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Entrepreneurship News

If you’re interested in developing a business idea or finding out more about running your own business you will find details of useful events, courses and articles on this page. We’ll keep the page updated with new information and point you in the direction of any help and support we can.

If you’re OU student aged between 18 and 30 and have an idea you think we can help you develop into a business or want to find out more about entrepreneurship email us at menter@open.ac.uk 

Events

Open University in Wales Entrepreneurship Webinars

Listen to, learn from and discuss business start-up issues from successful young Entrepreneurs who have been there, done it .. and are still doing it!

  • 22 August, 12pm - 1pm,  Digital Marketing: Austin Walters (specialist consultant)
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  • 24 November, 12pm - 1pm, Social Enterprises: Lee Sharma (CEx, SimplyDoIdeas)

Please email menter@open.ac.uk for instructions on how to join any or all of the webinars.

Social Media for Business Workshop for Young Entrepreneurs
15 September, 9.30 – 11.30, Merthyr Tydfil. The workshop will be packed with top tips on engaging audiences online.
Book now.    

Pitching practice workshop
21 September, 10.00 – 12.00, Cardiff. The workshop is aimed at young entrepreneurs who want to improve their business pitching skills and will offer top tips on developing presenting and confidence skills.
Book now.

Business Wales are continually arranging workshops and to find a local event go to: wales.business-events.org.uk 

Big Ideas Wales workshops - free and open to any young person aged 16-24: Freelancers Academy, University of South Wales Atrium, 5 – 9 June. Book here.

Open access business–related activity across North Wales
Email owain.williams@natwest.com for information on events across North Wales (Owain is a Business Growth Enabler working with NatWest Cymru and based in Caernarfon)

Learning from others

What business to start in 2017: Want to be your own boss? Check out 17 small business ideas to pursue this year. 

NatWestBoost and Entrepreneurial Spark work in collaboration with very special mentors, entrepreneurs and professional services businesses, they may be able to help you with your business ideas.

How we started a business despite not being business-minded
Don’t be caught out like these two creatives almost were when their runaway successful hobby morphed rapidly into a potentially very successful business!

How to decide on the perfect domain name for your business
Advice from Letterbox Hamper's Jonathan Winfield on the steps he took to find the most search engine-friendly domain name for his new business

Working with the NHS: 'doors are opening for innovative small firms'
The health service is increasingly relying on small businesses to meet its needs. But how can entrepreneurs find a way in.

Top start-up lessons we can learn from female founders
Start-up advice from successful female entrepreneurs like Michelle Obama, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg (CEO Facebook) and Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx).

“You have to be willing to disrupt yourself” 
Read about how disruptive experiences helped the founders of Instagram to develop their company before selling it on to Facebook for $1b. 

Confessions of a Startup
“Have faith in what you’re doing” is the advice given in this podcast.

How to be resilient
Read about the importance of taking time out to pause and reflect when all you want to do is race ahead.

Resources

Start Up loans for small businesses 
Start Up Loans are available for people looking to start or grow a business, and they come with free business mentoring.

UnLtd Grow It Award (£15,000 Cash Award & Support)
The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash.  Expression of interest deadline: 3rd August 2017

Spaces for Change
Spaces For Change is an award worth up to £5,000 cash and support to young people aged 16 – 24 to help them start and run social ventures using unused or underused public spaces. Expressions of interest are invited from 3rd July 2017 and close on 30th October 2017.

Startups  
‘Startups’ is a very useful site for information on all aspects of startup including funding and free e-books. Click here ( hello@startups.co.uk) to receive regular updates 

The Guardian Small Business Network 
The Guardian Small Business Network online service offers all sorts of news, views and top stories to support small businesses 

Simply Do ideas 
In partnership With Simply Do ideas, the Open University in Wales offers students aged 18 – 30 the opportunity to sign up for a free account to develop and test out their business idea(s) 

Youtube 
Youtube offers the budding entrepreneur a very wide range of resources on starting a business including this one using the Business Model Canvas concept.

Adventures in Business  
An article that every bussing entrepreneur should read, all about the dos and don’ts for launching a successful business

Business Confessions adventures in business podcast 
This site features a selection of ‘confession’ podcasts from entrepreneurs big and small containing gems of tried, tested and sometimes failed ideas and approaches used along the journey to success.

UnLtd  
UnLtd is an organisation dedicated exclusively to helping support those people who want to become social entrepreneurs. Support includes grants such as the Unltd Wales Rural Award.

HMRC  
HMRC’s site is rich with information and support on all sorts of legislative aspects of business start-up  including free online resources and workshops.  

Business Start-Up Grants from Caerphilly Borough Council
Phone 01443 866220 or email business@caerphilly.gov.uk
For similar business start-up grants near you, phone your local Economic Development, Regeneration or Business Advice departments.

Futurelearn
Free enterprise and entrepreneurship-themed online courses

Resources specifically targeting the disabled entrepreneur

Disabled Entrepreneurs   
A UK organisation run by disabled entrepreneurs for disabled entrepreneurs.
It supports anyone with a disability to become an entrepreneur by providing business networking opportunities and news on disability related business developments.
  
Disability Horizons 
An online disability lifestyle magazine covering, amongst other things, employment and self-employment.

The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs - The competition opens up on June 2017.