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Big Ideas Wales Celebrated!

1. What is Big Ideas Wales Celebrated?

Wales’ National Competition and Showcase of Entrepreneurial Talent for 16-25 year olds

*Applications have now closed*

The search is on to find the best business, business idea and enterprise activity amongst young people in Wales.

This could involve teams or individuals raising money for a charity, taking part in the Welsh Baccalaureate Enterprise and Employability Challenge or being passionate about their own business or business idea.


2. Why Enter?

No matter which career you choose, being creative, positive and enterprising will help you as an employee or to take the next step towards starting a business.

Big Ideas Celebrated is your chance to test yourself against the best in Wales, developing skills in a practical way and to show others exactly what you can achieve.

So what are you waiting for – let us know what you are doing and enter for the chance to be part of the National Showcase event for Wales in March 2018.


3. How To Enter


Entries are submitted on the Big Ideas Wales website here.

You can enter at any time from 30 September 2017 to 1 February 2018.

We have two optional themes for those looking for inspiration or a fresh challenge. 

All you need to do is complete a brief online entry form and upload a short video entry.

The following provides guidance on the content and format of your video entry:

  • it could be a film of you or your team

  • a PowerPoint slideshow that has been saved as a movie file

  • you could  recruit some budding actors to promote your entry on your behalf in the form of an advert

  • it could be a video of your enterprise project or business with a voiceover if you are camera shy

Be as creative as you like.

All we ask is that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Maximum length of video – 120 seconds and no bigger than 100MB.

  • Clearly introduce the name of your Enterprise (either verbally or in written form on the film)

  • Provide a clear outline about your enterprise project or business.It is important to make sure you explain what your product or service is.

  • The video could be in the form of an advertisement for your business or enterprise project.The aim is to attract the attention of the judges and stand out from the rest of the entries.

  • The judges will be scoring your entry based on the key areas below so it is important that you cover these in your video – keep it short and sweet (no more than 90 - 120 seconds) – these areas are:

  • Concept - what is the problem or need - what is the concept/idea? - how does it solve the problem/meet the need?

  • Customers/Competitors - who are your customers? (if time you could consider competitors too),

  • Compatibility - why are you the person/people to make this work?

  • Cash - how will you make money?

You may find a Concept Canvas helps you to shape your video entry before you submit it: https://cdn.simplydo.io/canvas/en/canvas_en.pdf

In addition the judges will be awarding special additional prizes so hone in on the areas of your business that may score you extra points e.g. if you have a project or business which helps with environmental or social impact make sure you highlight these and make sure you demonstrate your innovation and creativity too.

Why are we asking for a video entry?:

  • Unlike written entry forms, video entries can be viewed by anyone making the competition very transparent.

  • With consent, the videos can also be used to help promote your amazing entrepreneurial talents as well as the competition and the Big Ideas Wales campaign via social media channels.

    Once the entries have been submitted a confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided within 2 working days.  

4. Further Information

Please follow the links below for more detailed information about the Competition and Showcase:

Competition Categories

Competition Suggested Themes

Judging Process & Prizes

Scoring / Judging Criteria

Competition Eligibility Criteria

Competition Timeline

Competition FAQs

Our Supporters

2017 Winners


Our Supporters:














5. 2018: Who's in the final?


Ysgol David Hughes

Babanod Bambŵ Ltd.

Bangor University

Blown App

Coleg Gwent

BOLS BOWLS - A healthy eating breakfast club initaitive

Bishop of Llandaff High School


The College Merthyr Tydfil


Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Meditation

Outside education

Coleg Cambria - Enterprise Committee

Coleg Cambria

Corvidae Interactive

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Creature Club

Bangor University

Dylan Gunner's Charity Fundraising

Bridgend College


Cardiff Metropolitan University


Ysgol David Hughes

Ever After Art

Outside education

Gwedd Loudspeakers

Outside education

Heads Of Stone

The College Merthyr Tydfil

Hedgehog Hotel

Bangor University


NPTC Group

Infiniti Equestrian

University of Wales Trinity St David

Khepri Props

Coleg Y Cymoedd


Coleg Cambria

Make Your Own Tea

Coleg Cambria


Cardiff Metropolitan University

Paws and Claws Pet Services

Bangor University


Bridgend College


University of South Wales

Renegade Animations

NPTC Group

Rock and Roll Tyres and Servicing

The College Merthyr Tydfil


Cardiff Metropolitan University

Sneaker Finder

Swansea University

SQUISH: Flexible Food Storage

Cardiff Univeristy

Street Snackz

Coleg Cambria

Studio Creadigol

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Take the Sting Out

Bangor University

The HoneyBees

Coleg Gwent

The Local Artisan Pop -up Shop

Outside education

Tree Sparks

Bangor University

VIP Animal Boarding

Bangor University


Ysgol David Hughes

Zero Degrees

Ysgol David Hughes

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