Entrepreneurial UWTSD winners of Robert Owen Cup 2017 revealed!


An idea for a cross-cutural app to help people gain access to the right hair and beauty treatments, has been named as the winner of the annual entrepreneurial challenge run by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

The Robert Owen Challenge Cup is an annual university-wide entrepreneurial competition run by the Swansea Business School and supported by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Cash prizes are awarded to the winners along with invaluable advice from business experts.

The Challenge is designed for students who have a business idea and think they can make it work in practice. Past winners have come from the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts, Film and Digital Media, Swansea Business School and Carmarthen Business School.

The competition is open to individuals and teams of up to 6 people who must be current students of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The successful finalists are invited to pitch their idea to a panel of experts and answer questions that seek to clarify the concept.

The judges for this year’s competition were Helen Bowden, CEO of Swansea Bay Futures; Julia Williamson, Branch Chair of FSB Swansea Bay and owner of First Call Coffee; Phil Jones, Board Member of Chartered Management Institute in Wales and Director of Project 66 Consultancy Services Ltd.

The 2017 winning group, which included students from Wuhan University of Technology, developed their Hair and Beauty app idea from their MBA project week and were shortlisted for the Robert Owen Challenge Cup final. The group then beat seven other teams for the prize. The judges thought their idea was innovative and had strong business potential.

The Winning team are (l-r) Pantea Nosrati, Daryl Finch, Elizabeth Edwards, Nick Evans, Yaoxin Riu and Cui Xianquan pictured with two of the Judges, Phil Jones of the CMI and Julie Williamson of the FSB and Chris Thomas (centre).

The team are donating their £150 prize money to Matthew's House a local homeless charity near Swansea Business Campus.

The Best Pitch award at the Robert Owen Challenge (also pictured) went to Amy Williams and Tyler Rowland, who each received £25. Their pitch was for a Pet Cafe idea with dog friendly facilities, kenneling and dog walking options.

Christopher Thomas, Swansea Business School Entrepreneurship, eBusiness and Digital Marketing Lecturer at UWTSD, said: “The Robert Owen Challenge Cup gives all students at UWTSD the chance to gain feedback on their idea in terms of commercial potential. Whether in the first round application stage or final presentation stage, students gain vital feedback and advice on how to take their business forward. Also, we work very closely with the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development at UWTSD and our students are directed there for further advice and mentoring. It was great to see the diverse range of ideas this year with so many different faculties being represented, which this year also included a Welsh-speaking team; the participation of teams at University of Malaya-Wales and the winning idea of a cross-cultural app.”