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Case study: Julie Wayt - Learning through enterprise!

Julie Wayt is a student at Glasgow Clyde College studying events management. After volunteering at our Fresh Start 2017 event, Julie was recognised by Geoff Leask, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise Scotland, as one of the first students who took part in a Bridge 2 Business challenge when the programme started in 2014!

Julie agreed to share her story and tell us more about her experience with Bridge 2 Business. Read her story below:

"In 2014, I studied jewellery design at the City of Glasgow College, this is were I found out about Bridge 2 Business! As I hoped to start up my own business making and selling my own hand-made jewellery I jumped at the idea of getting involved and finding out what the Bridge 2 Business programme was all about.

It all began when myself and a few others from my class went to the very first Bridge 2 Business meet up at the college, where we had the opportunity to network with different people that had their own business ideas and plans. Over the weeks we continued attending the meetings, which involved guest speakers and business group tasks, which lead us into the £50 challenge. Our team decided to raise money for the Movember charity, which is run in the month of November and helps raise money and awareness for men's health. We designed and made colourful laser cut acrylic moustache bracelets and key rings and sold them over a week to friends and family and to college students and lectures in the college foyer. As a result, we raised £350 and won the Bridge to Business challenge! We were invited to attend the young enterprise Scotland awards night at the Double tree Hilton hotel in Glasgow. That was a fun and exciting opportunity!

The Bridge 2 Business programme was a brilliant experience that allowed me to gain entrepreneurial skills and inspired me to continue making and selling my own handcrafted jewellery. Since my experience with Bridge 2 Business in 2014, the programme has grown so much and has expanded throughout Scotland, allowing more students to get involved and now offers business grants alongside engaging workshops and events. I would highly recommend students taking part in the Bridge 2 Business programme as it not only helps fund aspiring businesses but also encourages and gives students the confidence to take the first steps into developing their own business."

Get in touch if you would like to join similar challenges or access our £100 grant to test your own business idea!