Anthony Gerrard’s mantra is “there is no such thing as a bad idea”. After overcoming a chaotic background, growing up in poverty and becoming homeless at 18 Anthony put himself through college and university and then went on to set up his own company - Bad Idea.
Now his mission is to help other disadvantaged young people facing similar socio-economic obstacles to follow in his footsteps into self-employment.
With this aim in mind, Anthony set up Bad Idea, a flagship youth enterprise and personal development programme targeting high school pupils. Accredited by Glasgow University, the programme takes the form of an enterprise competition delivered by a series of workshops, designed to inspire entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and innovation.
Anthony started another company before setting up Bad Idea and was put in touch with 27 different support organisations. He found that the one size fits all approach of many agencies created more obstacles than solutions and was determined that other young people from marginalised groups would not have the same experiences he did.
As a result Anthony aims to make business start-ups accessible to young people by bringing it into the 21st century and helping them focus on what they can do, rather than what they can’t do, thus giving them the self-belief, confidence and skills to make their ideas a reality.
Bad Idea operated initially in Glasgow but has recently received Scottish Government backing to expand into Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth, Stirling, Aberdeen and Inverness, working directly with local authority education departments to reach secondary schools, culminating in a national enterprise competition on 31 October.
LaunchMe will be supporting Bad Idea in scaling up throughout Scotland, as well as helping them to apply the corporate expertise of LaunchMe’s advisory board to make Bad Idea a competitive social enterprise not dependent on grant funding.
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