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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.

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Enactus Society

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) kicked off yesterday and Cardiff University Enterprise have been working hard to put together a dynamic list of events and activities for students to get involved in. We hope to support anyone looking at starting their own venture or who is interested in what it means to have an entrepreneurial spirit. The theme of this year’s GEW is “Get Connected” and we’ve connected with Enactus.

ENACTUS is a society that has formed at Cardiff University over the past year. Encompassing all things entrepreneurial, Enactus looks to build student’s enterprise skills whilst giving back to society. Working on a variety of projects ENACTUS, Cardiff has developed community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

Ross, an accounting student at CU, recently joined Enactus Cardiff and has written a guest blog about his experiences since joining the society. If you are interested in getting involved with ENACTUS please contact: youngst@cardiff.ac.uk

“I had no plans to join Enactus until I joined. I met Brendan, the President of Enactus, after he gave a speech to the Enterprise ambassadors. Brendan was the only member of Enactus as last years members were all third years that had left. During the speech, Brendan explained to us all what Enactus was all about.

Enactus is a worldwide organization that comprises of teams through various University societies. Enactus is all about empowering and enabling people and communities that need the most help, through enterprise and business skills.  Long-established Enactus societies around the globe have helped and improved the lives of many struggling communities; be it through starting a company which teaches African villagers to make soap to reduce the risk of disease, or starting a  tour guide business employing homeless people.

After speaking to Brendan about his plans to grow Enactus Cardiff from scratch I was interested in taking part. I was chosen for the position of Treasurer. Enactus Cardiff is now made up of 10 members with various positions. Together we are in the process of forming 3 different projects. With our social project, we have been helping the local Cathay’s Community centre. The social project team is in the process of setting up an elderly support centre to reach out to the elderly in the local community. The commercial project team is developing a t-shirt business with the aim of selling branded t-shirts on behalf of a recent widow. We also have a foreign project in development in Tanzania where we are hoping to provide a much-needed waste management system to help reduce pollution; whilst providing employment to a country with high unemployment.

As a new society we have a long way to go. However, we are beginning to make the first steps. This was shown through our team winning the regional award at the recent nationwide Enactus training event in Grantham.”

Enactus are always on the look out for enterprising individuals that want to make a difference. If you would like to be involved with this rewarding and inclusive society, please visit our Enactus page for more information or contact youngst@cardiff.ac.uk .

 

Newsletter 16

Hello,

We are seeing less and less students on campus and that can only mean one thing: SUMMER! The Enterprise Team are preparing for a summer full of event planning. We are working hard to put together an event calendar for next year that will offer more hands-on, interesting and  insightful workshops, activities, guests speakers, challenges and competitions. We will be offering our annual events like Spark, Ignite and iSolve as well as some new and exciting ones. If you have any suggestions  about the type of activities we should run next year, please feel free to get in touch by responding to this email. We want to make sure that everything on offer is relevant and useful to Cardiff University students.

Certificate of Personal Development in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

We are almost at the end of our event calendar and are now able to accurately calculate points accrued by each student and award certificates in Personal Development in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.  We will send out emails to the students who have qualified by noon on Friday 13 June with instructions on how to collect your certificate.  If you have any questions regarding the certificates please reply to this email.

Take My Junk: June 12 10:00-14:00, Woodville Pub.

A chance for students to buy, sell or trade items before leaving their accommodation for the summer. Take this opportunity to get a great deal on household essentials or to make a profit on your unwanted  goods.

Run in conjunction with Get it Out For Cardiff, the council will take anyway any un-sold items.  We are hoping to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills this year.

If you don’t have anything to get rid of, please come along and try to snag a bargain.

To book your place visit: http://bit.ly/1o6FA60

Business Start-Up Week:

We’ve designed a four day intensive  programme  to get your business idea ready to take to market. Featuring a host of guest speakers, industry experts and hands on workshops, the week aims to the develop  the skills and knowledge you need to get your venture off the ground.  To apply visit: http://bit.ly/1sldqCa

1-2-1 mentoring

Remember that we are always here for a chat if you have a business idea or would like some advice on how to become self-employed (freelancing, websites etc). Pop into the SU and say

Kind regards,
Cardiff University Enterprise

Newsletter 15

I just wanted to send a short newsletter out to say that I hope your exams are going well or have gone well.  Even though the academic year is winding down, we have a lot on here at Cardiff University Enterprise and we hope we can see you one last time before you head off for your summer adventures. For some of you graduation is coming soon and I just wanted to remind you that our services are available to graduates for up to five years after you’ve left Cardiff. I would encourage you to stay on our mailing list as you never know when you might spot an opportunity that you want to take up.  Summer events and activities include:

 Take My Junk: June 12 10:00-14:00, Woodville Pub.

A chance for students to buy, sell or trade items before leaving their accommodation for the summer. Take this opportunity to get a great deal on household essentials or to make a profit on your unwanted  goods.

Run in conjunction with Get it Out For Cardiff, the council will take anyway any un-sold items.  We are hoping to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills this year.

To book your place visit: http://bit.ly/1o6FA60

 Business Start-Up Week:

We’ve designed a four day intensive  programme  to get your business idea ready to take to market. Featuring a host of guest speakers, industry experts and hands on workshops, the week aims to the develop  the skills and knowledge you need to get your venture off the ground.  To apply visit: http://bit.ly/1sldqCa

Helping the Local Community: ENACTUS

Would you like to help/volunteer  within the community or are interested in ENACTUS, an worldwide organisation of students that apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. We are currently recruiting for next year.  If you’re interested please email: youngst@cardiff.ac.uk

MIT REAP:

Capital Law Building, Tyndall Street, CF10 4AZ

An interactive design workshop led by Georgina Campbell Flatter, Executive Director of MIT Centre Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme. This highly interactive workshop is for local entrepreneurs, students, businesswomen/men and other ecosystem enablers who want to foster a vibrant entrepreneurial environment across Wales.  During this workshop, Georgina will share some of the most successful tools used at MIT (and within the greater Boston ecosystem) to drive innovation, from Hackathons and Prizes to Accelerators and Co-working Spaces. Then, using fun and interactive design tools, we will work together to design new, or enhance existing, programmes to augment innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across Wales.

Poster – Welsh eship workshop – 11 June 14 FINAL

1-2-1 mentoring

Remember that we are always here for a chat if you have a business idea or would like some advice on how to become self employed (freelancing, websites etc). Pop into the SU and say hello!

Kind regards,

Cardiff University Enterprise

Newsletter 14

Life after exams…

Exams have officially started and it’s hard to see past all the work that students have ahead of them, but there is life after exams.  The Enterprise Team have some great summer opportunities coming up. We will also be around all summer if you would like to pop into our office on the second  floor of the SU to have a chat about the different paths you can take after graduation and whether or not self employment is right for you.

Take My Junk: June 12 from 10:00-14:00, Woodville Pub.

A chance for students to buy, sell or trade items before leaving their accommodation for the summer. Take this opportunity to get a great deal on household essentials or to make a profit on your unwanted  goods.

Run in conjunction with Get it Out For Cardiff, the council will take anyway any un-sold items.  We are hoping to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills this year.

To book your place visit: http://bit.ly/1o6FA60

Entrepreneurial Shadowing:

We are offering an Entrepreneurial Shadowing Experience for up to 12 lucky young people based at Wales ICE week commencing the 16th June 2014.

We will be looking for students from the South East area that have a strong interest in entrepreneurship to take part in an exciting pilot shadowing programme at Welsh ICE.  During the week, these lucky few students will have the opportunity to shadow some exciting entrepreneurs from a vast range of different businesses and sectors that are all based at Wales ICE.  Students will be given real life business tasks to complete.

For the application pack email: eneterprise@cardiff.ac.uk . Applications are due by 2 June.

 Business Start-Up Week:

We’ve designed a four day intensive  programme  to get your business idea ready to take to market. Featuring a host of guest speakers, industry experts and hands on workshops, the week aims to the develop  the skills and knowledge you need to get your venture off the ground.  To apply visit: http://bit.ly/1sldqCa

Helping the Local Community: ENACTUS

Would you like to help/volunteer  within the community? If so, you should get involved with ENACTUS- a worldwide organisation of students that apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. We are currently recruiting for next year.  If you’re interested please email: youngst@cardiff.ac.uk

Good luck with Exams!!

 

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Good luck with exams!

With Easter Holidays coming to a close and everyone slowing heading back to campus, one thing is  on every student’s mind: EXAMS. Essays, coursework, dissertations and other degree related things are niggling as well, but the pressure of revision is enough to make anyone feel a little stressed. The Enterprise Team wanted to write a quick blog post to wish everyone luck with revision and point out that the University offers some great advice on how to manage your time, form a study group and general exam preparation. Have a look to see if you could pick up some good last minute tactics: http://bit.ly/1iHpRHy  

The exam period also marks the countdown to graduation for final years. Again, this is sometimes a scary time. It’s always a bit nerve wracking if you’re not sure what your next step is going to be. If you’re feeling like you need some advice or guidance, please pop in to the Enterprise Office on the second floor of the SU to chat about how you could become self-employed- a career path that is often over looked by graduates.

Good luck on your exams! If all else fails, you can always try to avoid the questions you don’t like, here’s how some people do it : http://huff.to/1nGzjO8

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!