It has finally arrived, after a yearlong wait, global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off this Monday 13th of November and it’s going to be even bigger and better down at Swansea University this year!
The Entrepreneurs Network’s first GEW looks to set the bar high for years to come, with the eagerly anticipated launch of our student incubator based on Singleton Campus. The Incubator will be opened by Pro Vice Chancellor Hilary Lappin-Scott and CEO of Be The Spark Caroline Thompson. We mark our first day of Global Entrepreneurship Week with a student pitching competition starting at midday. This event was developed to test our peer’s ability to present their businesses under time restrictions and with the pressure of high profile judges facing them.
Following the pitching event, the fourth session of our The Business Bootcamp with a focus on marketing takes place between 6 – 8pm. This session hosted by Prab Chada who set up the Digital Maverick ltd under 3 years ago in his own inspirational journey to be his own boss after years fine tuning his skills working in the industry. With a focus on social media and how to boost a start-up business with free advertising it’s a hot topic for the Entrepreneurs Network’s members.
Later in the week and the focus shifts down to the School of Management where there will be a Start Up Market taking place all afternoon, this is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their innovative businesses and makes some SALES! It’s also a brilliant event for students to test the potential market and to gage some great insight – this year will see a new wave of student entrepreneurs from the new Business Planning and Applied Entrepreneurship 2nd year modules take to the market to test and validate their fantastic range of new businesses.
We will then be closing out the week strong down here in Swansea with 4 hours of back to back events all morning on the Friday! We start early at 8am with a breakfast networking session sponsored by Santander, this will be an excellent opportunity for students to further develop their networking skills with local businesses. Following this we will then have a two-hour workshop – Business Wales Funding Event, which will see the return of Ben Room to the School of Management. This will further lead on from the topics discussed in his section of our Finance talk at The Business Bootcamp.
Entrepreneurship has been an ever-growing topic at Swansea University in recent years and this week has seen the celebrations really lift off with some high-profile names from the highest ranks of Welsh Entrepreneurs circles coming to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with us. This will not only pave the way for a year of success but also to lay down the fundamental foundations for years to come. It was the Entrepreneurs Networks first year celebrating GEW, but we can guarantee it won’t be our last!