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Global Entrepreneurship Week

16-22 November, Global Entrepreneurship Week will celebrate 12 years of helping millions of people unleash their ideas to start and scale new businesses. With 180 countries taking part it is recognised as the biggest global celebration of entrepreneurship.

Once again, we will be getting involved in the action to inspire more students and graduates to become their own boss! 

Join the #GEW2020 community to celebrate entrepreneurship and learn how to start, pitch and secure funding to test, start and grow create your ideas 

Participate in the campaign through social media using the official hashtag: #GEW2020 #USWGEW20 #sefydlu #enterprise #startup #USWCareers

Find out more about global events via the official Global Entrepreneurship Week website.

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Appointments to explore your ideas can be booked across the year via Enterprise@southwales.ac.uk

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Register your interest for future activity, including networking events, support sessions and funding


Monday 16 November 1:00pm -2:00pm 

Pitching masterclass with NatWest

A free virtual pitching workshop, helping you to structure, write and deliver a killer 60-second pitch.  Click here to register.

Attendees who want to be in with a chance to win £10k and 6 months free coaching can then upload their video pitch to NatWest up until the 30th November via YouTube.


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Tuesday 17 November 9:20am – 4:00pm

Freelance and Start-up Masterclass 

A full day series of mini start-up Masterclasses to provide you with the essentials to Freelance or launch your own business! Interactive sessions delivered by entrepreneurs and business experts.  Click here to register.


Wednesday 18 November 9:00am

Bright Ideas Den (BID) 

We will be announcing the USW students and graduates who have secured up to £1000 funding to test and develop their business ideas.  Announced on Twitter @EnterpriseUSW and @USWcareers 


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Wednesday 18 November 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Mix-up and Pitch

Looking to build your contacts and practice your networking and pitching skills? Then don’t miss out on this opportunity to mix with entrepreneurs, other students and graduates from across Universities across Wales who are interested in self-employment and business start-up. Click here to register. 


Thursday 19 November

USW Springboard Start-up Fund

The new USW Springboard Pitching competition will see budding entrepreneurs from the graduating class of 2020 pitching live for their share of £10k.  The judging panel includes 4 leading welsh entrepreneurs Mandy Powell, Founder of The Goodwash Company, Geryn Evans of Project Blu, Sarah John, Founder of Boss Brewery and Kevin Mansell-Abell Founder of That Media Group.  


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Friday 20 November

USW Springboard Winners announced and celebrated 

Find out which USW 2020 graduates who have secured up to £1000 funding to test and develop their business ideas.  Announced on Twitter @USWAlumni @EnterpriseUSW @USWcareers @Startupstiwdio #Classof2020

Enactus Society

Join a community of student, academic and business leaders uniting to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.  Enactus teams develop local and international community projects to tackle the greatest challenges facing society and improve the quality of life for people in need.  Enactus teams present the results of their projects at an annual National Expo, where leading business executives judge which team has achieved the most impact. The National Champion team then represents the UK at the Enactus World Cup, competing against 35 other country champions.

Why join Enactus?

Being part of a committee during your time at university is a great way to expand your breadth of experience. As an entrepreneurial and leadership programme, being part of an Enactus USW is a fantastic opportunity to develop your professional skills and connect with corporate partners and other young professionals.  The Enactus USW Team will receive mentorship, training and support from Enactus UK, USW Staff and key external partners such as Digital Communities Wales.  

The USW 2020-21 Challenge is Digital Poverty.


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Digital poverty is the inability to use IT, either due to the lack of access or due to the lack of skills.  It is really a form of poverty because without digital access, without digital skills, you cannot tap into the huge potential of technology to improve your lives and create opportunities.  Digital poverty is a growing problem in the United Kingdom that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed.

If you are interested in finding out more email Jonathan.jones1@southwales.ac.uk


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2nd November – 28th February 2021

Climate Change - Want to make difference?  Have an idea that could change the world?  

Then why not enter the SYNIAD challenge for a chance to get your idea out there and changing things for the better.  The winning idea will receive an IPad and £100 cash.

Use your creativity to present your world-changing idea that can contribute to improving one of 4 areas: 

  • Food and Diet 
  • Material consumption 
  • Transport and mobility 
  • Heating and cooling 

Your solution could be industrial, social, educational, or cultural – it could be global or local, radical or subtle. 
Growing powerful ideas and being able to share them in an inspiring way are valuable skills needed across all parts of society, work and business.   

The competition is led by Cardiff University, funded by Welsh Government and open to all university students studying in Wales. 

If you need any help with developing and presenting your idea, then drop the Student Enterprise Team an email enterprise@southwales.ac.uk

If you want to start developing and testing your idea or perhaps developing it as a business idea then Student Enterprise can advise how to go about it and help make your ideas happen


Wales Student Market

Promote your own online store during the run-up to Christmas

  • Do you have products to sell and want to create your own ecommerce site?
  • Are you currently selling products or services online?  Want to increase web traffic?

Wales Student market is a catalogue-style site showcasing Welsh students and graduates online stores.  Student and graduate participants must already have, or be willing to create their own ecommerce site, which the Wales Student Market will help to drive traffic towards.  Register your interest here.

Weekly Explore workshop series

Join us as we meet 15 inspirational people, business founders and heroes. 

Each week we will also explore one characteristic that makes up the way entrepreneurs think and act. We will help you to learn how you can increase your ability to be more entrepreneurial, and what this will mean for you, whether you want to start a business, get a meaningful job or transform the world in which we live. 

Click here to register.



Startup USW is the new one-stop site for information and services about enterprise, entrepreneurship and starting your own business.

Here you can find information about the wide range of services run by Student Enterprise, how to get involved in our dedicated incubator programme at Startup Stiwdio, details about the overall enterprise activities throughout the university plus a wealth of resources and news about entrepreneurship in Wales including Big Ideas Wales.  

Don't forget to have a look at our alumni entrepreneurs too.

USW Careers are here for you

We can help you find your career direction, you can get your CV checked, book a mock interview, explore your freelancing options, secure a placement, build your experience, develop your network, be employable and get inspired.

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Our website is the best place to start with lots of resources and signposting to all of our services. Including resources to help you stand out from the crowd when writing a CV, Cover Letter, Application Form & preparing for an Interview. 

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Our career and skills development system. It is jam-packed with resources, tools and learning materials to help you understand yourself better and the options open to you, develop your skills, and present yourself well to employers – including great resources to help you create a fantastic LinkedIn profile.

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Our jobs board and events system where you can see all of the latest opportunities posted by employers as well as events that will be running, including online events! We recommend signing up for the weekly alerts to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything (or daily if you are really keen!).

Keep up to date with the latest from @USWCareers.

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