LYDIA Jones may have been the youngest in the room, but the dynamic young entrepreneur wasn’t going to let that hold her back.
For having already launched a successful app – and with another great idea in development – the Priestley College student had plenty to say to the gathered elite of Manchester businessmen and women.
The 17-year-old had been asked by a representative of NatWest Bank to be on the panel at the old Granada Studios.
Along with gin distillers, tech experts and tailors she discussed how to start a business, dealing with limited budgets and whether it is possible to be too young to become an entrepreneur.
“I didn’t know I was going to be on the panel until I got there, but I wasn’t intimidated,” said Lydia, from Cronton.
“We were asked about the emotional side of getting a company off the ground and our goals before starting a business.”
Lydia, who studies Computer Science at Priestley College, hit the headlines earlier this year when she launched her FitFlash app, which attracted users from around the world.
She was asked to appear on the panel at the ‘I Am Entrepreneur’ event after applying for support from Entrepreneurial Spark which is supported by RBS/NatWest.
The day after her surprise appearance on the panel she discovered the decision makers had heard her every word during the panel discussion.
Lydia still had to pitch for support from the world’s largest free business accelerator, but had already made a big impression and was successful in her bid.
She will now have access to Entrepreneurial Spark’s Manchester hub for at least six months including free office space, access to contacts, a start-up bootcamp as well as dedicated mentoring from local KPMG advisors, workshops and training.
“This is an amazing opportunity for myself and my co-founder Daniel,” said Lydia.
“We have a new idea that people seem quite excited about so we are looking to push that forward now by growing our team. I believe with us both being young and self-taught this gives us a huge advantage especially within the Manchester tech scene.”