S J Global Investments has announced Aaron King as the winner of its coveted Young Apprentice 2020/21 competition.
The scheme, worth £50,000, was launched last year to encourage youth entrepreneurship. S J Global Investments specialises in commodity trading, private finance, and business and project financing.
In congratulating King, the judges said: “His property proposal really caught the eyes of the executive team from the day he applied, and he did not disappoint today!” His “compelling property and construction proposal” is expected to redefine property development.
Aaron King receives a business support package worth £50,000, which will be used to establish his platform in London. He will have the opportunity to work, train and travel within the S J Global network of companies worldwide.
The 2020/21 competition received over 100 applications. Neil Walsh, group managing director of S J Global and a member of the executive panel, explained that the scheme provides winners with skills training and mentoring opportunities. It’s all aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship, promoting job creation and stimulating excellence amongst youth.
“Reception for the competition was phenomenal,” said Walsh, who admitted it was not an easy task to select seven semi-finalists. However, “the selected semi-finalists exhibited the most creativity, determination, and emotional balance out of the applicants”. They then had to submit a business plan, cash flow forecast and a short video pitch explaining why they should be selected. S J Global CEO Paul Van der Hulks added that selection was based on business vision, resource management, networking and negotiating skills.
The other semi-finalists were: Deanna Rapley, founder of Inama Hair, a soon-to-be-launched hair and beauty booking platform; Christina Banjo, a potential game-changer in the luxury goods and fashion markets; Dione Tonkin, a fashion entrepreneur who aims to empower the streets with her brand, Larousse; Kamran Miah, a digital marketing entrepreneur; Francis Innocent, a fashion entrepreneur; and Kareem Lewis, a real estate professional.