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Inspiring Enterprise Week:

Inspiring Enterprise Week kicked off to a great start with the Spring Market which saw entrepreneurial students testing their trade by booking out market stalls in the Student’s Union. Students sold their baked goods, unique artwork and various other hand-made crafts.  The market itself was buzzing and the buzz carried on throughout the week.

Both students and staff benefited from the vast array of activities and events put on by the Enterprise Team and student organisations such as AIESEC.  The staff-focused Embedding Enterprise Exchange event was a success with forty-five academics from across the UK converging on Cardiff. Discussions centred on how coupling academic learning with a mind set for enterprise can lead to open minded, innovative individuals ready to make a change in their chosen career.  Guest speakers from the fields of Computer Science, Design, Linguistics, Mathematics, Nursing and Welsh highlighted real examples of enterprise through their discipline and spoke about how teaching and learning is evolving within the UK.

Creative students were invited to learn how to freelance their talents in a workshop lead by Frances Brown. Students looking to expand on their skillset put their marketing, event management, financial analysis and business planning skills to use to help Save the High Street, a pervasive learning workshop lead by the Enterprise Team.  Postgraduate researchers were invited to witness a debate between Prof Judith Hall OBE and Constantina Katsari Muston concentrating on which path researchers should take after finishing their PhDs- Academia or Industry.

To further encourage student entrepreneurship, undergrads and postgrads looking to start their own enterprise, or are currently running a business part time, entered the Spark Ideas Challenge where £10,000 overall was awarded to successful candidates. In order to secure funding the contestants had to write a business plan, pitch to a panel of industry experts or create a video detailing their business ideas.  All participants received valuable feedback from the panel to ensure they had a solid business plan to take forward.


There were several other activities that sought to inspire staff and students, and the overall feedback was extremely positive.  The Cardiff University Enterprise Team invited excellent guest speakers such as Neil Cocker and Aimee Bateman  to speak to students about the perks and pitfalls of starting a business in Cardiff.  James Barnham and Helen McAvoy also regaled students with their experience of slaying the dreaded BBC Dragon’s Den judges by making the difficult decision to reject hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding. Through these events, workshops and guest speaker sessions,   The Enterprise Team were able to successfully encourage discussion amongst academics, staff and students in Cardiff, and even further afield, on what means to be innovative and enterprising.

Scroll down to hear from our guest speaker.

AIESEC’s Enterprise Project

Sat 29th March |  10am to 5pm  

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!)

Academia vs Industry

Thurs 27th March | 18.15-20.00 | Room 4J | Students’ Union

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.​

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Cardiff University Future Entrepreneurs Drop In

Thurs 27th March | 12-2pm | Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering | Students’ Union

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

Tues 25th March | 12.00 to 2.00pm | Centre for Skills, Enterprise & Volunteering  | Students Union

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 byFrances Brown, Creative Enterprise Manager, London Metropolitan University

HEA: An Audience with Enterprise Educators

Thurs 27th March | 10am to 4pm | 

This Higher Education Academy event will focus on how enterprise education can stimulate change across the education spectrum,  by drawing on the experiences of two winners of the Higher Education Academy sponsored National Enterprise Educator Award.

Sue Poole of Gower College and Neil Coles of Cardiff University won the National Council for Entrepreneurship Education and Enterprise Educators UK Award in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Both educators have brought about change to student behaviour and their future enterprise endeavours via practical interventions and both have been awarded for their endeavours, so what’s going on in Wales?

This event is for Staff Only

There are limited free places available for Cardiff University Staff  Book Here                                   or email for more info on free places

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Ignite Day 1&2

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: 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

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