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YEA! Young Entrepreneurs Alliance

By Stuart Duncan

Young entrepreneurs 18 to 30, we got you!

⚡ Starts February 2022

⚡ Deadline to apply extended to Mon 24th Jan 2022

Echo’s mission is to create space for entrepreneurs to support each other, share knowledge and skills, and celebrate each other’s success.

If you’re a young east London entrepreneur ready to take your business to the next level, we’ve got you.

This is your opportunity to scale your business with a talented cohort of 20 youth-led enterprises, plus the chance to win £2,000 seed investment.

Want to see if you qualify? 

Programme benefits 

YEA! will bring together 20 inspiring youth-led enterprises from east London. 

You’ll get 6-months of dedicated support including…

⚡ Echo currency to crowdsource skills and advice from 5,000+ people

⚡ 12 weekly in-person sessions (Feb-Apr 2022)

⚡ Workshops and support from business experts

⚡ One-to-one coaching to scale your business

⚡ Access to workspace at Workable at IQL, Stratford

⚡ Community of other young entrepreneurs

⚡ Pitch on ‘demo’ day to win £2,000 plus other prizes

⚡ 3 monthly peer mentoring sessions (May-July 2022)


The programme  

When? Feb – July 2022

Where? Stratford, East London (in-person)

Cost?  Free of charge – all we ask is that you show up fully for each session.

You’ll learn how to:

⚡ Perfect your business plan

⚡ Attract your first customers

⚡ Implement sales and marketing strategies

⚡ Maintain work/life balance as an entrepreneur

⚡ Make effective budgets, finances, file your tax form

…and much more!


Who is it for?

Early-stage entrepreneurs who are…

⚡ Between 18 to 30 years old

⚡ Passionate about their business

⚡ Open to sharing and learning with others

⚡ Based in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Waltham Forest

We believe in the power of diversity and are especially interested to receive applications from people from underrepresented groups.

If you’re not sure you are eligible for this programme, you can contact us via to discuss. If you don’t quite meet the criteria but are keen to take part, there may be some flexibility.

Meet your hosts

Echo has been delivering business support programmes since 2015, and to date, we have supported more than 300 entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses. YEA! will be organised and hosted by experienced facilitators from the Echo team.

Echo is a community where people help each other by sharing skills and talents. Through the programme, you’ll be able to tap into our network of 5000+ people offering their skills, plus our holistic programme of workshops and networking events.

New Ground Creations (NGC) is a social venture, committed to making a difference in the lives of young people since 2012.

Over the years, NGC has been trusted to provide impactful and innovative work with young people by providing the building blocks to improving business skills, well-being and financial stability in inner-city areas.

Apply now

Please complete the application via the link below. We’ve extended the deadline to 24th January. There are limited places remaining, so don’t delay in getting your application in!

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and places will be allocated before the application deadline, so apply sooner rather than later to secure your place.

The programme will start in early February 2022. 


Powered by Echo and delivered in partnership with New Ground Creations



Funded by Lendlease



Who else will be on the programme?

Up to 20 youth-led enterprises from across multiple sectors. We will carefully curate the group to maximise opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing and mutual support. We make sure each cohort is diverse, and avoid direct business competitors in the same group. 

Will sessions be delivered online or in-person?

We plan to host these sessions in person, in a Stratford based venue. If circumstances change, we can easily switch the sessions to online and find that our programmes can work just as well on Zoom, although in-person is always preferred. 

When will sessions take place?

Where possible, we’ll take the preferences of the cohort members into account when selecting a time for the sessions. You can tell which days and times you prefer in the application form. 

Is there a charge?

This programme is fully funded, so there is no charge for you to take part. All we ask is that you show up fully for each session.

Do I have to attend for the whole 6 months?

Yes, if selected to join the programme, you will need to commit to attending each session (1 session per week for 12 weeks followed by 3 additional monthly peer mentoring sessions). 

What if I don’t fit the criteria? Can I still take part?

If you don’t quite fit the criteria but are keen to take part, drop us a line at There may be some flexibility, or we might be able to refer you to another one of our programmes instead.