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ENGAGING and Inspiring the next GENERATION through Entrepreneurship

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In the UK, there are currently 591,000 16-24-year-olds not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
The cost of this isn’t simply economic – these individuals are significantly less likely to contribute effectively to society.
Young people are underwhelmed by the opportunity of traditional further education options, particularly if they’re not performing academically.
1 in 5 students (100,000) leave school each year without a basic qualification having spent 15 years in compulsory education.­­

The barriers to a fulfilling journey into professional life for young people are aplenty. Right now, in the UK, 590,000* 16-24 year olds are NEET (not in education, employment or undergoing training.) 

WHY? 

Because they are simply not aware of the opportunities available to them. 

…and because they are not aware, they are uninspired. 

As a result, employers are struggling to recruit young talent, causing a disconnect. The education system is fundamentally flawed in supporting, celebrating and capitalising on the capabilities of young people, both academically and creatively. 

We have a duty to encourage entrepreneurial activities with young people as a key to unlocking entrepreneurial skills, to embrace the innovation in our economy. 

WHAT'S THE CURRENT SITUATION?

1 in 5 students leave school without a basic qualification after spending 15 years in compulsory education. Right now, 700,000 15-24 year olds aren’t in any form of education, employment or training (NEET), which is a huge problem from every angle for our communities.

Fortunately, this is a problem that can be fixed with the right approach.

The organisations and individuals associated with our learning platform are working their damnedest to help address the systemic long term problems and react to the short term challenges with real solutions that get results.

Take 18 minutes to sit and watch one of the most watched videos on YouTube. Sir Ken Robinson was right 14 years ago and we’re here now offering up solutions to respond to the exact problem he describes.

We’re bringing the innovation and collaborative energy to you – for you, and we want you to come and build this platform with us. We’re in it together.

Our Three Year Vision

Year 1 Target

  • 10,000 young people inspired
  • 100 ‘Ignited’
  • 900 referred/connected*

Year 2 Target

  • 30,000 inspired
  • 300 ‘Ignited’
  • 2,700 referred/connected​*

Year 3 Target

  • 100,000 inspired
  • 750 ‘Ignited’
  • 8,750 referred/connected​*

* this is in relation to young people we connect to industries/employers who value entrepreneurial thinking

OUR APPROACH

The Inspire 2 Ignite Team

AGED 16-24?

The traditional education route might not be for you. You’ve got ‘fire in your belly’ and ideas in your mind. If so, we’re here to help you make those ideas a reality.

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ENOUGH TO SUPPORT OUR VISION?

We are looking to take some amazing organisations and powerhouse individuals on the journey with us to support the next generation of entrepreneurs – but we need your help!

MEET OUR FOUNDER, ALEX HUGHES

“We’ve created a platform with and for young people that best serves their needs and supports their entrepreneurial ambition.

Entrepreneurship’s the most inclusive subject, and we’re helping those Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) realise the endless opportunities available to them through a creative journey.”

Alex himself’s a young entrepreneur based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Becoming a father at the mere school age of 14 was the catalyst behind his unrelenting commitment to removing barriers to success for young people.

Attributing his motivation to the trauma of becoming a father early in his life, Alex felt he no longer ‘fitted in’ and the linear, traditional path set for young people simply wasn’t an option for him. The hunger he felt to belong and to prove his teachers wrong were the ‘situational triggers’ which led him to a moment of epiphany; he’d leave education behind and pursue his own path.

Founded in 2018, Alex established Shift Momentum – a consultancy dedicated to the development and growth of individuals, businesses, and communities. Both Shift Momentum and ‘Shifties’ are built on Alex’s impassioned belief in the role that clusters of entrepreneurs can play in both economic and social development.

Most recently he’s has been appointed Chair for the St Neots Initiative, an independent network aiming to promote the area through sustainable, economic, and environmental development and in doing so, making the town a better place to live, work and play.

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THE PLATFORM IS BEING BUILT BY AND SUPPORTED BY:

Hi, I’m Alex 👋, a true believer in entrepreneurship being the ultimate form of creativity. I’m a self-confessed project ‘firestarter’, problem-solver, side-hustler and highly motivated agent for change.

Becoming a father at the age of 14 was the catalyst behind my commitment to removing the barriers for young people. This has led me to build and manage several businesses, all focusing on the power that clusters of entrepreneurs can play in economic and social development.

Inspire 2 Ignite is my way of giving young people, who – like myself – may have found themselves in unusual or challenging situations, the chance to be their very best selves, taking back control of their lives, and creating a future of endless possibilities.

I’m always available to people who feel I can enable them in some way, so if that’s you, I’d love to connect.

Hi, I’m Sally, a Business Development whizz building new partnerships, exploring opportunities and helping our CIC grow.​

I am passionate about supporting our community and am a Community First Responder for The East of England Ambulance Service and a volunteer Business Development Advisor for Home-Start Essex.​

I spend a lot of time talking with business leaders who are keen to engage and make a difference but who are frustrated by the lack of opportunity to contribute effectively and unlock the talent around them. I gain enormous satisfaction by introducing them to our team, our Curious Entrepreneurs and like-minded businesses in the region. ​

I have been fortunate in my career to support a range of projects that deliver meaningful social impact, but never one that has inspired and given me hope at this level.​

Excited? If you would like to chat more about how you, too, can help to amplify this social impact, please get in touch.​

Hey 👋 I’m Sam Squire, the Ignition Coach at Inspire 2 Ignite.

I ask the Curious Entrepreneurs on our Ignite Programme powerful questions to help broaden their self-awareness and build their self-belief, so they can become the best humans they can be.

I spent 11 years in the sphere of professional football before being offered a bursary at the University of Cambridge where I became a Certified Life Coach. Learning this new skill led me towards helping over 1000+ disadvantaged young people in Cambridge.

Aged 19, I was told I wouldn’t be offered another professional contract. I was lost, confused, and didn’t know which road to go down. My dreams were shattered.

This is the reason why I’m so passionate about helping young people achieve theirs.

After months engaging with his social media, I met Alex in a local coffee shop. It was then I took a leap of faith and told him I needed help.

And now here we are.

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ENOUGH TO BECOME AN IGNITE CHAMPION?