Well we’ve had a very exciting 12 weeks! Out of 280 businesses Your Very Own Story was selected to be 1 of 80 to be a part of the Entrepreneurial Spark Business Accelerator Program in Leeds. One thing (amoungst many) that I have learnt to do whilst I’ve been on this program is to give a 60 second elevator pitch explaining to people about my business. Although the pitch is only 1 minute long, it took me about 5 hours to create the content – it’s amazing how difficult it is to explain the ins and outs of your business in such a short space of time! On Wednesday 21st October 2015 each of the 80 Chiclets (businesses on this scheme) entered a pitching competition and 8 winners were then selected to pitch again for £1000 on the 12th November! I am excited to say that we were one of the 8 to get through. If we win I have exciting plans for the prize money which involve launching a new range of personalised books to add to our existing collection. I’ve already written the new stories and I’m in the process of drawing the illustrations so be sure to send me lots of positive pitching vibes on the 12th so I can get them launched in time for Christmas!

The other 7 wonderful businesses to get through were:

Lemon Squeezy – A fantastic up and coming online company making finance easy peasy!

Myroo Skincare – The first totally ‘free from’ skincare range

Isiko – A custom made jewellery company making beautiful limited editions of 1

Desi High Street – An online marketplace for businesses/retailers who sell ethnic/desi/South Asian goods

Bow Baskets – A great company selling luxury hampers and corporate gifts

Fabrikk – A pre-launch luxury handbag company specialising in new materials and technologies

Phycosera Ltd – A new innovative way of doing pharmacological research and testing

Good luck to everyone! There are exciting times ahead for us all 🙂