Cardiff beauty entrepreneurs win first place at Gazelle Colleges competition

Michael Fallon awards Chameleon Nails at Market Maker 2013 final

A Cardiff-based customised nail business, Chameleon Nails, has been announced as the winner of national student enterprise competition, Market Maker 2013.

Unveiled at the Institute of Directors on Monday as part of GEW, Chameleon Nails, created by five Cardiff and Vale College students, was presented with the top prize by business minister Michael Fallon and will now travel to New York to pitch for investment.

Organised by the Gazelle Colleges Group, the annual competition seeks to encourage entrepreneurial opportunities for students and over 1,350 students participated in the event this year.

The final saw over 100 students exhibit their business ideas, which they had already sold via the Market Maker platform in previous rounds, before presenting their business propositions to a panel of judges.

Alongside Fallon, the national final was attended by the director general of the Institute of Directors, Simon Walker, and head of vocational and applied courses at Pearson, Rod Smith.

Commenting on Market Maker 2013, Fallon said: “It is important to nurture the aspirations of budding entrepreneurs.

“Their business ideas, drive and ambition are vital to the future strength of our economy. This competition has helped give students valuable experience and confidence about what they can achieve.”

Fintan Donohue, executive chair of Gazelle Colleges Group, added:

“The businesses who exhibited at the national final showed impressive creativity and enthusiasm, and all who took part have learned a huge amount about what it takes to start up and work in a business.”

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