A huge array of business talent, ideas and passion!

kei-contestants-2013-rectangle-675The young entrepreneurs started off a little tense and a few nerves were flying around the room. The young entrepreneurs knew this was their chance to pitch their business and win a fantastic package of business support.

Kicking the evening off was a little bit of light hearted networking. It provided a smashing chance for like minded people to express their visions. The important factor was to get that all important headstart in discussing their business ideas with the Business Partners on the judging panel.

Time to pitch…

The contestants were ready and raring to go. After attending preparatory workshops to fine tune their business ideas and rehearse their pitches, now was their time to shine. Each contestant was allocated five precious minutes to showcase their business and promote their ideas to the best of their ability.

Being so passionate about their business ideas really came across in their presentations, a great display of talent and ideas. There was even a bit of creativity thrown in to the mix with some magic and football skills. All of them should be ecstatic with their performances as all of their visions are something to shout about.

kei-winners-2013-herne-bay-music-rectangle-676The big decision? 

After viewing all the hard work from the contestants, it was now time for the Business Partners to leave the room and decide upon a winner. This was no easy task, with such a mix of ideas the decision took some contemplation but after much debate a winner was picked:

Carl Crane and Emily Edwards of Herne Bay Music

They are currently utilising a gap in the market. Having recognised the huge array of talented musicians in the Herne Bay area, their mission is to provide a platform in which those who love creating music and those who love listening to it can come together to share this passion. With many events already under their sleeve and many more planned they have expressed plans of expansion in the future so… watch this space!

The Peer Award

The contestants had the chance to vote amongst themselves for the person/business they thought was the most inspiring and passionate. An award to be proud of, being recognised by your peers is a great accolade to have. The award went to Josh Woodcock who captured his peers attention with his bold and enthusiatic personality. His passion for business is second to none. Josh provides high energy entertainment for children of all ages and is now aspiring to reach out to the corporate community.

Guest Speaker – Trevor Sturgess – Kent Business Editor

Keeping up to date with current business affairs is Trevor’s passion. Having worked with the Kent Messenger group for over 20 years he shared his wealth of knowledge with the young entrepreneurs. Trevor provided inspiration and reiterated the need to market, promote and keep up to date with current business affairs. Look for that all important gap in the market before someone else finds it.

Find out more about all the contestants here:

Corralex Media – Jason Correia – High quality online video and advertising solutions

Ambition House – Marcus Ball and Diego Bejarano – An innovative approach to starting a company and improvong employability for students and graduates

Herne Bay Music – Carl Crane and Emily Edwards – Bringing local music talent and those who love music together.

Josh Woodcock – Corporate Events and Childrens Parties

Yo’s Street-Style Football – Yofi Yvarro – Engaging football programmes teaching and showcasing tricks.

Virgil Alin Marinescu – Aspires to create and run a designer fashion label aimed at students

Radoslaw Kowalski – Aspires to run a fresh food business specialising in nuts and seeds

Avril Wintle – Aspires to run her own pet store and pet food business


A final thank you to our Business Partners

They played a great part in the evening not only judging the performances and business ideas but pledging offers of professional support to the young people:

Adrian Wenn – Chairman of the panel

Terry Hewett – Zest – The Creative Communications Agency

Katie Hodson – Wilkins Kennedy Accountants and Business Advisers

Andrew Watson – Girlings Solictors

Rob Reynolds – Wilkins Kennedy Accountants and Business Advisers

Wayne Wright – WSQ Solutions

Nick Christodoulou – Lloyds TSB Mid Kent Commercial Banking

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