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New Opportunities for young would-be entrepreneurs!

November 22, 2021

The Violent Crime Prevention Board (VCPB), an independent body focused on the cause, effect and prevention of violent crime in the United Kingdom, is today pleased to announce the launch of its latest business start-up support programme, VCP Ventures.  

The scheme is open to anyone over the age of 16 with a unique business idea and will see five individuals shortlisted and given the opportunity to present their idea to a panel of business experts.

The shortlisted five entrants will receive the following:

·  Individual coaching in readiness for the grand final, which will be held at a prestigious London business venue.

·  Logo design, business card and stationary pack.

·  The exclusive chance to ‘pitch’ your idea individually to a panel of well recognised businesses, including highly respected venture. capital firms Octopus and Foresight, plus Rob Gardner, Director of Investments and Jamie Dunkley, Group External Communications Director, from St James’s Place. These business influencers will personally feedback on your project, to encourage your idea further, provide you with invaluable insight and advice that could lead to discussions around funding as well as the possibility of work experience, internships and more. This is one off opportunity to really interact with senior business figures and benefit from their advice and guidance.

·  Lunch will follow in the city of London along with presentations.

Jeremy Chapman, Board Member at the VCPB, said: “If you have a great business idea and don’t know what to do with it, or who to speak to, then this is for you. It doesn’t have to be a complete and refined plan, rather a well thought out and responsible idea. You have nothing at all to lose by trying and it might just open a whole world of opportunities because of the support we have on offer for you. Don’t miss this chance to move upwards -  we’rereally looking forward to hearing all about your business ideas”.  

“We are looking for applicants to reach out right now and explain their ideas to us including what makes their idea different, why they think it is going to work, why they should receive our support and what they need help with to make it work. As for the application process, this is entirely up to the applicant – all mediums are welcome – applicants can be as creative as they wish.”

Further information can be found on the VCPB website including video messages from the businesses that are offering their support to the programme.

Applications can be submitted by email to the following address:  

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