Lewes District Council supports Seahaven YES competition

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The Seahaven YES is a call to action for young entrepreneurs in the Seahaven and surrounding areas to create and develop their own business idea. The scheme has been launched and sponsored by the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce and additional sponsorship is being provided by Veolia, The Sussex Sign Company, Wave Leisure, Mike Shorer Fine Jewellery, Helix HR and supported by other local companies.

The first stage of the scheme is to submit your idea on paper/online. The best six ideas from the 16-18 years section and the best six from the 19-26 years section will be selected. These applicants will be invited to attend a half-day workshop on 15 October where, with the help of local mentors, they will work on refining their business idea into a comprehensive business plan and they will be given help and advice on how to ‘pitch’ their idea.

These finalists will then automatically advance to the next stage of the competition on 22 October. Modelled after the popular BBC programme ‘Dragons’ Den’, the qualifying entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a panel of ‘Dragons’ (local business leaders). 

The Dragons will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd places from both the 16-18 year category and the 19-26 year category.  The  winner of the 16-18 year category will win a trophy, a cash prize of £200, 3 months free membership of Wave Leisure and media exposure. The winner of the 19-16 year category will win a bespoke trophy, a cash prize of £500, media exposure and a package of benefits including two years of Newhaven Chamber membership, three months free membership of Wave Leisure, 12 months of one to one mentoring plus advice from a range of  our business leaders to be presented at an Awards ceremony in mid November at the UTC in Newhaven.

More information on how to enter can be found at www.seahavenyes.co.uk including an online application form and also pdf and Word versions of the form. Or call the Chamber office on 01273 517544 for more information.  

The closing date for submission of entries is Friday 23rd September 2016.

Story published on 30 August 2016