Full of enthusiasm and ready to take on the world, young entrepreneurs are the leaders of the future. Their entrepreneurial ventures should be taken seriously.
It’s no secret that being an entrepreneur is a difficult road to take. It’s even harder when you’re a young entrepreneur and just starting out. It can seem as though the odds are stacked against you.
Young entrepreneurs are learning and doing things for the first time, building credibility, growing their network and managing a very tight budget – all while doing their best to nurture and grow their business.
The statistics that drive what YEOEngland does
Throughout 2020, the YEOEngland community shared the struggles they face being a young entrepreneur.
A survey found that:
- 85% don’t have an established network that could help them succeed.
- 72% feel that when entering the market many potential clients would rather use alternative solutions, because young entrepreneurs are not ‘experienced’ enough.
- 70% battle to get their products and services seen and get themselves heard.
These statistics have helped build the base of what YEOEngland does. Its aim is to provide a service that can set young entrepreneurs and their start-ups up for success.
Meet CEO Laura Yeo
Laura Yeo is a South African born entrepreneur and the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs of England.
She believes that, right now, young people are more entrepreneurial than ever.
“More and more young people are wanting to start and grow their own businesses and we as a society should be doing all we can to ensure that hidden potential is fully realised, and that any external factors – be it family network, experience and funds, do not stop them.”
“We should be empowering young people to take that first step in becoming an entrepreneur and giving them the space to do it.”
“When I started my own business,” Yeo adds, “I struggled to get my name out there and I couldn’t find a platform to go to that was made for young entrepreneurs where I could advertise my services to a larger audience, build my network and be a part of a like-minded community.”
“That is where the Young Entrepreneurs of England community was born. I wanted to create a place where other people could go to be supported and to support other young entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
Meet the founders
Sylvia Wong, one of the YEOEngland community members, founded Represent Love with her partner Mycal Odojukan. It is a “community interest company on a mission to highlight the ongoing stigma towards interracial and intercultural relationships.” Represent Love is the first organisation in the UK to focus specifically on this community.