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HAVERING College has joined forces with sports legend Barry Hearn and Saint Francis Hospice for the 2015 Kick-Start Challenge.

The Kick-Start Challenge is a small business start-up competition sponsored by the CEO of one of the world's largest suppliers of sports programming, Matchroom Sport.

The search is on for aspirational young entrepreneurs who could use some help and expertise in turning their business dreams into reality.

Havering residents aged 16-21 years old are invited to submit an application form and business proposal for consideration into the Kick-Start Challenge.

Successful applicants could receive £500 seed money and the opportunity to run their own business for six months. They will also be matched up with a local business mentor.

All money raised during the first six months of being in business will go to Saint Francis Hospice where it will help to provide vital palliative care services to local people.

The competitor (or competitors) who have raised the most money by the close of the competition will win £1,500, a year's free membership to the Young Havering Chamber of Commerce and the offer of work experience at both Matchroom Sport and Saint Francis Hospice.

Havering College is hosting a Kick-Start Challenge application advice session with Matchroom Sport CEO Barry Hearn in The Hub at its Ardleigh Green Campus on Wednesday, February 25th from 1pm-4pm.

The session is open to all young people aged 16-21 living in Havering, regardless of where they are studying. To register online visit Eventbrite and search Kick Start Challenge or click on the link

Thursday, March 5th from 4pm-6pm, is the big key date for the Kick-Start Event in The Space at the Havering College Ardleigh Green Campus. Young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to hear from Barry Hearn and guest speakers, and meet business mentors. Applicants should bring their application and business proposal to the event.

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Havering College head of commercial enterprise and employability, Tony Wittridge said: "At Havering College we are very pro-active in helping students achieve their career goals by working with employers, developing employability skills and encouraging the entrepreneurial skills of students. The Kick-Start Challenge is a great opportunity for young people and we are delighted to be a part of this project which is supporting Saint Francis Hospice."

•To receive a Kick-Start Challenge application form or to find out more, call 01708 771433 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must be submitted by 8th May 2015 to be considered.

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