UWTSD students to pitch their business ideas at Race to Market event


Enterprising students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are getting ready to pitch their business ideas to a panel of industry experts at the University’s Race to Market event.

The event, on June 5 to 9, brings together students across the University for a week long Apprentice style business challenge.

This week will see students hone their skills in business development, pitching and networking supported by mentors including entrepreneurial UWTSD graduate Kieran Abbott co-founder of web design and development company Big Lemon Creative.

Alongside developing their own ideas students will work on real-life projects set by local entrepreneurs.

UWTSD Head of Student Experience Estelle Hart said: “It is always fantastic to see the innovative ideas our students bring to the table and it shows the quality of UWTSD students, that mentors from local businesses to global brands such as Nike attend year after year to support them.”

At the end of the week they will pitch their ideas to expert judges; Ian Edwards, CEO of the Celtic Manor who has over 25 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and Howard Monsen, Senior Project Manager, for Kier Construction Wales, who has worked in the industry since 1989.

Howard Monsen said: “The ‘Race to Market Event’ will be an excellent opportunity for students to network with some of the best professionals within the business industry – some of the most innovative things are not new ideas, they’re just better processes. It is not about being better than anyone else, instead it’s about creating products and services that will have longevity and for students not to be afraid of their own creativity.

Students will also be supported during the week by a team of volunteer mentors which include entrepreneurs Kieran Abbott of Big Lemon Creative, Helena Demaria-Williams of Nike, Liz Gordon of Mad Apple Designs, Rebecca Hayes of sGRipt and Ross Blytt Jordens of Thunderhat.


Note to Editor

UWTSD has developed a strong reputation for entrepreneurship developed through its International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED).

Race to Market uses the principles of Life Design a four step programme developed at UWTSD that uses design thinking techniques to help students make the most of their time at University and prepare for their future. Contact lifedesign@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.


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