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This is a list of some of our past events from the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. Each event gives you points towards your Enterprise Award.

More information on our events for the new semester will be available soon. 

Event/Activity  Point Value 
IGNITE:   Ignite is an intensive 4 day programme designed to take you on a journey towards becoming enterprising in your chosen career; be this a business start-up, a social enterprise, the voluntary sector or within an established organisation. 45
Concept: Concept is your chance to get to work on a real LIFE brief for a major company. You’ll have three days to come up with an advertising campaign that will be used for the summer of 2014. Not only will you learn valuable skills in marketing, branding and advertising you’ll get hands on experience working with a real client and pitching your concepts to them. 40
SPARK: Spark is the annual Ideas Competition for Cardiff University Students and graduates with a total of £10,000 prize money available! Spark is part of the business start-up and ideas development support; the competition is open to ALL Cardiff University students and entries from all sectors and subject areas are welcomed (Including not for profit organisations and social enterprises. 45
 iSolve*:  iSolve allows entrepreneurial postgraduates and researchers to work with real inventions in order to determine the best route for their commercialisation. Findings from these teams are then presented at an awards presentation. 95
SPARK Shortlist Top-up: Spark applications are assessed. 50
The Sessions: Workshops & Speakers Point Values
Business Planning Process: Successfully launching a new business or idea requires careful planning and the results of a business planning process are usually captured in a business plan.This session will help you describe the business’s vision and objectives as well as the strategy and tactics that will be employed to achieve them. It will also provide the basis for operational budgets, targets, procedures and management controls. 10
Understanding Sales: Sales is an important part of every small business; it’s also a common challenge for many small business owners.This session will help you understand tips and tools to help you sell your products and services more effectively. Understand the sales cycle, creating elevator pitch, unique selling propositions, sales objectives and negotiating successfully. 10
Confessions of an entrepreneur:  This session features guest speakers to share their experience of developing, running or growing a business. It provides an opportunity to network, ask questions or get tips from entrepreneurs who are running real live businesses. 15
Product development process: New product development is the complete process of bringing a new product (tangible and intangible) to market. This session will explore the generic steps required in the process, covering screening the idea, developing concepts, beta testing and market testing. This workshop is a precursor to a session on the commercialisation of products.
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How to commercialise technology based ideas: Do you have a science & technology based idea with or would like to know how to exploit the intellectual property from these sorts of inventions? This is the session for you.  Attend to discover the pros and cons of licensing your technology or exploiting it through a spin out company and also the resources available to you. 10
Confessions of an entrepreneur: This session features guest speakers to share their experience of developing, running or growing a business. It provides an opportunity to network, ask questions or get tips from entrepreneurs who are running real live businesses. 15
Reaching a global market: With advances in technology available to businesses now, looking beyond your local market is not only an opportunity open to large businesses and corporations.This session will explore the how to gear yourself and business for global reach, taking commercial advantage of global operational differences, similarities and opportunities in order to meet global objectives. 10
Social Enterprise: Social enterprises operate in almost every industry, from health and social care to renewable energy, from retail to recycling, from employment to sport, from housing to education. Social Enterprises are driven by a social and environmental mission, and are focused on the community they ideally serve. This session will explore the differences between this type of setup and ‘traditional’ businesses. You’ll be able to understand the different types of Social Enterprises, how they are structured, how they are governed and the pros and cons of running a social enterprise. 10
Understanding Welsh Government Grants & Support: This session will highlight the services and products available to those looking to develop or running a business.  Attend to understand how you can access finance, funding and skills support. This session will provide more information on current programmes aimed at graduates and young business owners including the Graduate Bursary and Young Entrepreneur’s Bursaries. 10
Freelancing for creative: This session is for those with creative flair to identify and reach their creative aspiration in a professional setting. It will help you explore how to align your personal values to your business idea, reduce risks in the long run, planning and mapping steps to achieve specific creative goals, profiling customers to understand how to reach different audiences, importance of financial planning, business planning and other forms of business support. 10
Confessions of an entrepreneur: This session features guest speakers to share their experience of developing, running or growing a business. It provides an opportunity to network, ask questions or get tips from entrepreneurs who are running real live businesses. 15