UWTSD to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is looking forward to celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with a series of events and activities organised across its campuses from Monday, November 13th until Friday, November 17th 2017.

UWTSD is already widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost institutions in creativity-based entrepreneurship education.  The University has spearheaded international efforts to find new ways of supporting students and to equip them for the 21st century working environment, where flexibility and adaptability will be key skills. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

The University will be encouraging students from all disciplines to think about entrepreneurship and to take part in a range of events across each of its campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter. 

Kathryn Penaluna, Enterprise Manager and Associate Professor at UWTSD, said:  “Entrepreneurship Week is a real opportunity for us to celebrate what we do here as an integral part of our mission. We are a connected University in every sense when it comes to be being enterprising; we connect with our learners, we connect with businesses and we connect with policy makers in a truly global way.”

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has taken a global lead on innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship education and has challenged many theories of business education.  It has also informed the international entrepreneurial community on approaches for engaging and enhancing creativity in an enterprise context.  As a result of its work in this field, UWTSD has become one of the best higher education institutions in the country for producing successful graduate start-up businesses.

UWTSD is also home to the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) – an institute that builds on the global relationships that have developed by its Director, Professor Andy Penaluna and the subsequent heightened level of expertise that his team has.

In addition to supporting its own staff, students and business start-ups by enhancing their skills and abilities in business innovation; IICED works to improve Global understanding of what it means to be an enterprising educator.

The United Nations’ Chief of Entrepreneurship, Fiorina Mugione, also recognises the University’s contribution and recently chose UWTSD to support the UN’s Empretec programme, a programme which inspires entrepreneurs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

UWTSD is proud to be an enterprise focused University and is delighted to be hosting events across its three campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter during Global Enterprise Week.  Sessions range from workshops with Big Ideas Wales Role Model – Musician Steve Simmons discussing creating opportunities and the realities of business with Brand and Advertising students in Dynevor Campus; and a Design Your Future Conference’ with Inspirational entrepreneurial alumni Graphic Designer Jon Dawkins and Illustrator Tom Hughes, who will share their journeys of freelancing to Pizza with a Pro events and digital masterclasses.

To find out more about the University’s work go to http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/iiced/ 

Note to Editor

Activities during Global Entrepreneurship Week range from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. Millions who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Dell and Muhammad Yunus.

Thousands of brand new startups spring to life through bootcamps like Startup Weekend and competitions like Startup Open. Hundreds of universities strengthen connections that help them commercialize research from their labs. Researchers and policymakers engage in discussions around the world to examine the underlying policies necessary to promote entrepreneurial growth. And serial entrepreneurs share their expertise through activities like EO24, run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and practical training courses like FastTrac.

Meanwhile, world leaders and local elected officials alike have embraced the campaign as they look to fuel the economic engine of high-growth startups in their own countries and communities. During 2013 alone, 126 heads of state and ministers from 69 countries supported Global Entrepreneurship Week by speaking at activities during the Week, filming statements of support or otherwise endorsing the national campaigns in their countries. GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.


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