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Young people need to dream big, say 21-year-old entrepreneur Tanaka Chigwada

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 13 October 2015 11:54

Young people need to dream big, say 21-year-old entrepreneur Tanaka Chigwada

A young entrepreneur has become a motivational speaker looking to encourage others to raise their aspirations.

Tanaka Chigwada, 21, is an entrepreneur and a youth ambassador for social enterprise Babbasa which reaches out to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and also a resident on the E-Spark powered by Natwest incubation programme.

“I was born in Zimbabwe and have had a tough upbringing,” he said. “I've been through a lot of struggles, which shaped me as a person and defined my aspirations.

“I didn’t know many people who ran their own businesses. I also did not know how to access the right information or knew people willing to support me with my ideas of inspiring other young people to live a better life.”

Tanaka first heard of Babbasa last year and got involved with its annual ‘Ask About Me’ project, where he gave presentations to both businesses and young people by taking part. And he hasn’t looked back since.

“They also helped me to finally secure a mentor, who supported me with getting my ideas down on paper and turning them into a business plan,” said Tanaka.

“Babbasa has enabled me to see the hard work that's required in running a business day in, day out and it has given me the drive to further reach out and encourage other young people to not allow their environment to limit their dreams. Young people need to believe in their ambitions and not to be afraid of dreaming big.”

Luke Sapsed, CEO of KOJI, a soft drink brand, became Tanaka’s mentor, through the Babbasa scheme.

He said: “Tanaka struck me as someone who wanted to get on and improve the lives of a lot of other people and I responded to that really strongly. I think Babbasa has done a good job with him and for anybody wants experience and to excel in something, if it’s for themselves or for their greater society then I think Babbasa is a great organisation that can help you do that.”

The Ask About Me project is a training programme, networking event and mentoring scheme. It takes place at Bristol Hotel on Saturday 24th October.

Find out more at https://aam2015.eventbrite.co.uk or contact Amy on admin@byep.org.uk or 07548 645179.

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