Art and Design students scoop two prizes at entrepreneurship awards

​07/04/2017

​Jenny Evans runner up Best Business Idea and Rhys Thomas member of the Wind Down team - runner up Best Enterprise Project.

​Students from Cardiff School of Art & Design have been placed runner up in two categories for Big Ideas Wales Celebrated.

The awards ceremony, which was held on Thursday March 30th, celebrated the entrepreneurial successes of young people across Wales. The entrants were supported by the Centre for Entrepreneurship who funded materials for the exhibition stands and assisted with applications.

Wind Down, a team of students from across Cardiff School of Art & Design were awarded with runner up Best Enterprise Project for their success in the Mind Your Own Business module. The module is a cross-curricular enterprise project in which students work in teams to form a business, creating 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 across the university. They turned their initial £100 seed funding into a £500 profit in the first morning of trading. The collective skills of Annette Lindenburg and Cleo Anastasiou (both BA Artist Design Makers), Rhys Thomas (BA Product Design) and Robbie Lange (BA Graphic Design) complemented each other perfectly resulting in a highly effective business partnership.

Jenny Evans is a second year Textile Design student and founder of Jenny Evans Designs. She was awarded runner up Best Business Idea for her textile design business. Jenny's work is inspired by her love for wildlife and is designed to be beautiful, commercial and scientifically accurate. Jenny commented:

"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 commented:

"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. The Centre 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 commented: "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."