Author Archives: Taren Youngs

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.

Wow an Audience

Santander Universities Enterprise Portal

Santander have recently launched the ‘Santander Universities Enterprise Portal’.  Within this, students have the opportunity to submit entries to win cash prizes for their a 60 second pitch.

If you can wow an audience with a sensational new business idea, concept or product in 60 seconds, you can win up to £1,500, as well as advice and support from Santander.

What do you need to do? Simply tell us about your business or idea and why you feel you deserve to win in 60 seconds.  Remember that people will be voting for their favourite entry so make sure it’s funny, creative or innovate.

The competition runs every three months so if you see yourself as the UK’s next successful entrepreneur, make sure you catch the next one!

If you’re interested, have a look at this short video about the competition as well as the link to the Enterprise Portal:

 https://www.santanderuniversities.co.uk/enterprise?t=1418207512

 https://www.santanderuniversities.co.uk/enterprise/win/60-second-pitch/business-opportunities/how-to-win?t=1418116838

The deadline for the submission for the first round of this is 22nd December 2014. 

Student Ambassador Blog Post

This month the Cardiff University Enterprise team posed the question: In your personal opinion, what is the greatest innovation of the last 20 years to our student ambassadors.  Amy Spencer-Rogers who studies Biomedical Science (Anatomy) answered:

The past 20 years has seen many great innovations that have completely changed the way we view and interact with the world, from the sequencing of the human genome to the common use of mobile phones to commercial GPS systems. It is extremely hard to pick one that stands out from all of these, however, in my opinion, perhaps the greatest innovation of the last 20 years is the launch of Google, the search engine which was launched in 1997 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

As someone born in the internet age who has grown up with Google, it is hard not to take it for granted and as silly as it sounds, I can barely imagine life without it. Google, to me, is the gateway to the internet and the enormous wealth of human knowledge it contains. It is so ubiquitous that the term ‘to google’ something has become a verb in its own right. It makes the little problems in life that bit easier to solve when you can enter, ‘how to unblock a drain’, ‘how to cook chicken’ or even ‘what is this weird rash on my arm’ and immediately come up with relevant answers. As a university student, I also find it hard to imagine how tedious it must have been when writing an essay or report to have to trawl through textbooks and hard copies of journals to find the information you needed.

Before the advent of Google, search engines did exist but they were a lot less user friendly and ranked results by the number of times a search term appeared on a page, as opposed to the relevance of the page. I think that Google therefore raised the bar for other websites and search engines on the internet, driving a more user friendly approach to designing sites and making the information that was available more accessible and useful for a huge number of people. The fact that Google acts as a gateway for such a breadth of knowledge is why, for me, it is perhaps the greatest innovation of the last 20 years.

Stay tuned for more repsonses from our Ambassadors.

Student Ambassador Blog Post

This month the Cardiff University Enterprise team posed the question: In your personal opinion, what is the greatest innovation of the last 20 years to our student ambassadors.  Alicia Lee is an Enterprise Ambassador currently studying a BSc Business Management responded:

The past 20 years may be characterised by unprecedented advancement in innovation unfolding across countless industries, perhaps the most notable of which relate to technological inventions which are ultimately shaping our future and changing the world within which we live.

It is my belief, and I’m sure the belief of many, that Wi-Fi may be considered the greatest innovation within this era, for it has even been suggested that this technological breakthrough may be considered a basic human need, as illustrated by the adaptation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Wi-Fi has truly become one of the most basic needs for most people across the world.

Short for Wireless Fidelity, this technological innovation enables computers, smartphones, iPad’s and other devices to communicate over a wireless signal. As we live in an increasingly connected world, reliance upon communication has taken precedence and we often feel panicked if we don’t have our smartphone or cannot access a wireless network. This demonstrates the extent to which Wi-Fi has become a staple in the fundamental needs of humans in order to remain connected.

Ultimately, the 21st century has become defined by the digital revolution, of which Wi-Fi has made a significant contribution. This has redefined how society views and interacts with technology through providing a high quality and consistent connected experience which has facilitated an increasingly interconnected world.

Stay tuned this week for more repsonses from the other ambassadors.

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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