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08 March 2008
Students from across the University are being encouraged to put their enterprising skills to the test on a week long Apprentice-style challenge.
Taking place during the Easter holidays from 7 – 11 April 2008, Ignite is aimed at bringing out the entrepreneur in any student. Over an intensive five-day programme, each participant will take a profitable journey towards becoming an enterprising individual in their chosen domain.
Ignite is designed to get students fired up, unleash imagination, seize opportunities and develop innovative and enterprising potential, all of which will be transferable for starting a business, launching a social enterprise, working in the voluntary sector or injecting some creativity within an established organisation.
Run jointly by Cardiff University, University of Glamorgan, UWIC and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the week will end with an ‘Apprentice style challenge where each team will be given £50 and one day to use the money to make a profit, which can be kept or donated to charity. Chosen entrants will work in teams throughout the week to develop ideas, build skills and use innovative skills.
Catherine Bushell, University Enterprise officer said: "Although Ignite is not specifically about starting a business, it does aim to develop enterprising individuals by equipping them with the skills to spot opportunities or problems and come up with innovative ways to change things for the better."
Entry to Ignite is by application and students from any discipline are encouraged to apply. The closing date is 14 March 2008 and successful applicants will be informed very soon after.
For more information and an application form, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/enterprise. For general enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Alternatively drop into the Student Enterprise Office, 3rd Floor Students’ Union.
Many students and graduates take advantage of enterprise support and advice offered at the University, resulting in many successful graduate start-up companies. Cardiff University encourages innovation and entrepreneurial activity among both staff and students, and many spin-out companies have successfully started business based on university research.
Throughout the year, Student Enterprise runs free events and also manages the Knowledge Exploitation Fund’s (KEF) Entrepreneurship Scholarship Programme on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government. The fund is aimed at supporting knowledge-based business start-up ideas from recent graduates (within last three years) of further and higher education institutions who wish to establish a business in Wales, and is still open to Cardiff University graduates.
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