Winning Teams made up of UWTSD Students and Graduates for the Tech Hub Start-up Weekend


At the Start-Up Weekend at the Tech-Hub in Swansea, Business Information Technology Graduate Elliot Thomas, and his team, beat the competition to win first prize for his business idea Skipper. 

Start Up Weekend

Skipper is a tool which identifies social media accounts with over 100,000 followers and links them with brands to promote on their newsfeeds. The unique selling point is that it increases brand engagement through a direct sales platform to customers. The app is currently in development and is expected to launch early next year on the IOS and Android smartphone platforms.

BSc Business Information Technology, second year Students Elisha Arnold, Alexander Page and Lauren Collins narrowly missed out on third place along with Richard Gleed’s Team including Abdulaziz Almegren, and second year Web Development student Kelvin Beukes.

Software Engineering Graduate Edd Turtle and Web Development Graduate Ben Gillot also narrowly missed the top three price winning spots. All created Amazingly innovative new tech business opportunities and performed brilliantly all weekend. They were outstanding.

“I am very happy with the success of Start-Up Weekend, it’s great to see so many people with such great ideas. They are all winners.”- Edwina Heart

Tech Hub

Tech Hub is a co-working space, an incubation environment. Any business owner or entrepreneur who wants to start, or has a small team and wants to work with other tech start-ups, can hire a desk or have a flexi membership. You can join Tech Hub for as little as £4,000 per year.

With partners such as Google, BlackBerry and the BlueVia initiative from Telefonica, Tech Hub brings access to the global tech industry, plus learning opportunities, workspace, contacts and expertise to help new businesses get the support they need to grow and succeed.

The space is great and it’s a really friendly environment. There is a lot of cross-cohabitating work going on where businesses work together, not compete against each other, so it’s a really great place to start your business. Many businesses and entrepreneurs can come to the space and make some good connections. With so many Tech Start-ups in Swansea, there are numerous opportunities for work-placements.

“Swansea is a great example of how different elements of the tech start-up ecosystem are coming together to tap into the emerging talent that exists in Wales. With its proximity to South West UK and that region’s long-standing history of technology innovation, plus great local support from universities and government and a kickass founding team, we’re really excited to see what TechHub Swansea can do.”

Elizabeth Varley, TechHub Cofounder and CEO