First entrepreneur bootcamp for 16 to 18 year-olds to launch in London

Young Founders accelerator programme is the brainchild of teenage business owners Ed Hardy and Kit Logan

Applications for the first start-up accelerator programme to support budding young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 18 will open this Friday 20 March.

Co-founded by 18 year-old business owners Ed Hardy and Kit Logan; featured in Young Entrepreneurs to Watch 2014, the Young Founders bootcamp will run in London for two weeks and will provide members with access to inspiring talks, skills seminars and “vibrant” workspaces.

Open to young people across Europe, the programme will also offer mentoring from industry leaders such as Shazam’s Andrew Fisher, Summly investor Frank Meehan, Swiftkey COO James Bromley, Young Gun Matt Miller and Passion Capital partner Eileen Burbidge.

The programme is free for attendees and, to attract “as diverse a cohort as possible”, transport bursaries will be offered to exceptional candidates.

Having launched their mobile skiing app aged 16, Hardy and Logan intend for the accelerator to equip teenagers with the skills, passion and confidence to start their own business and “see it as a genuine career opportunity”.

The duo discussed the motives behind the programme: “Young Founders was born out of the problem of high tuition fees as it means students increasingly care about two metrics – the percentage who are employed after six months and what they’re going to be earning.

“Young Founders are advocates of studying for a university degree but not advocates of the careers that don’t reflect the skills and potential of graduates. Students often choose traditional routes that represent little risk and, for the tech sector at least, represent a significant under utilisation of human capital.”

Shazam chairman, Fisher, has publicly praised the scheme:

“We are delighted to support Young Founders which will not only encourage more young entrepreneurs to start their own companies but equip them with the knowledge and skills to build global businesses.”

16-18 year-olds looking to find out more about the programme can contact Hardy via email –


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