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Edith Bowman signs up to SUPA Academy

DJ & Presenter Helps Launch Search for 500 'Supa' Aspiring Entrepreneurs…

TV Presenter Edith Bowman joined forces with two of the UK's youngest social entrepreneurs, 19-year-old Bejay Mulenga and Liam Tootill, today (Friday 22nd May) to help launch their latest initiative for Supa Academy – a search for 500 young people to take part in the UK's first retail 'Hack' event, designed to inspire the UK's next generation of retail tycoons.

The trio appeared at Supa Academy's pop-up "application station" located at Old Street Underground Station, where people can go to apply and find out more about the July event. Alternatively, they can apply via Supa Academy's website (, which launches today.  

Hosted by Edith Bowman and created in partnership with Barclays LifeSkills, the Supa Academy Hack 2015 will take place July 24th–26th at The Old Truman Brewery, London - with 500 places up for grabs. The only catch is that applicants have to be aged between 18 and 24 years old and have a hunger for enterprise.  

The 3-day affair will give successful applicants the chance to work with huge global brands such as River Island, Facebook and Pepsi Max, be mentored by influential industry specialists and earn revenue through creating, setting up and running a Supa Academy supermarket, e-commerce platform and auction.   

Edith Bowman, who recently launched her own book, Great British Music Festivals, said, "What Liam and Bejay have created with Supa Academy is really special. It's pretty incredible to see them working so hard to inspire the UK's next generation of entrepreneurs, and I'm very excited to be an ambassador for Supa Academy.
"Interestingly, I think it's going to have a real festival vibe, with live music, stalls, and a variety of engaging activities, so I'll most definitely be in my comfort zone!" 
Supa Academy Co-Founder, Bejay, said, "The Supa Academy Hack 2015 is designed to encourage a sense of entrepreneurial spirit in teenagers and young adults taking their first steps in business and enterprise.

"We've already had a huge amount of interest in the event, as it will be the first of it's kind, so we're looking forward to ambitious young people coming forward to take part. 

"It's going to be pretty mind-blowing to see the outcome of 500 young people, working together under one roof - with the right support, guidance and business tools. I'm confident they're going to create something great."    

The aim of Supa Academy, a social enterprise organisation, is to provoke curiosity, build confidence and develop skills in teenagers and young adults taking their first steps into enterprise – through delivering fun, engaging and hands on business challenges and events, where participation can lead to earning whilst learning.

For further information regarding Supa Academy and The Supa Academy Hack 2015, visit: 




  • Date published: 22nd May 2015
  • Written by: Ian Thomas
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