Friday, March 27, 2009

'Girlation- a celebration of U' *updates*

Press releases have gone out-
PR agencies are calling-
And great updates are to be shared-

1- Girlation will be hosted by:: Carole Machin and Kate Edmondson of MTV/Gok Wan's Programs/Euromillions/BBC Teen News/and more..

2- Models 1, Europes #1 modeling agency who does Britains Next Top Model will be at Girlation, giveing the girls tips on poise and confidence and their model scouts will be roaming the crowd

3-Great organisations will be there and are supporting...such as: Pinapple Dance, Lush, Think Style, Sulfridges, V&A, G-Wiz, Pants to Stop Poverty, Scorpion Shoes, Funky Moves Dance, Rococo Chocolates, Covey's 7 Habits of Highly successful teens and others!!

4- There will be nutrition, ethical style, fitness, dance, inspirations, music, career, environmental and so much more enrichment

A great day to be had by all...

If you know any 11-18 yr old girls in the London area, please send them to

and have them email if they are interested in entering the art sculpture contest, short story/poem writing contest, being in one of the fashion shows, or if they have a performance group (dance, music, theater)


Pitch Pandemonium...yeaaaaaa

Wow, what fun!

I was given the opportunity to pitch for 3 minutes in front of a great audience of entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Foundations, PR agents and others... As the event started, and I realised how large the crowd was, I thought 'Why on earth did I ever sign myself up for this? Was I in my right mind?!?' But as I walked off the stage, I realised, it was a phenomenal opportunity to share about U4U and practice my pitch. It was the first time I spoke about U4U to a crowd, and the first time I pitched for funding, so two firsts out of the way! AND, as it was kind of a pitching competition, the other great bit of news is, I won :) so that means I will get to share what I am sure will be an insightful lunch with Polly at 15 restaurant...great!!

Do you have 1 min to read my pitch? Here it is:
Girls face many challenges in their teen years…
- 1 in 8 teen girls suffer from depression
- 1/3 of the UK’s teen girls have tried self harm
- Anorexic girls admitted to the UK’s hospitals rose by 80% in the last decade

Yet girls hold a world of potential,
As a recent Nobel Prize winner and Nike proclaim, the potential to change a culture lies in a girl
- A man will reinvest 35% whereas a female will invest 90% of her income into her family

And from a business standpoint,
- teen girls represent a 7 billion pound spending power

I would like to introduce you to U4U, a social solution and business opportunity…a members club for girls aged 11-18 which supports their challenges and unleashes their potentials

1. attend weekly meetings
2. engage in team activities
3. peer mentoring
4. building small enterprises
5. and can access professional coaching

U4U is built around four pillars, fitness, kindness, culture and environment
- Fitness relating to physical and mental fitness
- Kindness, ability to relate to others with compassion and confidence
- Culture relating to wide tolerance and appreciation of differences
- Environment relating to environmental consciousness

U4U is a totally new concept which distinguishes itself through the business model, service offering and commercial appeal…
- The business model effectively makes use of franchisees
- Parents, whom reports show in the UK spend on average 19 minutes per day with their teens, find comfort through U4U and so shall support their daughters attendance
- And,
- No other competitor offers such a high quality, holistic and global program which also has an exclusive brand and curriculum which girls love and want to be a part of

I am working full time on U4U and have a team of 5 passionate professionals collaborating with me.

U4U will launch on May 17th at the first annual U4U, exclusive event for girls, called ‘Girlation-a celebration of U’ which will be hosted by Carol Machin and Kate Edmondson from MTV/Gok Wan’s Programs/BBC Teen News/and more

A 4 week pilot program will run from mid June
A full launch will take place with the start of the school year in Sept

We are building toward presence in 7 countries, revenues of 3 million and membership of over 20,000 by 2013

I am currently seeking investment of 150K for start-up costs

to support the worlds teen girls in becoming dynamic future leaders of the new economy, their families and their communities….because the potential to change a culture comes through a girl

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Girlation just might turn out to be one of the best events for teen girls, that London has ever had!!! FINGERS CROSSED ;)

Things are coming together really well!

What is Girlation going to be all about, you might ask, well here it is::

Participants and Sponsors include great huge and small companies like LUSH, Pineapple dance, Selfridges, Rococo Chocolates and many others …JUST IN, Model 1 (europs top agency) will be joining to talk about confidence/poise, AND celebrity guest Carol Machin will be joining...
Date: 17 May 2009
Location: Baden Powel House (South Kensington/Chelsea)
Time: 12-4pm
Attendees: up to 600 girls (plus another 1500 viewing online)(plus some of their parents)
Press: hopefully lots of press will be in attendance…15 press offices are following U4U…
Purpose: improve the world through developing our youth

5 components to the event which will all be going on continuously throughout the event:
1. entertainment :: inspirational speakers, dance, music,...all promoting some elements of the four pillars (fitness, kindness, culture, environment)
2. trade show of our favorite companies :: 15-20 tables highlighting only companies which appeal to young ladies
3. pamper corner :: massages, manicures, … free pampering for the girls
4. high heel boot camp :: a circuit of 6 professionals (style, speech, environment…) where a girl can go through the circuit and sit down for personal advice with each of the professionals for a 3 min session
5. promoting girls :: art sculpting and writing competition (to be hosted by leaders from London’s favorite modern gallery and a top selling teen magazine)


Last i had reported we had made the first cuts of a couple business plan competitions...well, I am so pleased to report that we made it even further (though not all the way :() we were basically placed 6 out of 70entrants in one of them and an honorable mention in the other... top 8 out of over 100...for this one we win an in kind prize of over 500pounds!! yahooo... The best part of it was getting feedback and talking to some key investors. Was extremely exciting to hear how interested the were in U4U and I was extremely honored to hear some very good feedback on the strategy/professionalism/team/results so far....

Well thats all for now, back to the phone to finalise the rest of the great companies who will be joining us in CELEBRATING TEEN GIRLS!!!!!!!!