Funding round:
2017 Round 1


Young Entrepreneurs Southwark

We are ABACEI, the Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute. We run educational programmes to promote social inclusion and skills-development of disadavantaged community members. One of the main activities that we teach at the Institute is the martial art Capoeira.

Thanks to the support of the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund, we can now run Young Entrepreneurs Southwark. This is a pioneering training programme using the arts and performing arts to give young people, who have been studying activities like Capoeira with us for several years, the opportunity to set up their own business.

Some of the young people have been training with us for over five years and are becoming graduates,with certificates allowing them to teach.

The funding we receive will allow us to pay for venue hire and to run 100 hours of additional training sessions, which will cover the basics of starting a business, including the financial aspects, insurance, marketing and requirements when working with children and vulnerable people.

On completion of their training, the participants will be fully equipped to start and run their own business and we will continue to support them throughout their first year of business.