LA masterclass for seven Welsh entrepreneurs
SEVEN Welsh entrepreneurs are being flown to Los Angeles to participate in a funded masterclass with a worldwide design and manufacturing business.
The programme from GlobalWelsh, an organisation committed to connecting one million people around the world with an affinity for Wales, was conducted in partnership with Pelican Products.
Lyndon Faulkner, Pelican’s Newport-born CEO, wants to share his international success by bringing the Welsh entrepreneurs to the US for a comprehensive learning experience.
Due to an overwhelming number of quality applicants, the panel selected an additional seventh candidate instead of the planned six.
In September, the seven selected candidates will spend a week working with Pelican’s executive team, focusing on an array of key disciplines necessary for building a successful business. The group will have the opportunity to talk about their own businesses and learn from those who have helped Pelican become a $500m success story.
The seven candidates are:
Ambionics is pioneering a unique approach to infant prosthetic intervention, optimising neural development. Bangorbased Mr Ryan started the business to develop a new 3D-printed arm for his son Sol.
Mr Ganje is founder and CEO of AMPLYFI, an artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics firm focusing on monitoring for scientific and technology-led breakthroughs.
Creo Medical is a biotech firm making devices allowing doctors to carry out surgical procedures without puncturing the skin.
Rebel.Aero produces revolutionary economy airline seats for the aviation industry.
Sure Chill has created patented technology that ensures appliances stay perfectly cool for weeks without power, even in high ambient temperatures.
Bradley Cummings and business partner Gazz Williams started out by brewing beer in a garage. The Tiny Rebel brand has now grown to become an award-winning brewery and the only Welsh brewery to win Champion Beer of Great Britain.
Workplace Worksafe is a major supplier of workplace PPE, accessories, branded workwear and corporate wear.
The programme is the first initiative event facilitated by the GlobalWelsh Academy, aiming to provide GlobalWelsh members with workshops, mentoring, inspiring talks, masterclasses and global opportunities directly from the GlobalWelsh community and wider Welsh diaspora.
The prerequisite for taking part in GlobalWelsh Academy opportunities is to become join GlobalWelsh as a free community member or pioneer.
“We had a great response to the campaign,” Mr Faulkner said.
“We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply. It will be an absolute privilege to welcome the finalists to LA in September and I can’t wait to meet them and have them work with our executive team”
GlobalWelsh founder Walter May added: “It’s been a pleasure to establish the Meet the Makers initiative, which will help some of Wales’ most promising companies grow and develop.
“We have so many undiscovered talents and skills in Wales who have the expertise and inclination to help others to reach their full potential. I wish the finalists all the very best in LA this September.”
This year GlobalWelsh is also set to partner with Mountain Warehouse founder Mark Neale, who was born in Ebbw Vale, on a new GlobalWelsh Academy initiative to give aspiring Welsh retail businesses a chance to attend a masterclass at Mountain Warehouse’s HQ.
Earlier this year, Mr Neale took part in a panel event with GlobalWelsh to discuss opportunities for Wales post-Brexit.
> Pelican CEO Lyndon Faulkner