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About Taren Youngs

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Taren now lives and works in Cardiff as part of the Cardiff University Enterprise Team. As an Enterprise Officer Taren leads on the implementation of the Welsh Government funded Youth Enterprise Strategy SE HUB project and manages and coordinates an extracurricular programme of enterprise education events and activities. She also acts as a mentor to the Enactus team. Taren is dedicated to the student experience and to working with students as partners in both business and learning.

Inspiring Enterprise Week:

Inspiring Enterprise Week kicked off to a great start with the Spring Market which saw entrepreneurial students testing their trade by booking out market stalls in the Student’s Union. Students sold their baked goods, unique artwork and various other hand-made crafts.  The market itself was buzzing and the buzz carried on throughout the week.

Both students and staff benefited from the vast array of activities and events put on by the Enterprise Team and student organisations such as AIESEC.  The staff-focused Embedding Enterprise Exchange event was a success with forty-five academics from across the UK converging on Cardiff. Discussions centred on how coupling academic learning with a mind set for enterprise can lead to open minded, innovative individuals ready to make a change in their chosen career.  Guest speakers from the fields of Computer Science, Design, Linguistics, Mathematics, Nursing and Welsh highlighted real examples of enterprise through their discipline and spoke about how teaching and learning is evolving within the UK.

Creative students were invited to learn how to freelance their talents in a workshop lead by Frances Brown. Students looking to expand on their skillset put their marketing, event management, financial analysis and business planning skills to use to help Save the High Street, a pervasive learning workshop lead by the Enterprise Team.  Postgraduate researchers were invited to witness a debate between Prof Judith Hall OBE and Constantina Katsari Muston concentrating on which path researchers should take after finishing their PhDs- Academia or Industry.

To further encourage student entrepreneurship, undergrads and postgrads looking to start their own enterprise, or are currently running a business part time, entered the Spark Ideas Challenge where £10,000 overall was awarded to successful candidates. In order to secure funding the contestants had to write a business plan, pitch to a panel of industry experts or create a video detailing their business ideas.  All participants received valuable feedback from the panel to ensure they had a solid business plan to take forward.

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There were several other activities that sought to inspire staff and students, and the overall feedback was extremely positive.  The Cardiff University Enterprise Team invited excellent guest speakers such as Neil Cocker and Aimee Bateman  to speak to students about the perks and pitfalls of starting a business in Cardiff.  James Barnham and Helen McAvoy also regaled students with their experience of slaying the dreaded BBC Dragon’s Den judges by making the difficult decision to reject hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding. Through these events, workshops and guest speaker sessions,   The Enterprise Team were able to successfully encourage discussion amongst academics, staff and students in Cardiff, and even further afield, on what means to be innovative and enterprising.

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What’s on in March & April

Spring Market:

Tuesday 18 March from 11- 16.00:

Come along to the spring market and have a look for some amazing deals on handmade crafts and goods. This is your opportunity to support your fellow students. Vote on your favorite stall for the chance to win £25 in cash.

Inspiring Enterprise Week March 24th to 28th :

Enterprise is not just about business.  It is a skillset which enables someone to spot a problem or identify a need, seize the opportunity and put their own ideas into practice. This includes skills such as creativity, innovation, opportunity recognition, networking, negotiation and commercial awareness. Enterprise is about more than simply having ideas: it is about the subsequent action and making those ideas happen.

The Enterprise Team have a  series of events taking place to help students identify and build on these skills. To find out more visit:  http://bit.ly/MZyFMn

Workshops:

We have some really great guest speakers coming  to run our workshops this month. This includes Confessions of a Cardiff Entrepreneur featuring:

Neil Cocker: 

CEO - Dizzyjam, Co-founder - TEDxCardiff & Ignite CardiffCardiff Start Ambassador, Board Member - Welsh Music Foundation & ICE

Neil is an entrepreneur, creative/digital industries consultant, and music industry survivor. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Welsh Music Foundation and Innovation Centre for Excellence.

After many successful years in the music industry (both as a label boss and a performer in over 30 different countries), Neil founded the creative industries network NOCCI (sadly now defunct), set up Dizzyjam.com, and is the co-founder of TEDxCardiff and Ignite Cardiff.

Aimee Bateman:

Corporate recruiter…turned job seekers champion

Over the last decade, Aimee has held senior positions with large recruitment companies, helped thousands of people achieve their career goals and sourced talent for global corporations as well as smaller entrepreneurial businesses. AImee has was won the 2013 Institute of Directors (IoD) Talent and Innovation Award in Wales and  the Canmol (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Marketer of the Year Award. She has also been voted one of 2013′s Rising Stars by Business Insider Magazine.

Aimee has worked as a featured careers mentor on various shows for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Learning and BBC Three, and has written careers articles for The Guardian, TotalJobs.com, The Undercover Recruiter and more. Her advice has been featured in The Independent, Glamour Magazine, The Huffington Post and Jobs & Careers Magazine.

For the full programme and descriptions  of workshops visit:  http://bit.ly/1bRApNM

To book your place  on our workshops visit: http://bit.ly/1mnVZOc

Concept 3rd – 6th April: 

Create a campaign for Capital FM South Wales App

Background

Capital doesn’t just play the hits – it makes and breaks them. It was the UK’s first national, commercial, hit music radio station, and today reaches 7.5 million people every single week, making it the largest commercial radio brand in the UK. First and foremost, Capital’s listeners tune in for the music and the brand lifestyle. They’re a mainstream early majority audience and will always be among the first to know about new hit music.

Creative Challenge

Whether you like to listen to the UK’s no.1 hit music station on the radio, online or on your smart phone, it’s up to you because Capital is one of the most gadget friendly and digitally engaged brands in the Global portfolio – you can listen wherever you are.

We want you to create a campaign to encourage our South Wales listeners to download the Capital FM app.

Considerations

  • Your idea can be tailored for one of three specific age groups: 15 – 17 , 18- 21 or 22- 24 or an idea which encompasses all ages within our target demographic 15 – 24.
  • Consider how you will mix online and offline experiences to promote your campaign
  • Consider Capital FM South Wales current tone of voice on Social Media and on air to help streamline your campaign.

Target Audience

Your target audience is our listeners and potential listeners aged 15 – 24 years old in South Wales.

Mandatories

  • The concept should encompass offline and online experiences.
  • Your Campaign should include use of our street stars promotional staff.

Deliverable

You will need to deliver a presentation pitching your campaign.

To apply send a 100 word paragraph to enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk on why you would like to participate. All applications due by 27/3/14.

For more information on our events please email: enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk or stop by our office on the second floor of the SU for chat.

Hopefully we’ll see you soon!

 

Ignite Days 3 & 4

Saturday at Ignite was hectic to say the least. The teams arrived at 9am sharp and had approximately one hour and thirty minutes to prepare their final pitches for the dragons. Everyone was in good spirits and had their plans ready to go.

Once the Dragons arrived it was “go time” and each team stood up in front of an audience and pitched for some cash.

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It’s fair to say that some teams underestimated the might of the Dragons and were asked to re-pitch after being awarded no seed money. Although this was a little stressful, a good lesson was learned, and when the teams re-pitched, everyone was awarded some seed from the £1,000 pot.

Then it was time to hit the streets of Cardiff and Newport! Teams had various ideas that included dressing up like superheros, selling chocolates and using photoshop to edit social media photos. All in all they used their 24 hours wisely.

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After a long sleepless night the teams arrived at the Mecure hotel for an awards ceremony and Sunday roast. They counted their earnings and we were extremely excited to announce that £1,920 was raised for Llamau, a charity who works with young people and women from difficult backgrounds.

The winners were team Uprising who raised over £600. A representative from Llamau was in attendance to accept the donation and was blown away by the teams creativity, bravery and overall enthusiasm for the challenge.

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The winners, Team Uprising, posing with their medals!

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The Ignite facilitators posing with the winners after a nice Sunday Roast

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Celebrating in style

 

The feedback from the weekend was overwhelmingly positive with students raving about their experiences. Everyone said they would highly recommend it to their fellow students and are looking forward to taking part in future enterprise competitions. The universities were very proud of the effort the students went to to raise money for a good cause and can’t wait to run Ignite again next year.

 

 

Ignite Day 1&2

Ignite is a  four day business skills bootcamp that culminates in a 24hr Apprentice-style challenge where students from the University of South Wales, Cardiff Met and Cardiff University pitch for a small pot of cash. The students must take the cash and try to turn a profit. All proceeds go to charity.

Ignite got off to an amazing start yesterday with students from the universities forming teams, building furniture out of balloons, networking with successful entrepreneurs from Cardiff, designing yogurt containers and consuming copious amounts of pizza.

We had a fantastic time and the aim of the day was to get to know each other and start formulating plans and ideas for the challenge.

Today is all about getting out of comfort zones and trying something new. Kicking off at 9am, day two started with a drama workshop which saw students turning into zombies, being blindfolded and guarding a set of keys, and waving at the word clap (this only makes sense to those who participated).

Cardiff University student Amy Lai, had this to say about Ignite so far.

“Yesterday was really engaging. I was a a little tired towards the end of the day, but all the activity made me feel excited and enthusiastic about the challenge.

My favourite part of the day was building the balloon furniture and the creativity workshop. It was also really good to hear from the entrepreneurs. They were very approachable and seemed as if they would go out of their way to help us with or ideas.”

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Cardiff Unveristy student, Amy Lai is loving Ignite so far!

Excited to come back to Ignite for day two Amy has enjoyed the drama workshop, “the workshop woke us up and made us feel more comfortable with each other.”

“Today I am most looking forward to getting my team’s idea approved and getting started on the challenge.”

The rest of today will see the students having board meetings, participating in two more workshops focussed on helping them finalise their ideas, identifing roles for each member of their team and writing a plan of action for the challenge.

There are two more days to go and hopefully the students will beat the Ignite record of £2,800 and raise more for charity.

Keep an eye on our facebook: www.facebook.com/studententerprise and

Twitter: @weareignite #ignite2014

for more pics and info on how the students are getting on.

Testing the balloons chairs with Steve from Cardiff Met

Testing the balloons chairs with Steve from Cardiff Met

Builidng the chairs with only balloons and tape.

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Liam from Cardiff Met choosing the next student to be zombfied

 

Newsletter 9

Hello,
It’s a very British thing to talk about the weather, and I try not to do it very often, but can we all pause a moment and reflect on how truly terrible all this wind and rain has been? I have lived in some rainy places in my life, but  for some reason, I found last week tough! The good news is,  the Winter Olympics have started , and I have watched several hours guilt free as there is no reason to be outside!
If you’re looking for some more indoor events and activities that will boost your employability potential ,and keep you dry and entertained, then have a read of some of the things the Enterprise Team have coming up:

National Apprentice Challenge
This is an award-winning Entrepreneurial Competition comprised of practical tasks inspired from The Apprentice TV Show for ambitious students and young leaders.
The competitions offers:
- £5,000 cash Prize
- Job opportunities
- Gala Dinner with investors and recruiters
- All-expenses-paid residential programme in Canary Wharf ( Heart of London’s business district )

You’ll need a team of four, and availability for 28-29th March and 5th – 6th April.  If you’re interested in applying please email: youngst@cardiff.ac.uk

Inspiring Enterprise Week March 24th to 28th :

The Enterprise team is gearing up for a big week of events at the end of March. Inspiring Enterprise Week is coming. We’ll be running a series of workshops, guest speaker events and immersive enterprise experiences during that week.

We’re also offering you the opportunity to get involved and run your own enterprising event – so if you’d like to get some guest speakers along or get a group of friends or your society involved in an enterprising challenge, get in touch and we can help you with ideas, room bookings and even some money towards the costs of your events.
We want this week to be about the amazing, innovative and enterprising students that you all can be. So show the University what you can do and get in touch to start planning an event or activity for that week.

Get in touch and let us know what you have in mind or fill in the application form for funding for your event.
To find out more visit:  http://bit.ly/1gT5ibI

Workshops:
The next two workshops are:

Confessions of an entrepreneur
11 Feb 2014: C013 Seminar Room. School of Bioscience
6 – 8PM
These session features guest speaker to share their experience of developing, running or growing a business. It provides an opportunity to network, ask questions or get tips from entrepreneurs who are running real live businesses
To book your place visit: http://bit.ly/1mnVZOc

Product development process
18 Feb 2014: C013 Seminar Room. School of Bioscience
6 – 8PM
New product development is the complete process of bringing a new product (tangible and intangible) to market. This session will explore the generic steps required in the process, covering screening the idea, developing concepts, beta testing and market testing. Businesses and companies typically see new product development as the first stage in generating and commercializing new product within the overall strategic process of product life cycle management. This workshop is a precursor to a session on the commercialisation of products.
To book your place visit: http://bit.ly/1mnVZOc

For the full programme of workshops visit:  http://bit.ly/1bRApNM

Spark Ideas Challenge:
Spark is the annual ideas competition for Cardiff University Students. With overall shared prize money of £10,000 available, Spark will give seven Cardiff University students financial support to develop their ideas.

For more information visit:  http://bit.ly/1cPl3Kd
As usual our  business support service and other enterprise activities will be running throughout the rest of term. Have a look at our website for all relevant information.

Have a lovely week!
Kind regards,
Cardiff University Enterprise

Inspiring Enterprise Week

Be Enterprising | Be Inspired | Get Involved

Inspiring Enterprise Week March 24th to 28th

The Enterprise team is gearing up for a big week of events at the end of March. Inspiring Enterprise Week is coming. We’ll be running a series of workshops, guest speaker events and immersive enterprise experiences during that week.

We’re also offering you the opportunity to get involved and run your own enterprising event – so if you’d like to get some guest speakers along or get a group of friends or your society involved in an enterprising challenge, get in touch and we can help you with ideas, room bookings and even some money towards the costs of your events.

We want this week to be about the amazing, innovative and enterprising students that you all can be. So show the University what you can do and get in touch to start planning an event or activity for that week.

Get in touch and let us know what you have in mind or fill in the application form for funding for your event.

Find out more here

Match.net(work)- This Thursday!

If you have ever thought that you might one day want to start your own business, or perhaps would find it interesting to meet and chat to some local entrepreneurs, you should definitely come along to our new event, Match.net(work)! So long as you are a student at Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University or The University of South Wales, the event is completely free to attend. The idea for Match.net(work) is based upon the speed dating concept, but instead you will be ‘speed networking’ with a number of very successful local entrepreneurs. It’s completely informal, so there’s no need to worry. There will be some games, an opportunity to chat with the entrepreneurs, and best of all, free food! You don’t need to prepare anything in advance, just come along on the night and have some fun. It’s going to be held at Tiger Tiger on Thursday 6th February 2014 and will start at 7pm, so why not sign up now?

Sign up here – http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/matchnetwork-tickets-10115841755

 

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