LA mas­ter­class for seven Welsh en­trepreneurs

Western Mail - - SATURDAYBUSINESS - CHRIS PYKE Busi­ness re­porter chris.pyke@waleson­ Ben Ryan, Am­bion­ics Chris Ganje, AMPLYFI (Cardiff) Kate Frost, Creo Med­i­cal Ltd (Chep­stow) Gareth Burks, (Pem­broke Dock) Rebel.Aero Nigel Saun­ders, Sure (Cardiff ) Chill Bradley Cum­mings, Rebel (Ne

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

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