A team of seven enterprising students from The College Merthyr Tydfil has successfully defeated 19 other teams from colleges across Wales to win the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Cymru 2014. During the two day competition, held at the Urdd Centre in Cardiff Bay on 11th and 12th March 2014, the students were presented with the challenge of ‘Launching a sustainable Social Enterprise within their college’.
The students, who previously attended Cyfarthfa and Afon Taf High Schools in Merthyr Tydfil, quickly set about their task, brainstorming and researching a number of ideas whilst drawing on their own experiences to identify the priority needs of a social enterprise at the college. After much deliberation their agreed business idea was to provide a mentoring service with a bundle of workshops to help students combat exam stress and to deal with the psychological issues this stress can cause.
After a day of preparation, the students presented their idea to a panel of judges along with the other 18 teams. After initial consideration, four heat finalists Coleg Llandrillo Menai, Coleg Sir Gar, Pembrokeshire College and The College Merthyr Tydfil were chosen to present at the Gala lunch in the Millennium Centre. A further presentation was then made at the Gala lunch to a new panel of judges before an anxious three hour wait while the judges considered each of the ideas.
The students were ecstatic when they heard the news that they had won.
Team member Ethan Evans, commented “Initially I was very nervous about competing in the challenge but I’ve really enjoyed it. I couldn’t believe it when we won. The competition has enabled me to really think about the role of entrepreneurship in business and provided me with experience of researching and presenting my business ideas to a large audience. I’m really excited about representing Wales at the Global Challenge”.
The successful team will now progress to the Global challenge either in Berlin or Australia in June 2014, where they will compete against teams from across the world.
Christine Bissex, Head of Entrepreneurship at The College Merthyr Tydfil said “I have been extremely pleased with the skills and commitment shown by The College Merthyr Tydfil team. The students have been a pleasure to work with and excelled at the Welsh regional event. Their confidence in presenting and ability to work on a project in such a short timespan and under event pressure was second to none and I look forward to taking them onto the final stage of the challenge, where they will pitch against students from all around the world - a fantastic experience for them and also for the college.”
John O’Shea, Principal, The College Merthyr Tydfil commented “I am very impressed by the attitude, skills and enthusiasm displayed by the students. They are a credit to the college and I wish them all the very best for the Global challenge – Wales’ reputation is in safe hands!
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