Katie Matthews is the Founder of YENNI. She is 27 years old and is the Multi-Award-Winning Founder of Excel In Education Tutoring School, established in September 2015 and Founder of The Mind Tribe UK established 2019! She is passionate about Education, Student Development, Female Entrepreneurship & Leadership and Mental Health.
She set up YENNI as a voluntary project after experiencing the trials, challenges and isolation that can come with entrepreneurship, self-employment and starting businesses at a young age, with just a passion for helping and supporting other young people, no funds or support and a vision for the future of young entrepreneurship across Northern Ireland!
We believe that every young person aspiring for success, deserves to have the best opportunities to realise their true potential, passion and purpose and for a fulfilled, supported and dynamic career, regardless of background, race, religion, socio-economic conditions or family situation.
We aim to bring together like-minded, driven young people who are current/future entrepreneurs, business professionals, leaders, innovators and disruptors for workshops and events that support, educate, inspire and celebrate young, local talent and future stars!
YENNI’s aim is to provide a safe space, platform and hub for sharing ideas, connecting, supporting, developing, mentoring and both personal and professional growth opportunities. It is a dedicated hub for young entrepreneurs, leaders, disruptors and professionals aged 18-30 years old.
???? LEARN: YENNI are committed to life-long learning both from our own experiences & those around us. YENNI views mistakes/perceived failures as learning opportunities to grow, develop and adapt. We are also committed to providing learning opportunities and experiences for our network.
???? LINK: YENNI believes in collaboration with others, forging productive, beneficial links, growing a vibrant, diverse network of young N.I. talent and utilising links to provide opportunities to the next generation of leaders & entrepreneurs.
???? LIFT: YENNI is committed to supporting one another, to celebrating in the success of others and to lifting others up as we rise ourselves.
???? LEAD: YENNI believes in developing young people to make a positive contribution to society, supporting N.I.'s future leaders as they learn and grow and equipping them with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to find the leader within themselves.
SO! What are we planning on using this funding for?
To facilitate free/inexpensive workshops/sessions for young professionals across Northern Ireland, full of potential, ideas & creativity but not necessarily the means to unleash their true capabilities! There are so many beneficial events, workshops and courses that business leaders and facilitators host across northern ireland, but that are simply out of price range for many young people, start-ups or students. Part of YENNI's mission is to make entrepreneurship, business, success and leadership opportunities more accessible for everyone.
To seek, create and provide opportunities through workshops and events and a risk-free platform for young professionals to develop and hone their skills, explore their creativity and gain real experience to build their profiles and portfolios (for example at our inaugural conference we will be having photography and videography services delivered by budding young snappers ready to demonstrate their talent!)
- To develop and implement a Mentor scheme partnering YENNI members with experienced business leaders and industry professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds, who will guide, support, connect and inspire their mentee.
- To purchase equipment necessary to create and develop a YENNI podcast and to cover the cost of a website
- To purchase marketing/printed materials/equipment that will allow us to grow the network consequently allowing us to support more young talent
Thank-you for taking the time to read about our plans and we hope you will support us with PROJECT YENNI!