Blessing is a 19 year old Entrepreneur who is originally from Zimbabwe. He come to the UK in 2006 to live with his family in Leeds. Blessing is on a mission to inspire, educate and motivate young people to become successful. In 2009, at the age of 16, he launched his own contract cleaning company called “Essential Cleaning Company”. This motivated him to support other young people by helping them to believe that they can do it too.
With the future uncertain for many young people, Blessing and a young entrepreneur called Sean Hamilton partnered with Live Unltd (Foundation for social entrepreneurs) to offer young people turn their ideas to make a positive impact on their community by running a youth entrepreneurship boot camp. The event was a mix of workshops on social entrepreneurship, inspirational guest speakers, networking with young entrepreneurs and opportunities for young people to pitch their bright idea for up to £2000 of funding. he event was a success all the young people went away with loads of experience and also with £2000 each to set up their own projects in the community. Out of 700 events our event was one of the 131 events that won the Outstanding Impact Award in 2010.
His mission is to inspire, educate and motivate young people to be successful entrepreneurs and this got me to set up Bright Futures Enterprise. Bright Futures Enterprise business and enterprise events, networking and provide mentoring opportunity to young people across the country. He is also a non-executive director of a community interest company called the Potential Organisation which aims to connect young people with the business and government.
Blessing is also one of the founders a social enterprise in Leeds which is called ‘Not Just a Youth Enterprise’. Not Just a Youth Enterprise is an innovative youth led fair trade social enterprise made up of young people who are there to raise awareness of fair trade issue and they believe that awareness of ethical and fair trade issues has not yet fully reached many marginalised communities in the UK. From here ‘Not Just a Youth Enterprise’ has launched their own brand of fair trade products ranging from rice, coffee, tea, chocolate bar and hot chocolate.
His vision is to inspire more young people to become entrepreneurs and this led him to write his first book called ‘Who Said You Can’t be Young and Successful’. The confidence and inspiration that he observed amongst young entrepreneurs inspired me to interview twenty young entrepreneurs from around the world to find out what it’s like to be a young entrepreneur from their perspective.
“I wanted to use the experiences of some of the top entrepreneurs from around the world to show young people what it’s like to be your own boss and to obtain tips for the new generation of entrepreneurs. I believe that this book is not just a book but it’s a motivation tool that will make young people say WOW I can do this too”