Press Releases 2014-2015

Leading Entrepreneurs Praise Enterprising Students


Business leaders Simon Gibson OBE and Margaret Llewellyn OBE were amongst the judges who praised enterprising University of Wales Trinity Saint David students at the University’s recent Race to Market event.




Leading Entrepreneurs Praise Enterprising Students

The event brought together students from the University’s Lampeter, Carmarthen and Swansea campuses in a week long challenge to develop a business idea and pitch it to the judges. 

Welsh companies Tanabi Group, Chaos Trend, Cerebra and Bay TV were amongst the organisations taking part in the event by setting challenges for groups of students, and the final pitches included a demonstration from World Champion MMA fighter Brett Johns and an appearance from Swansea-based Bollywood actress Samira Mohamed Ali.

Students were supported during the week by a team of volunteer mentors which included entrepreneurs, lawyers, IP experts, and Welsh Government advisors from Finance Wales.

The judging panel, which consisted of seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders, were all keen to praise the efforts of the students and graduates who participated.

Simon Gibson OBE, Chief Executive of Wesley Clover, Co-founder of Ubiquity Software Corporation and Director at IQE plc, Innovation Point and The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport said ‘Of all the Universities we visit this has been one of the best.  The presentations have been excellent…the quality has been absolutely first class.

Margaret Llewellyn OBE, Director of SeaPort Development and the Ports of Jersey and Non-executive Director at Cardiff airport, ‘Finance Wales’ and the Haven Enterprise Board said the student were ‘Confident about their pitch. They understood their business, they understood the model and in many areas they knew how to commercialise it.’

Mike Doyle, technology expert and entrepreneur said ‘The diversity of the presentations and the skills that I’ve seen today are quite extraordinary – I fully support the whole idea.’

Serial entrepreneur Mark Timbrell, who has started multiple companies including the world’s first integrated marketing services group said ‘I’m really impressed.  I’ve seen an awful lot of presentations in my life and this has been a truly outstanding week – really exciting.’

Emily Evans, one of the students who participated in the event, said ‘It was so nerve wracking, but it’s absolutely amazing that people want to listen to my idea.  It was just amazing to have people listen and say yes it is possible, you just need to keep going at it.’

UWTSD Lecturer Chris Thomas, who organised the event as part of the University’s Life Design initiative which provides opportunities for students to develop their skills and experience said ‘We’re incredibly proud of our UWTSD students and graduates – an enterprising spirit and ability to work with clients is something that sets students from this university apart and this has been demonstrated by all who took part this week.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a success – the client companies, students, staff, judges and our brilliant mentors’.

Note to Editor

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.

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.

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.

UWTSD has developed a strong reputation for entrepreneurship developed through its International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development

Life Design is a four step programme -unique to UWTSD - that uses design thinking techniques to help students make the most of their time at Uni and prepare for their future. See for more info.

Further Information

Eleri Beynon 01267 67690