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This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, 16 - 22 November. We hear from Brandon Relph, CEO of Studio BE about his journey in Entrepreneurship and being an Enterprise Adviser to a local school in the East Sussex Careers Hub.

I have been looking forward to this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week as it feels like an event full of hope after a difficult 2020. I fundamentally believe innovation and education are the keys to escaping not just this pandemic but also the recession which will likely be a landmark in the lives of young people today. ceo

Entrepreneurship has never been so important and preparing young people for this new world should be a priority. Did you know many of the most inflential companies in the world were started in a recession? Disney, Airbnb, EA, Netflix and Microsoft just to name a few. I have no doubt this too will be a time of change.

To back up a bit and give you an introduction. My name is Brandon Relph, I am 20 years old and currently the CEO of Studio BE, a new technology media company disrupting the television industry and bringing more young people into it. I am most well known for building and scaling my last startup while in school. At the time I was the youngest CEO in the UK.

Some of the work I am most proud of is my work with my generation, the young people in the education system today. I've been a long time supporter of Young Enterprise after I took part in their programmes at school. I now work with them on a national level to reconnect them to 1m+ Alumni, judge many of their national competitions and share their message up and down the country.

Being an Enterprise Adviser

I am also a proud Enterprise Adviser and I have worked with a local school, Gildredge House, for the last 2 years. I was matched to the school by the East Sussex Careers Hub, a collaboration between East Sussex County Council and The Careers & Enterprise Company.  I've worked with the school by taking what was a vague idea of a careers programme focused around enterprise and helped Gildredge House to make enterprise a priority for the whole school, which now runs through the school ethos from students to governors. Our next ambition is to have careers education built into every lesson taught in the school. We also set up and hosted the first inter-school competition for 15-year-olds throughout the town.

From working with young people, I am not only inspired but I am also optimistic for the future. It makes me happy to see the strong themes of diversity and sustainability that are continuing to occur on a local and national level. My generation sees people as people, not defined by their background or how they look. We care about our planet and its continuing existence and want to make a change to fight the climate crisis.

The future of work is very uncertain; gone is the standard university to 30-year career route. New technology and new thinking is changing the landscape for everyone, and especially for young people today. But rather excitingly I have seen so much ambition towards entrepreneurship growing in young people. There is so much desire to want to spark change, whether that be by building a new company, starting a YouTube channel or taking to the streets to have their voices heard.

My ask

This Global Entrepreneurship Week, I am asking you to take a moment to give back to my generation and really make an impactful change. Help give them the knowledge and the skills they need to make the world a better place. If you can give an hour or maybe more, I promise it will likely help change their lives and your own.

There is so much potential in young people today but there is still work to be done. The curriculum hasn't gone far enough, but steps organizations like The Careers & Enterprise Company and Young Enterprise take are in the right direction.

Every young person deserves to have impactful exposure to careers and work. I have seen first-hand just the positive effect that can have.

I won't stop fighting that fight. Join me. 

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