UKSE

Community

15 October 2019

Project overview.

  • Case study type: Community support
  • Region: Scotland
  • Activity: Encouraging young entrepreneurs
  • Region: Scotland

An ‘apprentice-style’ challenge is helping young adults boss-it after receiving a community grant from UKSE.

Inspired by the popular BBC show, Inspiring Enterprise Challenge encourages pupils in South Lanarkshire to develop ideas for their very own start-ups. Tasks set by local entrepreneurs encourage young people to develop business skills with their futures in mind.

Looking to expand their support, the programme needed funds to cover transport costs, training materials, and expert guidance. Always ones to encourage local young entrepreneurs to grow their talents and innovate new ideas, we jumped at the chance to be involved when they reached out to us through Bright Yellow Thinking.

The programme has now seen at least one Lanarkshire-based start up and over 125 pupils have taken part.

"We are extremely proud of all pupils who have been involved and would like to extend a huge thank you to UKSE for making this possible time and time again"
Helen Salt, director of Bright Yellow Thinking

How we did it.

Our investment and expert guidance have allowed the fresh-faced youngsters to develop into a confident group of budding entrepreneurs. Providing funding to the programme has seen it go from strength to strength, with it now being in its eighth year.

One young talent stands out. Olivia Conlon, who took part in 2014, started her business soon after and was recently named Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The results.

Helping local schools

Over 125 pupils taken part

Introducing young people to entrepreneurship

Increased business confidence in young people

Local start up

At least one Lanarkshire-based start up