Kyle's inspiring journey to entrepreneurship

Learn how Kyle, a Care Leaver, found his footing with the Ignite Programme and how we’re supporting young adults to overcome unique challenges and build successful businesses.

Kyle’s journey has been filled with twists and turns, but he’s finally found his footing thanks to the Ignite Programme. It all started when he met Sam and Alex at a community outreach event which took place at his then institution. 

Kyle had experienced a long period of uncertainty caused by a misdemeanour as a young person. When he connected with our team at the outreach event, he impressed Sam and Alex with his openness, supportive and kind nature, and willingness to write the next chapter of his story with our help. But then, due to an event out of his control, he went off the radar. 

I'm proud. Given that I've never done anything like this before, I never thought this would be possible. I've shown that if I put my mind to it I can get it done!
Kyle
New Igniter
Kyle talking with other young people at the Next Step event

Overcoming adversity

A chance meeting with Sam, a walk and a potentially life-changing conversation led to him being inspired to think of an idea to pitch at the Next Step event, only 12 hours later. 

And he did brilliantly.

Kyle met the Inspire 2 Ignite CIC team, expert panellists and fellow young people. And following the Next Step event, he was inspired to join the Curious Entrepreneurs Ignite programme. Here’s Kyle’s reaction following his pitch to the panel of entrepreneurial founders at last month’s Next Step event.

Joining a supportive community

Through our work in the Care Leavers space, we’re getting an in-depth understanding of some of the unique challenges that many Care Leavers face in their lives. But we’re thrilled to welcome these new Igniters to the programme, where they’ll receive tailored support to help them build their businesses and reach their full potential.

Being an Igniter is about more than just building a business. It’s about being part of a community that supports each other, learns from each other, and grows together.

We’re excited to see what Kyle will achieve and how he will inspire other young people along the way. At Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, we are driven by our belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances, and we’re committed to making that happen. By providing tailored support to Care Leavers, we’re helping them overcome the unique challenges they face and build successful businesses. Kyle’s story is just one of many that we’ve seen through our work with Care Leavers. We’re excited to continue working with these young adults and watching them achieve their dreams.

If you’re between 16-24 and interested in joining the Curious Entrepreneur Ignite Programme, we’re here to support you on your entrepreneurial journey. Choose how you engage with us through our LinkTree below and let’s build a better future together.

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