Posted on Monday 22 August 2011 by Ulster Business

[caption id="attachment_1151" align="alignnone" width="510" caption="Participants in Million Makers kick off this year\'s competition."]Participants in Million Makers kick off this year's competition.[/caption]

Ten Northern Ireland businesses are pitching their finest entrepreneurial ideas against each other to help raise funds for The Prince's Trust.

The companies have joined The Trust's Million Makers competition in a bid to see whose innovative ideas will generate the most return for the youth charity. Million Makers challenges teams to turn a seed fund of £1,500 into a fundraising profit of £10,000 by coming up with original and inspiring enterprises and implementing them over a period of six months. Teams from Allstate Northern Ireland, BNI Northern Ireland, Delta Packaging, Hewlett-Packard, Marks & Spencer, Northgate Managed Services, Parker Green International, RSM McClure Watters, ShredBank and Tughans are coming together with other teams across the UK to 'make a million'. For their first task, teams will present their business plans to a Dragons' Den style panel in order to secure their seed funding. Safe in the knowledge that they have a robust and water-tight plan, they will then deliver their own mini enterprise. Ian Jeffers, Director of The Prince's Trust in Northern Ireland welcomed the support of the companies participating in Million Makers, "Every year more than 3,000 young people take part in our programmes throughout Northern Ireland. Initiatives like Million Makers raise funds to help us make a lasting difference to their lives."

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