St Matthew Academy and Twenty Ten Club to host mentoring event for girls

It’s a wonderful opportunity to “inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurship”

St Matthew Academy, Lewisham, the country’s leading enterprise school, will host an evening of speed-mentoring on 31st May in partnership with the Twenty Ten Club.

The evening will connect the school’s most enterprising girls with leading female BME entrepreneurs.

St Matthew Academy is the only ‘all-through’ 3-16 enterprise school in the UK and is in the top ten in the country for student achievement based upon its innovative foundation of teaching enterprising skills.

The Academy opened in 2007 taking over two horrendously underperforming schools (Primary and Secondary).

Deputy Principal Martin Nirsimloo said: “Fifty of our most enterprising girls will be given the opportunity to meet, interview and spend an intimate evening with 15 leading female BME entrepreneurs. This is a wonderful opportunity which we hope will inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurship.”

The Twenty Ten Club is an award-winning organisation that aims to connect, inspire and support Black female entrepreneurs. Named one of the UK’s leading social enterprises at the Future 100 Awards, the Twenty Ten Club was founded by entrepreneur Octavia Goredema.

The Club hosts monthly networking events in central London for its members, who run enterprises from a cross-section of industries including beauty; fashion; professional services; education and social enterprise. The organisation also champions the success of Black female business role models via the weekly entrepreneur interviews featured on the website –

“Everyone at the Twenty Ten Club is so excited to be on the mentor panel for this special event at St Matthew Academy,” says Goredema, Managing Director of the Twenty Ten Club. “I continue to be amazed and inspired by the extent and breadth of enterprise activities St Matthew Academy provide for their students to let their light shine. At the Twenty Ten Club we strive to support, enable and encourage the next generation of future business leaders – this event provides the perfect platform to connect with the enterprising women of the future at St Matthew Academy.”

“The vast majority of our students are from the urban BME community of Lewisham,” says Nirsimloo. “The aim of our Enterprise programme is to develop our student’s natural entrepreneurship and celebrate it rather than stifle it.”

Nirsimloo hopes that similar events will give the girls “a solid foundation and confidence to be enterprising and have wide aspiration.”