Award nomination for enterprise education at UWTSD


Associate Professor Kath Penaluna has been shortlisted as a finalist in the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.


She has been nominated in the Entrepreneurs’ Champion of the Year in the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards for the work that she has done supporting students from UWTSD in their entrepreneurial ambitions.

Kath said: “I am both delighted and humbled to be named as a finalist in the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.  It is entirely down to the ambition, creativity and talent of our graduates. I am continually inspired by their determination to set up new businesses and initiatives. We also have a very experienced Enterprise Team at UWTSD who work hard to support the students in realising these ideas. It’s down to this winning combination that has resulted in UWTSD having one of the highest numbers of graduate start-ups within the UK. It’s an honour that these efforts have been recognised and we are all over the moon.”

Roger Maidment, Dean of Faculty of Business and Management said: “ I am delighted that Kath’s exceptional work in enterprise education, entrepreneurship and start-ups has been recognised with this nomination. The Business School at UWTSD is committed to providing opportunities for students and graduates to develop the behaviours and competencies needed to create their own employment opportunities.”

Kath is an Associate Professor in Enterprise Education and Enterprise Manager at the University’s International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development which is part of the Faculty of Business and Management. Her role is a pro-active strategic one, taking forward the enterprise and entrepreneurship agenda and supporting students from across the University as they embark on entrepreneurial endeavours. She is also an internationally renowned researcher on enterprise education and a regular presenter at conferences and workshops.  Her recent research has focussed on the role of innovative and creative thought within enterprise and entrepreneurship mind set development. She is also the editor of the South Wales Business Review, a quarterly publication that brings the latest news and updates for businesses in South Wales.

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has yet again seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: "Following another record-breaking year, I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.

“Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at a gala ceremony in Cardiff later this year.

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