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Sydney takes start-up message to Number 10

Sydney Chasin at Number 10

Sydney Chasin: ‘important to know that I am being heard’

A Scots university graduate and Scottish Edge winner was among a delegation of young entrepreneurs invited to discuss start-ups at a gathering in Downing Street.

Edinburgh Napier graduate Sydney Chasin joined the Enterprise Nation group at a meeting with special adviser to the Prime Minister Jimmy McLoughlin and business engagement manager Niamh Mulholland.

During the visit, Ms Chasin voiced her views on the impact that small start-up businesses can have in the UK, alongside hearing more from government representatives on the current support and guidance available for young entrepreneurs. 

The event is the latest in a number of similar trips organised by Enterprise Nation as it continues to support people to start and grow their own businesses. This event was the first that has been fully focused on young entrepreneurs and the opportunities available to them within the UK. 

A graduate in financial services with entrepreneurship, Ms Chasin was inspired to start her own business and became the first recipient of the Edinburgh Napier’s graduate entrepreneurship visa sponsorship. 

Her product – lil’POP – is a healthy snack that uses a crop called sorghum to produce an alternative to popcorn. Her company – The Healthy Crop – currently operates out of Edinburgh Napier’s Bright Red Triangle incubator at Merchiston as she gears up to bring lil’POP to a commercial market.  

She said: “As a young entrepreneur, setting out to create a global business, I find it important to know that I am being heard and that the government support and conditions are right to enable the success of both my company and other young companies. Opportunities like this give entrepreneurs a voice at what is arguably the most important table in the country. 

In December, Sydney was announced as one of 11 Wild Card Edge winners at the Scottish Edge competition – a project aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming potential entrepreneurial talent. She was awarded £10,000 in funding as a result.


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