Mondial Assistance supports Croydon's brightest young minds

Mondial Assistance UK has teamed up with the Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs to support their second annual ‘Croydon Young Entrepreneurs Summer Camp’, helping some of the areas most talented teenagers. 40 local school students aged between 14-16 spent the first week of their summer holiday developing new business ventures and presenting their ideas to a team of experts.

The budding businessmen and women worked hard to create a business plan and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, including a representative from Mondial Assistance on the final day of the ‘Dragon’s Den’ style workshop. The students benefited from a series of master classes from business experts within Mondial Assistance and other local businesses and got a taste of some of the pressures, issues and key decisions they face on a day to day basis. The final judging day was hosted by Mondial Assistance in their UK head office in Croydon.

“The enthusiasm and business aptitude the young entrepreneurs demonstrated throughout the week was outstanding,” said Kirsty Wardlaw, Corporate Social Responsibility & Internal Communications Executive at Mondial Assistance UK. “The students that participated in the summer school are a credit to the young people of Croydon and they just go to show some of the great things that people can achieve if they are given the correct resources.”

Usha Kong, CEO of Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs said, “Our second Summer Camp was a huge success and we are very grateful to the employees at Mondial Assistance UK who volunteered their time to help out. These young people are the minds of the future and so we believe it is important to invest in their skills and knowledge and help them to reach their own goals and aspirations. The focus throughout the week was on teaching the entrepreneurs how to conduct themselves professionally and with maturity at all times and to respect other people’s ideas and beliefs.”

Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs (NTYE) is a Community Interest Company established in 2011 to support the personal and professional development of young. Their ethos is one of total inclusivity, high expectations and a celebration of real progress and achievements.

Kirsty Wardlaw adds, “It was great to see that even though it was the summer holidays and we were experiencing some of the hottest days of the year, the students were determined to make the most out of their opportunity.  Our volunteers were delighted to be able to contribute to the programme and were impressed by the students’ positive attitude and hard work. We wish them all the very best of luck in the future and we will no doubt be seeing them running some of the top businesses in Croydon, if not in the country, very soon.”