Enterprising Yorkshire - Inspiring Young Minds

13 & 14 October 2009; Cathedral House, Huddersfield

‘If it’s possible for you, then it’s possible for me…. it’s just a matter of how’

The winning team at stepUP

stepUP event was the first of its kind in Yorkshire. The stepUP programme is about raising the aspiration levels of young people, to give them the confidence to take control of their futures. The 2 day event brought together high profile speakers from the worlds of sport, business and entertainment to inspire and motivate the teenagers signed up. Supported by Business Mentors, everyone involved in stepUP feels highly motivated by the difference they made by inspiring young people about their futures, in particular about entrepreneurship and business. Young people’s views of the world were transformed – they left believing that they have a say in how their life goes, that they have a worthy contribution to make to their communities and that their voice is valued.

Click here to download a copy of the stepUP feedback : StepUP_Yorkshire_Feedback.pdf

SPEAKERSSabirul, Christa and Deirdre

Many thanks to all our fabulous speakers for the time and effort they gave to inspiring young people in Yorkshire.

Richard Reed - co-founder, Innocent Drinks

Matt Bowman - lead singer, Pigeon Detectives

David Thomas - World Memory Champion

Imran Hakim - inventor, iTeddy

Sabirul Islam - teenpreneurRichard Reed and Matt Bowman

Deirdre Bounds - entrepreneur, founder of i-2-i.com

Simon Jackson MBE - Paralympian

Christa Ackroyd - BBC TV Presenter


Many thanks to all our sponsors who donated money, items and time to make this event possible: 

Aerial Extreme
Business Link Yorkshire
Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd
The Deep
Go Ape!
Green Tourism
Huddersfield Christian Fellowship
Welcome to Yorkshire
Yorkshire Forward
The York Dungeon
Yorkshire Post Newspapers


StepUP ran in the UK for the first time in Blackpool in 2008 and we were so impressed we were determined to bring the event to Yorkshire. StepUP was brought to Yorkshire for the first time through the enthusiasm and commitment of partners who are determined to see its benefits reach Yorkshire’s young people and businesses. The StepUP Team are: