Students set to join 24-hour entrepreneurial lock-in

Students get opportunity to win £2,500 in Dragon’s Den style competition


Students from surrounding universities are set to take part in a 24-hour lock-in, in a bid to win £2,500 to fund their business idea.

Budding businessman

Budding businessman

The event will be held from 3pm on Friday May 17th to 3pm on May 18th at Welsh ICE in Caerphilly.

Competitors will be asked to stay in the building in teams for the full 24 hours. Each team will work in shifts to produce a business plan for a hypothetical start-up company. The teams will be judged by in-house start-up experts.

Santander is the competition’s main sponsor. During the lock-in, their role will be to mentor students through a host of talks in their specialist field.

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Gareth Jones Welsh ICE co-founder, said: “The Lock-in is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn an awful lot from extremely experienced people in a very short space of time.  Members of the wider community are also welcome to come along and join in this exciting and unique event.”

The scheme, run by the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise, is still looking for volunteers to get involved. It could be as a performer to help boost the student’s morale, volunteer, or as a local business who fancies sharing their entrepreneurial tips.

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