas were successful in the semi-final at City College Brighton and Hove in Pelham Street.
Anya Krasnikova, who is 24, has a business called AK Docs that provides a filming and documentary service aimed at families for weddings and birthdays. Alice Larkin, who is also 24, was picked for her online Locketsmiths jewellery business. Rochelle Rekowski-Donovan, aged 23, has a business called Enjoy Arts that provides a range of creative art classes for children and adults. Warren Munro, aged 22, has created an idea which he is calling Morigami – a personalized sculpture business where customers can make structures from pre-cut aluminium.
The youngest of the finalists is Jordan Kimpton, 19, who attends City College and whose business is called Otium Sports.
There were 12 business ideas in total, with the youngest contestants being just 16. Those that presented but narrowly missed out included Mayokun Oluwale, Greg Upton, Gabriel Swinton-Stott, Don Alexander, William Sudan, Daniel Biakath, Ali Hashemy, Alexander Jesse and Joe Boeforth, all with a host of business ideas from specialist lingerie mastectomy bras through to a solar generator.
Representatives from the business community that helped the team during the process included John Keenan, Dean Orgill, Gary Peters, Kirsten Trussell, Laura Murphy, Itziar Leighton, Julie Sargeant, Emma Dudley, Melanie Martinez, Yoddi Pappa, Max Robinson, Tom Hall, Kevin Dean, Andrew Hookway, Matthew Tyson, Lorraine Nugent and Matt Turner.
The winner will be announced on March 26 at Brighton Racecourse.