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June 15, 2011

The National Enterprise Academy

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Written by: Kyle Raffo

Peter Jones, businessman and tv Dragons Den judge, has teamed up with the government and launched a network of ‘enterprise academies’ across the UK.

The purpose of the academies is to identify the next generation of entrepreneurs, with many already been found in the few years it has been running.

The Enterprise Academy is to be aimed at Britain’s teenagers aged 16-19 and is available to those from all ‘educational backgrounds.’

The National Enterprise Academy (NEA) was backed by the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and formed part of the governments new enterprise strategy. The Academies are funded by both the government and Peter Jones to the tune of £4million each.

Jones has paid particular attention to the difference in the ‘entreprenurial mindset’ between the UK and USA, stating that “Here, there tends to be a ‘Can I’ approach, where in the US the ‘I Can’ belief is instilled at a young age. If the UK economy is to become a world leader in business, we need to create the right learning environment for all our children, where their talents can be developed so they can go out into the workplace or business and prosper.”

You can apply for the National Enterprise Academy now by visiting their website: or finding them on Twitter.

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