A group of enterprising students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University and University of South Wales have raised over £1900 for the Welsh charity Llamau as part of an innovative skills development programme known as Ignite.
Ignite is a four day course held every year as a collaboration between the three Universities and is funded by the Welsh Government. The event provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their creativity, work as part of a team and improve their confidence through a range of fun and inspiring workshops.
The event culminated in the 24 hour challenge running from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd of February. The challenge saw students working in teams to raise as much money as possible for Llamau, putting their creativity and entrepreneurial skills to good use.
Before beginning the 24 hour challenge students faced a panel of entrepreneurs who were gatekeepers to the seed money they needed to start fundraising. Students worked in their teams to pitch their fundraising ideas to the panel and were awarded with a proportion of the seed money, based on the feasibility and creativity of their ideas.
Amy Blades, a Psychology student at Cardiff Metropolitan University was one of forty students who took part in the event, she commented:
'There were a variety of different activities at Ignite, the most memorable being a drama workshop and the 24 hour challenge. Ignite dramatically increased my confidence; improved my ability to work successfully as part of a team; and encouraged me to learn, use and develop many skills that are crucial for starting up and running a business. I will remember the experience for a long time!
Amy was part of the winning team who raised an incredible £600 for Llamau and between all five teams competing a fantastic £1921.53 was raised in total. Sam Austin, Operations Director at Llamau commented:
"We are absolutely delighted to have been involved in the Ignite enterprise event. To have seen nearly £2000 raised for our vital work in just 24 hours is really astonishing! We're really grateful to all of the students who took part and the staff and business leaders who made the event so successful. Events like this are really important to Llamau, both in terms of supporting the work we do, to benefit the most vulnerable people in Wales, and in raising awareness within the community."
Natasha Hashimi, Entrepreneurship Manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University added: 'We are thrilled that the students have raised such an incredible amount of money for Llamau. Our mission is to help students develop entrepreneurial skills and the Ignite programme is a prime example of this. The passion, enthusiasm and dedication displayed by the students throughout the event was very impressive and we are very proud of what they achieved.'
Notes for editors:
Ignite was held as a collaborative event between Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of South Wales as part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Higher Educational South East Wales Hub. The hub is funded by the Welsh Governments £4.4million Youth Entrepreneurship project which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project delivers a range of youth services and practical experiences to nurture and develop the entrepreneurs of the future - building on Wales' lead as a country of young business innovators.