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Last Updated: Friday, 4 November 2005, 07:08 GMT
Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?
Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? And is the UK the right country to start your own business?

Take part in our competition, and you could win tickets and a trip to the Enterprising Britain Summit '05, on Monday, 14 November in London.

The California-based Milken Institute recently ranked the UK as the best place in the world for entrepreneurs - at least in terms of access to capital.

But many worry that the UK is lacking an enterprise culture.

Enterprise Week hopes to change that. More than 1,000 events across the country are to inspire people in their teens and twenties "to be enterprising, to turn their ideas into something real".

How to get enterprising

So have you got it?

If you are between the age of 14 and 30, tell us what you think makes a good entrepreneur. And tell us about yourself: what drives you to set up your own business, who inspires you?

Email us a brief essay - up to 250 words - and we will publish the best contributions.

The young entrepreneurs sending us the four best submissions will win one ticket each - worth 210 a person - to the Enterprising Britain Summit, plus assistance with travel and other costs.

The summit is an ideal opportunity for networking with top business people, investors and politicians.

Send your essay to business@bbc.co.uk. Your e-mail's subject line must say Enterprise Week.

The deadline is Monday evening, 7 November, at 1800 UK time.

The business editor of BBC News Interactive and his team will evaluate and rank the submissions, and select the four best contributions.

At and after the summit we will talk to the winners about their experiences, and how they get on with their business project.

Enterprise Week is organised by Enterprise Insight, founded by the British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. It is supported by a wide range of organisations - from Business in the Community and the Learning and Skills Council to the government's Small Business Service and the Prince's Trust.


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