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Graduates share entrepreneurial success stories as part of GEW2019


22.11.2019

UWTSD has welcomed recent graduates back to the University to share their entrepreneurial success stories at an event hosted by Swansea College of Art in the heart of the city centre. Each unique and inspirational journey provided invaluable insight into entrepreneurship and how to start a business, equipping students with key knowledge and understanding into how to launch their own entrepreneurial journey.

UWTSD has welcomed recent graduates back to the University to share their entrepreneurial success stories at an event hosted by Swansea College of Art in the heart of the city centre.

The graduates delivered their talks alongside other industry experts as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019. Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions each November that inspire millions to explore their potential as an entrepreneur while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems.

The event, entitled ‘Networking and Volunteering’ Global Enterprise Day’ took place on Wednesday, November 20 at the Alex Reading Room. Speakers included UWTSD Graphic Design Graduate Heidi Griffiths, Tanya Igic of Choose2Reuse, Ben Reynolds of Urban Foundry and Julia Manser of Swansea CVS.

Welsh sustainable fashion company, Maykher, founded by Heidi Griffiths, was named Ethical Business of the year at the Wales Federation of Small Business (FSB) Awards last year. The Cardiff-based fashion company secured the award fittingly on the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote thanks to its not-for-profit business model and sustainable structure, which supports women across the globe.  Priding itself on creating products which allows its customers to ‘purchase with a purpose’, 10% of its profits are invested into the education of young women and girls in poverty-stricken areas.

There were also panel discussions and further talks and workshops at the event at the Alex from Academic Director Pete Spring, Angela Gidden and Amanda Griffiths, Dylan Williams-Evans and representatives from the Princes Trust, Arts & Business Cymru as well as a Drop in business advice surgery.

UWTSD has welcomed recent graduates back to the University to share their entrepreneurial success stories at an event hosted by Swansea College of Art in the heart of the city centre.

Caroline Thraves Academic Director Art and Media at UWTSD, Swansea College of Art said: "Entrepreneurship is at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning here at Swansea College of Art. We are thrilled that so many highly acclaimed industry professionals visited us and talked directly to our students this week as part of Global Enterprise Week."

This month, around 10 million people in over 170 countries around the world will celebrate the 12th edition of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) through 35,000 different events.

With an international network of over 30,000 partners, events during GEW are designed to stimulate, inspire and encourage entrepreneurial activities through different stakeholder groups.

UWTSD has welcomed recent graduates back to the University to share their entrepreneurial success stories at an event hosted by Swansea College of Art in the heart of the city centre.

Note to Editor

“Widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost institutions in creativity-led entrepreneurship education… (UWTSD’s) publications have been leading international discussions.” Yves Punie, EU Joint Research Centre, Seville.

Creativity and innovation are at the heart of University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) mission to enhance graduate employability and the number of graduate start-ups. Our aim is to utilise our collective skills, knowledge and technology to enable the University and its graduates to offer solutions to the most urgent societal challenges – in Wales and further afield. Our vision has a strong commitment to building a sustainable society driven by innovation and entrepreneurship.

Innovative learning and industry collaboration is a key focus at the University, creating more opportunities for students to enhance their prospects after graduation. This unique approach of bringing students, academics and businesses together enables them to explore ideas and create opportunities for the development of new sustainable businesses, products and services.

Kath Penaluna, Associate Professor in Enterprise Education said: “It’s great to be recognised around the World for what we do, and even the United Nations chose us as their place to learn about becoming entrepreneurial. We specialise in helping teach entrepreneurship to teachers, and that’s international too. Creativity and innovation are at the core of UWTSD’s mission to transform, shape and develop futures and it all relies on the ability to see new ways forward. Our graduate entrepreneurs help inspire others by sharing their inspirational journeys, insights and expertise. We are proud to say that we have some of the highest number of active start-ups in the UK.”

With partners including Welsh Government and Big Ideas Wales, UWTSD offers a huge range of opportunities, including:

One-to-One Meetings

Creative Bubble support for student-led activities with a pop-up shop for exhibitions, performances, fundraising, networking and meetings

Meetings with like-minded students, alumni and entrepreneurs

Industry Links - projects, inspirational guest speakers and networking

Intellectual Property and Creativity Workshops

Enterprise Week events - held annually in November

Institutional and Welsh Government funded support

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus

Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: 01792 483695

Mobile: 07384 467071

Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk