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28 November 2011

Students show off their business skills for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Hundreds of Cardiff and Vale College students demonstrated their business know-how for Global Entrepreneurship Week earlier this month.

From selling their own products in Cardiff City Centre to pitching business ideas to a panel of business ‘Dragons’, CAVC students have enthusiastically taken up the challenges set by the world-wide entrepreneurial event.

More than 400 students attended talks hosted by Apprentice 2008 winner Lee McQueen held at College venues across Cardiff and the Vale. Lee, who is now Managing Director of the Raw Talent Academy which searches for talent that might otherwise have fallen through the net, said:

“We don’t do enough as a nation to promote entrepreneurship. Business enterprise is key, and Global Enterprise Week highlights this and gives students an understanding and awareness of what being an entrepreneur is all about. I hope I have motivated and inspired the students of Cardiff and Vale College to become an entrepreneur after leaving education.”

Other events in the week included more than 100 students taking part in a Million Pound Challenge, and 24 students from the Cardiff and Barry sites selling their own products at a Christmas Enterprise Fayre in Cardiff’s City Arcade. The CAVC team also performed extremely well in the South East Wales Colleges Stock Market Challenge, beating off competition from across the region to come second.

Three CAVC teams secured around £500 each for projects aimed at making a real difference in their local communities at The Pitch event supported by the Co-operative, Sport Wales and Sports Leaders.

The event was attended by Welsh Government Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Edwina Hart and representatives from Street Games 2012, the Olympics 2012, Inspire 2011 and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

A team of Performing Arts Students were successful in their pitch for a retro schools sports day-style ‘mini-Olympics’, and Public Services students gained funding for a fun day. Sports learners also pitched successfully for a scheme to project holographic fish into swimming pools to encourage people to take the plunge.

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CAVC Enterprise and Innovation Manager (Vale) Dinah Griffiths said: “Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 was a great opportunity to raise mass awareness of entrepreneurship, enterprise and business acumen across the College and to develop skills, especially in enterprise and employability.

“The week provided learners with a whole host of different opportunities from hearing from a high profile  inspirational speaker in Lee McQueen, to students generating ideas, test trading their products, pitching ideas for capital investment and having fun competing in the South Wales Stock Market Challenge.”