30th December 2013
Fuelling enterprise in Britain and making business accessible through Start-Up loans and free, quality mentoring
It was recently announced that the iconic Sir Bob Geldof, is to kick off the Rockstar Group’s series of business incubators on Jan 18th 2014, delivering a keynote speech to inspire attendees to pursue their business aspirations.
From the massive success of the Boomtown Rats in the seventies and eighties, to founding charity super-group Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia, and the globally recognized Live Aid and Live 8 concerts, Sir Bob Geldof’s musical and social contribution have made him one of the country’s most accomplished social and business entrepreneurs.
In 1992 Geldof 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, run 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.
In recognition of some of his achievements Geldof has been honored with a knighthood by the Queen, nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize and received the Nobel Man of Peace title, which recognises individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace.” In September this year Geldof was presented with The Freedom of The City of London for his outstanding contribution to the development of business and entrepreneurialism in London.
“ 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 incredibly experienced speakers, and are honoured to have him to share his journey with Rockstar mentees, ” Said Jonathan Pfahl, Founder of The Rockstar Group.
The Rockstar Group, the UK’s leading 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 give successful applicants 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, experienced entrepreneurs including Jongleur Comedy Club founder John Davy, Ian Lancaster who founded Virgin Cars with Richard Branson and travel/retail mogul Clive Jacobs, who have all built and sold companies for millions of pounds.
David Cameron has backed the student-style loans for young entrepreneurs in an attempt to tackle unemployment, facilitate enterprise and stimulate growth across the UK.
As a key delivery partner of this scheme, The Rockstar Group has supported the establishment and growth of approximately 1300 businesses through mentoring support, processing over £8 million in Start-Up loan funding.
To apply go to www.rockstarstartuploans.co.uk
To qualify for the Start-Up Loans Programme with Rockstar Youth you must:
– Over 18
– Live in England
– Have a business idea or business, which has been trading for twelve months or less
– Be thinking of starting up a business
– Already have started a business
Watch the MD of The Rockstar Group Jonathan Pfahl interviewing Sir Bob Geldof in the following 4 video’s below:
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