Ent-Ex: the London experience

Ent-Ex took place in London from the 2nd to the 5th of November.

5 entrepreneurs with very different backgrounds came to share their experience with our participants to help them find out which skills they have which made them successful and how they have developed them. They are not speakers for most of them, they simply want to help those youngsters acquire necessary skills for their future.

The design of the workshop, highly interactive, allows a diversity in the participants; we know that entrepreneurial skills will not only be useful for those who will choose to be entrepreneurs. In fact, 6 of the young people who joined us were coming from CB&I, a big corporation, which sent them in order to develop them and help them get more insights for their job.

On Monday morning, Steven Price, our coach helped our participants get a clearer view on what an entrepreneur really is: a hard-working, ever improving professional. Each one of the entrepreneur who came will prove him right.

Ketan Makwana, who has a focus and passion in business, enterprise and Youth Development. He co-launched Enterprise Lab in summer 2011, working on education, employability and enterprise programmes now in 11 countries impacting 35,000 people. He is also head of operation at RockStar Youth, a UK leading funding and mentoring organisation.

Mark Jenkins is co-founder and CEO of Eira which was created in 2003. Mark has built his extensive knowledge and expertise during his career in civil and building sector to bring it to both vendor and market clients.

Patrick Crompton is director and co-Founder eSynergySolutions, a recruiting agency, ‘expert in Open Source & Cloud Resourcing’ and technology profiles. Patrick is a self-starter and learned most of his business knowledge while working and developing himself with his company.

Nana Wereko-Brobby is the director of Social Concierge, a dating agency. She tells us that working in a big corporate is a great way to learn the skills you will need to start you own business.

Andrew Ibbotson, Co Founder of TrueView – an award winning dating app but also co-founder ofThe Hatch, a co-working space in Spitalfields which is home to 15 businesses.

Patrick explained how difficult it was today to find human resources for his company, not because he does not have enough applications but because, in his view, they do not have the right skills. When asked what they would need, his answer “Networking skills, team working, being hungry and motivated… well, what we just talked about during those interviews really”.

Not all of our participants will be entrepreneurs; in fact, we are pushing them to really consider if they have what it takes to become one. In any case, they will have all benefited from the programme and have developed aptitudes and skills during those four days which they will apply whatever career they choose.

And what are our participants thinking about it? How did they live this experience?
“It was very interesting to have opportunities to listen to successful entrepreneurs”
“It was fascinating to hear five very different stories.”
“The opportunity to meet and talk to entrepreneurs encourages us, as individuals to pursue our aim to become successful entrepreneurs. I learned a lot more and will definitely apply what I have learned.”
“I enjoyed the programme because it was challenging, enlightening and changed my mind-set. It was quite intensive!”

So you want to join us for our next workshop or know someone who could benefit from it? Applications are now open for our next Ent-Ex which will take place in Brussels from the 1st to the 4th of February, don’t hesitate any longer!