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Young entrepreneurs are rising. More young people than ever are turning to running their own business – and these awards celebrate them.

​The EPIC Young Entrepreneur Awards is a platform to celebrate and recognise the achievements of young people. Especially those who have faced adversity and/or the care of a local authority, to become a startup business.

In 2022, the EPIC Awards launched, announcing eight inspirational young entrepreneurs from across the UK as winners. On the back of this success, the 2023 EPIC Awards became an even bigger event.

EPIC hopes that its 2024 Awards will be double the size again. Being held at the Burlington Hotel in central Birmingham, the event will include:

  • An entrepreneurs conference
  • Live entertainment
  • Guest speakers
  • Drinks reception and food.

What is EPIC?

EPIC is part of the Martin James Foundation, a charity set up to improve the lives of young people around the world. The founders established EPIC to support the growth of young, aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 16-25. It places a particular emphasis on those from disadvantaged, displaced or care backgrounds.

EPIC’s three-month programme equips young adults with the skills and knowledge to turn their dreams into reality and become their own bosses.

Since the 2022 Young Entrepreneur Awards, EPIC has seen a sharp increase in the number of new applicants to its programme. It has also seen more interest in mentoring and providing support to its growing community.

Young Entrepreneur Awards

EPIC’s Young Entrepreneur Awards are free to enter for young business owners and entrepreneurs. The awards recognise the achievements of young business owners who have faced challenges and found success. They celebrate their entrepreneurial creativity and passion.

The awards allow entrepreneurs to gain valuable support and win a £500 grant for their business in each category.

The criteria for entry include:

  • The nominee’s business must already be established and operating for at least six months
  • The founder must be aged under 25 years old.

Support the awards

Businesses can show their support for young entrepreneurs while taking the opportunity to network with other like-minded businesses at the Awards event.

Learn about sponsorship here

Find out more about the EPIC awards and register your interest here.

For more useful resources on starting your first business or growing your existing venture in Sandwell visit our young entrepreneurs page. We have details of programmes, funding, and awards to help your enterprise take flight.

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