BLOG – Ethiopian Hatricks, Two Page Articles, Boot Camps and a Man Named Chimbonda

Yesterday was a busy day of meetings looking into how we are going to approach the launch of Balloon Kenya in partnership with Hallam Union.

After the success of my trip over the summer Hallam Union would like to fund two places next summer to join the programme in June 2014.

We shall be looking for the Universities top talent and launching the campaign in the first week of November. Lots of people have shown an interest already which is really exciting!

I met the President of the Union in a bar in Sheffield in the week and he was fully aware of the project and gave me his number if I needed any assistance, which was nice!

As the leaves mount up on the pavements of Sheffield, as does the work load. Corporate Finance being today’s reading topic.

Last Thursday I spent the day in Manchester at a careers fair of 3,000 students and 50 graduate employers. One of Next’s HR Officers described me as the ‘sharpest’ student at the event in my light grey suit with navy tie. I had some great chats with some of the employers there, but also some of the students too.

Last Saturday I got the opportunity to watch my beloved Carlisle United play in Manchester. Despite the loss it was a nice day out! I also saw Pascal Chimbonda make his début for the club.

Leicester Mercury

I appeared in the Business Magazine of the Leicester Mercury on Tuesday. An article that I wrote about a month ago appeared over two pages of their monthly magazine. Thanks to their Business Editor, Ian for sorting it!

Garlick scored a hat trick in an Ethiopian shirt this week and it was nice to get my football boots back on and escape university for an hour with friends. The decision on the next African nation I shall represent is difficult after the haul of football shirts I bought back from Kenya (Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Nakuru Allstars, South Sudan and Ethiopia).

This week shall see me represent Sheffield Business Schools Enterprise Society in Birmingham at NACUE’s (National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs) boot camp. It’ll be great to join fellow Enterprise Committee members from across the country to share some ideas. I may have a cheeky stop of in Leicester to see the family too!


BLOG – Balloon Kenya: What is Balloon Kenya?

Balloon Kenya brings young people from around the world to Kenya to work with budding local entrepreneurs to imagine and create new businesses that provide jobs and improve lives.

Working with and investing in Kenyan men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds we empower local people to defeat poverty through business, not aid.

How It Works

How It Works

1) LEARN: Balloon Kenya recruits young people from across the world (Enterprise Fellows) to complete an intensive week-long programme in business design, developed with leading entrepreneurship educators and 100s of young people.

2) SHARE: Fellows then work for 5 weeks with budding Kenyan entrepreneurs, leading classes and supporting groups to devise, develop and test new business ideas.

3) PITCH: On the last weekend groups present their business ideas to our Microfinance Fund and Balloon Kenya invest in the best ideas. Last year they invested £4880 in 20 start-up businesses. This year they will invest £15,000 in 75 businesses.

2012 Impact



Fellows joined Balloon Kenya from India, Israel, Germany, the US, England and Kenya.
They returned home to:
-Start businesses x3
-Teach social enterprise x4
-Work for charities x3
-Get other great jobs or continue their studies


Balloon Kenya invested in a huge range of businesses:
-Fish farm
-Doughnut shop
-Child care
-Courier Service

2013 Plans

In Summer 2013 Balloon Kenya will bring 48 young people (24 June and 24 in August) from around the world to Kenya to work with over 1,000 local budding Kenyan entrepreneurs and invest over £15,000 in at least 200 start-up businesses. – to find out more.