A new project by Menter a Busnes will give 24 aspiring Ceredigion entrepreneurs an opportunity to gain valuable insight and to learn from the very best entrepreneurs at home, and abroad.

Project SPARC Ceredigion, a brand-new venture funded by the UK Government’s Levelling Up and managed by Menter a Busnes kicks off in September 2023, with applications for the first round due in at the start of October. The first cohort of twelve individuals will enjoy a host of learning experiences, including seminars, workshops, and mentoring opportunities. 

As part of the 18-month project, the successful candidates will spend two residential weekends in Ceredigion, and three days on a study tour abroad. The programme will also offer participants the opportunity to gain a post-graduate level 7 Leading Change certificate from Aberystwyth University. To apply for SPARC Ceredigion, you must live in Ceredigion and be over 18 years of age.  
Councillor Clive Davies, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Project SPARC is a fantastic new initiative and I would encourage anyone who lives in Ceredigion and wants to develop their business skills to take advantage of this great opportunity. By working with Menter a Busnes, and with support from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, we are pleased that project SPARC will provide opportunities to develop future business owners and employers across Ceredigion. This will contribute to one of the Council’s key corporate priorities, which aims to boost the economy, support businesses and enable employment.”

“If you live in Ceredigion and have a business idea, if you’ve always been interested in setting up a social venture or perhaps you aspire to be a leader, then this exceptional opportunity could be just what you need,” says Eirwen Williams, Rural and Development Director for Menter a Busnes.  

Applicants must ensure that they are able to attend all three residencies that the project has to offer, which will take place on the following dates: 

  • 20-22 October (Ceredigion)
  • 21-24 November (Iceland)
  • 8-10 December (Ceredigion)

You can find the application form here: SPARC application form

For more information about project SPARC Ceredigion and how to apply contact sparc@menterabusnes.co.uk.

The deadline for applications for the first round, which has twelve available positions, is 10:00AM the 2 of October 2023. The second round will take place in 2024. 

The project is funded by the UK Government, driven by Levelling Up.