Team taking soccer skills idea to Italy
THREE young entrepreneurs from Plymouth have been selected to attend a four-day international youth business summit in Italy this week.
Gavin Seymour, aged 24, is the brains behind the Football Coded Grading System, a soccer coaching assessment business due to launch in the city later this month.
He will be among the party chosen to jet to Caserta, near Naples, to promote their business ideas in front of Euro politicians and academics.
Also on the trip will be Cezary Ostrowsky and Magda Maszczynska, two young Polish men who now live in Plymouth.
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They will make up the delegation alongside Benedicte Ouamba-Diaboua, a French man now living in London, and Sweeney Stanley, from Wales.
The young business brains were chosen following the UK-wide Ideas on the Move competition, organised by educational services provider Tellus Group, which has a Plymouth office at Mutley Plain.
The delegation will be accompanied by Tellus Group's chief executive Neil Pick, and project manager Roberto Greco.
Also on the trip is Kevin Kelway, marketing manager at start-up business support organisation Outset Plymouth.
He has also been invited to the conference, which starts today and runs until Saturday, to give a talk on the importance of PR and marketing for new business owners in a globalised labour market.
Mr Seymour's football assessment system measures players' technique.
He has already signed a contract with the Goals football centres chain to pilot the programme.
He said: "I am very excited to be talking about my new business venture on the European stage in front of other young entrepreneurs.
"I was nominated by Outset Plymouth who really supported my business through their workshops, one-to-one guidance, and PR activities."
The Ideas on the Move initiative is funded through the Europe for Citizens framework and aims to promote young entrepreneurship amongst Europeans aged 18 to 35 by collecting innovative business ideas from budding business leaders.
The most innovative idea will be selected, and presented with a 3,000 euro prize, award at a ceremony at the European parliament in March.
The Italian conference also aims to build dialogue with young entrepreneurs across the EU by using its institutions to gather the views of delegates and then define a wider EU strategy on youth employment.
Mr Greco said: "The aim of the conference is to spread the word among young people that hard work and innovative ideas can assert their talents."
The symposium is being held at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Belvedere di San Leucio, in Caserta, with delegations from all across the EU.
It will close with a speech by Gianni Pittella, vice president of the European Parliament.
The Tellus Group has offices across the UK and EU, and provides teaching, training and career development opportunities.
Mr Pick said: "It's fantastic that young entrepreneurs from the city are being recognised at an international summit promoting and supporting young entrepreneurs.
"Tellus Group is very proud to be involved through our work experience and entrepreneurial development programmes."
Mr Kelway said: "I'm really honoured to be invited to give a talk at the Caserta conference about the necessity of strategic PR and marketing plans for new businesses, or existing business looking to grow."