Startup weekend has an International Reputation for Making Students more Employable

20.10.2015

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20th – 22nd November 2015

Start Up Weekend Swansea 2015

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) School of Applied Computing students are given a brilliant opportunity to take part in Startup Weekend with sponsors and partners  the Welsh Government, UWTSD, Gower College, HitHub, Swansea University and Global Entrepreneurship Week UK.

Startup is a weekend event. On the Friday anyone with a new business idea is encouraged to pitch the proposal to all participants, teams are then created around the best ideas. On Saturday developers, designers, marketers and other professionals team up to develop the idea and launch the business in just 54 hours.

The weekend enables all involved to gain valuable employability skills, experience interdisciplinary team working and turn new product ideas into a real business proposition in one weekend. The teams are also supported by industry professionals enabling them to apply their practical technical skills learned at UWTSD into a real business scenario.

Startup weekend has an international reputation for making students more employable. This experience greatly enhances students CVs and chances of gaining employment upon Graduation.

The Weekend enables student teams to experience new product idea generation, design planning, market research to establish demand, testing, product enhancement, product development, funding options, patenting intellectual property, pricing revenue and sale forecasts and experience in advertising and online marketing.

Many of the business Startups from 2014 are still running and previous team members return to pitch new ideas or to recruit students and graduates. This provides students with fantastic networking opportunities to either be employed by an existing start-up or mentored by successful business people to start their own business.

Our UWTSD BSc Business Information Technology, Business Computing, Web Development, Computer Games Development, Software Engineering and Computer Information Systems students all complete a module called ‘Enterprise and Innovation’.

For this module our students are put into teams to come up with a new product and/or business ideas. The module is assessed in two segments. The first is an informal pitch based on what they did during the Startup weekend. The second is in the form of a business proposition plan of the original idea and the original teams. Student teams use their Technical and Business skills to create and monetize a wide variety of innovative products such as:

  • mobile applications
  • web applications
  • casual / indie games
  • augmented and virtual reality applications and games
  • information systems
  • e-learning systems
  • health well-being and medical applications
  • electronic devices

It is clearly apparent that what our students learn during Startup Weekend directly enhances commercial awareness, content of their business proposition plans, employability skills and employment network.

There is a definite possibility that our students could be employed by the end of the weekend. The increased knowledge, skills, networking experience and links, make the Startup Weekend an invaluable part of our Applied Computing programmes.

With an open heart and mind that leads to a positive enterprising attitude and an innovative mind-set students can achieve their dreams and make a great contribution to society. I believe every person has a unique genius within them. We just need to create the right environment and guide our students to acquire the skills they need to accomplish their goals. When you ignite the light and entrepreneurial spirit within - Dreams become a Reality.

To see the Start-up Video’s from last year, click here: https://appliedcomputin.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/warming-up-for-start-up-weekend-2015-o/

To find out more about our courses visit our website: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/computing

We have a number of Swansea Open Days:

  • Saturday, 7 November 2015
  • Saturday, 5 November 2015

Book your place here: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/visitus

You can also view our Newsletter here.

If you have any queries about any of our programmes please email: computing@uwtsd.ac.uk