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Total Immersion – Enterprise & Employability Module

A few months ago we mentioned the a brand new module coming to you from the Enterprise Team.

Total Immersion will be beginning this semester, with the first session taking place from the 29th September for a duration of 12 weeks. The module is aimed at developing and enhancing your enterprising traits and overall employability skills; in building on those core and soft skills every employer will be looking for.

The module itself is a 10 credit standalone module and one that is open to 1st and 2nd year students on certain degree programmes.  If you are interested in finding out more and enrolling, please take a look at the information below and get in touch with Jay Begum at BegumJ1@cardiff.ac.uk or just pop into our office at the Student Union.  

We will be running this module again in the spring semester and there will be more information to follow in due course.

NOTE:  List of eligible programmes can be found below.  This module only has 20 spaces so if you are interested, we recommend you enrol soon as it will be operating on a first come first serve basis. 

Programme Checklist

Total Immersion Brochure

Module Flyer for Freshers

 

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Idea to business in 10 quickie steps

For entrepreneurs, it is often easier to come up with a variety of ideas for new businesses and more difficult to actually implement those concepts. Ideas and businesses are often different, but most are likely to go through these phases.

1. Come up with an idea

2. Think it through

3. Get some feedback from those who know

4. Make necessary changes

5. Build your basic product/service

7. Test it out

8. Make adjustments again

6. Launch

9. Grow

10. Continually review your plan.

If you feel this is all easier said than done, you are not alone. We are here to help you at every step. If you are interested in enterprise, Cardiff University Enterprise can help you develop the skills you need to stand out from the crowd or successfully create your own business.

If you have an idea for a business or social enterprise and need help to develop it or someone to talk to about the next steps, Cardiff University Enterprise offers impartial information, guidance and advice to Cardiff University students, graduates and alumni on how to take an idea forward and take an existing business or social enterprise to the next level.

We offer 1-2-1 business drop in sessions with experienced advisers and an opportunity to ask sector experts questions about your business, business start-up & skills development workshops, a diary of distinguished entrepreneurial speakers, an annual ideas challenge, access to funds & developmental bursaries, and a FREE start up office premises to kick start your business.

If you would like speak to someone about exploring an idea or the support available to you, please get in touch with Iheanyi Ibe on enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk

 

Think Tank!

Hey Everyone!

I’m very excited as this is my first blog post as Enterprise Project Officer for Cardiff University Enterprise!! My name is Owen and I joined the team back in May. I’ll be coordinating the post-graduate enterprise programme this year. We’ve got lots of great events coming up and I really think this is going to be the best year for post-graduate enterprise ever.

I just wanted to share with you some details of an event, called Think Tank, that we are holding for the first time over two days on 12/08/14 and 13/08/14. I’m really looking forward to it and I hope after reading this you will too! Details are below and remember that you can get more information from me on BidderO@cardiff.ac.uk.

If you would like to participate, please follow this link for an application form; Think Tank Application. Application forms must be submitted to BidderO@cardiff.ac.uk by 5pm on Monday 28th of July 2014. This is so that participants can be allocated into teams that best suite their skills/area of study.

All the Best,

Owen

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Academic research staff often offer consultancy services to business and industry. This practice enables them to use their skills and expertise for the benefit of the economy and wider society and is a key strategy for delivering impact on their research efforts. The income generated from offering these services can be used to supplement their income or generate funds to meet research objectives. Enterprising researchers are commercially aware and have the capacity to connect with businesses. Commercial development skills are becoming increasingly important as more and more academic positions now request them.

Think Tank, which is being held on the 12th and 13th of August, aims to develop post-graduate enterprise skills over two days by encouraging students to engage with local businesses for mutual benefit. Students take the role of a consultancy team and are presented with a brief by a consultancy in their field. They must take a consultation with the business to establish what is required, use their unique skill set to produce a solution and present back during a final presentation. Throughout the two day event participants will be given valuable training in consultancy such as ideas generation, communication, winning work and much their time is worth as highly skilled professionals.

Think Tank can develop your consultancy competencies through working with real businesses. If you are looking to enhance your professional development, commercial awareness and meet likeminded professionals within your discipline, both within and outside of the university, then please contact Owen Bidder, BidderO@cardiff.ac.uk, for more information and to submit your application form. Application forms can be downloaded from here; Think Tank Application.

A new module on the horizon…

Total Immersion – Enterprise & Employability Skills is designed to help expand your skills set, make you more employable and aware of commercial & social enterprise through working on various ‘real life’ situations.

In the last few months the enterprise team has run workshops such as Save the Music & Save the High Street which have gone down a storm.  If you’re not familiar with either, both rotated around a fictional city which was experiencing some issues around the organisation of its major music festival and its failing high street.  Those that participated helped to come up with solutions by working on the live brief, sourcing relevant contacts, information and feeding back at the end to the Mayor of the city with their proposed plans.

With the success of both workshops, we have decided to go one step further.   The enterprise team is really happy to announce this exciting new standalone module which will be available to you from autumn ’14 and running under a similar interactive narrative.

If you like the sound of this, take a look at the brochure below and feel free to contact the enterprise team with any queries.

Note:  Not all programmes will allow standalone modules.  Contact for more information.

Total Immersion Brochure With Dates

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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