By Shelley Marsden
BOB GELDOF has been revealed as the keynote speaker at an event whose aim is to inspire budding entrepreneurs.
The Irish campaigner and musician will be kicking off the Rockstar Group’s series of business incubators at the London event on January 18, delivering a keynote speech to inspire attendees to pursue their business aspirations.
Jonathan Pfahl, Founder of The Rockstar Group told the Irish World: “The Rockstar Group ethos is steeped in a desire to make starting a business accessible to anyone with a commercially viable idea, and the work ethic and commitment to the free mentoring we offer.
“The entrepreneurs, who consistently utilise our stellar line-up of mentors, are always the individuals who achieve the highest level of success. We are extremely excited to have Sir Geldof as the first in our series of inspiring – and experienced – speakers and aee honoured to have him share his journey with Rockstar mentees.”
From the massive success of the Boomtown Rats in the 70s and 80s to founding charity supergroup Band Aid to raising money for famine relief in Ethiopia, and the globally recognized Live Aid and Live 8 concerts, Bob Geldof’s musical and social contribution have made him one of Britain’s biggest social and business entrepreneurs.
In 1992 the Duibliner co‐founded TV production company Planet 24 which pioneered early morning breakfast TV with The Big Breakfast before its sale to Carlton TV in 1999, and has gone on to create and develop a host of other successful ventures, the latest of which being a private equity fund for African development and which has just achieved its second close at over USD 400,000,000.
The Rockstar Group, a private mentoring organisation that support entrepreneurs and businesses’ launch and growth, is driving the success of the government’s Youth Start Up Loans Programme, having cut red tape and connected with some of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs.
The organisation gives successful applications a Start-Up Loan of between £2,500 and £10,000, and free business training for applicants with a viable business plan. Rockstar mentoring is delivered by tried and tested entrepreneurs including Jongleur Comedy Club founder John Davy, Ian Lancaster who founded Virgin Cars with Richard Branson and travel/retail mogul Clive Jacobs.
Those interested in applying to the scheme must be over 18, be resident in England and have a business idea or a new business which has been trading for twelve months or less. To apply, go to www.Rockstaryouth.co.uk.