Gradpreneurs Fight the Slump
Youth unemployment is currently sitting around the one million mark. For some students and graduates this is a scary thought, for others it’s a chance to shine, start a business, and stand out.
With a rise in entrepreneurship and startups nationally and internationally, the notion of self-employment is becoming increasingly popular amongst students and graduates. Until recently they have heavily relied on securing corporate jobs upon graduation, but as we all know this is far from easy with 83 candidates per vacancy.
These tough economic conditions have given rise to an ever growing community of Graduate Entrepreneurs, or “Gradpreneurs” who are fighting back.
Raspinder Singh launched the Gradpreneur Club because he saw there was no community supporting like-minded graduates, to actively encourage and support them as they took their first steps towards starting businesses or becoming self employed.
“Universities set us up to become employable, not entrepreneurs. Most students and graduates just don’t know where to start. A good starting point is to be surrounded by people like yourself who want to do something different, and get support from those who have ‘been there, done that.”
James Eder, Co-Founder of UK’s leading student lifestyle website Student Beans said “”When we first started out almost 7 years ago there was nothing like the Gradpreneur Club. It is great to see such support for young entrepreneurs today; there are constantly lessons to learn along the way so to have this kind of advice and support is invaluable. The job market is tough for graduates and we need to encourage young people to see that entrepreneurship is a viable career path.”
With a growing number of graduates entering self-employment, now is the time to harness their abilities, bringing them together and connecting them with people who can support their journey from vision to venture.
The Gradpreneur Club’s next event is taking place at the 02 Workshop and will bring together a panel of inspiring entrepreneurs who will share their ‘Startup Stories’ with other budding and young entrepreneurs. The Clubs events are designed to encourage peer to peer learning and collaboration, whilst bringing experienced entrepreneurs to the events, who can provide support and guidance to these budding entrepreneurs.
About Gradpreneur Club:
Raspinder Singh founded the Gradpreneur Club after graduating from Royal Holloway University of London in 2011. His experience with starting a business led him to realise the lack of networking and support opportunities for enterprising students/graduates that viewed entrepreneurship as a viable career path.
The Gradpreneur Club is a networking and brokerage club for aspiring entrepreneurs/start ups that wish to connect with like minded individuals whom can help translate their vision into venture.
Telefonica-O2 hosting this event is just one sign of their support of startups across Europe, with them announcing the launch of Wayra Academy UK on 7 March, part of their Think Big Initiative, incubating 20 startups for 6 months in return for 10% equity. Successful applicant companies are to be announced in the coming weeks.