A grand total of £3,450 was awarded to 8 shortlisted USW student and graduates in the latest Bright Ideas Den (BID) in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021.
With a wide range of participants from both the Faculty of Creative Industries and the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education such as MA Games Enterprise, BSc Psychology, BA Film and BSc Medical Sciences pitching their ideas to a live panel, a maximum of £1,000 funding each was awarded to talented freelancers and start-ups for their marketing, equipment and kit.
Here are what some of the winners have to say!:-
Dan McCadden, Liam O'Brien and Tom Burke are the minds behind 66 Days, providing industry-standard promotional video content and short-form documentaries with their business. Being awarded £500 for their business, they plan to spend the bulk of the money on a drone, with the remaining amounts going towards business costs and marketing.
"The marketing will put us on the map, helping to provide a consistent source of clients. The drone will give us a better filmmaking range. This has multiple benefits such as, pleasing our clients by going above and beyond expectations. Secondly, it will help give us the edge on potential competitors."
Being awarded £250 from BID, Beth Smith is keen to cover the cost of art materials to run her art and wellbeing workshops through the HeART of Being. Beth often explores what it is to be human through her arts, and her facilitation comes from a place of hope and optimism for the future.
"Ask yourself, what does the world need and want right now? How can you provide it? Believe in yourself and your ideas and go for it!"
Paolo Ricci started PaoloRicciVox, a videography and photography production specialising in creating content on an ongoing or project-to-project basis. He aims to deliver music videos, product videos, video ads, testimonial videos and many more. With the £500 worth of funding, he plans to improve the quality of his work and push creativity to the next level.
"BID helped me to be more motivated to find more customers and grow my business faster than ever before. You have got all the support from the University of South Wales, Student Enterprise, and Startup Stiwdio. Don´t be scared and give it a try. The only thing that can happen is that you will try it next time but with more knowledge and experience.
Delivering wellbeing coaching and services to the music industry via her business Rock-Up Ready, April Donnelly has been awarded £700 via BID. She is keen to develop brand awareness and start actively networking to generate sales leads, launching her website with the funds and pitch to her target customers.
"For anyone starting a business on their own, one
of the challenges is maintaining your self-belief without the kind of
structured support you would find in a larger business. It is easy for
self-doubt and imposter syndrome to creep in but having somewhere to share your
issues and find encouragement, helps you to keep believing in yourself."
Funding up to £1,000 is available to current University of South Wales students and graduates of up to 3 years. Register your interest below to be kept informed of the latest dates.
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