Start Something Good Winners 2022

Congratulations to our Start Something Good Winners! 

Your brief was to come up with a social business that would have a positive impact on the local community and the judges were impressed by your detailed business ideas!


Regional winners:


11-16 category:  Te mewn Bag – Begw a Leusa, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst, Conwy

Begw and Leusa’s idea to provide a community service offering Afternoon Tea in a bag that would bring joy and to bring a smile to the faces of residents of their community such as the elderly and vulnerable. The main aim is to make a positive impact on the community that will raise spirits.

The charity that Begw and Leusa have chosen to receive £100 is: Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru / DPJ Foundation Charity


Post 16 category: Full of Character – Maddison Spencer, Flintshire

Maddison's idea is to provide popular, affordable characters to attend events for all ages! The business would provide local young people with job opportunities as well as experiences for those who want a career in performing arts.

The charity that Maddison has chosen to receive £100 is WISP Dance Club.


Mid & West:

11-16 category:  Bone Box - Heinrich Dettmer, Bishopston Comprehensive, Swansea

Bone Box is a mobile museum for schools. The box contains a mixture of mammal bones such as fox, badgers, sheep, and birds such as seagulls, blackbirds, and gannet. Heinrich came up with the idea during Covid when he could not attend museums and thought why not bring the museum to classroom! The Bone Box will consist local animal bones to represent the local wildlife of the community.

The charity that Heinrich has chosen to receive £100 is: Gower Bird Hospital, Swansea


Post 16 category: Disco4Good- Jake Gates, Bishopston Comprehensive, Swansea

Already an established DJ in the community Jake would like to start the Disco4Good initiative where he will continue to DJ for local discos in his area but donate some of his profits to support and raise awareness for different charities. He would also look into DJing for free at charity events to help fundraise money for different causes.

The charity that Jake has chosen to receive £100 is: Bishopston Skatepark Project


South East: 

no entries received.


1 winning idea (in the 16-18 age category) Full of Character- Maddison Spencer


Congratulations to the following who received special praise for their social business ideas from our judges:

Eco Logs- Dosbarth yr Wyddfa, Ysgol Hafod Lon

To collect waste paper from around the school and shred it and then use the shredded paper to make briquettes for fuel. They would use any paper from packaging in the school post to wrap the logs to prepare them for sale.

Affordable Prosthetic Device- Macie Leigh, Flint High

The idea is to design high quality prosthetic devices (arms) for an affordable price to allow people to have devices that will not only improve quality of life but also ensure that they can keep financial stability.


Well done to the following business ideas too: Beics, Button Up, Celebrate for Surveillance, Diodydd Ela ac Emily, Ffasiwn Ail Law, Impianti, Meddyg y Mór, Melysion Mared, Plas 3, Teen Tutors & The Angel Inn.


Our Judges:

Thank you to our judges: Nicola Hemsley-Cole (Organised Kaos)Menna Jones (Antur Waunfawr) & Sion Emlyn Davies (Arfordir Clothing).

The three were delighted to judge the Challenge and to see the competitors’ entrepreneurial & community spirit and the standard of their work. Their overall feedback is given below:

‘The enthusiasm and energy of many of the individuals and groups was very infectious and exciting. One imagines encountering these individuals in business within the next 5-10 years.’ (Menna Jones)

‘It was a pleasure to be invited to assess the young people's big ideas for the Start Something Good Challenge, on behalf of Big Ideas Wales. I am absolutely humbled to see the passion of the young people for their communities and how they suggest solving the ongoing challenges we face every day in our communities. The business ideas are great, and the challenge has shown that young people in Wales are naturally entrepreneurial with strong & creative ideas. (Nicola Hemsley-Cole)

It was an honour to be able to judge and comment on the young people's business ideas for the Starting Something Good Challenge, on behalf of Big Ideas Wales. I have been really inspired by all the amazing ideas they have come up with and how they are thinking about solving the challenges we face every day in our communities. The business ideas are fantastic, and the challenge has shown that the young people of Wales are innovative with strong and creative ideas. Wales’s entrepreneurial future is bright! (Sion Emlyn Davies)