Sky’s the limit for helicopter mentoring chance

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High-flying young entrepreneurs are vying for the chance to take part in a one-to-one mentoring session in a helicopter, with Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria.

The Change Makers competition is being staged as part of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, which gets underway in Sheffield next month and is being run in association with bankers Coutts.

A total of 26 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 – the Change Makers - have been nominated by members of a previous generation of leading British entrepreneurs, including Dragon’s Den judge Peter Jones, Betfair co-founder Ed Wray, and Kanya King, founder of Britain’s leading black music awards, the MOBO Awards.

The public can select who wins the Change Makers competition and gets the helicopter ride with Lord Bilimora, courtesy of MADE charity partner, the Children’s Air Ambulance.

Among the 26 is Ian Hogarth, who founded online live music database Songkick after graduating from university and has built it into the world’s second-most used concert site. He faces competition from Samir Desai, co-founder of online business lending service Funding Circle and Emily Cummins, inventor of the sustainable refrigerator.

Michael Hayman, the Sheffield-born chairman of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival and co-founder of London-based marketing group Seven Hills, said: “The Change Makers campaign shines a light on some of the nation’s most exciting entrepreneurial talents; they have been personally selected by a group of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs.”

Full details of the 26 Change Makers are on the MADE website: and people can vote for their favourite until 5pm on Monday, September, 17.