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YOUNG TALENT IN THE MANOR The Judges with the young entrepreneurs


hales in Manor Royal once again played host to this year’s 2016 Young Start-up Talent Gatwick Diamond finals, where

five promising businesses were put under

starring in CBBC’s ‘Pocket Money Pitch.’ Among the young talent facing the panel were five outstanding business ideas: Robbie Walder, a student at Collyers College

scrutiny in a bid to discover who will be the

in Horsham faced the den with his doorbell

2016 winner of the prize fund worth £50k of

business – SyncedIn, which he proposed could

business products and services.

revolutionise the way we communicate with

After working with the Young Start-up Talent

our homes. Reflecting on his pitch, Robbie said

transportation Network Company allowing users to compare prices of various transport companies. Before pitching, Akan said, “The process has been so enjoyable, and I’ve learnt so much already. I really do feel prepared. “ Simon Tomlinson, Aaron Dawson, Abigail Tuesley, Alice King, James Connell, Kate

team and finalising their carefully thought-out

“It was nerve-wracking at first, but once I got

Bentley and Siobhain Lee make up a group of

business plans, the promising finalists stood

going it was exciting. I received some great

seven who have begun forming their very own

in front of a panel of leading business men

feedback to take away with me.”

bakery – ‘JubyLee Bakes’- with the tag line

and women to pitch in the high tech rooms of

Peteris Sobolves tackled the judges with

Thales. The judging panel, who have a wealth of

confectionary company Sweet Man Sweets,

experience in business were made up of:

a unique sweet stall that will evolve into a

Rebecca Glazebrook of PDT Solicitors, Daryl Gayler of NatWest Bank, Matthew Tyson of

portable sweet shop van. Thomas Hussey, who studies at Central

“Special Bakes made by Special People.” The grand showcase will take place on 7th March at Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel, where it will be revealed which of our young entrepreneurs will be walking away as the

Richard Place Dobson, Zoe Wright of BC&E,

Sussex College, presented his business, Zaoby,

Lorraine Nugent of Media Word Waves, Peter

an online hosting, Domain registration and

Hitchcock of Thales, Matt Turner of Creative

SSL/TLS certificates company aiming primarily

winner. The winner will be awarded a years’

Pod and Ben Towers – an-award winning

at hobbyists and Gamers.

worth of business products and services to

young entrepreneur, recently voted No 1 Teen entrepreneur in the Times and currently

Akan Ekanen, a recent graduate, entered the den with his company SquareMile, a UK-based

Gatwick Diamond 2016 Young Start-up Talent

help launch their business.



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