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Mark Leruste exposes the reality and truth behind being an entrepreneur. 

TED Talk

What they don't tell you

Kyle MacDonald talks about how he traded from one red paperclip to a house in just a year. Spot your opportunities! 

TED Talk

What if

Melody Hossaini talks about what a social is, why it is the best time to set one up, especially for women and young people. 

TED Talk

Social Enterprise

Campaign in a Box

'Campaign in a Box' is a bank of resources to help stakeholders to promote Big Ideas Wales to young people in a consistent and hopefully engaging way!

It includes literature, images, and copy for stakeholders to use in their own communications to attract more young people to think about starting a business. Everything is provided in Welsh and English

Click here to visit the Campaign in a Box

Promoting Enterprise Troopers

 Promoting Big Ideas Celebrated

Graphics and Social Media

For a range of images and graphics visit Dropbox here


  • ·         Carnegie UK Trust - Build your own Test Town - supports and enables towns and districts to have a go at running their own TestTown

  • ·         Enterprise Catalyst - Self-assessment tool to help young people to think about their own fuel for enterprise, motivations, skills, attitude to succeed

  • ·         Barclay's Life Skills Resources for teachers, parents and businesses to help young people - Build a job-hunting toolbox, identify entrepreneurial skills, gain experience and be inspired

  • ·         Natwest - Money Sense is an impartial financial education programme designed to help young people towards a better financial future
  • World of Work QuizTake this workforce of the future quiz to find out which world of work you belong in.

  • ·         Nesta Creative toolkits - tried and tested methods for teaching enterprise skills to creative individuals who are thinking of setting up a business

  • ·         IP Office Future Innovators Toolkit - downloadable activity and innovation packs on introduction to Intellectual Property

  • ·         BOSS – Provides online learning courses to help people who are thinking about, starting or already running a business

  • ·          Youth Enterprise Bank - This guide highlights some of the aspects you will need to consider when starting a business

  • ·          Princes Trust ResourcesTop tips on how to write the perfect plan

  • ·          Princes Trust Resource - Marketing your business 
  • ·         Being a Freelancer Podcast – a series of podcasts from creative freelancers, talking about their experience in freelancing.

  • ·         HMRC Videos, Webinars and Email Alerts – get help and support from the HMRC if you’re an individual, self employed, a business or an agent.

  • ·         Pop Up Business School, The Step by Step Start Up Guide – Guidance on starting a business in 20 steps, from your idea to getting investment.

  • ·         Guide to Freelancing – IPSE’s guide to freelancing. You will need to register for free in order to view this guide.

  • ·         Definitive Guide to Freelancing – advice about getting yourself ready for self employment and freelancing, setting up a company, PR  and how to get paid. You will need to sign up to get access.

  • ·         What is Entrepreneurship – a webinar from Careers Wales about what entrepreneurship is. Guests include Welsh ICE, Big Ideas Wales and BeTheSpark as well as cases studies of Welsh businesses.




  • ·         Social Entrepreneurship Toolkit - Offers practical guidance and working models for every stage of social entrepreneurship from initial idea, setup and piloting, on to longer term sustainability, growth and replication.

  • ·         Wales Cooperative Centre toolkit (can be completed in both Welsh and English) – Help you to discover how you can run care and support services in a co-operative way.

  • ·         Introduction to Social Enterprise - Lesson Plan and slides, including 2 case studies, produced by Wales Cooperative Centre.

  • ·         Unltd – Young person’s guide to Social Entrepreneurship

  • ·         Unltd Resources for Social Entrepreneurs- A tool for sharing the stories, challenges and insights of young people who had an idea and ran with it.

  • ·         UN Sustainable Development Goals -The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations

  • ·         Ashoka – Builds and cultivates a community of change leaders to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society
  • ·         The Social Enterprise Revolution, TED Talk – Melody Hossaini talks about what a social enterprise is, why it is the best time to one up, especially for women and young people.

  • ·         Cooperatives UK – a guide to the process of starting a co-operative or community enterprise.

  • ·         Introduction to Crowd-funding video.

  • ·         Crowd-funding Resources - A guide for small and medium enterprises on crowd-funding and how to use it 

  • ·         Cashflow forecast template - Free download. Fill in the provided fields to automatically calculate your total expenses and expected earnings

  • ·         Business Wales Finance finderWorking out where to go to find finance and choosing the right type can be tricky. Business Wales finance locator will help you find finance options relevant to your business.
  • Development Bank of Wales – information on the Development Bank of Wales, a resource for Wales that can support Welsh businesses with loans and equity investment.


  • ·         BAFTA - Lesson plans, worksheets and videos to help guide students through each stage of the game design process.

  • ·         QAA Enterprise and entrepreneurship education - Guidance for UK higher education providers January 2018

  • ·         HEInnovate – Self-assessment tool for Higher Education Institutions who wish to explore their innovative potential

  • ·         Entrecomp- Entrepreneurship competences framework -  The EntreComp framework establishes a bridge between the worlds of education and work.

  • ·         HwB -  Wales' bilingual virtual learning environment, provides learners and teachers with the opportunity to create and share their own resources and work collaboratively

  • ·         Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education ToolKit - Provides How to Guides and Case Studies to enhance the student experience through enterprise aimed at FE/HE educators but can be utilised outside of FE/HE.

  • ·         Young Enterprise Resources - Variety of educator/ teaching resources from year 2 up to year 13

  • ·         Entrepreneurship Education - A Guide for Educators

  • ·         Introduction to Social Enterprise - Lesson Plan and slides, including 2 case studies, produced by Wales Cooperative Centre.
  • ·         HE innovate training materials – you will find everything you need to organise your own HE Innovate workshop here including presentations and evaluation forms.

  • ·         Cracking Ideas - Detailed lesson plans and extension activities to support teaching of IP issues at GCSE/KS4


    ·         The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework – a reference framework for people interested in learning, teaching and fostering the knowledge, skills and attitudes that make up an entrepreneurial mind set.

  • How Do We Work Together to Unlock the Entrepreneurial Talents of Millennials? In 2017 we ran 3 events across Wales across the partnership network to develop knowledge and understanding of working with Millennial clients. Here are links to slides from the day and outcomes/ findings from these events.



  • EinECON 2018 – Future Educators conference – Cardiff Metropolitan University - Educating the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, why and how we can help to develop an entrepreneurial mind in the next generation -

  • Going solo: Self-Employment in Wales  - Report for the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales on patterns of self-employmentBelow are links to presentation from the day.



  • MIT Michael Schrage - Michael Schrage talks about innovation, value creation, technology and human capital 




  • 4th Industrial Revolution – are we in a 4th industrial revolution? There is evidence of dramatic change all around us with artificial intelligence, self driving cars, etc. Take a look at this video to find out more.




  • Entrepreneurship in Education – Webinar on what is entrepreneurship, why or why not it needs to be taught, the importance of value creation and how do we teach people to become entrepreneurial.


  • Social Entrepreneurship in Education –  This guides sets out to explore is social entrepreneurship could be integrated into education systems including best practice case studies and what education leaders make of this prospect.












IPO Resources – Videos on Intellectual Property from the Intellectual Property Office. Content includes what is IP, Patents, Trade Marks and Registered Design.