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Young Start-up Talent is a community based project whose aims are to help 16-25 year olds with an entrepreneurial flair for business and make their dreams a reality.

The initiative is now in its sixth year with a wealth of success stories from those that have previously taken part in the process. Operating in the Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, West Kent, East Kent, Croydon and more recently in Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton. 


YST hope to work with schools, colleges, universities and youth groups across the South East to find more youngsters that we can inspire and encourage. They work with them via a series of workshops, coaching and mentoring sessions to guarantee their business can stand up to scrutiny from our judging panel and beyond to ensure that our young entrepreneurs businesses can pass the test of time.


YST try and involve key business professionals in the local area who contribute either financially and/or through donating relevant business products and services to our young entrepreneurs. They also run a speed networking event with our selected young entrepreneurs and business professionals which is then followed by more formal presentations to a prestigious judging panel to a final five.


The winner of each region receives 12 months mentoring, accounting, legals, training, branding, signage, website, printing, publicity and regular media coverage along with £2000 in cash to invest into their business.

01293 817248

further support please call the growth hub team on 01293 305965

Malcolm Brabon

Head of Services

Lou Williams

Growth Manager

Matthew Heath

Growth Grant Project Manager

Ryan Davies

Growth Relationship Team Leader

Jonathan Alderman

Business Analyst

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

Growth Adviser

Richard Butcher

Growth Adviser

Carolyn Bentley

Growth Adviser

Luke West

Business Growth Executive

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

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