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StartUp Sussex: insight into Sussex's entrepreneurial programme

I joined the Catalyst Team, because I wanted to learn more about entrepreneurship, innovation, and making ideas happen (I know that’s the Innovation Centre’s tagline- but it’s true!). The first project given to me was to help run an annual entrepreneurship competition called StartUp Sussex. The gist of it is that participants are selected for mentoring and teaching based on their entrepreneurial ideas and general promise. They then go on and pitch their idea to a panel of investors who award the top three with £10,000, £5,000, and £2,500 worth of funding. Admittedly, my first impression was actually of surprise that this competition even existed and I couldn’t deny that there was a hint of

Croydon, Mayors and Ministers

Last Thursday marked the opening of Sussex Innovation – Croydon. Distinguished guests from across the world of business and politics flocked to East Croydon to bear witness to Anna Soubry, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise officially open the centre. Mark and I had the honour of representing the Catalyst team. We made our way up on the train with enough time to enjoy a strong coffee to ease us through the early commute. I’d been hearing great things about the new Croydon hub since I started at Catalyst and was really looking forward to finally visiting the site myself. As someone who often gets lost on my own street, I was relieved to find the centre is hard to miss – t

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