80% of British teenagers want to become entrepreneurs

AXA study also reveals even split in entrepreneurial spirit between the sexes

Nearly eight in 10 young people in Britain want to become entrepreneurs when they leave school, according to a new survey.

The study from asset management specialist AXA, based on responses from 2,000 11 to 18-year olds, revealed that 77% want to start their own business; in fact 47% have always nurtured the desire to be their own boss.

The researchers also found that entrepreneurial spirit is fairly evenly split between the sexes. Three-quarters of the girls surveyed said their ambition was to start a company, whilst 80% of boys expressed the same sentiment.

When asked to name the sector they wished to enter, many indicated a preference for new media and technology. In fact almost one in four of the teenage respondents said they hoped to open businesses in the online, digital or IT spaces.

The survey was carried out to coincide with the Ambition AXA Awards, which aim to recognise and reward the brightest emerging talent in Britain.

The scheme will deliver five prizes, each worth £200,000, to students with outstanding talent in either enterprise, science, community activities, sport or the arts.

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