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22-year-old Dragons’ Den star and serial entrepreneur Jordan Daykin has announced the launch of the Jordan Daykin Enterprise Scheme – a nationwide business competition offering under 16s the chance to win £30,000 and 12 months of mentoring for their business idea.
Jordan, CEO and founder of Wiltshire-based GripIt Fixings, who this week released his autobiography, ‘Gripped’, is hoping the competition and his personal story will inspire and empower the next generation of young entrepreneurs.
The competition, which runs until Friday 10th August, requires applicants to submit 500 words on their business idea, which will be personally read by Jordan and judged by a wider panel.
Schools across the UK are encouraged to participate, with The Wishford Schools Group in Wiltshire already having announced their students will be taking part.
The scheme is based on Jordan’s belief that more entrepreneurs should be investing in their younger counterparts, which according to Jordan would have a significantly positive impact on the UK’s socio-economic growth.
Speaking about the Enterprise Scheme, Jordan said:
“I’ve been fortunate to be on the receiving end of some invaluable guidance from a selection of incredibly talented and passionate business people during my career to date, which has helped me get to where I am today. I want to give something back to the next generation of young entrepreneurs and my hope is that the Enterprise Scheme will give aspiring business owners the motivation to turn their bright ideas into a reality.
“I’m really excited to see what children at schools across the UK can come up with!”
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