Got a business idea? USW Freelancers Academy opens TODAY!

March 26, 2018

Applications now closed

USW Freelancers Academy 4-8 June 2018

Got a business idea? The USW Freelancers Academy takes students through the steps needed to get their business idea off the ground. The USW Freelancers Academy is an annual event that takes place over 1 week. This year it has been scheduled to run between the 4-8 June. There are a maximum of 30 spaces available.

Students need to complete a short application in English or Welsh stating why they want to attend. The week will cover all the basics of business plans, marketing, networking and getting yourself out there, the week is designed to help entrepreneurial students and graduates move into the world of self-employment.

Mentoring will be available to all participants and the week will culminate in the a chance to pitch for up to £1000 of funding!.

The Academy is delivered by university staff, business mentors and experienced external entrepreneurs and is funded by the Welsh Government.

*The competition is open to ALL University of South Wales students and Alumni of up to three years after graduation.

How to Apply

Application open 26 March 2018

Fill out an application for here:


Refreshments will be provided.


Freelance Academy is a week long programme and participation is required for all five days between the hours of 9.30am and 4pm.


Cardiff, ATRiuM.

What is involved?

Monday – Thursday: Key topics covered

  • Business basics
    • Perfecting your business idea
    • Customers
    • Competitors
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Operations
  • Focusing on the skills you need to be a successful Entrepreneur
    • Pitching
    • Networking
    • Selling

Attendees will be given the option to pitch. The pitches will be judged by an independent panel of judges who will consider the application in terms of both the idea and the ambition and drive of the person making the pitch.

If you would like to find out more please email


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NOTE: Please note that the University of South Wales and Welsh Government may use multimedia (Pictures, video etc.) from the Freelancers Academy for marketing and promotional uses.

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