March 2012, Crawley, Sussex:
Toby Gillett wins Young Start-up Talent
by Lorraine Nugent, of Crawley Advertising agency Media Word Waves
The winner of the £50,000 prize fund for the Gatwick Diamond’s entrepreneurial initiative, Young Start-up Talent, was announced at an impressive show at the Copthorne Effingham Hotel on Thursday 29th March.
Toby Gillett, 18, from Crawley Down, who attends Imberhorne school, Crawley, was announced as winner of the project with his business idea for an online book library, ‘Sobiblio’.
Toby said, “I’m over the moon, especially after the semi-final where I felt I was quite nervous. I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity that’s now been presented to me.”
Toby's very proud mum, Christine, said “He has always had an entreprenuerial flair. The first time I was aware of it was at infant school, a friend he played rugby with was diagnosed with cancer, and he wanted to raise money to support him and he arranged a cake and fruit sale. When you bear in mind how young he was, it was amazing, he really did a great job and raised a lot of money for his friend.”
The evening was hosted by the founders of the competition, Lorraine Nugent, MD of Sussex PR agency Media Word Waves, and Matt Turner, MD of Creative Pod, who are pictured with Toby.
Special guest speakers included Marion Broughton, Vice President of Thales Training and Simulation and Jane McGill, HR Business Partner for British Airways, who were both on the judging panel.
The winners of the 2011 prize fund, Tom Williams and James Seear of Recyclabook, also spoke about their highs and lows of their first 12 months and their ongoing plans for the future of their business. They talked about the media frenzy after winning, and their radio interview on BBC World News which was played to the audience. Their key piece of advice to the next generation of entrepreneurs was to "take the plunge with your business idea - go for it!"
A video of the Dragons Den style final was played to the audience. Each of the finalists had the daunting task of standing in front of a panel of the eight judges, plus numerous cameras and studio staff from Praxima, and were put through a series of challenging questions about their business idea.
"It was a tough choice", said judge Lorraine Nugent, "all of the finalists were excellent, and I am sure, like last year, many of the finalists will go on to start their own successful business, win or lose."
Click the following link for a video of the 'Dragons Den' style final: Video
For more information use the following link Young Start-up Talent