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Vice Chancellor’s Inspiring Enterprise Week: Events

The list of events planned for the Vice Chancellor’s Inspiring Enterprise Week is below. Click Links for further details. More events will be added as they are confirmed.

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Spring Market Tues 18th March | 11am to 4pm | Students’ Union Students Book Here
Intro to self-employment Monday 24th March | 3pm to 5.30pm Students and Staff Book Here
Successful Rejects Monday 24th March | 5pm to 8pm Students & Staff Book Here
Creative Starts Tues 25th March | 12.00 to 2.00pm Students Book Here
Confessions of a Cardiff Entrepreneur Tues 25th March | 6-8pm Students & Staff Book Here
Embedded Enterprise Exchange  Weds 26th March | 10am to 4pm Staff Book Here
Confessions of a Social Entrepreneur  Weds 26th March | 6-8pm Students & Staff Book Here
Cardiff University Future Entrepreneurs Drop in | Thurs 27th March | 12-2pm Students No Need to book
Academia vs Industry | Thurs 27th March | 18.15-20.00 Students and Staff Book Here
Save the High Street Friday 28th March | 3-5pm Students Book Here
AIESEC Enterprise Event Sat 29th March  | 10am to 5pm   Students Book Here


Vice Chancellor’s Inspiring Enterprise Week

Cardiff University

24th to 28th March 2014 |  Events List

Inspiring Enterprise Week is a week-long festival of events and workshops which showcase the inspirational enterprising students and staff from across the university. Enterprising activities take place across Cardiff University throughout the year and take many forms, from innovative and inventive academic staff to student societies and graduate or staff spinout companies. This week is an opportunity to celebrate all of these activities.

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There are many opportunities to get involved, why not come along to one of the events run by the Cardiff University Enterprise Team and others across the university, coordinate your own event or enter our competition by simply telling us how you’ve been enterprising in the past year.

What do we mean by enterprise?

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.

Join us in the Vice Chancellor’s Inspiring Enterprise Week and make your ideas happen

Students can get involved by:

  • Applying for funding to coordinate an Inspiring Enterprise Week event or activity
  • Coming along to events
  • Enter our competition by telling us how enterprising you’ve been this year!

Get Involved

Staff can get involved by:

  • Applying for funding to coordinate an Inspiring Enterprise Week event or activity
  • Coming along to events
  • Encouraging your students to run their own activities or come along to events

Get Involved

Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter Interview:

My husband, who is always using the YouTube app on our television to watch silly videos, surprised me by playing this interview whilst we had our breakfast this morning. Not only is the story of Twitter and Square extremely inspiring and interesting, I thought Jack Dorsey came across as very down to earth and had some great advice for entrepreneurs.

I always like hearing about how founders of large companies got their initial ideas and how they decided on names. Turns out Twitter started out as Jitter but after learning that Twitter actually means, ’short bursts of inconsequential information,’ Jack decided on Twitter.  If you have a spare 27 minutes and 8 seconds, I would recommended watching this, it’s not inconsequential information for anyone looking to do something innovative.

15 things I wish I had known before starting University:

It’s almost 10 years ago to the day that I went off to University as a wide eyed 18 year old. Here are some of the things I wish that people had told me before starting.

  1. You have to study every day. The first time you drink a gallon of Red Bull in order to pull an all-nighter of studying and then are unable to sleep for three days straight, you will wish you had put forth a bit more effort in the weeks leading up your exam/essay deadline etc.
  2. You have to learn how to budget your money. Sponges, socks, washing up liquid etc. no longer just appear as if by magic, you have to buy them yourself.
  3. Everyone is just as eager to meet new people and make friends as you.
  4. It’s the only time in your life where you will have 24/7 access to your friends. Try planning a night out with your friends in your late 20s, you need at least two months advanced warning. It’s terrible.
  5. Get to know your lecturers and professors as they can be really interesting and helpful people.
  6. Eat healthy, you will gain weight!
  7. You can book rooms in the library to study in. This will come in handy when your flatmates decide to take up new hobbies like DJ-ing.
  8. Get as much work experience as possible. Doing a placement year, volunteering or having a part time job will set you apart from the crowd when it’s time to apply for a job.
  9. Do not put everything on Facebook or other social media sites. Images that reflect you in a poor light will follow you no matter how hard you try to get rid of them.
  10. Learn how to cook simple dishes. It’s so much cheaper than eating out!
  11.  Invest in a good pair of walking shoes or get to know public transport; spending money on taxis is just silly.
  12. Use the resources available to you. The Enterprise Office, the Careers Office, Student Support Services etc. are all there for you to take full advantage of and can offer some really great advice.
  13. Just because you’re friends with someone does not mean you can live with them. Choose your flatmates wisely. 
  14.  Give your liver a break. Drinking to excess is not a good idea. You act stupid and you wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck. No matter how lame it sounds, moderation can be quite fun.
  15. Learn love to change. Once you go off to University your friends and family, even your hometown, will change and so will you. It’s much better to enjoy the path you’re going down and be excited about change than to resist or fear it.
Too Many Saucepans?

5 Things I wish I’d known before starting University

I’ve been asked to write a post contemplating my first days at University (now rather a distant memory) and the things which would have been useful to know before I started, so I could have avoided wasting time and money and make the most of my 3 years there.

So a few of my suggestions to think about as you prepare for University

1)      Indulge your interests or discover a new one

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Going to University: What I Wish I’d Known

Oh how I wish I was back in 2005 and getting ready to go to University! Here’s 15 tips for making the best of your University experience. For those of you who get your results today – make the most of your time ahead!

1. Making friends is natural.

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Brain Storms

Thursday Thought: An Innovation Mindset


A provoking article I read last week by Pete Flint, CEO of where he ponders the idea of teaching ourselves an innovative mindset. Interesting.

Ever wondered how Steve Jobs or any other innovative individual or inventor comes up with ideas? There’s significant reason to believe that they’re not born with such a skill. Instead it’s who they’re surrounded by, their attitudes and what they’ve learnt.

A mindset is a way of thinking, way of approach or just an outlook. In this case in creativity and maximizing potential from whatever resource they come across – whether that be technology, people, theories or ideas.

Can it be taught? Yes.

If we can teach ourselves to be innovative, creative and see opportunity in our everyday – perhaps we should take the initiative to not only go to the seminar and learn about creative things – but actually go out and apply it until the light bulb/eureka moment happens.

If you don’t think of yourself as creative or think of yourself as an inventor or innovator then perhaps you should fake it until you make it – or you could come along to our innovation labs and become more innovative through actually putting these ideas into practice and learning about the thought process and how to put it into practice.

Innovation and enterprise is about “doing” and actually making something of your idea or seizing the opportunity you see. If the CEO of a major US group sees it’s importance perhaps it’s worth investigating.