Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President and Group President of the global telecommunications company, Verizon Wireless, has sponsored The Unloc Enterprise Academy with £5,000 to expand their enterprise roadshow programme. The Unloc Enterprise Academy is a programme working with schools and colleges to inspire, motivate and develop entrepreneurship in young people.
The extra funding will help the Enterprise Academy’s roadshow expand its audience from 2,000 to 5,000 young people across Southern England, in Portsmouth, Southampton, Cambridge, Henley and North Hampshire. The roadshow is a series of events in state schools which engage young people in enterprising activities and feature stories from successful young entrepreneurs to inspire and motivate young people to take up entrepreneurship.
“I am incredibly delighted to have such high-profile support as we continue to grow and establish the Unloc Enterprise Academy across the U.K.”, said Hayden Taylor, Unloc Enterprise Academy Co-founder. “We are highly grateful for the funding which is crucial to further promoting the values of entrepreneurship for young people, but equally for the support and advice from someone as successful and knowledgeable in business as Ronan”.
Portsmouth-based Unloc has been working since 2014 to help young people develop their entrepreneurial skills by setting up and testing their own businesses, projects and ideas. Unloc partners with schools to help run workshops and create dedicated departments to promote entrepreneurship in young people. Unloc has expanded-rapidly in recent years from a local business ran by two young-entrepreneurs into a national operation and now has partnerships with over 100 leading schools and colleges giving it a presence across the U.K.
Dunne has been a supporter for Unloc ever since meeting Unloc Enterprise Co-founder, Hayden Taylor, when he was the Chief Executive of o2 back in 2014.
“Our young people are amazing and deserve every chance to succeed. But our society doesn’t make that easy. Unloc understands this and is committed to matching talent to opportunity to guide a new generation of leaders. I’m delighted to be able to support this essential work.” said Dunne.