Representatives from The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust and a Scots IT entrepreneur are travelling to Mexico City this weekend to share their expertise with a global network dedicated to supporting young entrepreneurs representing nearly forty countries.
The annual global forum which takes place from the 18th – 23rd September is organized by Youth Business International, a not for profit organization that leads a global network of independent country initiatives that help young people establish successful businesses which generate employment for tens of thousands of people around the world.
During the week delegates will attend presentations and sessions aimed at sharing best practice. The programme will include a workshop led by PSYBT Director of Marketing and Communications Margaret Gibson and Head of Operations Geoff Leask, who will showcase the breadth of services offered by PSYBT in Scotland, considered by the global network to be a leading example of its kind.
The week will conclude with the annual YBI Entrepreneur of the Year award on the 23rd September and PSYBT ambassador Stuart Macdonald, who owns Seric Systems in Paisley, will be one of four judges who will decide which of the finalists, selected from 20,000 nominations around the world, will win the coveted award and a US$5,000 cash prize.
The four finalists are:
Alex Tam and Felix Chung from Hong Kong, whose Ecosage business is helping to tackle the islands’ waste crisis.
Colin Davison from Canada, whose Stealth Acoustical & Emission Control company is helping silence noisy industrial machines.
Fathuma Nisreen from Sri Lanka, whose success with her traditional outfits and bags business Ramsi Fashion has been an inspiration to other Muslim women.
Shriram Kaluke from India, who overcame redundancy and losing his savings to form water-tank cleaning business Shri Ganesh Enterprises.
Stuart Macdonald started his own business in 1997 thanks to funding and advice from PSYBT. Since then, he has grown Seric Systems, which provides IT consultancy to large companies, into a multi-million pound business employing nine staff at its Paisley headquarters. Mr Macdonald continues to support PSYBT as a donor, and by inspiring and helping young people who want to set up in business and encouraging other successful entrepreneurs to get involved with the organisation’s work.
Commenting he said, “Without the mentoring support of PSYBT in those early days, I know it would have been impossible for me to turn my business idea into a successful enterprise. I have firsthand experience of the benefits and invaluable advice this global support network offers young people and for me it’s an honour and a great privilege to be able to give something back and assist their work.”
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