Baldwins Accountants announces KickStart award for young entrepreneur start-ups


Baldwins Accountants has just announced that its new KickStart awards programme for new-start young entrepreneurs is now open.

The scheme covers the Midlands and Mid-Wales and is open to any new-start young entrepreneur residing in this area aged 18-25 years at the time of the final judging on 19th November and whose business is yet to trade or has started trading on or after 1st January 2015 — more here.

KickStart is an annual award designed to help some of the most aspiring and ambitious young people in the Midlands & Mid Wales take their first step into the world of business.

It offers financial support, mentoring and business advice. The idea is to take raw talent and fresh ideas and help nurture some of these fledgling businesses to success.

The award for each year’s winner will be a £10,000 grant and £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice, and the two runners up will be presented with £5,000 of mentoring and accountancy advice. The awards had its launch in 2013 and will run annually for 10 years, meaning Baldwins will be handing out a total of £300,000 to aspiring young entrepreneurs.

It is interesting to see an award scheme targeting not just youth enterprise but specifically new-starts rather than established, trading enterprises.

Applications close 31st August 2015.

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