Last week I attended the first of the seminars for The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme.
Being the Keen Bean that I am I set off from home really early with my notepad and pencil case, feeling as though I was just about to stat a new school term.
I arrived at the centre and entered with trepidation thinking that I would be by far the most ancient person there. I imagined everyone else would be of around 19 years of age and unashamedly trendy. Perhaps all those times of being ID’ed in supermarkets at the age of 30 would put me in good stead here, and I would be able to slip into the crowd of youngsters unnoticed.
To my surprise and gratitude, when I got there an interesting mix of people were hanging around in the foyer waiting for the seminar to start. It seemed that the 18 - 30 age bracket had been pushed to it’s limits with people from both ends of the spectrum waiting, all now staring intently at their phones trying not to catch anyone else’s eye. You could tell all of these people had been living in London for some time.
We eventually shuffled into the seminar room where the Programme Manager got proceedings underway. The purpose of this talk was really just to introduce everyone to the Programme and to go through some housekeeping before we went any further. Numerous forms were filled in and the Programme Manager went round to check that everyone was eligible before explaining what the next stages would entail.
The most fascinating section of the seminar was when we were all asked to individually introduce our business ideas to the group. The range was vast, from recruitment agencies to online art galleries, childcare services and software products. My plans to dominate the world one twee personalised cushion at a time seemed a little facile in comparison to some of the incomprehensible (for me at least) techy ideas that some of the group had. It seems that the next generation of business owners are a bright little bunch and I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas unfold into real business ventures through the Programme.