Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD is the UK’s Top University in Global Entrepreneurship Week

28.11.2014

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) topped the UK list of University activities during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and was only second to the Welsh Government for the number of activities held in Wales.

Kathryn Penaluna, Enterprise Manager at UWTSD, said: “Entrepreneurship Week is a real opportunity for us to celebrate what we do here as an integral part of our mission. We are a connected University in every sense when it comes to be being enterprising; we connect with our learners, we connect with businesses and we connect with policy makers in a truly global way. The fact that we were the leading University in this table has as much to do with our day-to-day experience as it does with the celebrations in Global Entrepreneurship Week.”

GEW is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship and plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

The year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week was held between 17th and 23rd of November and was aimed at inspiring people through local, national and global activities to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connected participants to potential collaborators, mentors and innovators. In the UK the GEW campaign is hosted each year by Youth Business International, a global network dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs get started in business.

UWTSD hosted events across its three campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter. This included the launch of the Robert Owen Business Ideas Competition which invites students from across the University to participate in the challenge which will culminate in a pitch on 7th May 2015 at Swansea Business Campus. There was also a workshop to discuss delivering enterprise education in schools and a Careers and Business Start-Up Drop-In Session was held on the Lampeter Campus.

UWTSD graduates Jon Dawkins and Andrew Evans returned to the University during the week to share their experiences of freelancing in the Creative Industries. The I Love IP workshop for surface pattern students looked at how to protect their ideas, and social entrepreneur Nicola Hemley told Social Justice and Inclusion students how to start a social enterprise. Welsh Government Business Role Model Emma Wilkins shared her experiences, with Business students, of setting up her own business Biz Mobiles Ltd.

The University was pleased to be the overall sponsor of Young Business Dragons 2014, an enterprise-focused competition for Year 9 pupils across the region. Run by the South Wales Evening Post, the awards ceremony took place in the Marriott Hotel Swansea, on the 19th November, and the overall winners were Ysgol Bryngwyn.

The week’s activities were brought to a fitting end with the Start-Up Weekend at the Tech-Hub in Swansea. Business Information Technology Graduate Elliot Thomas, and his team, beat the competition from other educational institutions in the region to win first prize for his business idea Skipper. 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.

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit http://uk.gew.co/regions/wales

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  3. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer
07872 423788

steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk