Official launch for entrepreneurship academy

27 September 2012

A first-of-its-kind Academy for young entrepreneurs is to be officially launched in Swansea.

The Entrepreneurship Academy Wales will be launched in the presence of Edwina Hart AM on 8 October at the Innovation Foundry (Dylan Thomas Centre.)

The free, one year programme leads to a BTEC qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and is open to aspiring young business leaders aged between 16 and 19.

The Academy is endorsed by local entrepreneur and ‘Secret Millionaire’ Kevin Green, with further sponsorship support from Euros Jones-Evans (Telesgop), Admiral Insurance, Clive Murphy (Trojan Electronics), Andrew Downie (Netbop), Dave Kieft (RDM Electrical.) A number of other businesses are also getting ready to sign up to sponsor these aspiring entrepreneurs of the future.

“We are passionate about inspiring the next generation of young entrepreneurs from across Wales and are delighted to work alongside our partners to develop the talents of these exceptional young people,” says Sue Poole, Education Enterprise Manager at Gower College Swansea, which is delivering the Academy.

13 students have already signed up for the course, with one young entrepreneur moving down from North Wales to take the course.

Delivered from the Innovation Foundry, the Academy promotes a philosophy of ‘learning by doing’ that sees students working alongside successful entrepreneurs who will also deliver part of the curriculum, completing workshops and masterclasses.

The students will also undertake an internship with business partners and ultimately start their own businesses.

“I, personally, would have benefitted from an initiative like this when I was in school,” says Kevin.

“With a lot of hard work and passion, these students will go on to become the business leaders of tomorrow and I’m very proud to be involved and to be able to lend my support from the earliest stages of the process.

“I am looking forward to working with a brilliant team of passionate and energetic people who will be helping to mentor the youngsters. Working together, I am sure we can create something special in the new Academy.”

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Sue Poole on 01792 284000 or email