Dewi Gray - Business Start-Up Manager
Dewi works at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Met. He is the centre's newest addition to the team and provides support for students wanting to set up their own business.
You can often find him around each of the five Cardiff Met schools giving talks and lectures promoting entrepreneurship. He also runs workshops in practical business skills and provides one-to-one support for start-up businesses.
A former student of Cardiff Met, Dewi worked in Hospitality for 8 years before setting up his own Events and Catering business – which he still operates now. He currently holds one of the largest catering contracts for the Glastonbury and Reading Festivals. Additionally, he has organised countless other events at other venues around Wales including the Motorpoint Arena. Prior to joining the team, Dewi worked on European exchange projects delivering workshops abroad in hospitality and enterprise. This led him to working with the Norwegian immigration service and delivering entrepreneurship workshops in Athens in 2015.
To contact Dewi
Call 029 2041 6334
Lauren Davies - Entrepreneurship Advisor
With a background in marketing and PR, Lauren joined the Centre for Entrepreneurship in 2013 in a role encompassing the planning and delivery of enterprise and entrepreneurship education within an extracurricular setting, and promoting activities to students across the university. Lauren's role involves supporting current and potential entrepreneurs as well developing the enterprising skills and mindset of students for a wide range of contexts.
Lauren's role also encompasses working with academic staff to embed enterprise into the curriculum and contributing to the university's strategic aims with regards to entrepreneurship. In 2014 Lauren completed the International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (IEEP) and became a fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE). Lauren in currently studying for an MSc in Strategic Marketing at Cardiff Met and takes the lead on delivering marketing content to students through the Centre's workshops as well as overall responsibility of marketing and PR for the Centre.
In September 2017 Lauren was selected as one of 10 enterprise educators from across the UK to participate in a study visit to Japan to share best practice in enterprise education. As part of this visit, Lauren presented at the British Embassy on Cardiff Met's approach to delivering enterprise education and the Welsh Government support for entrepreneurship.
To contact Lauren Call 029 2041 6335
Steve Aicheler - Entrepreneurship Advisor
Steve graduated from Cardiff University in 2000 and promptly started his first business venture. This innovative ecommerce company was the Welsh winner of the Ecommerce Awards three years in a row, one of the first businesses incubated by @Wales and traded successfully for 12 years.
With over 15 years of hands on business experience Steve brings to the team skills in business administration and a practical knowledge of the business environment. Steve's interests lie in small business finance and in ensuring that potential entrepreneurs have developed the skills required to take a step back from the business idea and to ensure that they can create a viable and successful business from a financial standpoint. Steve also has practical experience of many issues which are of relevance to new entrepreneurs such as HR, health and safety, company registration and bookkeeping requirements and is therefore able to ensure that entrepreneurs are able to access the advice that they need.
Steve has been a member of the team in the Centre for Entrepreneurship since 2013 and is responsible for extra-curricular engagement and jointly responsible for start-up support and the incubation/accelerator programme.
To contact Steve
Call 029 2041 6338
Joshua Richards - Entrepreneurship Intern (Marketing)
Josh is a recently appointed marketing intern at the Centre for Entrepreneurship. His role involves collaborating with the events and marketing team, to promote and spread awareness of the Centre through, promotional methods and ventures.
Josh studied Business Management in Cardiff Met over a 4 year period during which, he studied in Turkey for 5 months on the University's Erasmus programme. Along with studying abroad, he has contributed to many University activities including fulfilling the role of Campus Sport Badminton Coordinator, during his final year.
Since graduating in May 2017, he has been working closely with a successful start-up business which, came through the University's entrepreneurship programme; Countdown To Launch.
To contact Josh
Aleksandra Barańska - Entrepreneurship Intern (Events)
Aleksandra is a recent intern at the Centre for Entrepreneurship in Cardiff Met. During the time of her internship, she is also studying in the final year of a BA International Tourism Management degree.
Before working at Cardiff Met Aleksandra worked in the project management organising European students work placements under Erasmus+ Scheme in Cardiff. That has developed her passion to help students to use their full potential.
At Centre for Entrepreneurship, Aleksandra is responsible for organising a range of extra-curricular activities and events for current students and graduates at Cardiff Met. Aleksandra ensures that all events have a professional edge by creating event materials such as packs, name badges etc.. She also creates promotional materials and collaborates with the marketing and social media team for pre event promotion.
Aleksandra is also acting as a point of contact while the events are running. She will also be delivering short presentations to students on the activities provided by the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Feel free to pop her an email if you have any queries about upcoming events.
To contact Aleksandra