Young, Suffolk-based Entrepreneurs Graduate From Enterprise Academy

An enthusiastic group of teenage entrepreneurs graduated last month at the Eastern Enterprise Hub as part of the Enterprise Academy; a pioneering programme that helps young people from ONE college to create their own opportunities not only in business, but in employment as well.

The programme, which runs both at the EEHub Ipswich office and Suffolk ONE, consists of practical learning support in the form of engaging business sessions, taking place three times a week. The event saw 14 young entrepreneurs presenting to guests about their time on the projects, as well as networking and discussing future plans with EEHub board members and other business professionals.

Digby Chacksfield, CEO at the Eastern Enterprise Hub said:

Its wonderful to see that an enthusiastic bunch of young entrepreneurs have today graduated from our Enterprise Academy, which has again proven to be a rewarding partnership between the EEHub and ONE. Having the confidence to pitch their business ideas and experiences to their peers and EEHub partners, board members and staff is key to setting up a company and having the courage and determination to make it a success.”

A range of local businesses including Celotex, Ipswich Town and Waterfront, Kingsfleet Wealth, Inspiring Aspiring, Ormiston Families, Ashton KCJ, Willis, Lloyds Bank and Studio Luxe Photography provided projects.

Celotex provided two young talented entrepreneurs with an innovative project that tested creativity, communication and analysis. It was brilliant to see such enthusiasm towards the subject area and produced a professional and enlightening project outcome.

These varied from finding and presenting research on how to recruit more young people, to helping to improve client relationships and have helped to enhance the students’ understanding of enterprise and to develop the skills employers are looking for.

Leon Ali, Enterprise Academy graduate said:

“Enterprise Academy has been a great experience; I’ve learnt a lot and it’s something new and positive to add to my CV. Meeting new people whilst taking part in my project was exciting and challenging but in a good way. I left my comfort zone and achieved a lot – I would definitely recommend it to other students.” 

If you would like to find out more about the Enterprise Academy, or any of the other Eastern Enterprise Hub programmes, please visit their website or call 01473 527100.

Celotex and Eastern Enterprise Hub