New organisation to help young entrepreneurs.
25th July 2013
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My name is Alice Leyshon and I am the director of a new online social enterprise called YOU-OLO, which aims to support young entrepreneurs in the early stages of their business journey.

YOU-OLO stands for 'You only live once' and we aspire to breathe life into this motto by encouraging the thousands of potential young Scottish entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into reality.

We aim to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice to 16-24 year olds to offer a solution to youth unemployment but we need the people of Aberdeen's help.  

Over the next 65 days we are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise £20,000 to allow to be fully developed so that we can officially launch (

We are on the hunt for individuals and businesses to join the crowd and give all young people an opportunity to achieve their ambitions. We are offering benefits ranging from newsletter recognition, advertising space and major sponsorship opportunities. This is a brilliant opportunity for local Aberdeen businesses to get involved and show their commitment to supporting young entrepreneurs and stimulating the Scottish economy.

So how exactly does YOU-OLO work? We help young entrepreneurs to develop their business idea with support from a mentor, raise money through crowdfunding and reach their first customers via our YOU-OLO retail service.  We aim to offer the first idea rescue service and encourage young people to take the leap into entrepreneurship.

Young upcoming entrepreneur Gemma Pirnie of Your New Crew highlighted the difficulties of starting up stating, "Being a young entrepreneur is really good fun, but it is also a steep learning curve and a lot of hard work, which is why YOU-OLO's support for start-up entrepreneurs is so important".

We aim to fill a missing gap in entrepreneurial support services and create a global platform connecting young Scottish entrepreneurs with mentors and customers across the world. We already have YOU-OLO supporters ready to launch YOU-OLO in India, South Africa, North America and Australia so we are well on the way to achieving this goal.

We need 1000 people give £20. So, for the cost of a Chinese takeaway you could help shape a young Scottish entrepreneur's future. 

So to help kick start the next generations of entrepreneurs into business please support our campaign on

Thank you, your support will make a difference


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