CAVC team make it to the top three in national enterprise competition

8 February 2016

Cardiff and Vale College team make it to the top three in national enterprise competition

A team of students from Cardiff and Vale College made it into the top three finalists in national digital enterprise competition Syniad.

Syniad, a CAVC project designed, created and implemented by College Enterprise Officer Sean Hoare, is a contest for students with a passion for all things digital. Supported by NatWest, Simply Do Ideas, Google Campus, Digichemistry and Yard Digital, it is designed to give young people the opportunity to gain and develop digital enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.

College teams work on digital business ideas with the support of their Enterprise Champions. Using the Simply Do Ideas platform the students then had to create a business plan which was used to select the top two teams from each college to go forward.

The winning teams then attend a three-day final, two of which were held at CAVC’s City Centre Campus. Representatives from Digichemistry then helped them design and create prototypes using Ionic View software. The students then took their finished prototypes to Google Campus in London where they pitched their ideas to a panel of industry experts.

CAVC students came third with ‘Whizz to the Past’, a game designed to help young children gain math skills. ‘Shoot’, a team from St David’s College, came second with an app for sending images, text and websites from the user’s phone to all their other devices.

The overall winners of Syniad 2016 was ‘The Hub’ from Coleg Gwent – a new social app that links people based on their interests and aims to put the social back into social media. The team won £500 funding and a package of support to help get their app into apps stores across devices.

Jake Smallwood from the team said: “The whole experience was phenomenal, each stage was well prepared and extremely helpful. Our team were all in disbelief when we won, it was such a great honour. We intend to continue with the development of ‘The Hub’ and hopefully we will make it live soon.”

Chery Gourlay Regional Enterprise Manager, South West and Wales, at NatWest said: “As a company, NatWest is renowned for its work with young entrepreneurs and we have been highly impressed by the creativity and drive shown by all the students during the competition. Hopefully we have seen some tech stars of the future!”

Lee Sharma from Simply Do Ideas added: “At Simply Do Ideas, we strongly believe that young people have some of the most innovative ideas. The Syniad Digital Ideas competition bears testament to this.

“We were so impressed by not only the quality of ideas but also the passion and professionalism shown by these very talented students. Any number of these could go on to be the next tech start-up success and we’re proud to have been involved with this fantastic competition.”