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Bristol's budding young entrepreneurs in Dragon's Den style pitch to the police 'Bright Ideas Enterprise Competition' launches

Bristol’s emerging young entrepreneurs will get the chance to share their stories and pitch ideas for working with the police in a Dragons’ Den-style competition, at an event staged by city-based youth empowerment project Babbasa on 30 September.

Five young people from across the city have been shortlisted by the police to present their ideas to a panel of dragons including prominent Bristol community leaders Fuad Mohamed (CEO of Ashley Housing) and Dr Marie-Annick (Director Mags Consulting).

Babbasa chief executive officer Poku Osei says; “The competition aims to engage young people in coming up with new ideas for working with the police and will emphasise the role they can play.

“I’m delighted that Avon and Somerset Police has been extremely supportive of this idea. Likewise, local communities have been very engaged with it too, which is fantastic. This event will be a great networking opportunity, as well as a chance to hear from our guest speakers, including Sue Mountstevens and Deputy Mayor Asher Craig.”

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted to have been invited to be part of Babbasa’s Bright Ideas Enterprise Competition.  I am incredibly supportive of any initiative that encourages young people across our city and helps them make their dreams and ideas a reality. 

“I always relish the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the fantastic young people we have, not only in the city of Bristol but also the wider Avon and Somerset area.  I am excited to see what ideas the enterprise participants have to help build relationships with the police and local community. I’ve no doubt their talent and enthusiasm will shine through.”

Bristol Commander Andy Bennett, Avon and Somerset Police said: “We’re delighted to be involved with this innovative youth project which gives us an incredible opportunity to hear directly from young people and understand more about their ideas for working with us. We hope this is the start of a long-term relationship with the young entrepreneurs - some of whom we hope will come and work with us in the future!’

The ‘Bright Ideas Enterprise Competition’ is at City Academy, Redfield, between 11am and 2pm and is part of St Paul’s-based Babbasa’s campaign to help 300 young people from Bristol’s inner city to realise their professional ambitions and improve their life chances.

For more information visit www.babbasa.byep.org.uk 

Posted on Friday 29th September 2017
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