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Ever thought you could make a difference with your ideas? Have you ever thought of starting your own business? | Do you want to learn new skills to be more innovative and creative?

Improve your employability and make yourself stand out from the crowd.

Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, Ignite is an intensive 4 day programme to designed to take you on a journey towards becoming enterprising in your chosen career; be this a business start-up, a social enterprise, the voluntary sector or within an established organisation.

You’ll be put into teams with students from Cardiff University and from other Universities, and you will work together throughout the week to develop your ideas, build your skills and use your innovative skills.

The week ends with an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge where each team is given seed funding and one day to use that money to make a profit. As long as it’s legal - how you do this is up to you!


Ignite will:

  • Develop your innovative and enterprising potential
  • Unleash creativity
  • Seize opportunities
  • Help you to make your ideas a reality

You’ll be put into teams who will work together throughout the week to develop your ideas, build your skills and use your innovative skills.

The details

Dates: The next Ignite course will be taking place from 21st to 24th February 2013

Cost: Free, all you are asked for is a refundable £20 deposit.

If you are offered a place on the course and you confirm your attendance, your £20 will be retained and returned to you after you complete the final day of the Ignite. If you do not attend the full 4 day course, your deposit will be retained. If you are not awarded a place your deposit will be returned to you.

For this you get:

  • 4 day programme of activities
  • An Ignite T-Shirt & bag
  • Lunch and refreshments each day
  • The opportunity to meet a diverse and supportive group of like minded individuals

Application Process

Download and complete the application form on this page and return it to Student Enterprise with a cheque for £20 by the 23rd February 2012. Your £20 deposit will be returned to you following completion of the course. 

Places on this popular programme are limited. All applicants will be invited for a short interview following the closing date for applications to give us a chance to meet you and let you know a little more about the course and find out why you want to take part in Ignite.

If Ignite is oversubscribed, your responses on this form and your interview will be used to select participants.

Students who have been allocated places will be notified as soon as possible after interviews have been conducted and before the end of Februrary 2012. 

Cardiff University students from any discipline are encouraged to apply. 

For general enquiries Contact Cardiff University Enterprise or drop into the Enterprise Office in the Centre for Skills, Enterprise and Volunteering on the second floor of the Students Union building.

What will I be doing?

Each day will involve a number of team-based activities, where you will have a chance to develop your skills. You will develop your knowledge and ability with enterprise skills through the week. There will be very little lecture style learning, the week is all about getting hands on and learning as you participate in activities.

Is Ignite for me?

Ignite is not specifically about starting a business, but aims to develop enterprising individuals, people who can spot opportunities or problems and come up with an innovative way to change things for the better! This might be within your own venture or as an employee of an organisation.

If you want to show how you can stand out from the crowd and develop skills to make you more employable, then Ignite can help you to achieve this. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates with commercial awareness and practical experience of working in teams. Ignite will get you thinking about the skills and knowledge you already have and give you the change to put them into practice in a practical enterprise challenge. It’ll give you plenty to include on your CV or talk about in job interviews.

This Student Enterprise activity is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government's Big Ideas Wales campaign. The aim of which is to equip young people with entrepreneurial skills and attitudes to help them realise their potential.