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Press Release and the Crowdfunding Campaign


Lynn Erasmus

SYMBL CIC (Social Young and Multinational Business Leaders)






Ever toyed with a business idea when you were younger, but had no idea where to start?

We regret the things we didn’t do the most, but you now have the opportunity to back a young entrepreneur’s journey.

  • Our mission is to fund up to 100 youths in Scotland by May with a year’s membership via our Crowdfunder Campaign.
  • They will learn all there is about entrepreneurship, how to create an entrepreneurial mindset, be mentored by industry experts, and ultimately, discover their purpose and build the confidence to do what they love.
  • Not everyone fits in the boxes that society created for us, and entrepreneurship is an option for them. Challenge your friends and family, colleagues, and teachers to back a young entrepreneur’s dream today.

Research on young people and entrepreneurship.

  • There are 6.8million young people between 16 – 24-years of age in the UK, of which only 7% started a business, even though 83% of them dream of entrepreneurship…
  • In Scotland, there are only 600 000 people in this age group, but surprisingly, the highest percentage of Total early-stage Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) at (13%), 78 0000, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Agency.
  • In other words, Scotland’s 16-24year old age group makes up only 10% of this demographic in all the UK but shows double the entrepreneurial mindset and activities compared to the rest of their peers.

What is even more surprising, is the fact that the youths from typically more deprived areas showed the highest entrepreneurial activity, compared to the least deprived areas.

  • Fact is – poverty does not lead to the youths falling behind, but instead, lack of direction, purpose, and shared opportunities does.
  • And this is where you and I come in. You and I can be the change we seek.

You and I can do our part to provide these youths with access to information, opportunities, shared experiences, masterminds, networking, mentorship, and entrepreneurial mindset growth.

Why Support?

As the Founder of our organisation, I have experienced first-hand the challenges faced by young people, young professionals, and expats living in the UK. Although a native to South Africa, I am now living in the lush green hills of Scotland with my family.

Today, I am a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, author of Break Those Damn Rules, and keynote speaker, but it wasn’t always like this for me…
Growing up, I felt like an outsider and misfit.

We all want to feel like we matter and belong, but this was taken away from me as a young girl, losing my mother to suicide. It left an emptiness inside of me, which over the years turned into disillusionment.

Until one day, a spark was set off.
It was the year 2010 when I completed my internship at a newspaper house, and I was introduced to the world of Entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship filled a part of this hole and gave me a sense of purpose and value again. And this was the start of my path to help thousands of others like me, by sharing information on how they too can start their entrepreneurial journey.

Entrepreneurship is not for the elite few, born with privilege and power; but for those with courage in their hearts and a strong will to succeed. You are not your circumstance, nor your postcode or family name. You are what you believe it to be, and today is your day to make that choice to change. Join our community of passionate, (some call us crazy), like-minded people at SYMBL, and together we will thrive.

Most of us want to make a difference, but we don’t know how. Here is an opportunity for you to be part of the solution and make a difference no matter how big or small by sponsoring a young person’s membership for the year, or even a part donation will go a long way. There are many rewards we offer in return, check it out on our Crowdfunder page: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/back-a-young-entrepreneur-challenge.


SYMBL was born out of a need to connect like-minded people who share similar values and ethics – we truly embody and embrace diversity, equality, and inclusion.

We strive to be the one-stop shop for all your entrepreneurial needs and be the first port of call when arriving in the UK – all expats welcome, no matter how long you have been here.

People do business with people, not entities and as such, we have made great strides to connect with organisations that aim to support young people, businesses, and or expats. We are creating pathways to share these resources with our members as you are our number one focus.

SYMBL – We grow inclusive business leaders of tomorrow.

SYMBL – Your Home Away from Home.


For further information contact:

Lynn Erasmus, ceo@symbl.org.uk, www.symbl.org.uk, 07394432905.

Notes to editors:

  • Lynn Erasmus is the founder and CEO (Creating Exciting Opportunities) of SYMBL and although only launched on 21 March 2022, it is a culmination of 42 years of life and 12 years of business experience. Lynn won the Great British Entrepreneur Foreign Innovation Award 2021, is the IOD Tayside’s Inclusivity & Diversity Ambassador, Perthshire Businesswomen committee member, a Humane Tech supporter, Growbiz Mentor, Perth Leadership Ambassador, and fierce suicide prevention activist.
  • SYMBL CIC (SC720839) is a registered Community Interest Company, where we offer training, mentorship, and events to our members, championing their needs and always encouraging innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

Overview of the UK population – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

Why the future’s bright for UK entrepreneurialism – Real Business

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2021/2022 Global Report: Opportunity Amid Disruption (gemconsortium.org)


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