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Business Backers celebrate entrepreneurship at the Big Breakfast

From left: Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Jenny Irvine, Jason Wong, David Maxwell, Caroline Van Der Feltz, Andi Jarvis, Judith Totten

On Wednesday, December 6th, as over 60 Business Backers from across Northern Ireland gathered in Stock Kitchen, the first of the day’s events took place… The Young Enterprise Big Breakfast.

The event, a prelude to the highly anticipated Big Market, served as a platform for bringing Business Backers together to network, learn about the day’s events and hear about the importance of Young Enterprise within NI.

As attendees got stuck into their breakfast baps, Judith Totten, Chair of Young Enterprise’s Board, welcomed the guests, emphasizing the significance of the day’s gathering.

With the stage set, Andi Jarvis, founder of Eximo Marketing and host for the morning, introduced the panel of speakers, each bringing their unique perspectives and expertise to the conversation.

Jason Wong, an alumnus of the Young Enterprise programme, shared his transformative journey, recounting how his involvement with the organization ignited a passion for entrepreneurship and propelled his aspirations to become a successful business owner.

Jenny Irvine, Founding Partner at Raise Ventures, delved into the growing demand for entrepreneurial thinkers within the modern world, highlighting the crucial role of Young Enterprise in equipping young people with the skills and mindset necessary to thrive in a dynamic business landscape.

Caroline Van Der Feltz, HR Director at Danske Bank, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the value of Young Enterprise in fostering innovation and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship within the Northern Irish business community.

David Maxwell, CEO of Boojum, brought a practical perspective to the discussion, sharing his own experiences as an entrepreneur and highlighting the importance of adaptability, resilience, and a strong work ethic in navigating the challenges and opportunities of business ownership.

The panel’s insights resonated deeply with the audience, reinforcing the belief that Young Enterprise plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of Northern Ireland’s business landscape by nurturing a generation of innovative and entrepreneurial leaders.

As the event drew to a close, the attendees left Stock Kitchen and headed downstairs, eager to see all that was talked about put into practice at the Big Market.

The Young Enterprise Big Breakfast served as a testament to the power of collaboration and the unwavering commitment of Business Backers to fostering entrepreneurial spirit through their support of Young Enterprise.

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