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AIESEC’s Enterprise Project

In conjunction with the VC’s Inspiring Enterprise Week, AIESEC Cardiff will be hosting an all encompassing challenge course to unleash the entrepreneur in you!

Get ready for amazing talks and exciting games around town while enhancing the skills needed to be a great entrepreneur.

Why should you, yes YOU attend? For starters, you will have an opportunity to network with the speakers who are individuals taking the world of entrepreneurship by storm. The activities will be team based so you have a chance to not only increase your team-working skills but to also meet new people and form new friendships. Additionally, your creativity, ability to work under pressure, communication among many other skills will be cultivated.
This is a great opportunity to discover your corporate strengths, areas of improvement and learn something new all through short speeches and games! Did we mention that there will be free lunch and refreshments?
Come on out for a day full of fun on 29 March 2014, Saturday, 10am-5pm. You will not regret it :)
(For Cardiff Award students, this could count towards your hours!)

Taking the Plunge: Intro to self-employment

Thinking about starting your own business or maybe freelancing, but not sure how to start? This taster workshop is a great place to make a start on turning your ideas into a reality. It will give you an overview of the Start Up process and the things you will need to consider along the way.

  • Understanding the pros and cons of being your own boss
  • Information on the legal aspects of starting a business
  • Understand the key tasks needed to start a business
  • Find out how to put a basic business plan into place
  • Discover other available networks of support and where to source finance

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Academia vs Industry

Which gives you more scope to be innovative with your research skills – a career in academia or industry? The event brings together speakers from both sides of the spectrum to demonstrate the opportunities to be innovative and put your ideas into practice in each field.

The speakers will be:

Dr Constantina Katsari Muston a former economic history lecturer at the University of Leicester for eight years. During this time she published several books on money, economic crises and labour management. She has been a real estate property developer in Greece and the UK and the owner of a fashion and accessories start-up. In 2013 she made the decision to leave academia, believing that she could offer more to the public outside of the university system. She has since established a business consultancy, Ekonomia Ltd, which specialises in growth for lean start-ups.
Professor Judith Hall OBE , the head of the department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine at Cardiff University. She is also a founder and trustee of Mothers of Africa, a charity that provides training for medical staff caring for mothers and babies in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the inventor of a patented system, the Hall Lock, to prevent wrong-route injections during operations. She has received a great many awards and honours over the course of her career, including the OBE for services to academic anaesthesia and services to Africa in 2013.​

Cardiff University Future Entrepreneurs Drop In

Got an idea for a business or social enterprise? Already running one and want to find out how we can help? Free cookies and coffee!

This drop-in event is an opportunity to find out how the Enterprise team can help you with your business or social enterprise idea and a chance to bounce your ideas off us and get some feedback.  If you’re thinking about starting your own business or you are already running one, come along and have an informal chat to the enterprise team

This is an informal event, no need to book, please just drop into the Enterprise Office between 12 and 2pm

Coffee and Cookies will be provided!

Creative Starts

Do you love to create? Are an artist, maker, crafter or performer?

Want to use your talents to make money while you are at university or set up a business for after graduation?
The session will help you develop your ideas, identify skills gaps and visually plan your creative start.

Facilitated by Frances Brown, Creative Enterprise Manager, London Metropolitan University

Dr Colin Jones and his teaching philosophies

This event offered a chance to consider teaching that enables student futures and through the asking of questions of award winning author and educationalist Dr. Colin Jones.  Colin is a teaching expert with a gift to entertain, inform, and to simply make you sit up and think about how your teaching practice…and it certainly did that!  21 staff from across the University attended and feedback has been very positive (one maybe asking him back from Tasmania to speak at another event).

Colins talked about how developing a mindset and capability for enterprise and innovation through learning we can add value to research led teaching, as we look to prepare students’ for the challenges of being a 21st century graduate.

Colin introduced how his previous life as successful sportsman and founder of an Australian based business, which eventually left him in debt, led him to recognise how teaching philosophies can enable the next generation.

Visit his website

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Day of Dangerous Ideas

Monday 24th March | 12.00 – 2.30pm  |  Room 4J  | 4th Floor Students’ Union

Do you have thought provoking or downright dangerous ideas to change the way Cardiff students have the opportunity to develop their skills?

Is embedding skills such as enterprise and employability within every subject a dangerous idea?  Does a University even have a role in skills development? Enterprising, entrepreneurial, employable:  which skills do graduates really need?  How can I make enterprise or employability relevant to my degree?

This event aims to consider questions such as those set out above and give both staff and students an opportunity to share views. However, to ensure discussions are relevant, the delegates will themselves get involved in setting the topics to be discussed and will be asked to bring along their own dangerous ideas for improving Cardiff University students’ experience and embedding skills development in the curriculum.

Students: Book Here

Staff: email to register

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