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Students take part in award-winning start-up festival

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion students took part in the award-winning Summer Start-up Week Festival which encourages those in education in Wales to explore entrepreneurship as a career option.

This free five-day online event is also available to those who have studied at a Welsh college or university.

Launching the event this year is a former Coleg Sir Gâr student Cameron Reardon who runs the award-winning entomology business Bug Box UK. He is now employed at the college, where he started his business, as a part-time entrepreneurship engagement officer.

Becky Pask who delivers entrepreneurial and employability training at the college also delivered a workshop on the Ikigai model to enable learners to identify their business idea and align it to purpose, people, planet and profit. 

At the festival, there are four main stages with a selection of expert speakers, covering everything from research and marketing to cashflow and funding, offering the key elements needed for a successful business, freelance career or social enterprise.

The Main Stage kick-starts each day with keynotes from top entrepreneurs and experts in Wales.

The Heart Stage is about falling in love with ideas, learning how to generate, develop and test start-up ideas.

Progressing to the Hand Stage, this is about making sure your customers can find your business and involves elements of marketing.

The Head Stage covers all the important and legal aspects of starting and running a business such tax and investment processes.  

Becky Pask, Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion entrepreneurship and employability coordinator, said: “This event is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for our students and for those across Wales.

“The speakers are incredibly inspiring and experienced and the information they share is invaluable to the needs of someone wanting to start their own business or who need the confidence and specific business knowledge to take their idea to the next step.

“We will be promoting the event to all our current and new students so they can take part in next year’s festival.”

The event is a collaborative initiative organised by colleges and universities across Wales.