Dragon’s Den stars calls on any budding entrepreneurs

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Dear Editor, I am calling on any budding entrepreneurs, aged 16-25, who are studying (or indeed has studied) at any FE or sixth form college in Ballymoney and Moyle.

Together with the Edge Foundation and the Gazelle Group of Colleges, we are supporting the Edge Challenge. This is the opportunity for a young person to win £3000 towards starting up his/her own business, together with the help of a top mentor for six months. Also up for grabs are second and third prizes of £1250 and £750, as well as a new Team Prize of £5000 for a group of up to five people to get their business off the ground.

Closing date for entries is 26th September, 2014, so plenty of time to get your plans in. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to come and pitch their idea to a panel in London and the final five (three individuals and two teams) will showcase their business model at the Skills Show. This is held at the NEC from 13-15 November, where the overall winners will be announced.

So, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity and get those innovative business plans in ASAP. Applications forms can be found at www.edge.co.uk/edgechallenge

Peter Jones CBE, Founder of the Peter Jones Foundation