Are you aged 12 to 19 and located in the West Yorkshire area? Get involved in my young entrepreneur’s competition!
If you are aged 12 to 19 years and located in the West Yorkshire area, then I have some exciting news for you! Keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for further information on my upcoming competition, to encourage budding young entrepreneurs in West Yorkshire to achieve their business dreams.
Turning my attention to the next generation of business owners and entrepreneurs, I’m looking to work with local high schools to promote entrepreneurship and help develop business skills. This includes teaching seminars on topics such as working with a budget, creating a marketing plan and launching a viable business. The competition will give entrants the opportunity to work alone, or in a group, to produce a business plan, to meet a brief and budget and ultimately to pitch their idea to me. The winners will receive support and mentorship, access to industry contacts and a cash investment to get their business idea off the ground.
If you or your school would like to get involved, then contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Leolin at DinoByte Labs
Meet Louise Leolin, the founder of DinoByte Labs, a London-based indie games start-up and the focus of my Young Entrepreneur of October blog.
About the founder
She co-founded the business with Christian Lovdal in 2015, spurred on by a love of games and the desire to create great player experiences as an outlet to channel their creativity. The dynamic duo put the gamers experience at the forefront of what they do, with Louise steadily becoming a core name in the gaming industry, paving the way and shattering glass ceilings inspiring millions more women and girls to break out into the industry as she did.
This multi-talented co-founder is the producer and project manager for all of the games produced by DinoByte Labs. She oversees admin tasks, social media promotion, conceptual ideation, testing and researching alongside detailed UX design, often juggling multiple tasks to get the job done properly.
During Louise’s time at the University of East London, she researched and completed a dissertation which lead to her discovery that 52% of UK games are female, however, only 14% of the games industry professionals are women. This research spurred her on to find a way to actively change this, which lead to the creation of DinoByte Labs. This dynamic, indie games studio was a bold and brave step for Leolin. However, her fearlessness pushed her forward. In an interview for Liberis, Louise said;
“Being an entrepreneur requires taking a big leap of faith, and while it can be extremely rewarding, the prospect of failing can scare people away from even trying. Talk to as many people as you can and soak up as much advice as possible, but at the end of the day, always follow your own instincts.”
Through her business, Leolin is striving to change the industry. Her independent company offers her the freedom to choose what she creates and contribute to the industry first hand. She can instigate change in the ‘way things have always been done’ in order to change-up processes for the better. Her games allow her to design and create her own unique stories, games, and characters, with no restrictions including stereotypes and social conventions that may restrict those working in global companies.