Intuit cherry-picks 100 start-ups for GEC showcase

Prisk says launchpad will help young entrepreneurs “become their own success story”

A new community of the UK’s most promising young entrepreneurs will be unveiled at next week’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), it was revealed today.

Intuit 100Up – the brainchild of accounting software provider Intuit – brings together 100 high-potential young start-ups, selected from the higher and further education sectors.

Launching a talent search at the National Student Enterprise Conference last weekend, NACUE asked applicants to submit a 150-word ‘elevator pitch’ outlining their business or business idea, from which the final 100 were chosen.

The Intuit 100Up community, which is a co-venture with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and builds on its Business In You campaign, will meet for the first time at the GEC in Liverpool, where they will be accommodated by Intuit.

There they will have the opportunity to share their views on entrepreneurship with business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk at an evening reception, as well as benefiting from the Congress’ other business-boosting events.

Prisk expressed his excitement about meeting the talented community today, saying: “Encouraging young entrepreneurs is vital to the future economic success of the UK and it’s great to see so much enthusiasm by young people to get into business.

“The Business In You campaign provides a showcase to inspire the next generation of start-ups and growing businesses and the Intuit 100Up provides an opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs to become their own success story.”

Pernille Bruun-Jensen, UK MD of Intuit, added: “Intuit 100Up is an exciting new way to shine a light on the exceptional entrepreneurial talent of Britain’s students. We hope it will serve as a launchpad for Britain’s aspiring young entrepreneurs, giving them the kick-start they need to transform their business ideas into reality.”

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