UWTSD to host semi-final of Young Business Dragons 2019


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David will host the semi-final of this year’s Young Business Dragons competition on Friday, November 8. The event will take place at the University’s Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) in SA1.

A team of students in the Young Business Dragons competition stands before their display.

Now in its seventh year, the competition sees teams of year ten pupils from schools across Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot pitch their business ideas to a team of judges from the business community.

The competition is organised by social enterprise Young Dragons. Director Kathryn David said: “This year’s theme is ‘Save the Planet’ and we’ve challenged the teams to come up with a product or service that will help tackle environmental issues.

“We are delighted to be working with CWIC, as it’s a great opportunity for young people to visit the university and see the work of the Centre.” 

Co-Director Sue Poole said “The real benefit of the competition is that it gives young people an opportunity to develop enterprising skills such as team working, decision making and communication, which are the key skills that employers look for.”

Four female secondary school students deliver a presenation.

UWTSD is sponsoring the competition along with Welsh Government, Swansea Business Club and Young Dragons CIC. UWTSD’s Swansea and Cardiff Provost and Executive Dean Professor Ian Walsh said: “We are delighted to be hosting and sponsoring an event that inspires pupils to develop their entrepreneurial skills by thinking creatively. The right mix of creativity along with curriculum helps students to be innovative and also encourages them to learn new things. UWTSD is committed to maintaining a strong focus on providing students as well as members of the community with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success.”

UWTSD's Bronwen Williams, Academic Director for the University's Swansea Campus is mentoring a team from Gowerton Comprehensive this year.

Following the semi-final, the successful teams will have a few weeks to fine tune their pitches in preparation for the grand final which will take place at the Village Hotel on December 11.


Students in school uniform sit around tables set for dinner in the style of an awards night.

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

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Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk