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Win a £10,000 Branding and Website Package for Your Start-Up!

BRAND LABS, a competition by Designdough, will give one Welsh start-up an expert website and branding makeover package to support their Entrepreneurial journey!

Designdough, a progressive brand design agency based in Cardiff Bay has launched BRAND LABS for the second year running. Following last year’s success story featuring winning business, Odddot, the competition will run again this year and give new businesses the chance to win a full brand package worth £10,000, including strategy, visual identity, brand guidelines and fully responsive website to help them further their entrepreneurial dreams.

Having started from a bedroom in Grangetown with just hopes and dreams, Designdough launched Brand Labs to give start-ups in a similar position the chance to win a beautifully designed and considered brand and website to help them present their amazing ideas with even more clout. Managing Director, Joe Borwn says: “We know that starting a business is hard, and we admire each and every person that puts themselves out there in order to sculpt their own path to success – whatever shape that success may take!

“We’re not doing this to be condescending, but because we’ve been there and know that with a little encouragement or a push in the right direction, any business can be a success. We do this everyday with our clients and so thought it was time to give a little something back to the Welsh economy that we’ve grown from”.

Last year’s winners, Mags Gesta and Paul Adams from furniture company Odddot, were gifted with a new brand and website after wowing the designdough team with their vision and passion for their business. Mags commented: “The support has been great – after every meeting we were really encouraged and passionate to keep pushing. Our new brand makes a massive impact because its made us look so much more professional. Our clients see that we’ve really achieved something as we don’t look like a start-up anymore. Now we’ve got our brand in place, it’s really about moving forward. We don’t have any excuses now, we just have to push it. We’d definitely recommend Brand Labs. It’s such a massive help. If you’re thinking of entering, just do it.”

Sounds great! But how do I win?

To win this amazing prize, Desindough need to see hear and feel your passion and ambition for your business in your application.

‘Tell us what keeps you up at night; how many times you’ve wanted to throw the towel in only to realise you can’t see yourself doing anything but this for the rest of your life; SELL IT TO US.’

The applications will be shortlisted and those business will be invited to make a presentation that communicates why you’ve got what it takes to go all the way, and what you could do with a quality, thought-provoking brand.

All applications can be made through the Brand Labs Competition Website, here: http://www.ddbrandlabs.co.uk/

Applications close at 5pm on FRIDAY 13TH JULY – Good luck!

Inspired? Get involved with Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-up!

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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Best wishes,

Caspar Jayasekera, Enterprise Marketing Intern.

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