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Xpress Yourself win GEC
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Students from Pembrokeshire College are on a high after winning the Global Enterprise Challenge Cymru 2013, held in Cardiff last week.
Seven students from Pembrokeshire College spent an exhilarating and exhausting 24-hours competing to win the Global Enterprise Challenge Cymru 2013. With the Welsh title under their belts the students will now go forward to represent Wales in the global final to be held in Germany in June.
This year’s competition was based around the effects of poverty with each team being required to come up with an idea for a product or service that would help those experiencing poverty as well as creating jobs for young people.
In total 18 colleges from across Wales competed in the challenge held in Cardiff Bay on 5-6 March. All competitors were given just 24-hours to develop a business idea, business plan and a cash flow proposal, in order to give a detailed presentation on their business proposition to a panel of experts the following day. Throughout the event a number of Dynamo Role Models were on hand to give expert advice on issues such as Marketing, Business Advice and Presentation Skills.
The Pembrokeshire College team came up with the idea of creating a branded clothing label based on a social enterprise model. Calling themselves Xpress Yourself, the team produced a business plan which would see their company source surplus stock from large retailers which could either be sold off the rail or could be customised by customers within store.
Co-ordinator for enterprise at Pembrokeshire College, Karen Neville, was delighted with how the students performed and commented: “This is our first ever win at the Welsh Final of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge. I am so incredibly proud of the students and their achievement – they were outstanding. I don’t think they realise yet the enormity of their achievement.”
Member of the winning team Amy King added: “I can’t believe we won, my hands wouldn’t stop shaking. I don’t think I will ever present to 200 people again in my lifetime!”
As part of the two-day event, students had the opportunity to hear inspirational presentations from two successful entrepreneurs Kanya King MBE, founder of the MOBO Awards and Emily Cummins, a remarkable young inventor of sustainable products.
The students are now preparing for the final in Germany and continuing to showcase their entrepreneurial skills within the College.