The Company's Cohort 8 Wraps Up


Six young people, one new staff member, and the ambition to succeed in all aspects of life. This is what The Company emulated this past spring. In February 2017, The Winch welcomed the eighth cohort of The Company along with new post-secondary coordinator Joe Oxley.  The Company is an initiative to build, support and evolve the business minds and ideas of 18 to 25 year olds in and around Camden.The beginning of the ten-week programme included a series of inductions, team work challenges, and group sessions. During the remainder of the course, the young people had workshops with MediaCom, Media Trust, and Bank of America. Additionally, they participated in two sessions with the former programme co-coordinator Frankie Taylor, two classes with marketing master Jamie Romaine, a session with former Provide associate Matt nation and lastly, a social media workshop with Westminster Kingsway College associate Wendy Breakell.



















Meet our investment recipients

Billy Ward Tucker
Business: Digits.Four.Five.Six.

A Camden native photographer, Billy’s passion lies within the realms of street culture, music and trainers. His brand is aimed at working alongside other creative young people and helping capture their big break. Billy is honing his aesthetic and planning on using his investment for a variety of courses, equipment, and completion of his websites. He has already been involved in a number of workshops with Nike and test shoots with local musicians.


Femi Agbebi
Business: Sink or Swim

Premium alternative street-wear with a positive message. Femi has jumped in on trading through the Big Cartel, having test traded and sampled successfully. He is taking part in a collaboration of local designers known as the Intro Collection and will be popping up in Queens Crescent in July. Having been through a few sink or swim situations himself, Femi should be proud of his unique design ideas, concepts, and brand becoming a reality.


Sasha Whitaker
Business: Sasha’s Sandwiches

Before being part of this cohort, this idea-strung young lady had taken part in an event in which gave homeless and vulnerably housed young people the opportunity to pitch business ideas to professionals. She also won the Somers Town Sparks competition and was signposted by New Horizons Youth Centre to further develop her idea. She impressed the investment panel with her charisma and is now applying to Camden Council for a license to begin selling an assortment of sandwiches at the Swiss Cottage Market.


Laura Lartey
Business: Hear the Motion

Having already set up her own not-for-profit creative arts project “Hear the Motion,” Laura had a head start before joining The Company. Her idea is to develop a workshop to help children, adults and families connect and find increased happiness in their life through play, mindfulness, and self love.  Laura created “Play Date,” an interactive and experiential workshop centred on having fun and feeling great. After running three successful sessions, she has recently accepted a partnership with Platform in Islington to run a further series of six sessions.


What’s next?

After finishing The Company’s eighth cohort, Joe and The Winch are jumping into Cohort 9 with a set of strong minded young people. The group completed their team building week by battling their fear of heights at GoApe and also went white water rafting. After a busy ten weeks, their business ideas are scheduled to be pitched to an investment panel in early September.


Thank you,


The Winch

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