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April 13, 2017 We Must Realise The Entrepreneurial Potential Of Every Young Person Lee Sharma, writing for Huffington Post

In this article Lee discusses the importance of enterprise education and encouraging entrepreneurship in young people.

He goes on to talk about the role that higher and further educational institutions might play in this field going forward, and the responsibilities they have to ensure their students are equipped to face the ever-changing marketplace.

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April 13, 2017 Mobile: Opportunity that educators can't ignore Lee Sharma, writing for Smartchimps

"Mobile technology has grown exponentially. Smartphone ownership has reached record levels with 91% of 18 to 44 year olds owning a mobile phone [Deloitte 2016]. But a mobile is not a must-have accessory; it's an integral part of young people's lives."

Lee Sharma writes about how mobile technology can be integrated into everyday education.

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March 24, 2017 Simply Do Ideas & The Prince's Trust: showcasing young entrepreneurs on the Enterprise Programme In Prince's Trust News & Views

As part of the Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme, in which 20 businesses showcased their products and services in a Cardiff Shopping Centre, Simply Do Ideas offered a free Ideas Accelerator event. Entitled 'Making your ideas happen', the public workshop focused on creating a viable idea and used the Simply Do Ideas Concept Canvas.

This year's Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme entrepreneurs included clothing boutiques, a surf school, historical building conservation, a florist and a furniture maker.

The programme provides practical, financial and mentoring support to help unemployed young people set up in business.

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March 8, 2017 Sector Response to the Chancellor's Spring Budget: Lee Sharma Comments Lee Sharma's comments in FE News

FE News covered a sector response to the 2017 Spring Budget:

With the Chancellor's pledge to raise investment in schools to £10 billion and set aside £300m to support new PhDs and STEM subjects and a further £270m for new and disruptive technologies, [in this article] are comments from the sector on the importance of skills and education and the role they will play in the future UK econmy.

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March 6, 2017 Centre for Entrepreneurship Plays Pivotal Role in Launching Graduate Business Cardiff Metropolitan University news

Simply Do Ideas has been helping graduates at Cardiff Metropolitan University's Centre for Entrepreneurship to launch their own businesses.

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February 15, 2017 Simply Do Ideas in University Business, 'helping create entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs of the future' University Business magazine - pp. 65-66

Simply Do Ideas is a new edtech disruptor founded in 2015. The online platform is used by universities to help turn students' entrepreneurial ideas into a viable business plan.

'Simply Do Ideas facilitates the process between a raw idea and developing a market-ready business plan,' says founder Lee Sharma. 'It's nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship and instilling practical business skills throughout the learning process - helping create entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs of the future'.

The first platform of its kind, Simply Do Ideas, is already being used at universities across the UK, including Cardiff Metropolitan University, Birkbeck University of London and The Open University.

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February 6, 2017 Why I Brought My Start-Up Back Down To Earth Lee Sharma, writing for Minutehack

'There's nothing like that moment when a new idea is born. Whether it's a bolt out of the blue or a flash of inspiration after years of failed attempts; you know that's the true moment you're about to become an entrepreneur and be behind the next big thing. The problems start when you want to take that spark and try convert others to back you. Those that are about to part with their cold hard cash, whether banks or investors, are firmly in the driving seat and need more than your enthusiasm. They need selling to. They need numbers. And they need it presented to them their way.'

Simply Do Ideas's CEO, Lee Sharma, shares how to build the confidence to present great ideas in a way that will influence others.

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January 24, 2017 Why tackling tough problems from personal experience is key to startup success Alison Coleman, Forbes

'Startups can fail for many reasons: a lack of cash, a loss of focus, but the number one reason is that their founders have committed the cardinal error of building a solution to tackle a problem that has no real market need, according to CB Insights research.'

Our CEO, Lee Sharma, explains how the ability to identify real issues and create effective solutions, often based on personal experience, may be the best way to generate successful businesses.

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