Young Social Entrepreneur Award
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I am nominating myself at the advice of others who are also planning to nominate me for the Young Social Entrepreneur Award. I started YENA last year and it has grown to become an integral part of the community in that time, providing a non-intimidating networking atmosphere for entrepreneurs, professionals, students and NEETs.
I have self funded the group for the last year and continue to do so until we can arrange sponsors. We hope that the chances of this will increase as we launch YENA London on May 22nd, 2014.
I have grown this group whilst managing 2 other starts ups and have always committed to making sure that YENA grows and caters to everyone it supports throughout, since it’s formation..
Why should Ash be recognised for a "Lived it" Award?
Personally, I wanted to build a group of people who can increase each others opportunities, to have a direct impact on the success and growth of start-ups and youth unemployment figures in the city. The view to expand has always been a focus and London is the first of (hopefully) many locations that will continue to benefit.
With plans to open YENA into a mentor network (both peer-based and from established business people & professionals) along with a young peer-based angel investment network and online networking platform, I want YENA to become the hub for all youth growth in the UK and beyond.
I like to stay humble and so amd only applying for this award at the advice of my peers but have put in a huge amount of effort for this to make a difference to everyone, and will continue to do so.
Some evidence in support of this nomination
Since it's formation, YENA has been the catalyst for multiple start-up business formations, job role facilitation, and mentor pairing. We supply very inspiring key note speakers and offer an environment which brings support and growth potential to everyone involved.
YENA is very much thankful to it's community members. Everyone who has attended it's group but without it's formation it wouldn't be making the impact it is..
So far throughout the last year we've helped over 200 attendees regularly, and hosted over inspirational 20 keynote speakers, including the Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson. We've landed Col Needham, Founder of IMDb as a future speaker and have support from well known young entrepreneurs such as Jamie Dunn and Fraser Doherty.
I do my best every day to manage my start-up ventures as well as YENA and continue to fund YENA myself to ensure that it delivers services across the board to all involved. I would happily lose sleep to ensure all community members are happy and I will always endeavour to do so.