Potential Startup! Stamford contestants chew over ideas at McDonald’s open evening

Joanne Thomson, of the leprosy Mission with Stamford college student  Shannon Harris and last years winner  Cameron Jarvis at the first night of  Start Off at Stamford McDonalds EMN-151116-230435009

Joanne Thomson, of the leprosy Mission with Stamford college student Shannon Harris and last years winner Cameron Jarvis at the first night of Start Off at Stamford McDonalds EMN-151116-230435009

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Budding entrepreneurs got the chance to meet the people who could be mentoring them while they bring their business idea to life.

The organisers of the Startup! Stamford contest held an open evening at McDonald’s in Ryhall Road, Stamford, on Monday night, to give prospective entrants into the competition the chance to find out more.

The winner of the competition, which is open to people aged from 16 to 23 from within a 12-mile radius of Stamford, will receive a £5,000 grant and the support of a team of mentors.

Some of those mentors were at Monday’s event to offer their words of wisdom to the prospective entrants.

Startup! Stamford organiser Martin Fox said: “The turnout was small but it was high quality.

“They spent a lot of time talking to the mentors, which I think they found valuable, and they’re all going to enter the competition.

“They were all hugely enthusiastic about their business ideas and the quality of their ideas was really fantastic.”

The open evening was able to be hosted thanks to the support of McDonald’s franchisee Matt Jarrett, who will join the team of mentors.

Last year’s winner Cameron Jarvis, who has since launched two IT businesses, was also there to inspire people.

Entrants to the competition have to submit a basic business idea. Those who get through to the business plan stage will get the support of a mentor from the local community.

To find out more or to enter visit www.stamford.youth-startup.org.uk The closing date for entries is November 30.