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We are thrilled to have completed another cohort of our Building Business Horizons incubator. Twelve local people took part in this cohort and eight brave participants, stepped up to the challenge of preparing and delivering a pitch for some start-up funding.  And what an amazing range of businesses and social enterprises we have been lucky enough to support this time around.

From someone who wants to start their own presenter’s course, a creative entrepreneur making handmade designer lampshades to social enterprises encouraging girls and women to take part more in sports.

They have all been through a range of workshops, 1-1 sessions and been assigned one of our volunteer mentors to help them to prepare their business plan and pitch for up to £500 in seed funding.

Participants include:

Andy Lane,

Marlon Commock,

Mandy Booley,

Ciaran Dance,

Sheila Marshall,

Carole Mas

Anthony Shaw

We would like to congratulate everyone on this cohort on their achievements – they are all winners for completing the course and developing their business ideas and plans.

We are proud to announce that the following start-ups were successful in being awarded funding:

Gradienta – a social enterprise created by Glenard Patnelli which will provide supported living accommodation, workshops and services to vulnerable looked after children and adults

Men Tell Community Adult Services – a social enterprise initiative to help disadvantaged men deal with and manage their anger and frustrations to enable them to move on with their lives

Potentialisez – a naturopathy business created by Carole Mas with the aim of helping women to learn more about how eating healthier food can transform their physical and mental health

We would also like to thank our volunteer mentors who supported our cohort as well as our expert panellists who give up their time to assess and evaluate our delegates – this process can seem daunting but the panellists are there to give positive feedback, helping to shape the entrepreneurs further as they move off onto the next stage of their entrepreneurial journey.  Our panellists included:

Richard Sumption, retired Commercial Bank Manager, HSBC and Trustee StartUp Croydon, Kerry Hector, Calm With Kerry, Paul Taylor, Business Consultant with Taylor Dutton Consultancy Limited and Trustee of StartUp Croydon, Siff Shah, Business Development Manager, KPMG and Trustee of StartUp Croydon and Fintan O’Toole, The HR Dept (South London) and Chair of StartUp Croydon


If you have been on either our StartUp & Go Bootcamp or the Introduction to Social Enterprise course and would like to apply for the next Building Business Horizons programme, click here.  If you haven’t attended either of these courses click here to find out more.

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