Natwest Group Guest Blog – Empowering Cardiff’s entrepreneurs
8 months on since the opening of NatWest’s Entrepreneurial Spark Hub in Cardiff, hear from Tendertec who joined the hub to start and scale-up their businesses.
Dr Afroditi Maria Konidari
Co-founder and CEO of Tendertec Limited
It all started in January 2017 with a chat with Victoria Mann, NearMeNow founder, who had already joined NatWest’s Cardiff hub. Inspired by her excitement about the programme, we submitted our application online and our business, Tendertec, was given the opportunity to join the May 2017 intake. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it has turned out to be one of the savvier moves we’ve made. One first gets blown away by the office space right at the Cardiff City centre, directly next to the new BBC Wales HQ, but as time goes by this becomes only a small part of what the hub really is – an opportunity to travel one’s start-up journey with like-minded entrepreneurs, seasoned Entrepreneurial Spark enablers and an amazing network of mentors and NatWest partners.
Through our enablement sessions with our talented enabler, Charly, and the conversations with fellow hub members, the Entrepreneurial Spark programme has made all the difference for Tendertec. Since the day we joined, we have been inspired to understand and pitch our business in a completely different and more effective manner. Before the end of our first month in the hub, Tendertec won Cardiff’s first ‘NatWest Entrepreneur Meet Up Pitch-Off’ competition. We are now eight months into Entrepreneurial Spark’s unique Enable programme and Tendertec has been offered seed investment by Wales’s first internet of things (IoT) Accelerator. Our business journey at the hub has transformed our mind-sets as entrepreneurs and we cannot be more excited about what is ahead of us.
Read the full guest article: https://www.rbs.com/rbs/news/2018/01/guest-blogs-_-empowering-cardiffs-entrepreneurs.html