Initiative to inspire students to start businesses announced

Angel investor Sherry Coutu CBE behind enterprise promotion scheme Founders4Schools

Founders4Schools, a scheme created to promote entrepreneurialism in students, was announced at the Founders Forum last week.

Founded by entrepreneur turned angel investor Sherry Coutu CBE, Founders4Schools will provide a platform for schools and business people to connect and book visits.

Launched out of Coutu’s programme Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, which brings Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors to Britain, the initiative aims to inspire students aged 11-18 to create their own businesses rather than following traditional career paths.

Backed by LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Duedil and partnered with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and the Founders Forum, the scheme enables teachers to arrange for founders of successful businesses to visit their schools to promote entrepreneurialism to students.

Participating entrepreneurs will discuss their motivations for choosing their career path, why they recommend entrepreneurship, and will provide advice on how to become successful in business.

Real-life applications from subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Media (STEM) will also be provided to show how key the topics are to success in business or social enterprise.

The initiative’s gameplan is to reach over 500,000 young people and aims to attract the interest of successful entrepreneurs passionate about enterprise and keen to give something back to their community.

If all goes to plan, Founders4Schools is set to be rolled out in schools internationally over the next two years.

Recently awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to entrepreneurship, the initiative is part of Coutu’s aim to develop Britain’s economy.

She commented: “We hope that many more students will choose to become entrepreneurs as a result of Founders4Schools and that this will have a significant impact on the UK economy.”

Entrepreneurs can register their interest on the Founders4Schools website.

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