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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust – Entrepreneurs Challenge

Can You Take on the Entrepreneurs Challenge?

Are you a secret entrepreneur? Have you got what it takes to turn £500 into £5,000? Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is looking for five secret entrepreneurs to take part in a brand new fundraising initiative; the Entrepreneurs Challenge sponsored by Medical Aviation Services.

The Charity will be investing £500 in five local entrepreneurs with the best and most creative fundraising ideas to turn that money into £5,000. From all the candidates that apply, ten will be shortlisted to pitch their idea in front of the EHAAT Guardians. The panel consists of Jane Gurney, CEO of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, Simon Stevens, Director of Symbian Print and Fiona Colwell, Partner and Head of Civil Litigation Department at Paul Robinson Solicitors and John Higgs, Legal and Contract Specialist of Medical Aviation Services.

After a grilling by the EHAAT Guardians the top 4 candidates will be selected to receive the £500 investment and the 5th candidate will be chosen via a public vote. Videos of all 10 pitches will be broadcast on You Tube for the public to view and then vote for their favourite. The top five candidates then have 3 months to turn their £500 into £5,000 (or more!) with the support of a mentor.

Wendy Marcon-Knightley, Sponsorship & Events Manager at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said: “We are very excited about this brand new initiative and hope the high fliers of Essex & Hertfordshire will relish the opportunity to take on the challenge! We are really looking forward to seeing what inventive ideas people come up with! The Entrepreneurs Challenge would not be able to go ahead without our sponsors. A big thank you to headline sponsors Medical Aviation Services and our candidate sponsors Anglia Ruskin University, E Hobbs (Farms) Ltd, RP2 and James Hallam Insurance.”

If you think you have what it takes then register now to receive your application pack! Simply visit or email Deadline for applications is Friday 22nd May 2015.

Photograph: ‘The EHAAT Guardians’ L-R: Fiona Colwell, Simon Stevens and Jane Gurney