Fifty young entrepreneurs from across South Wales spent last weekend at an intensive boot camp designed to gain the skills needed to make their business dreams a reality.
Big Ideas Wales’ ‘Bootcamp to Business’ event at Margam Discovery Centre, Port Talbot, was open to motivated and business-minded young people aged between 18-25.
Each of the applicants went through an interview process before being awarded a position at the much sought after residential Bootcamp.
The bi-annual three-day event features a series of business workshops that are dedicated to expanding the knowledge of the young entrepreneurs, growing their network of connections and ultimately helping them to launch their business.
The fifty-strong cohort who successfully earned their place at the boot camp spent the weekend meeting established Welsh businesspeople and talent from all walks of life, including the co-founder of Catalyst Growth Partners and one of Wales’ most successful entrepreneurs, Ashley Cooper.
Speaking about the event, Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “The Big Ideas Wales’ ‘Bootcamp to Business’ challenge follows the celebration seen during Global Entrepreneurship Week, in which over 500 events took place to encourage a spirit of enterprise
“Welsh Government is committed to developing a culture in which we nurture the talent of our youngest entrepreneurs.
“This is an ideal way to help them learn from Wales’ leading experts and from each other. I wish them every success in starting and hopefully growing their own successful business.
“This week I will lead the Entrepreneurship Debate at the National Assembly to outline the opportunities for Wales and our commitment to encouraging entrepreneurship.”
Previous alumni of the Bootcamp to
These included Amy Price from social media and marketing company Social Butterfly, Elina Unterwege from Unifi and ethical drinks company Get Wonky, who make natural juice drinks from misshapen fruit that would have otherwise been thrown away.
Since attending Bootcamp earlier this year, Maciek and Karina of
Two Bootcamp attendees were awarded prizes for their efforts at the three-day event, including Bethan McNally, 20, from Cardiff who was awarded ‘Most Improved Bootcamper’ for her theatre company supporting those with mental health problems.
Also honoured at Bootcamp was Siwan Reynolds, 24, from Cardiff who was named ‘Most Engaged Bootcamper’, nominated by her peers.
Siwan, whose business Cardiff Meditation offers meditation to businesses and schools, said: “As I am in the process of establishing my business, the Bootcamp to
“And to win one of the Bootcamp awards topped off the whole weekend!”
Big Ideas Wales is part of the Business Wales service to encourage youth entrepreneurship in Wales.
Funded by Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund it helps young people aged between 5 and 25 to develop business ideas and entrepreneurial talent.
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