“Don’t keep your vision to yourself: there are others willing to share their experience with you and help you turn your dream into reality!”
Securing a job was a challenge for her amid intense competition, and she found herself among the 33% of young people in Spain who are unemployed and seeking work. With an interest in IT and good graphic design skills, Mireya did not initially consider entrepreneurship as an option. She completed a course in front-end development with Red.es, which led to her being offered a place on a pilot project run by Youth Business Spain (YBS) in Málaga. YBS’s local partner, Asociación Arrabal-AID, was working with a job placement company, AIDEI, to offer training in entrepreneurial skills for unemployed young people. “It was a great opportunity,” remembers Mireya. ‘’They offered us intensive group training in business skills, plus one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to help us develop an idea for a business. It’s where my interest in becoming an entrepreneur began.”
In April 2018, Mireya started her web design and development business, 7 Nyx Developers, which provides services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. “It’s been a steep learning curve,” she admits.
“I’d never before considered all the different activities which go into running a business: finding a co-working space, networking, learning how to communicate professionally, and mastering administrative tasks such as budgeting and invoicing. But I feel a real sense of achievement, particularly when I am doing graphic design, which I love."
Through YBS, Mireya receives ongoing support and guidance from a volunteer business mentor, who is helping her both in the running of her existing company and in developing future business ideas.“YBS found me a mentor whose interests correspond with my own – he is even helping me with my vision of creating video games,” she says. She has attended several YBS training programmes, and comments: “I found the Lean Startup programme especially useful. It has helped me to focus and create a bigger global vision of my company’s strengths, qualities and needs. Through YBS I also had the opportunity to take part in a Pop Up Store, where I could promote my business to clients and collaborators.”
As Youth Business International’s member in Spain, in partnership with the Citi Foundation, YBS works through its network of well-established local NGOs to support underserved young entrepreneurs to start, sustain and grow their own businesses, thus providing a quality alternative to unemployment. Mireya credits them with supporting her both professionally and personally: “YBS has helped me to rethink and plan my business and contributed to my own development through training and support to pursue my interests. My first video game is already in development!”
With new products and services in development, Mireya has big ambitions to grow her company and increase its client base. She has this advice for other young people looking to set up in business:
“Be clear about what you like and look for people who can help you explore different options. I’ve felt my greatest sense of achievement when using the skills I most enjoy to benefit my business.”
Youth Business Spain is part of the Youth Business Europe programme, a regional initiative supported by the Citi Foundation to help young entrepreneurs to start or grow a business.