Mega church sets up scheme to train young entrepreneurs

Leading London mega church, Jesus House, has launched a new social enterprise called the Barnet Youth Business Incubator (BaYBI), which will raise up a new generation of young entrepreneurs in the London Borough of Barnet.

Amongst the special guests present at the launch, held at the Arts Depot in Barnet, were Lord Green, a government minister in the Department of Business Innovation & Skills; Caroline Marsh, a property magnate and philantropist, and Baroness Elizabeth Berridge of the Vale of Catmose, House of Lords.

Jesus House has joined forces with youth-led charity, Elevation Networks, and Barnet Council to set up BaYBI.  It will target budding young men and women, aged between 16 and 24, who are desirous of running their own businesses, and will include unemployed graduates, as well as young people on the fringes of society, and NEETs (Not in Education or Employment or Training).

Ayo Adedoyin, Head of Community at Jesus House, commented, “We are really excited about BaYBI.  Jesus House exists to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and the BaYBI Project is one way in which we can do this. It’s our hope that the BaYBI will enable a generation of young people to fully develop their God-given talents; fulfil their potential, and make a valuable contribution to society.”

BaYBI will teach its clients a range of important skills, including how to register a business; training on all aspects of running a business, as well as assign business mentors to the young people who join the Scheme.

The BaYBI initiative will be based at Balfour House, 741 High Road, North Finchley, N12 0BP, and it is hoped that up to 100 young people will sign up for the training and mentorship programme during its first year of operation.

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