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Charity of the Month: Young Enterprise

Written by MicroStartups

We’re back to shout about another charity that is doing great things to help entrepreneurs set up their own businesses. This time our charity of the month is the brilliant UK charity, Young Enterprise.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity for empowering young people

Young Enterprise was founded in 1962 by Sir Walter Salomon, a Hamburg-born banker. Young Enterprise was based on an American charity, Junior Achievement, which helped to get young people make the most of their skills through a policy of “learning by doing.”

Young Enterprise helps young people to achieve their potential through a variety of different programmes, including:

  • Primary Programmes – The Fiver Challenge gives children aged 5-11 one month to set up a mini business, product, or service
  • Secondary Programmes – Students can participate in the Tenner Challenge, where they are given a month to turn a £10 pledge into a start-up with as much impact and profit as possible
  • College Programmes – One of the flagship programmes offered by Young Enterprise is the charity’s Company Programme. This runs for one academic year and challenges student entrepreneurs to make all of the decisions related to running their enterprise
  • University Programmes – The Start-Up Programme is described by Young Enterprise as the “definitive curriculum enrichment programme.” It is designed for people in Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) to put their skills into the context of a business environment

These are just a few of the great things that Young Enterprise do to help young people in the UK. To find out more about what this charity does, check out Young Enterprise’s official website.

Support the next generation of business leaders

There are a number of ways that you can help Young Enterprise to continue supporting young people in the UK to make the most of their potential. To show your support for this fantastic charity, you can:

For more information on the ways that you can help to support the next generation of business leaders, get in contact with Young Enterprise today and make a difference that could last for generations.

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A team of writers and marketers, MicroStartups was founded to inspire the entrepreneurial and business community to give back. We believe in business growth through giving and supporting the local community.

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