Ignite is a four day business skills bootcamp that culminates in a 24hr Apprentice-style challenge where students from the University of South Wales, Cardiff Met and Cardiff University pitch for a small pot of cash. The students must take the cash and try to turn a profit. All proceeds go to charity.
Ignite got off to an amazing start yesterday with students from the universities forming teams, building furniture out of balloons, networking with successful entrepreneurs from Cardiff, designing yogurt containers and consuming copious amounts of pizza.
We had a fantastic time and the aim of the day was to get to know each other and start formulating plans and ideas for the challenge.
Today is all about getting out of comfort zones and trying something new. Kicking off at 9am, day two started with a drama workshop which saw students turning into zombies, being blindfolded and guarding a set of keys, and waving at the word clap (this only makes sense to those who participated).
Cardiff University student Amy Lai, had this to say about Ignite so far.
“Yesterday was really engaging. I was a a little tired towards the end of the day, but all the activity made me feel excited and enthusiastic about the challenge.
My favourite part of the day was building the balloon furniture and the creativity workshop. It was also really good to hear from the entrepreneurs. They were very approachable and seemed as if they would go out of their way to help us with or ideas.”
Cardiff Unveristy student, Amy Lai is loving Ignite so far!
Excited to come back to Ignite for day two Amy has enjoyed the drama workshop, “the workshop woke us up and made us feel more comfortable with each other.”
“Today I am most looking forward to getting my team’s idea approved and getting started on the challenge.”
The rest of today will see the students having board meetings, participating in two more workshops focussed on helping them finalise their ideas, identifing roles for each member of their team and writing a plan of action for the challenge.
There are two more days to go and hopefully the students will beat the Ignite record of £2,800 and raise more for charity.
Keep an eye on our facebook: www.facebook.com/studententerprise and
Twitter: @weareignite #ignite2014
for more pics and info on how the students are getting on.
Testing the balloons chairs with Steve from Cardiff Met
Builidng the chairs with only balloons and tape.
A very convincing zombie
Liam from Cardiff Met choosing the next student to be zombfied