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Dey is named the O2 X' Young Entrepreneur of the Year' 2009
Dey is named the O2 X' Young Entrepreneur
of the Year' 2009
London, 30 September 2009
old young Asian Rajeeb Dey has been named the O2
X 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009' for his
internet company enternships.com - a site that connects
start-ups and small businesses with students and
graduates looking for entrepreneurial work placements.
Dey, who started enternships.com while he was a
student at Oxford University, says that the site
provides ambitious and dynamic students and graduates
with an opportunity to learn about business and
enterprise through work placements in entrepreneurial
and innovative environments, from start-ups to global
venture funds around the world. Over 500 companies
have already signed up to offer internship opportunities
in cities as far and as wide as London to Mumbai.
Enternships was pioneered
in association with Oxford Entrepreneurs, a student-run
society at the University which encourages and
supports student entrepreneurship and is one of
the largest in Europe. Dey was the longest serving
President of Oxford Entrepreneurs and graduated
in June 2008 with First Class Honours in Economics
& Management from Jesus College, Oxford. He is
heavily involved in encouraging entrepreneurship
in the UK with a background in social enterprise
and education, having founded the English Secondary
Students Association (ESSA) at the age of 17.
Dey is a Trustee of UnLtd
- the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, a Trustee
of the Phoenix Education Trust, a Next Generation
Network Advisory Board member for the UK-India
Business Council and Commissioner on the Carnegie
UK Trustís Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society.
He has received numerous accolades for his work,
including the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award,
YouthActionNet Global Fellowship, Waldzell Instituteís
Architect of the Future Award, Bank of England
Windsor Fellowship and Fellowship of the Royal
Society of Arts (FRSA). Dey was recently selected
to join the exclusive Courvoisier The Future 500,
an exclusive and unique members network for rising
stars across the UK.
On winning the O2 X Award,
Dey said "The venture is particularly timely
given the graduate jobs crisis and economic downturn
leading to thousands of graduates who will struggle
to find work upon graduation this summer. The
vision is that in years to come an enternship
in a start-up / small business will have the same
kudos of interning in a large corporation."
Watch O2 X's interview with Rajeeb Dey, click
Video courtesy of O2 X Awards.
About the O2 X Awards
The O2 X Awards is an annual
national small business competition set up to
recognise emerging young talent from within the
small business community. The announcement of
the winners is the culmination of a six month
nationwide search, which has seen the awards programme
receive hundreds of entries from small businesses
across the country and over 10,000 members of
the public voting online for their favourite business.
Simon Devonshire, Head of
O2 SME Marketing, comments: "The economic
challenges of recent months appear to have done
little to stifle the entrepreneurial spirit of
the UKs small business community. The calibre
and number of entries we received bears witness
to the resilient and determined attitude from
entrepreneurs up and down the country and the
breadth and variety of talent was truly exciting."
Each winner will receive
£5,000 to invest in their business as well
as business mentoring from the accomplished entrepreneurs,
Nicky Kinnaird, Shaf Rasul and Michelle Dewberry.