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Sparks will fly for 50 underprivileged students at LSE entrepreneurship conference

LSE-Sparks-140pFifty London students from underprivileged backgrounds will have the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs at the London School of Economics this month.

The UK’s largest student-run entrepreneurship conference, Sparks, will give disadvantaged Year 12 students from London state schools the opportunity to meet 15 global entrepreneurs at its annual conference on 21-22 February.

The Sparks: Inspire initiative, run in conjunction with IntoUniversity and LSE SU Enactus, is a first in the conference’s five-year history.

Sparks President Jaysen Sutton, a final year law student, says he hopes it will be a life-changing experience for the students selected to meet some of the world’s most inspirational business people.

Speakers booked for this year’s conference, which is expected to attract 450 students from around the country, include the CEOs of such companies as Spark Play, Euromillions, JustEat, Poundland, Chillango and the Sound Agency.

British record-breaking polar explorer Adrian Hayes, Mindlab International founder Dr David Lewis and former Veuve Clicquot Business Women of the Year Rosaleen Blair are also on the programme this year.

Master classes will be given on raising student finance for entrepreneurial projects (Gary Pitts and Bill Prew), creating mobile apps (George Berkowski), global student internships (Lee Carlin) as well as a session from Student Beans entrepreneur James Eder.

Students will also have plenty of opportunities to network with the speakers and gain an insight into developing a successful business from scratch.

The conference, which is organised by a team of 15 LSE students, has hosted more than 40 global entrepreneurs since its inception 2010, helping to consolidate LSE’s work in promoting entrepreneurship and providing a platform for students and successful speakers to connect.

Its reputation was given a further boost this year by a video endorsement from Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Ummuna: http://bit.ly/1FC1Yu4

Full details of the programme, speakers and ticket purchases can be found at: http://2015.sparkslse.com/

Notes to editors

For more information contact Jaysen Sutton, Sparks President on 07538545095, j.m.sutton@lse.ac.uk or Candy Gibson, LSE Press Office on 020 7955 7440 or c.gibson@lse.ac.uk