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Spark 2017 – The Winners

Enterprise Manager, Rhys, announces the winners of Spark 2017…


SPARK, our annual business ideas competition sets out to inspire and motivate our most entrepreneurial students and graduates through awarding funding and support across a range of categories.

Find out who won this year and what it means to them…

Best venture

A student-led enterprise that designs and constructs community builds in Southeast Asia and the Pacific has come first in the best venture category. CAUKIN beat off competition to be awarded a prize of £2,000.

Created by a team of students from the Welsh School of Architecture, CAUKIN is a social enterprise that works internationally to provide local communities with resources whilst also giving students and young professionals hands-on learning experience.

Co-founder, Josh Peasley (BSc/MArch Architecture) said:

“We are delighted to have won the SPARK best venture category and can’t wait to get to work with the Enterprise and Start-up Team to develop our business even further. Having come from an Architectural background, with no formal education in business at all, entering SPARK really pushed us to develop our ideas from a business perspective, and we’ve learnt so much in doing so!”

Second place in the venture category went to Phytoponics, a novel hydroponics business founded by graduate, Adam Dixon (BSc Engineering, 2015).

Best plan

Recall Alert, a social enterprise that uses technology to better inform people of product recalls won the best plan category and a prize of £1,000.

Phil Thomas (MSc HRM, 2014), the Founder of Recall Alert said:

“While studying at Cardiff University Business School I undertook a variety of courses through Enterprise and Start-up, which ultimately led me to work in a local start-up, and develop my entrepreneurial career. Recall Alert is my first business and has the potential to do real social good.”

Second place in the plan category went to Veronika Lazarenko (MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy, 2014) whose business, Löyn Toys offers sensory toys and products for children with conditions such as autism and Asperger’s.

Additional awards were also made to:

  • Best new idea – Alex Safar (Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics))
  • Best creative entry, Rachael Popplewell (The Curious Cookie)

The SPARK 2017 prize fund was generously sponsored by Santander Universities.


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,
Rhys Pearce-Palmer – Enterprise Manager

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