This is a question that we seem to ask quite a bit here at USE. However, in an up and coming event you will be able to ask a group of people who have been there and done that, why they became an entrepreneur. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working for yourself and my favourite question- what they think is their biggest achievement?
I would like to introduce you to Ellie, Ellie is a member of our Sheffield Enactus team and is currently the project director for HOPE. HOPE? Yes, the aptly named HOPE is a social enterprise project which helps vulnerable women to reintegrate back into society through a Jewellery and Cosmetics business.
Ellie decided to get involved in the programme back in September 2013 when she was sitting in an Economics Lecture. There was a lecture shouts out about HOPE and many of the other Enactus Projects and she felt so affected and empowered that she immediately got involved. Ever since , HOPE has gone from strength to strength. To date they have worked with 113 women, and 54 of these have been able to go on from HOPE and use their skills independently. HOPE is a major project for Enactus Sheffield, who won Enactus UK National Competition in 2014 and recently went to Enactus World Cup to present their project. Also, Ellie alongside the projects creator, Bethan Rimmington, recently won the Most inspirational Student Award at Inspiration Awards for women.
Ellie will be one of a panel of entrepreneurs who will be at our Ask an Entrepreneur Event which will be taking place on the 26th November from 5.30-7.30pm at Spark’s Café in Sheffield College. The event is open to young people from across the city. This includes people from The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield College and the BiG YEC (Young Entrepreneurs Club).
At the event, not only will you be able to ask Ellie and the rest of the panel anything and everything that you need to know about being an entrepreneur, there will also be a chance to meet people from across the city, get some top tips on using social media effectively in a business, AND there will be loads of free food and nibbles. There are only a VERY LIMITED amount of FREE tickets available for this event, so register now to avoid disappointment.