In December 2011 we advertised a very unique job opportunity as part of a mentoring programme which would give an entrepreneur the tools they needed to get an internet business off the ground. After a series of pitches and interviews with the applicants, we have found our entrepreneur, Tom Wade.
Tom, who is based in Leeds, saw the opportunity advertised on Twitter and knew it was right for him immediately. He had been working at a web agency after graduating from University and has now left this role to focus upon his new business full time.
Jonathan Leafe, Strawberry’s Managing Director comments: “Last year, after seeing figures released stating that 1 million 16-24 year olds were unemployed, we knew we wanted to do something about it. So, we set about looking for a young entrepreneur who needed help to get their internet business off the ground. We offered them a monthly salary to support them for a year and the backing of our team, who are experts in ecommerce and online marketing.
“We were looking for a balance of entrepreneurial spirit and a great idea and found it in web design graduate, Tom. It will be a lot of hard work to get the venture off the ground but it will be worth it. Tom impressed us straight away and was exactly what we were looking for. Ambitious, clever, with a good idea and strong work ethic – pretty much all the tools you need to succeed as an entrepreneur.”
After advertising the opportunity, our website received four times the amount of traffic than the previous day – highlighting just how many people were interested in the position. We won’t be releasing details of the business idea at the moment, but will be regularly updating our social channels with details of Tom’s progress and when the business is ready to launch.
Tom concludes: “Once I saw the Strawberry advert I knew it was for me. I’m always thinking of ideas and was desperate to be my own boss too – it was an opportunity too good to miss.”