The University of South Wales has helped many of our graduates to start up their own businesses. Read on to find out about the variety of businesses that have benefited from the funding and support available to them through Bright Ideas, and their tips and advice to all you budding Lord Sugars!
ZIPLINE CREATIVE Rhys and Natahn set up 'Zipline Creative’ in 2008, a year after they graduation from the BA in Documentary Film and Television. The production company makes high end corporate adverts and programmes for television and radio, with past clients including Aston Martin, the Welsh Government and the BBC.
EMERIC-VICTOR GABOR I always wanted to build my own business. The Bright Ideas team helped me through the initial steps which resulted in me starting a product design company. Zinca Tech concentrates on creating mobile apps for the 21st century. We specialize in translating intuitive ideas into memorable experiences for users. The main goal of the applications will be to improve the productivity and enhance the user experience. Even with my degree in business, the advice and financial support I received from the team is highly valued.
LISA-JANE MEATES Hot on the heels of her success at the Future Entrepreneur Awards in June. Lisa-Jane was commissioned by Lucy Owen, television presenter and host of that event, to photograph her 10 year wedding anniversary event in Cowbridge recently. Lisa-Jane now has a growing list of celebrity clients.
A LITTLE BIT OF COUTURE Michelle started her own fashion label in 2010 after graduating from the BA in Fashion Design. Having worked as a teacher for seven years, she decided to follow her dream of designing her own clothing and later started 'A Little Bit of Couture’, a range of luxury tops and accessories for women.
CLAIRE ANDREW WOMENSWEAR Claire graduated from the BA in Fashion Design and set up her own fashion label within weeks. After working in sales and management for 10 years, she longed to run her own business in the creative industry, and loved every minute of the course at the University.
PHP GENIE Andrew and Dan established PHP Genie after graduating from their degrees in Animation and Graphics Design respectively. After working on several other create projects, they set up the web development and e-commerce business to provide online software. applications and tools for a wide range of clients.
ON-PAR PRODUCTIONS Toby and Richard set up On-Par Productions in 2010, after graduating from the BA in Documentary Film and Television. Covering every aspect of filmmaking, the company deals with development and production through to post production and distrubution for a range of clients.
Miluše Gebauerová Miluše, a designer with Czech origins, is about to establish her own fashion label as soon as she graduates from the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design course. Her fashion label will be inspired by her love of the theatre and arts. The clothes, which are inspired by her hand-drawn illustrations, evolve around creative pattern cutting and are mostly created on a model or a stand where Miluse works shaping the garments as a sculptor.
ANGRY MANGO Kate set up 'Angry Mango’ with four other Newport graduates, whilst studying a BA in Computer Games Design. The team’s debut creation was 'Mush’, an innovative game which lets the user change how their chracter feels, allowing them to touch, tilt, rotate and shake Much to alter his mood…
MOONSTONE BOUTIQUE Moonstone Boutique design and sell luxury evening and party dresses for the rapidly growing school prom market. They currently operate online and use social media to reach their young target clients.The idea for Moonstone Boutique sparked when Charlotte Molyneux & Rowan Parker became close friends during their second year of studying Fashion Design at university. After a summer of designing, travelling and networking, in the autumn of 2013, Moonstone Boutique was launched! Based in the South Wales valleys, they are determined to bring a fresh outlook on fashion to a school prom near you.
RYAN WELCH PHOTOGRAPHY Ryan established his own photography company in 2009, just as he was starting a degree in Photography for Fashion and Advertising. He was successful at pitching for £1,000 at the Bright Ideas Den in his final year, to help cover the costs of branding and marketing for his new studio in Cwmbran.
RIKOSET Rikoset is a product design company dedicated to developing new and innovative products to prevent injuries in sport, help rehabilitation and improve the performance of athletes. The aim of the business is to develop a high-quality brand name whilst ensuring a scientifically-led approach that complements intelligent design.
VISUAL INFLUENCE Richard and Chris graduated in the BA Documentary Film and Television and set up 'Visual Influence’, which provides a range of creative material from high-concept drama to animation and is the result of nearly three years of them working collaboratively on professional projects.
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