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Young entrepreneurs are rising. More young people than ever are turning to running their own business to find a fulfilling career.

The EPIC Young Entrepreneur Awards are our platform to celebrate and recognise the achievements of young people, especially those who have faced adversity and/or the care of a local authority, to become a startup business.

2022 saw our inaugural EPIC Awards where eight inspirational young entrepreneurs from across the UK were announced as winners. On the back of this success, our 2023 EPIC Awards became an even bigger and better event in our free to enter awards.

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The success and impact of our EPIC Young Entrepreneur Awards has been undeniable. We have seen a sharp increase in the number of new applicants to the EPIC programme since we launched our Awards in 2022, as well as more interest in mentoring and support to our growing community.


On the back of this success we want to grow the EPIC Awards each year so that we can give young entrepreneurs who particularly come from disadvantaged backgrounds, a platform to celebrate their achievements. Hosted at The Burlington Hotel in central Birmingham, our next Awards in 2024 is going to be double the size, including:

- Entrepreneurs conference

- Live entertainment

- Guest speakers

- Drinks reception and delicious food


Our latest EPIC Awards were held on 15th September 2023 and the evening’s celebrations were a community-focused affair with almost 100 people in attendance, including the winners and finalists joined by friends and family, other young entrepreneurs from the EPIC programme, local businesses, community supporters and sponsors, brought together at The Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

Calum Sawford, COO of the Martin James Foundation and Programme Lead for EPIC, comments:

"The awards evening was a moment of celebration and recognition, not just for the nine distinguished award winners and the runners-up, or for the over forty nominees, but for all the brave and inspiring young entrepreneurs who are, even now, shaping the future for all of us."

Celebrating Young Entrepreneurs

We are proud to run our EPIC Young Entrepreneur Awards as free to enter for young business owners and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and resilience in the face of adversity. These awards recognize the achievements of young business owners who have faced challenges and found success and we celebrate their entrepreneurial creativity and passion.


We believe that recognising and rewarding these young entrepreneurs is essential to fostering the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among our youth. Plus our awards allow entrepreneurs to gain valuable support for their company and win a £500 grant for their business in each category.


The criteria for entry is that the nominee's business must have been already be established and operating for at least 6 months, and the founder must be aged under 25 years old.


Show your support for our inspirational young entrepreneurs and enjoy the opportunity to network with other like-minded businesses. We are hosting our 2024 EPIC Young Entrepreneur Awards at an even bigger event to meet the capacity of our growing network of entrepreneurs, alumni, mentors, sponsors and like-minded businesses allowing us to deliver an inspiring, exciting and entertaining event.

A key benefit of supporting these awards is that it associates your company with an initiative that is striving to change the future for young people, especially those who may come from disadvantaged backgrounds and just need someone to give them a chance and a helping hand. Help us to celebrate the amazing achievements of young people and give them the lift they deserve.

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