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Support for young entrepreneurs

I’m a young entrepreneur in Sandwell – where do I get support for me and my enterprise?

If you’re aged sixteen to 30 and starting your first business in Sandwell, or growing your existing venture, we’re here for you. Keep an eye on this page for details of programmes, funding and awards to help your youth enterprise take flight.

Support for young entrepreneurs banner with paper rocket image and Think Sandwell logo

See what’s on offer for young entrepreneurs from Sandwell Council

We have lots of business resource pages here on the Think Sandwell website which will also be relevant to you: everything from growing your business to going greener, with workplace wellbeing along the way.

We also have a page especially for people setting up and growing social enterprises in Sandwell. Take a look at our full business services menu.

The website Just Youth brings together lots of information for young people in Sandwell – not just business-related, but events, activities, mental health support and more.

Take a look at these business and start-up programmes for younger entrepreneurs

This twelve-month business start-up programme is run by Birmingham City University for students and recently graduated entrepreneurs, and is free for eligible applicants. Find out how to apply for BSeen here.

Oli Bennett Charitable Trust
This charity helps UK residents aged 18 to 30 get their business ideas off the ground through financial support and advice. More information about the Oli Bennet Charitable Trust here.

Prince’s Trust
This organisation has helped over 90,000 young people to start their own businesses. It also has a bank of online resources to support budding entrepreneurs. Find out more on the Prince’s Trust website.

Young Enterprise
This charity works with schools, universities, businesses and influencers to provide hands-on employability, enterprise and financial education programmes. Read more about the Young Enterprise West Midlands hub here.

Youth Employment UK
This organisation worked in partnership with Blueprint for All to run a free online course in Entrepreneurship & Innovation in July 2022. The five-week programme of workshops was aimed at 16-25 year olds from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Keep an eye on Youth Employment UK’s website for future opportunities.

Attend events that might be useful to you and your business

We’ll post any events specifically relating to youth entrepreneurship here. Please do let us know if you want to share an event.

This page was last updated in August 2022.