Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has joined all of the other colleges and universities across Wales to provide like-minded students and graduates the unique chance to sign up to a free week-long virtual event to help get their business ideas off the ground.

Current students and recent graduates can hone their business acumen on the 'Summer Start-Up Week', a 5-day virtual event to help cultivate budding start-ups, commencing on Monday 8th June.

As the coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented times for people living in Wales and across the world, the 'Summer Start-Up Week' has been driven and launched as a collaboration of 20 the further and higher education institutions in Wales to ensure young people with a business idea can still make the most of this time. Event organisers from the universities and colleges are keen that young entrepreneurs still have access to valuable insights in enterprise despite the current climate. 

The week will be run by experienced entrepreneurs and business experts, including Lee Sharma from cloud-based software platform Simply Do, Tracey Smolinski, founder and managing director of Wales' leading independent business network, Introbiz, Hannah Saunders, owner of adventure skin care company Toddle, and Welsh ICE CEOTown Square Spaces founder, Gareth Jones.

Daily workshops will cover relevant topics such as market research, finance, digital marketing, intellectual property and networking. Participants will develop skills, gain information and contacts to turn their ideas into viable businesses or social enterprises. The 'Summer Start-up Week' is expected to play host to up to 500 participants.

The 'Summer Start-Up Week' will be hosted on live video conferencing each day, with ten individual sessions across the five days, each hosted by a different established entrepreneur, each covering a different business topic, with a QandA at the end. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance if they attend seven or more of the ten subject sessions.

Confirmed speakers include Alana Spencer, owner of Ridiculously Rich confectionary business. Winner of BBC One's 'The Apprentice' in 2016, Alana, originally from Aberystwyth, will be sharing her own business experience and advice to the students and graduates taking part.

Emma Forouzan, chair of the 'Summer Start-Up Week' committee, said:

At universities and colleges in Wales, we see first-hand the exceptional entrepreneurial minds of many of our students and we're continually looking for ways to nurture and support those students with strong business ideas. Even in this current climate, it's important for ambitious young people with a business concept to think about their options and take advantage of free support available to them. As this is an all-Wales collaboration of institutions, the 'Summer Start-Up Week' will feature businesspeople from a range of industries from the four corners of the country, so it's a fantastic opportunity for those looking to start a business to get involved in.

For students and graduates to sign up to the Summer Start-Up Week go to and for further information on the sessions go to