News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Through funding and support from HSBC Group and HSBC Bank Bermuda, this initiative aims to offer 20 local young adults, ages 18-25 years old, first-hand entrepreneurial experience with some of Bermuda’s top startups from the Ignite Bermuda Accelerator Programme.

Successful applicants will gain hands-on work experience with these local entrepreneurial leaders, attend workshops lead by industry experts, and have the opportunity to work on independent projects in the Ignite Hub with the support of programme mentors.

A stipend for the internship will be provided for project hours completed at their designated host business or organisation; with an additional time commitment for educational workshops as part of the programme.

Abby Brewer, founder of Sew Brew and 2021 Ignite Intern said: “I have become a much more confident person, much more open minded, and ready to take action. I definitely have more faith in myself and my abilities, in terms of believing that I can succeed as an entrepreneur. It also vastly improved my ability to network with others.”

Zayne Sinclair, another Ignite 2021 Intern and founder of Sinclair’s Seed Sowing added: “I am more driven to achieve my goals and go through the hardships that are ahead. I’m no longer scared to make mistakes. I understand it’s all a part of the journey. Everyday is an opportunity to work on myself and sharpen my skills.”

The 2021 pilot internship programme proved to be a great success. 100 percent of interns reported that they ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that they had a better understanding of entrepreneurship as a result of this programme, 100 percent of participants said they would recommend this programme to their peers and 35% of them continued to work with their host business/organisation or received job opportunities as a direct result of the programme.

Young Adult Intern applications will be accepted from now until Friday, April 29 at 5pm. To learn more or to apply for the young adult entrepreneurship internship, visit here.