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Heading for Germany
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Eight Pembrokeshire students are heading for a global challenge in Germany this weekend to show off their entrepreneurial skills.
The students from Pembrokeshire College won the Wales final of the Global Enterprise Challenge in Cardiff in March, beating off over 100 other students from 18 colleges throughout Wales.
They head to the EuroHub in Mainz, Germany, to compete against students from throughout the world in an enterprise challenge. They won’t know what the challenge is until 9am on Saturday and then they’ll have just 12 hours to devise an enterprise that responds to the challenge set.
“It’s very exciting and we’re very proud to be representing Wales in the Global Enterprise Challenge, demonstrating how entrepreneurial we are here,” said Karen Neville of Pembrokeshire College.
“The challenge could literally be anything and they’ll be thinking and working on their feet to come up with the best idea they can and to demonstrate its commercial value.”
The eight students – James Newman, Matthew Cooper, Joseph Thomas, Charlie Managhan, Amy King, Sophie Reynolds, Jess Webb and Cheyenne Richards-Wright – won the Wales GEC final after coming up with the idea for a brand of young persons clothing affordable to all and capable of being “cool”.
Their idea for ‘X-Press Yourself’ clothing used end of line and donated clothing which could be re-branded and was affordable to all.
The Global Enterprise Challenge is part of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy to get more young people participating in entrepreneurship in Further Education and Higher Education.
It forms part of the Big Ideas Wales campaign to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in Wales.
“Winning the Welsh final was great. It made us focus on what being an entrepreneur is all about and how we as individuals and a group can devise a commercial idea. Going to the global finals of GEC in Germany is going to be an amazing experience and we’re looking forward to coming back to Wales and putting our additional enterprise skills to good use – hopefully with a new business of our own in the future!” said James Newman.