Joseph Hinds, Miles Waldron, Raquel Lawal, Ruqiya Osman, programme co-ordinator Gloria Davies-Coates (centre), Ehireme Omaka, Emile Libock and Promise worker Andre Kpodonu
Published: 13 June, 2013
by PAVAN AMARA
THE Winch has celebrated its ground-breaking business mentoring scheme for young adults with a party.
Eight up-and-coming entrepreneurs have been aided by The Company, a drive to help make their ideas a reality through the community centre in Swiss Cottage.
Fundraising manager Ann Kenney said: “It’s all about taking young people, aged 25 or under, who are not in education, employment or training, but who do have a business idea, and watching them shine.”
The programme will help the new business “associates” develop their ideas and network.
One associate, Ruqiya Osman, said: “Before I joined The Company I would never have believed that I would develop my idea for a business or get myself to a place where I could pitch to a panel for investment in my idea. I learned a lot about myself and I’m proud of where I am now.”
Ehireme Omaka added: “The Winch sees the value in us as people, and that support and belief in us has helped us get this far.”
Addressing funders, local councillors, businesses and families of associates, Paul Perkins, chief executive of The Winch, said: “Our young associates have worked hard and I’m looking forward to seeing where this takes them.”
The Company’s next candidates for the scheme will be taken on in September.