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HIGHBURY College students have been invited to enter a competition to find a young entrepreneur.

The competition is open to past, present and future students of specific colleges around the country.

Independent education charity, the Edge Foundation, has teamed up with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and the Gazelle Colleges Group to launch the first Edge Challenge – which aims to help a young entrepreneur get their business start-up off the ground.

The winner will receive the top prize of £3,000, which they will use to develop their idea, as well as having access to a top business mentor for six months.

Second and third prizes of £1,250 and £750 will also be awarded.

The Edge Challenge is open to students of any Peter Jones Enterprise Academy or Gazelle College around the country, providing they are aged between 17 and 25 and have taken or are undertaking a course of technical, practical or vocational education.

Jan Hodges OBE, chief executive of independent education charity, the Edge Foundation, said: ‘The Edge Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for a young person to get their business idea off the ground and potentially make it into a real success.’

Register at edge.co.uk/edgechallenge until midnight on Friday, September 20.

The deadline for submissions of detailed business plans is midnight on Friday, October 18.