DRIVING ambition and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs played a central role at the Fortune Favours the Brave conference.
Gateshead College, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s further education partner and conference sponsor, secured the StartUp Britain bus, on a UK-wide tour connecting students, entrepreneurs and business mentors.
As a leading member of the Gazelle Group, Gateshead College has put entrepreneurship at the heart of education to prepare students better for the world of work and to support those who want to start their own businesses.
Students from the college released 700 red balloons, each one representing 10 of the 7,000 unemployed 16-to-24-year-olds across Tyneside.
The students were then invited to step aboard the StartUp Britain bus parked at the NewcastleGateshead Hilton where the conference took place.
Judith Doyle, deputy principal at Gateshead College, said: “It’s vital that we foster a new generation of North East entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinkers.
“These young people will then have the confidence, skills and ambition to either start up on their own or bring entrepreneurial thinking and ideas into their workplace.”
Students were also invited to take part in a conference fringe event where finalists from the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s If We Can You Can Challenge 2012 shared their experiences of developing and growing new businesses.
Nigel Mills, chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “For more than a decade the Entrepreneurs’ Forum has been fostering and championing entrepreneurship in the North East.
“We share with Gateshead College the aim of creating wealth and business growth in the region and together we are working to inspire students to be employers and entrepreneurial employees.
“The college’s approach to the adoption of entrepreneurship and embedding this throughout its DNA is innovative and sets a blueprint for the way business skills and behaviours should be taught.”
The conference was jointly sponsored by the University of Teesside, the forum’s HE partner, which is committed to the development of Digital City in the Tees Valley and offering entrepreneurial activities for students.