From September to December 2014, ten young people developed their own entrepreneurial ideas through creative workshops at Providence House and research sessions at Battersea Arts Centre. They explored the needs of the local area, went out onto the streets to gain support for their plans and invited the local community to give feedback. They also met with professionals in their chosen field to gain expert advice.
On 13 December 2014 they pitched their ideas to a panel for the chance to gain up to £2000 funding and continued mentoring and support to make their idea a reality. Find out more about the funded projects below:
A production company and app for local artists. Christian provides much needed afordable services that enable artists to make showreels, music videos and portfolios. These are then showcased on the app and companies with opportunities can find new local talent, and artists can find new collaborators.
A creative exercise class for children based on the currently closed Adventure Playground in Wandsworth. Mohammed and Arnold are working to re-open the playground and create classes for local children to get fit whilst having fun. The classes will be run by teenage volunteers.
Sydney is working to launch a pop-up beauty stall at Clapham Junction, where people can have all-natural products made in front of them and be educated on the dangers of non-natural cosmetics. She will make some products out of house hold items demonstrating how easily people can take better care of their skin and hair. This will be partnered with a website featuring blogs and how-to videos.
The panel was chaired by Sunita Pandya (Deputy Director of Artistic Administration, Southbank Centre) and included Ravi Govindia (Leader of Wandsworth Council), Hasan Bakhshi (Director, Creative Economy in Policy & Research at NESTA), Lindsay Johns (Writer and broadcaster) and Beth Turrell (Associate Producer, BBC).