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Miwtini Bach: Final for Conwy Schools!

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For the past six weeks I have been working with six schools in Conwy, North Wales, as students competed in Miwtini Bach, an entrepreneurial challenge blending elements of "The Apprentice" with "Dragon's Den." Tasked with designing a product, crafting a business plan, working out funding, creating a logo and advertisement, and delivering a compelling pitch to a panel of esteemed experts, these young minds have showcased remarkable creativity and ingenuity.

On Tuesday, 27th of February, the final took place at M-SParc, Gaerwen. The participating schools were – Ysgol Porth y Felin, Ysgol Deganwy, Ysgol Pencae, Ysgol Pant y Rhedyn, Ysgol Capelulo, and Ysgol Awel y Mynydd – each brought forth their winning teams to compete for the grand prize of £1000!

The judging panel, comprised of distinguished figures including Libby Duo (Conwy Council), Emily Roberts (M-SParc), Elain Davies (M-SParc & Business Wales), and Sioned Young from Mwydro, faced the daunting task of evaluating the innovative ideas presented by these aspiring entrepreneurs.

What truly stood out throughout the competition was the astonishing diversity of products. Despite receiving the same design brief, each team approached the challenge with unique perspectives, resulting in an array of distinctive offerings. It’s a testament to the boundless creativity and resourcefulness of our youth, reminding us all of the power of thinking outside the box.

On behalf of Conwy Education Services, it was a pleasure to be invited to sit on the judging panel of the exciting Miwtini Bach project. It was so inspiring to see the learners present and talk about their projects, which were really incredible. It was evident that so much thought, creativity and hard work had gone into developing all elements of the brief. Very well done to all the schools involved and a huge congratulations to the winning schools, Ysgol Deganwy and Ysgol Awel y Mynydd.

– Libby Duo, Strategic Manager, Conwy Employment Service

It was a privilege to see young entrepreneurs star at the final event of Miwtini Bach, Conwy, at M-SParc. The afternoon was full of excitement, creativity and innovation. The future of North Wales entrepreneurship is in very safe hands, I’m sure of it!

– Sioned Young, Mwydro

I really enjoyed the experience of working with enthusiastic and inspiring young people as they had great ideas and demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills throughout their time with Miwtini Bach. I really hope that in the future they will be encouraged to develop these entrepreneurial skills and I hope they will know to contact us when they are ready to start their own business.

– Elain Davies, Start-Up Engagement Facilitator, M-SParc

Amidst stiff competition and an exceptional standard of entries, two teams emerged victorious, their ideas capturing the hearts and minds of the judges.

Ysgol Deganwy secured the spotlight with their product ‘Baggy Pack,’ a backpack crafted from repurposed school clothes. Their innovative approach not only addresses sustainability concerns but also resonates with the ethos of community and resourcefulness.

Meanwhile, Ysgol Awel y Mynydd impressed the panel with their creation ‘Breuddwyd Trychfilod,’ a Bug Hotel constructed from twigs and plants sourced from their school grounds. Their eco-friendly initiative not only provides a sanctuary for local wildlife but also champions environmental stewardship among younger generations.

Miwtini Bach not only fosters entrepreneurial skills but also instils invaluable lessons in teamwork, innovation, and resilience. As we celebrate the achievements of these budding entrepreneurs, let us also acknowledge the profound impact of initiatives like Miwtini Bach in nurturing the next generation of visionary leaders.

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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

tom@m-sparc.com

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.