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Sponsors and judges Brighton launch 2013 it’s a great opportunity for any young person who wants to start a business “Having been involved in last years’ competition, it demonstrated a wealth of talent in the area, which I hope will be encouraged this year and that they take advantage of the package of assistance the prize provides.” It was announced that the showcase event and winner announcement for 2014 to 300 guests will once again be at held at Brighton Racecourse with staging from Avensys AV on 22nd April 2014. Speakers at the event included Mike Holland who shared his entrepreneurial journey with the audience and the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility of organisations in the changing world of business today. Itziar Leighton – Director of Enterprise and Commercial at City College Brighton spoke about her involvement in the project last year and went on to explain how entrepreneurial skills in young people are key for employers to embrace as entrepreneurs have the vision, passion and enthusiasm to take a business to the next level. Itziar further added “I am really excited to be working with Young Start-up Talent again, having seen the development of our students last year. Bring it on!” Sam French of Sam’s Kitchen and winner of the Gatwick Diamond region commented on how far he has come in just six months. “It’s a great opportunity for any young person who wants to start a business, even if you just have an idea, come and speak to them, they are some of the best business minds in the area. Sam’s Kitchen has even supplied lots of them; even if you don’t win you get loads of great contacts. I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in the competition this year.’ Andrew Hookway of extech and who donate to the prize fund, a laptop and IT support for 12 months to the winner in each area of the Young Start-up Talent said “We are proud to have been supporters of Young Start-up Talent since its inception. We have been impressed by the quality of the business ideas and how previous winners have begun to develop their businesses. Today’s young entrepreneurs are tomorrow’s future.” Max Robinson of MCR Print who provides print to the winner’s prize package added “Being involved with Young Start-up Talent is really worthwhile and it’s great for young entrepreneurs to be given such a great opportunity”. Laura Murphy of MTC2 further commented “It was exciting to see the range of wonderful ideas that were brought to the competition last year. I am looking forward to finding out what the young people will bring to the table this year”. The Young Start-up Talent team will be delivering workshops and assemblies to schools, colleges and Brighton University in the area. The team have dates lined up from now through to January to further deliver their entrepreneurial message to schools and colleges across the region. If you haven’t booked your assembly or workshop or would like to enter please visit the website www.youngstartuptalent.co.uk. The closing date for entries is 14th February 2014. By Lorraine Nugent 103