The British Library launched in March 2006 its Business and IP centre to launch 25.000 new businesses start-ups and SMEs within 5 years. The Business & IP Centre is a British Library initiative, it supports entrepreneurs and SMEs from the initial spark of inspiration through to successfully launching and developing a business.
Some of its partners are:
It has recently launched in facebook and already has 1.500 members
They feature an inspiring entreprenuers section below some examples taken from their web here are specifically teenpreneurs, there are others social, it, orient express, Stelios ans easyjet, ethical, music etc.
I recommend you browse the site for inspiration
- Fraser Doherty – launched his Superjam business aged just 14 and now supplies to some of the UK’s largest retailers including Waitrose and Tesco.
- Ben Way – millionaire in his teens and now founder of the innovations and corporate venturing company, Rainmakers
- Emily Cummins – 19-year-old Technology Woman of the Future 2006 and the inventor of a solar-powered refrigerator that could transform rural communities in Africa
- Wilson Chowdry – founder and managing director of AA Security
They produce videos of some of their events like the 22 April Desperately seeking finance with Julie Meyer from Ariadne Capital:
and Doug Richards founder of TV Program Dragons Den:
It has a news letter, in the May issue it features opportunities for the 2010 London olympics, advice from experts into getting funding for your ideas as well as coaches and conferences for start-up entrepreneurs. They have must activities amog which is one on the 22nd May if you happen to be in London here is the information”Getting you and your business media coverage is the focus of the Star Entrepreneur event. Learn from journalists from the BBC’s Working Lunch, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Financial Times, Real Business and Growing Business and find out what they are looking for in a story. In addition, PR experts will cover what public relations agencies can and cannot do for you, how much they should cost and what a difference they can make to a growing business.Richard Branson would not be where he is today without publicity. Bill Gates said if he had one dollar left and it was a choice between advertising and PR, he’d spend it on PR. This is a unique opportunity to find out about raising your profile, reducing your costs and boosting your sales – all through PR and media coverage.
Time: 09.45 – 13.00 Date: Thursday 22 May 2008
Place: British Library Business & IP Centre Cost: £45