How to break into Cardiff’s Start-up scene.

Its official, the Cardiff Capital Region has a thriving start-up scene and it’s fun, ambitious and eclectic. If you’re consider starting a business, becoming a freelancer, or looking for unique work experience opportunities, why not get stuck in to everything Cardiff has to offer.


Photo:  Julia Avis Phillips

Here’s your crash course for breaking into the scene:

Places to know A – Z

Cardiff Arcades
Not only are the arcades beautiful AND full of independent shops, the upper level offices are teeming with start-ups and creatives.

Cardiff University Innovation Campus
OK so you’ll have to wait before this exists, but come 2019 Cardiff University will have an entire site dedicated to innovation!

The Cardiff Business Technology Centre acts as a crossroads for knowledge transfer, business and technology, Higher Education and industry.

Entrepreneurial Spark
Sponsored by NatWest, E-Spark is an accelerator space to help promising start-ups achieve their potential fast.

What could be nicer than a friendly, trendy co-working space in the heart of Cardiff Bay?

Meanwhile Creative
With branches in Cardiff and Bristol these guys specialise in flexible, affordable and practical spaces for projects and start-ups.

Owned by Cardiff Uni the Medicentre is a specialist business incubator for biotech and medtech start-ups.

Rabble Studio
Rabble is home to a co-working creative community where you can find designers, writers, and photographers working side by side.

Sustainable studio
In a newly renovated building the studio is the creation of sisters Sarah and Julia who’ve grown a community for artists and makers.

Tramshed Tech
Take a trip into Grangetown and visit this freshly renovated hub for digital and creative tech industries.

Welsh ICE
Leading the way in start-up communities the award winning Welsh ICE has an entire campus in the heart of Caerphilly where some of Wales’s best start-up magic happens.


Events A-Z

Capital Law Events
Regular speaker events from the best of Cardiff’s thought leaders – it’s not just about law.

Cardiff Business Week
One week every year packed to the rafters with prestigious speakers.

Cardiff universities Enterprise Hubs: Cardiff University, Cardiff Met and USW
Cardiff’s universities work towards the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship strategy by running workshops and speaker events

Cardiff Fashion Week 
An annual chance to see and be part of the creative world of fashion in Cardiff.

Cardiff University Innovation Network
Priding themselves on high-profile lectures from inspiring speakers and alumni.

Cardiff Start events
All sorts of events for networking, idea sharing and business generating.

Creative Cardiff: Show and Tell events
Bringing together creative people and guest speakers.

Entrepreneur Wales Awards
Attending isn’t for everyone but keep an eye on the nominees and winners or these annual awards.

Local markets

Rabble Studio events
Varying from training opportunities, to speakers and socials

Tramshed Tech events
Guest speakers, networking and skills training opportunities.

Venturefest Wales
Annual one day event for tradeshow, networking and sharing best practice.


The enterprise team. 

Do you have entrepreneurial inspirations and aspirations? Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-up could help you realise your full potential in business and entrepreneurship. It’s all about thinking creatively, spotting opportunities, making things happen and developing skills for life. It’s not just about business; it’s about helping you to make the most of yourself.

We run workshops, competitions and sessions to help you develop skills and knowledge. Find out about all our courses and sessions on the intranet, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, with #ideastolife, or email us at Entreprise@cardiff.ac.uk


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