Curious Entrepreneurs at Ideas Fest

by Sam Squire - Curious Entrepreneurs in Saint Neots, , United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th May 2023 we successfully raised £2,890 with 41 supporters in 56 days

Enabling 100 NEET 18 to 24 year-olds to attend an exclusive festival designed for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives.

by Sam Squire - Curious Entrepreneurs in Saint Neots, , United Kingdom

We are excited to present a crowdfunding project that aims to get 100 18 - 24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) to an exclusive festival designed for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives.

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'Glastonbury for Entrepreneurs'

This festival is not your typical conference; it's a festival setting that offers a unique opportunity for the 2,000 attendees to make connections, form friendships, and advance their businesses. One of last year's attendees described it as the; "best conference I have ever been to, mainly because it wasn't one."

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What is the plan

We have an agreement with the founders of Ideas Fest to allow Curious Entrepreneurs an exclusive tent at the heart of the festival, called 'Curious Corner'. 

For the most part of the festival, the 'Curious Corner' will be a space for 18 - 24 year olds only, where they can have exclusive fireside chats with experienced speakers from the main programme of Ideas Fest, including the founders of; BrewDog, ScoreApp, and King of Shaves. Not forgetting our multiple allies, including Simon Squibb, Founder of The Purposeful Project.

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During selected periods of the agenda, we will allow the over 24s access to the 'Curious Corner'. These sessions will be a platform where the real experts (18-24s) take the stage; giving them a platform to be heard by experienced business leaders and industry experts. The Curious Entrepreneurs will share their ideas, opinions and visions with the audience, including; CEOs, board members, academia and policy members.

Our aim is always to support young people to help spark their curiosity, ignite their hearts and activate their ideas. 

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Why is it important?

The barriers to a fulfilling journey into professional life for young people are aplenty. Right now, in the UK, thousands of 16-24 year olds are NEET (not in education, employment or undergoing training).

Why?

Because they are simply not aware of the opportunities available to them…and because they are not aware, they are uninspired.

As a result, employers are struggling to recruit young talent, causing a disconnect. The education system is fundamentally flawed in supporting, celebrating and capitalising on the capabilities of ALL young people, both academically and creatively.

Each £200 we raise will pay for one more young person to experience Ideas Fest.  You will help us get another step closer to our goal of inspiring 5,000 16-24 year olds through engaging entrepreneurial events and experiences. And it really doesn't get much more engaging than Ideas Fest! 

We have a duty to encourage entrepreneurial activities with young people as a key to unlocking entrepreneurial skills, to embrace the innovation in our economy, we're happy to have you join us on this impactful and life-changing journey.

What do we need from you?

We believe that young people should have the same opportunities as other festival attendees, regardless of their income and financial situation. 

We want to raise a total of £20,000 to enable 100 NEET 18 - 24 year olds to access the festival and experience this opportunity. 

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Join us in making this happen! 

By making a donation you will be helping us cover the cost of festival tickets, accommodation, and travel expenses for 100 young people. 

Join us in empowering the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to attend this incredible festival. 

Thank you for your support!

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Rewards for donors

£20 donation

  • A virtual high five! (and the fuzzy warm feeling to have contributed to help a young person)
  • Your name published on our 'Supporters' page

£200 donation

  • 1 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirt
  • Each £200 donation provides a ticket for a young person to attend Ideas Fest, giving them the chance to explore new ideas, get inspired, and connect with like-minded individuals

£1000 donation

  • Name up on our thank you wall at the event 
  • 5 x tickets to young people
  • 1 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirt

£2000 donation

  • 2 x VIP tickets to Ideas Fest 
  • 10 x tickets for young people
  • Social media post to celebrate support
  • Name up on our thank you wall at the event
  • 2 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts

£5000 donation 

  • 4 x VIP tickets 
  • 25 x tickets for young people
  • Co-branded stage 
  • Social media campaign to celebrate support
  • Name up on our thank you wall at the event
  • 4 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts

£10000 donation

  • 8 x VIP tickets
  • 50 x tickets for young people
  • Social media and PR campaign to celebrate support
  • 12-month brand deal with www.inspire2ignite.co.uk
  • Ideas Fest Sponsor package
  • Co-branded stage
  • Name up on our thank you wall at the event
  • 8 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts

£20,000 donation

  • 16 x VIP tickets 
  • 100 x tickets for young people
  • 12-month brand deal with www.inspire2ignite.co.uk
  • Ideas Fest Sponsor package 
  • Co-branded stage 
  • Social media campaign 
  • Name up on our thank you wall at the event
  • 16 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts
  • 2023 sponsorship of the young entrepreneur of the year category at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2023 including a £20,000 advertising campaign on Fresh Business Thinking

This will be supported by widespread PR and social media coverage, making it a community effort to over-deliver for young people to help them reach new heights with their social mobility and capital in life.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

• 1 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirt • Each £200 donation provides a ticket for a young person to attend Ideas Fest, giving them the chance to explore new ideas, get inspired, and connect with like-minded individuals

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A virtual high-five! (and the fuzzy warm feeling to have contributed to help a young person) Your name published on our 'Supporters' page

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A virtual high-five! (and the fuzzy warm feeling to have contributed to help a young person) Your name is published on our 'Supporters' page with curious emoji for extra clout

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward

• Name up on our thank you wall at the event • 5 x tickets to young people • 1 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirt

£2,000 or more

£2000 Reward

• 2 x VIP tickets to Ideas Fest • 10 x tickets for young people • Social media posts to celebrate support • Name up on our thank you wall at the event • 2 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts

£5,000 or more

£5000 Reward

• 4 x VIP tickets • 25 x tickets for young people • Co-branded stage • Social media campaign to celebrate support • Name up on our thank you wall at the event • 4 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts

£10,000 or more

£10000 reward

• 8 x VIP tickets • 50 x tickets for young people • Social media and PR campaign to celebrate support • 12-month brand deal with www.inspire2ignite.co.uk • Ideas Fest Sponsor package • Co-branded stage • Name up on our thank you wall at the event • 8 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts

£20,000 or more

£20000 Reward

•16 x VIP tickets •100 x tickets for young people •12-month brand deal with www.inspire2ignite.co.uk •Ideas Fest Sponsor package •Co-branded stage •Social media campaign •Name up on our thank you wall at the event •16 x Exclusive Curious Entrepreneurs T-Shirts •2023 sponsorship of the young entrepreneur of the year category at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2023 including a £20,000 advertising on Fresh Business Thinking

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