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15-year old launches first Young Tech Entrepreneurs network at London Tech Week

On Thursday, to celebrate its eighth year as a founding partner for London Tech Week, Tech London Advocates launched a new Young Entrepreneurs group. Led by Femi Owolade-Coombes, an award-winning 15-year old young entrepreneur himself, the group will develop a global network of young tech talent looking to start and scale tech companies in London and across the UK.

The network is set to be the first, and largest, independent and private sector network specifically designed to accelerate the growth of tech startups and scaleups being led by young people aged between 18 and 30 in the UK and globally.

The group will ensure a new generation of highly skilled young tech entrepreneurs have access to the investment, talent and commercial skills they need to realise their potential.

Reflecting the scale of the opportunity facing a new generation of young people equipped with coding skills, entrepreneurial ambition and high levels of digital awareness, Tech London Advocates: Young Entrepreneurs is aiming to attract 1,000 young people as Advocates in its first year.

The launch event took place on Thursday the s3rd of September during London Tech Week at the University of Arts London: Creative Computing Institute. It’s backed by Russ Shaw CBE, founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates, and the group’s co-lead, Grace Owolade-Coombes who is experienced at building inclusive networks, the launch event will feature young people from the UK, China, Africa and the ASEAN regions, sharing their experiences.

Fast-paced talks will cover how to prepare your business to attract investment opportunities, how to support the growth of young entrepreneurs in different regions of the world and the event will close with a micro-masterclass from TikTok on how to use social media to promote your business.

Alongside Informa and London & Partners, Tech London Advocates is a founding partner of London Tech Week and TLA:YE is just one of a number of announcements coming from the private sector tech network during the Festival.

Global Tech Advocates has announced the launch of three new overseas networks. Tech Australia Advocates, Tech Berlin Advocates and Tech Korea Advocates will be joining the 20 existing GTA networks – five of which are in the UK and the rest spread across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

GTA also announced new Working Groups at London Tech Week, including GTA Quantum and GTA FoodTech. These will be international campaign groups raising awareness of sector-specific innovation around the world.

The TLA Immigration Working Group, one of the first Working Groups established by the network and a campaign body responsible for putting digital skills on the Shortage Occupation List for the first time, is re-launching its website with a detailed summary of the immigration visa routes open to international tech talent.

Russ Shaw CBE, founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates, commented,

“A new generation of young people born in the digital age is emerging. For many of them, digital skills, coding and social media is their native language, and they are uniquely placed to pioneer new tech startups and scaleups. It is inspiring to see so many young entrepreneurs come together to establish TLA:YE and I am convinced London’s future success stories will start their journey in this group.

“London Tech Week is the perfect time to launch TLA:YE, along with other new Working Groups and global networks in Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates. When the eyes of the world are on London tech – we want to showcase the breadth, variety and depth of tech talent based in the capital and across the country.”

Femi Owolade-Coombes, co-lead of TLA: Young Entrepreneurs, commented,

“TLA Young Entrepreneurs will be the first and largest network for 18 to 30 year old future tech founders and leaders. This isn’t about just showcasing teenage tech talent, this is about accelerating the growth of aspiring entrepreneurs and business ideas being delivered by a new generation of highly skilled young people with serious ambitions. By connecting young tech leaders in London with others in tech ecosystems around the world, we want to create an international movement of young tech leaders sharing their experiences, knowledge and networks to pioneer innovation and business growth.”