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Packed programme to celebrate young local entrepreneurs for Global Entrepreneurship Week

The Youth Enterprise and Micro Business Team at Hull City Council are delighted to again be offering a packed programme to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, supported by Hull Culture and Leisure, John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank and Engaging Education.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was founded 13 years ago to celebrate and empower entrepreneurs in every country and community around the world – especially those individuals who face barriers or may have never considered the idea of launching their own start-up. Each November, 10 million people take part in tens of thousands of activities, competitions and events that inspire them to act and provide them with the knowledge, experience and connections they need to succeed.

This year, Hull is running five major activities as well as the Annual Youth Enterprise Awards Celebration. Take a look below at the full programme:

Monday 8 November – GEW Memories Day: this is an opportunity for individuals and schools to win prizes for the best tweet to celebrate Enterprise Skills and Youth Entrepreneurship using the hashtags #GEWHull #GEW2021#GEWMemories in the lead up to Global Entrepreneurship Week. The winners will be announced at our celebration event on Friday 12 November. For more information, visit

Tuesday 9 November – Cracking Ideas: working with our partners at Hull Culture and Leisure, there is the opportunity to take part in “Cracking Ideas”. Resources are available to help spark the imagination – put on your thinking caps and share your cracking ideas! Whatever you create or plan to create, learning about intellectual property will help you get the credit you deserve. Art or apps; technology that saves time or saves lives: the Cracking Ideas site shows you how to protect your ideas. For more information and to get involved, visit

Wednesday 10 November – Be Inspired Day: this is our day of celebration and the chance for 16–29-year-olds win up to £1,000 for their business, as well as getting Adam Corbally as a mentor for a year. Adam is a former contestant of BBC’s The Apprentice and is patron of Hull’s Making Changes for Careers programme. All entrants have to do is produce a 2-minute video about their business idea. The winner will be announced during the Celebration Event on Friday 12 November. For more information and to get involved, visit

Thursday 11 November – Craven Park Challenge: We will be announcing the winners of our Enterprise Challenge for Primary and Secondary Schools. For this activity, young people have to outline how they would run an event at Craven Park. For more information and to get involved, visit

Thursday 11 November – Start-up Day: the British Library and BIPC Hull are leading a revolution by inspiring a thriving community of new and existing business owners in Hull. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, they will be hosting their biggest event of the year, Start-Up Day. This year, they are focusing on the theme of sustainability in business. For more information and to get involved, visit

Whether you’re just starting out, or are ready to take the next step, join us in person at Hull Central Library and experience a day full of activities and fun. There will be a panel of local business experts to answer all your business questions and a networking lunch with fellow entrepreneurs and the BIPC team.

Friday 12 November – Virtual Awards Evening: We will be announcing the winners of the Hull and East Riding Youth Enterprise Awards 2020. This year’s awards are sponsored by the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank and Hull City Council. Join our online (via Zoom) ceremony and quiz with Adam Corbally, where you could win some interesting prizes while giving Hull a chance to recognise some great winners. You’ll see interviews with Daren Hale, Leader Hull City Council, Emma Hardy MP and 23-year-old Australian entrepreneur Harry Sanders, who started his business whilst homeless.

The event will be taking place from 7.30 – 9:30pm. If you want an invitation to the event, please email For more information, visit

Here is the shortlist for the 2021 awards:

1. The Betty Hewitt Most Enterprising Primary School. Shortlist:- Gillshill Primary, Northcott School, Ganton School and St Mary’s College.

2. The Jane Disbrey Most Enterprising Student Award. Shortlist:- Lucinda Witham, Xeorelle Shipley, Lewis Allen, Blue Ceramics Ganton and Cyndey Newlove St. Mary’s College.

3. MC4C participant of year. Shortlist:-Francine Swann, Sammy Gibson, Lewis Allen and LucindaWitham.

4.The Sheila Waudby Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Shortlist:- Francine Swann, Jordan Smith, Ash Tyson Bad Wolf Gaming and Beth Pettman Gray Rose Boutique.

5. The Young Person who showed the Most Commitment Award. Shortlist: David Rizsko, Lewis Allen, Sammy Gibson, Beth Pettman Gray Rose Boutique and Cyndey Newlove St. Mary’s College.

There will be other awards given out, including Youth Enterprise Champion 2021.

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said:

“Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about how small ideas can take root and become viable business plans, with the potential to grow into sustainable companies. Hull City Council hopes to set an aspirational agenda for today’s young people in the city to set up their own businesses, start social enterprises and cooperatives, improve their communities and/or become enterprising students or employees.

The council and its partners are delighted yet again to be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week under the theme of supporting young people and establishing effective partnerships and are very pleased to be to have become #BeAChampion of GEN UK who run the campaign at a national level, as well as still supporting enterprising young people at a local level.”

Marc Ortmans, Chair of GEN UK and GEW UK said:

“This November, the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates its 13th anniversary. Over that time, Hull has played a significant part in these celebrations and has always demonstrated its commitment to engaging with enterprising young people and sharing good practice with young people across the UK and the rest of the world.

At GEN UK we are delighted to see that this year Hull City Council are not only running events in Hull but have taken up the opportunity to #BeAChampion of the national campaign to promote entrepreneurship during the week and over the next year and I am hugely excited and honoured this year to have become a Vice President of Hull’s John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank.”

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, please visit

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