Press Releases 2014-2015

Mystery Solved as UWTSD Graduate Wins Entrepreneurial Challenge


An idea for bespoke murder mystery parties 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 entrepreneurial competition run by UWTSD’s Swansea Business School and supported by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI). UWTSD students are asked to prepare a short summary of their business idea, describing the product or service and explaining why there will be a demand.

The judges for this year’s competition were Cllr Marian Lewis of the Swansea Bay Federation of Small Business; Terrance Phillips of the CIMA and Martin Hudson from Morgan Hemp Accountants.

The 2015 winner was named as recent applied drama graduate Rebecca Treseder from Killay in Swansea. She has devised a business proposal for bespoke murder mystery parties for private and corporate events, inspired while entertaining friends at home. With her network of university contacts and performance skills the judges saw real commercial potential in her idea.   

Rebecca received a prize of £100 and business mentoring from the judges.

In second place was Dorota Warhol from the School of Film and Digital Media with her idea using carpet off-cuts. In joint third place were Jessica Shore, from the Carmarthen Business School, with her plans for a Community Hub, and Reem Al Shaiban and Jessica Bioletti from Swansea Business School with their Mumbles fish restaurant proposal.

Rebecca said: “Winning the Robert Owen Challenge has helped me to believe in my business and my own creativity. It has inspired me to push forward to the next step in getting my business out there. To win when all the finalists had such brilliant ideas is a real honour.” 

Christopher Thomas, Swansea Business School 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.”

Note to Editor

  1. Photograph: (L to r) Will Fleming (Swansea Business School), Cllr Marion Lewis (Federation of Small Businesses), Rebecca Treseder, Chris Thomas (Swansea Business School), Terry Phillips (Chair, CIMA, CMI and the Joint Professional Associations Group), and Martin Hudson (Director, Morgan Hemp).
  2. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476