Are you a young entrepreneur?
Join our nationwide competition that gives young people the platform to turn their big ideas into a reality
Are you killing it on Depop? On the path to making positive social change? Are you the next up and coming artist? Or have an idea for the next big thing?
Then the Side Hustle Initiative is for you…
We’re on a nationwide search for 14-18-year-olds who are already delivering a side hustle or who have an amazing business idea that they are passionate about launching.
Through the Side Hustle Initiative, the top 30 finalists will gain access to one to one professional mentoring with industry specialists that match our finalist’s Side Hustle to support them in evolving their ideas. As well as being invited to attend a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch in front of our panel of judges in London. The winners and runners-up will then receive a share of the £10,000 investment fund to go straight into growing their business.
Don’t take our word for it, here’s what some of last year’s finalists had to say…
Discover their stories – meet last years 5 winners and our bursary award winner…
“YourGamePlan was launched to ensure that young people across the UK have the skills and confidence to pursue any career they want, we wanted to go a step further around entrepreneurship, the best way to ensure a fairer distribution of societal wealth is to engage more people from different backgrounds into launching their own companies, but to do that they need a platform, this is what we hope the Side Hustle Initiative will give them.”
Danny Heath, founder of YourGamePlan
“We live in the era of the side hustle, and many established and successful entrepreneurs are those who have managed to take their side hustle full time and turn it into a small business. The side hustle is often the first step in converting a passion into a viable business – and every young person deserves an equal opportunity. I’m incredibly excited about enabling young people to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and embrace their side hustle. This initiative empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs, giving them vital access to expert advice, networks and funding along the way.”
Sam Smith, CEO, finnCap Group
“ACCA is thrilled to be supporting Side Hustle again this year. It’s all about encouraging young entrepreneurs whatever their background to achieve their dreams. We’ve seen how a side hustle can become the main hustle for someone with the right drive and determination to flourish when backed by the expert advice to get them there.”
Claire Bennison, Head of ACCA UK
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