More Brits want to be entrepreneurs

Philip Salter
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■ It has just been revealed that for the first time since records began, over 20 per cent of the working age population in the UK expect to start a business in the next three years, are actively trying to start a business, or are running their own business. The research is based on a Global Entrepreneurship Monitor programme, which is the largest and most comprehensive international study on entrepreneurial attitudes, activities and aspirations.

■ More than 120 high-potential start-ups from around the world convened in London last week to participate in the Start-Up Games. Gloucestershire-based Versarien swept to gold; Porto-based got silver; and London-based MediaDevil took home bronze.

■ Innotribe, SWIFT’s initiative to enable collaborative innovation within financial services, is inviting financial industry and start-up professionals to participate in the final phase of the 2012 Innotribe Startup Challenge. These professionals will select the most impressive fintech and financial services innovations to benefit from a unique networking opportunity and compete for a $50,000 prize at Sibos in Osaka. Voting is now open at

■ MADE, the UK’s entrepreneur festival, is celebrating the vital role of young people in British enterprise with the launch of its Change Makers competition, in association with Coutts. The Change Makers are an exclusive group of the country’s 26 most exciting entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Each has been nominated for the accolade by a British business giant, including Dragon Peter Jones CBE, Betfair co-founder Ed Wray, and Mobo founder Kanya King. Visit
the-change-makers to see the full list.

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