YOUTHINK! event set to inspire Thurrock’s Young People

An inspirational event is being held at South Essex College’s Thurrock Campus for young people who have a new business idea.

Bringing together South Essex College, Riverside Community Big Local (a National Lottery funded organisation) and Thurrock Council, the YOUTHINK! event is taking place on 26th April at the College’s Thurrock Waves Restaurant from 5.30pm.

It aims to inspire Thurrock’s young people who have social enterprise and business ideas, with advice and support to start a new business and help to find funding.

The event is open to young people aged 16-24 with an inspirational idea who will have the opportunity to pitch their new business or social enterprise idea to the room.

Everyone who attends donates £5 and gets a bowl of tasty homemade soup and a roll (made by the students) as well as the chance to vote on their favourite idea. All of the £5s collected go into a pot and the winning idea receives the money, so the more people who attend, the bigger the pot!.

This event has been inspired by Thurrock Soup where previous winners have received up to £200 on the night as well as further funding to use towards setting up their business.

Teresa O’Keeffe from Riverside Community Big Local, said: “Many people have an idea tucked away, but they don’t know what to do with it. This is an opportunity for all of Thurrock’s young adults to turn their ideas into a business, with help, business support and access to funding. We hope that the local schools and colleges take up this challenge. It should be a great evening!”

Graeme Collie, Head of Commercial Catering at South Essex College, said it was a great opportunity for young people.
He said: “I’m delighted the College is hosting this event which will inspire our future generation. This event is the perfect opportunity for young people to realise their potential and achieve their dreams.”
Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Souping up your business plans

Thurrock Soup aims to help inspire social enterprise and business ideas from Thurrock residents and offer advice and support in starting a new business and in identifying funding.

These regular events offer local people an opportunity to pitch their ideas and win some start-up money if chosen as the best idea on the night.

To take part, participants are invited to treat themselves to a bowl of tasty soup and a roll for £5, all of which goes into a pot. The £5 also gives people the chance to vote for their preferred idea.

Previous Soup winners have received £100 to £200 to use towards setting up their business. In all, over £800 has been raised so far and ot all has been used to help new businesses start up!

One of these successes is “Smallzdeep”, a young musician who used his start-up fund to set-up a music studio here in Grays where he works with young people, sometimes from difficult backgrounds to help them to express themselves through music.

This is often helped by working with known artists and rising artists such as D’One. On Thursday 26 April there will be a special version of the Soup event – YOUTHINK! – aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who have an inspirational idea.

This event will be held at Waves Restaurant, South Essex College in New Road Grays and will start at 5.30pm – everyone welcome!

Do you have a great idea? Would you like to start a business?

For more information and to book a place at an event visit:www.thurrocksoup7.eventbrite.co.uk or business@thurrock.gov.uk

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Thurrock Soup is an innovative and inspirational series of events that help generate transformational social enterprise and business ideas from local people and create a way for them to receive seed funding to help turn ideas into realities.

Read Thurrock Council’s press release on the inaugural event.

The process is very simple, everyone buys a bowl of soup and a roll for £5, the money goes into a pot, people pitch their ideas, then everyone votes on their favourite and the winner takes the money! Simples!