Summer Start Up Week 2021


07.06.2021

UWTSD students and graduates with entrepreneurial ambitions from across Wales are being given the unique chance to sign up to a free online Summer Start-Up week to help get their business ideas off the ground. 

UWTSD students and graduates with entrepreneurial ambitions from across Wales are being given the unique chance to sign up to a free online Summer Start-Up week to help get their business ideas off the ground.

The Summer Start-Up Week , commencing on Monday, June 14, will offer 5 days of inspiration, learning and networking to turn ideas into businesses, social enterprises, and freelancing careers.  It is open to anyone over the age of 16, who is a current student or has studied at a welsh institution.

With events taking place across 4 stages and a festival line-up containing some of the biggest and brightest entrepreneurs in Wales, its 5-day online course will help participants nurture, develop, and grow their business. Virtual festival grounds will have a mix of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, panel discussions and live Q&As. Across each stage expert speakers, covering everything from research and marketing to cashflow and funding, will deliver the key elements needed for a successful business, freelance career, or social enterprise.

This year’s speakers include UWTSD Business Management and Marketing student Cameron Reardon who in addition to his studies, has set up his own business - Bug Box.

Founded in 2017, Bug Box is an online entomology store that imports, breeds and sells exotic insects such as tarantulas, scorpions, and millipedes all over the United Kingdom and Europe. The company’s main customers are amateur entomologists, schools, zoos, and scientific research hubs.

Cameron said: “I am thrilled to be a part of Summer Start Up Week 2021, especially seeing how successful the event was last year. I have had brilliant support from the university enterprise team with areas such as tax and legal documents and I am very excited to inspire other students to set up their own business.” 

Kathryn Penaluna, Associate Professor in Enterprise Education at UWTSD, will deliver an online workshop during the event, ‘Take a break, coffee’s here:  a chance to think about Intellectual Property.’

Professor Penaluna said: “These students and graduates have an abundance of creativity and this workshop is all about empowering them to appreciate its value, for themselves and others, whether it’s for social, cultural or economic purposes.”

Dylan Williams-Evans, UWTSD’s Enterprise Champion at the University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation, Research and Enterprise said: “The Summer Start Up Week of 2020 was a wonderful collaboration between the HE & FE providers in Wales where over 500 people signed up to attend, we had amazing feedback and won a National Award. This year’s event has evolved into a Festival where we will have a lot more speakers, entrepreneurs and experts to deliver an even better experience for our students and graduates with chances to network and gain the valuable skills they will need for their entrepreneurial careers.”

The event is part funded by Welsh Government and is free to attend for those studying or have studied at a Welsh College or University and will be live streamed directly to you from the comfort of your own home.

With Covid-19 temporarily impacting his business, Cameron Reardon has turned his attention to providing educational tools for schools.

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk