Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship with over 500 partners hosting around 2500 events and reaching 340,000 plus entrepreneurial people across the UK in 2014.

Swansea University, being one of the GEW partner organisations, has once again played an important part by providing support to, and inspiring, students who are interested in starting up their own business ventures. For its contribution to GEW, Swansea University won a High Impact Award for the third year running.

The University’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IfEL) in collaboration with Swansea Employability Academy (SEA), Students Union, and Union Collective, organised 19 different exciting and innovative enterprise events, from November 16-22nd, on both the Bay and Singleton Campuses to celebrate entrepreneurship.

One of the highlights of the week was the Start Up Market, which was held on Tuesday November 17th. The event saw students from Swansea University, local colleges, primary schools and secondary schools come to the Bay campus and showcase their brilliant business ideas to our expert judges, including the Chairman of the Alacrity Foundation and Chief Executive of Wesley Clover Corporation, Simon Gibson OBE DSc. It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial talent of young people in Wales. At this event there was also the reveal of the two winners of the Sir Terry Matthews Canadian Challenge. Students Adam Edwards and Emily Rees will have the fantastic opportunity to travel to Canada in summer 2016 and spend a month seeing how Sir Terry Matthews does business. It will be an excellent opportunity for them to gain many valuable skills and also spend time learning from the hugely successful entrepreneur and Wales’ first billionaire.

Swansea University Enterprise Manager, Dave Bolton, stated that “GEW is a great opportunity to showcase and promote the entrepreneurial talent, from both staff members and students, in Swansea University as well as in Wales. Winning a GEW High Impact Award is recognition of the collaborative effort and hard work of all those who were involved. The week was a big success and we look forward to more of the same next year!”

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