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An event to promote the spirit of enterprise has aspiring future captains of industry packing their suitcases across the North-East.

An event to promote the spirit of enterprise has aspiring future captains of industry packing their suitcases across the North-East.

Budding entrepreneurs across the region who have dreamed of setting up their own business, or have a passion or hobby that could be turned into a business opportunity, can book a free visit to Iain Scott's Enterprise Island Mini Challenge.

The UK's top enterprise guru has created one of his famous Enterprise Island Challenges specifically for the 16 to 30 age group.

Iain is bringing the Enterprise Island Mini Challenge to the North-East, when he and a panel of experts will spend the day meeting aspiring young entrepreneurs on an individual and informal basis, with the aim of helping them turn their business ideas into reality.

He said: "Forget business plans - that's not what the Enterprise Island Mini Challenge is about. We want to see people aged 30 and under who are excited about the possibility of maybe setting up their own business and want to know if their idea has potential.

"We can then help them take the next step towards turning their business dreams into reality and will also be offering enterprise master classes and continuing support - all for free."

"The Enterprise Island Mini Challenge isn't a Dragon's Den type scenario; we're much friendlier than that!"

"What is unique about the Enterprise Island Challenge approach is that our focus is not on people who have business plans and exit strategies in place.

"Instead, we target the many thousands who have dreamed of setting up a business but haven't done anything about it yet - often because they haven't got the confidence and don't believe that anyone will take them, or their ideas, seriously."

The North-East Enterprise Island Mini Challenge is being supported by One NorthEast Regional Development Agency.

One NorthEast director of business and industry David Allison said: "Developing enterprise is vital for the economy and culture of our region. North-East England has a rich history of producing successful entrepreneurs and events like Enterprise Island serve to help us instill that spirit of enterprise in young people.

For details call 0845 094 5112.

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