UWTSD to host 24-hour Lock-In in Swansea


University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) have announced that they are co-hosting a 24-hour lock-in which students will be given access to the support, mentoring and advice that they need in order to start their own business. The event will take place from 5pm on Friday 2 June to 5pm on Saturday 3 June in 360 Beach and Watersports, Swansea. It is organised in collaboration with Big Ideas Wales, a Welsh Government initiative to promote entrepreneurship and encourage business start-ups in the region.

Professor Andy Penaluna is the Director of the IICED. He said: “Time can be tight for our students, and they often end up working only with people from their own course or discipline. As mixing and matching different experiences is known to be a successful approach to innovation, this lock in gives everyone an opportunity to exchange and share ideas within a fun environment that is supported by experts who know their stuff.”

The Lock-In is intended to help young people who are interested in starting their own business or working for a small company that innovates. The event will offer an intensive 24-hour period in which students will be able to develop and pitch a viable business idea. Experts from the IICED will be available to discuss ideas and to offer creative solutions to potential problems. It will also be an opportunity for students to network with like-minded entrepreneurs.

The IICED is also pleased to announce that there will be a schedule of speakers who will be presenting on the hour, every hour throughout the Lock-In. The full timetable will be announced in due course and all students who are interested in creative entrepreneurship are invited to attend.

The event will culminate in a competition in which prizes will be awarded to the most successful and intriguing pitches.

IICED is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost institutions in creativity-based entrepreneurship education. In addition to supporting staff, students, and business start-ups by enhancing their skills and abilities in business innovation, the institution also makes valuable and unique contributions to the global understanding of what it means to be an enterprising educator. Earlier this year, Professor Penaluna’s contribution to the development of guidelines for education providers on entrepreneurship education received praise from the CEO the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The Institution is based in UWTSD’s Mount Pleasant campus and is an international focal point which brings together a distinguished group of international experts in entrepreneurial teaching to engage in high-level discussions and to consider global perspectives that can impact, or have impacted, on policy-making.

The 24-hour Lock-In is part of the IICED’s celebration of World Intellectual Property Day. For more details, please contact enterprise@uwtsd.ac.uk  or follow the link to the website.

Further Information

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