Introduction

Graduates are being encouraged to start new businesses because of a number of factors:

  • Evidence from the USA, in particular, of potential for spinning companies out of higher education based on the specialist knowledge, skills and techniques which graduates have
  • An increasingly service-dominated economy
  • Growth in the influence of IT and telecommunications; regional economic development policies.

Advice for Swansea University students:  If you are currently a student at Swansea University looking for advice on business start-up, you can contact Judith James, Manager of the Swansea Employability Academy, at employability@swansea.ac.uk.

The self-employment section of the Graduate Prospects website is an excellent starting point for more information, and you can find links to further resources on our entrepreneurship resources page.

Business start-up support from the Welsh Government

Big Ideas Wales is a campaign to encourage entrepreneurship amongst young people and to help them take their business ideas forward.  It managed by the Youth Entrepreneurship Team within the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government's business support website, www.business.wales.gov.uk:  This provides extensive information resources.  See the start-up section of their website, including further sources and contacts to help you start a business.

The Centre for Business, www.centreforbusiness.co.uk:  If you are currently in Further or Higher Education or if you graduated within the last 5 years and are thinking about starting a business, then you are eligible for help and advice through the Welsh Government's Graduate Start-Up Programme that is delivered by The Centre For Business.  This includes one-to-one mentoring, discretionary bursaries, taster workshops and business planning workshops.  See further information and contact details here.

Still a student?

To meet like-minded students, why not join the Swansea student entrepreneurs’ network, Konetics?  Email:  konetics@swansea-union.co.uk.  Follow Konetics on Twitter and Facebook: https://twitter.com/sukonetics, www.facebook.com/sukonetics and stay up to date on all Konetics campus entrepreneurship news and events!

Social Entrepreneurship

Enactus

Enactus - http://enactus.org/ - (formerly known as SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise) is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.  It aims to provide university students with opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through community projects that help others develop their skills and knowledge.  See also the Swansea Students' Union Enactus page at www.swansea-union.co.uk/activities/enactus/.