Twenty-five fledgeling entrepreneurs from north Wales spent last weekend at an intensive three-day boot camp to equip them with the skills to bring their business ideas to life.
The Big Ideas Wales ‘Bootcamp to Business’ event at Glan-llyn, Bala, was open to business-minded young people aged between 18-25, whose motivated attitude saw them awarded a coveted position at the sought after residential Bootcamp.
The bi-annual three-day event features a series of business workshops dedicated to growing the young entrepreneurs’ network of connections, expanding their business knowledge and ultimately helping them to launch their business.
The twenty-five strong cohort spent the weekend meeting established businesspeople and talent from all walks of life, including serial entrepreneur Kala Krish, who has a range of businesses to her name from cafes to software development and Gavin Mart, managing director of 3RDSPACE, a live comedy and music venue in Llandudno.
The young entrepreneurs took part in a number of workshops, the aim of which is to equip them with useful skills and tools to help them develop their businesses, covering topics including crowdfunding, market research and leadership skills.
Two Bootcamp attendees were awarded prizes for their efforts at the three-day event, including Carys Ellis-Thomas, a social media entrepreneur from Glyndwr University who was awarded ‘Most Improved Bootcamper’, on account of the fact that she took full advantage of the event in order to develop her business idea and learn as much as she could.
Also honoured at Bootcamp was Sam Williams, 23, from Llanelli who was named ‘Most Engaged Bootcamper’, nominated by his peers.
Speaking about the event, the Economy Secretary said: “It is fantastic to see such a great group of young entrepreneurs being inspired by Welsh Role Models and learning together through their journey to starting a business.
“Youth entrepreneurship is extremely important to Wales and I look forward to seeing these budding entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality”
Big Ideas Wales forms part of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Service. Part funded by 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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