The Bright Ideas Den (BID) runs once per term in November, March and July each year. It is a chance for students and graduates to pitch for up to £1,000 to kickstart an early-stage business or freelance idea. Participants are able to pitch for training, equipment, materials from the funding.
This year, USW Enterprise has awarded a total of £4,338 to our fantastic winners. We've spoken to five of our winners on their business/freelance hustles and how the funding would help them on their future ventures!
Tegan runs Tegan Foley Photography, where she offers photoshoots and photo editing to her clients. With the funding she hopes to buy a flash for her camera, invest in a photo application and start a marketing plan.
For Ellyw, the £300 funding would make a huge difference to her to purchase a software and offer a new service to clients, as well as have better marketing and collateral pieces.
Lewis offers professional goalkeeping services under his buisness Intelligent Keeping. He has been awarded £500 to have a professional logo design and for legal and insurance aspects.
For his content making studio and independent production company pigeontalkcomedy, Jose is using the funding to increase the production value of the productions/products that his company creates.
Lucy creates illustrated; hand-crafted products based around alternative themes such as tattoo art through her small business Red Vessel Designs. She has developed a variety of products including gifts, accessories and home décor which she sells online through her website, at markets and in a local gift shop. She has been awarded £600 for a heat press, where she would be able to introduce a brand-new clothing range to her brand as well as expand on her existing accessory range.
Funding up to £1,000 is available to current University of South Wales students and graduates. Register your interest below to be kept informed of the latest dates.
Be sure to check out our website for more info on 1-to-1 sessions, more funding, resources and much more!