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Emanuel Squires

A lifelong Arsenal supporter, Emmanuel Squires is taking inspiration from his love of football for a new business venture which he hopes will “bring the game to the ride, all day, all the way.”

With a career in IT, it was inevitable that Emmanuel would utilise technology in his idea to create an app which allows sports fans to share rides to games in a new way. “I knew that I had the skills to develop a prototype app, even though I had never created one before,” stated Emmanuel. 

Lockdown proved a key point in his life, as working at home, he had more time to think about the initial idea which sprang from a conversation with a friend involved in sport, who struggled to find travel options for games which were cost effective but also added to the enjoyment of the game.

Having developed the app, Emmanuel realised that he also needed to brush up on the business skills required to launch a business and this was where GetSet for Growth Coast to Captial came in. Their programme of practical workshops combined with information sessions and 1:1 support meant that he could increase his business knowledge at the same time as finding out about the Invest4 grant funding available through The Business Hothouse.

The GetSet for Growth team helped me to develop my business plan and prepare the financial documents I needed to make my business work. I’m now putting all the knowledge from the workshops and support from the GetSet for Growth team into action and am planning to apply for a grant to help fund equipment as well as help from external consultants.

Emmanuel Squires