Cardiff School of Art & Design students have been named runners up in two categories at a Big Ideas Wales Celebrated entrepreneurship event.
They were among young Welsh entrepreneurs recognised by the Business Wales initiative and received support from the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, which funded materials for the exhibition stands and helped with the application process.
Wind Down, a team of students from across Cardiff School of Art & Design were named runners up for Best Enterprise Project for their success in the Mind Your Own Business module, which is part of their course.
The module is a cross-curricular enterprise project which involves students working in teams to form a business and create a product to be sold around campus. Wind Down created a range of origami-inspired coffee cups which were a hit with fellow students and staff, resulting in them turning their initial £100 seed funding into a £500 profit in the first morning of trading.
Wind Down’s Annette Lindenburg and Cleo Anastasiou (both BA Artist Design Makers), Rhys Thomas (BA Product Design) and Robbie Lange (BA Graphic Design) pooled their skills to complement each other in the business partnership.
Second year Textile Design student Jenny Evans is founder of Jenny Evans Designs and was named runner up for Best Business Idea for her textile design business. Jenny's work is inspired by her love of wildlife and her pieces are designed to be beautiful, commercial and scientifically accurate. Jenny said:
“It was a fantastic day. Meeting so many young entrepreneurs was so inspiring. It was also wonderful to see Wind Down come Runner Up in the Best Enterprise Idea category. I received a huge amount of support from the Centre for Entrepreneurship before the event, especially with the materials needed for my stand. The University has yet again been incredibly supportive of my business - their help makes balancing a business and a degree possible.”
Steve Aicheler, Entrepreneurship Advisor at the Centre for Entrepreneurship said:
“When I saw the Big Ideas Wales Celebrated competition advertised I knew it would be a great opportunity to showcase some of the great work we are supporting at Cardiff Met. Having sat on the panel for ‘Mind Your Own Business’, I was confident that the teams would have a great chance in the competition.
“The module is a great example of experiential learning, giving the students an opportunity to develop and sell their products and this real experience really made them stand out in the competition. I’m also really proud of Jenny - her stand at the exhibition was very professional and highlighted the high calibre of our students.”
The Centre for Entrepreneurship supports students and graduates across Cardiff Met to develop their entrepreneurial skills and mindset and works with students from all five of Cardiff Met’s academic schools to encourage and support entrepreneurship.
Professor Olwen Moseley, Dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design said: "In this fast moving climate of change, we endeavour to provide the experiences which will equip our students with the skills they need to be agile and ambitious. Participating and even better, gaining recognition in the Big Ideas Celebrated competition is great for their confidence and a real validation of the curriculum and ethos of the University."