05:03AM, Tuesday 02 October 2012
An award-winning young enterpreneur is encouraging others to follow in his footsteps by setting up an enterprise award for youngsters aged between 14 and 21.
Sam Hargreaves, 21, started out running his business Gadgets4Everyone out of his parents' home in Ray Mead Road in Maidenhead using savings from a Saturday job but has since gone on to win national awards and praise from MPs Vince Cable and Theresa May.
Now, the People's Choice Award winner in the Advertiser and Newspaper Society's Local Business Accelerators competition, is giving like-minded youngsters a chance to do the same after launching the Gadgets4Everyone Enterprise Award yesterday.
The scheme, which is supported by O2, will give six winning youngsters the chance to showcase their products or services in a shop outside the Nicholsons Centre for six weeks.
Sam said: "We are looking for people who are ambitious and have an idea and may not have a platform where they can test it out.
"This competition will give people a platform to make it what they can."
Last year, Sam won the Maidenhead heat of the Advertiser-backed Local Business Accelerators (LBA) competition and took the People's Choice Award in the national final.
He will offer advice and mentoring to the winning entrants and said the chance to showcase potential businesses could be a big break for entrepreneurial youngsters.
Entrants can submit any ideas by October 15 and the competition will be judged by Sam and fellow entrepreneurs James Hakesley, Luke Booth and Chris Eves.
Visit gadgetstars.co.uk to enter.
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