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Professor Dylan Jones – Evans

Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise) and Founding Member of Be the Spark Movement
University of South Wales (Confirmed)

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans is Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for enterprise at the University of South Wales and chair in entrepreneurship. He is visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Turku University in Finland and has worked as consultant for the OECD, EU and other economic development bodies globally. He also served as Vice President for the European Council of Small Business. He has developed over £40 million of research and development projects and has published over 100 academic articles within refereed journals, academic books and conferences. Along with Professor Sara Carter, he is author of the best-selling textbook ‘Enterprise and Small Business’. He is the founder of the Wales Fast Growth Fifty (the annual barometer of entrepreneurship within Welsh business), and co-founder of the Cardiff Business Awards and the Wales Start-Up Awards. He is a trustee of Prime Cymru (one of the Prince of Wales' charities) and non-executive director of ICE - the largest incubator in Wales. He has been special adviser to the House Of Commons Select Committee on Welsh Affairs, and a member of the boards of Finance Wales, the Institute of Welsh Affairs and IOD in Wales. He writes a weekly column in the Western Mail and Daily Post and a monthly business column for the Bristol Post. Dylan served on the Business Advisory Panel for Wales Office and recently chaired a major review to create a new Development Bank for Wales for the Welsh Government. He is a currently a member of both the REAP panel guiding entrepreneurship policy in Wales and the Port Talbot Enterprise Zone board. He was responsible for securing a star for Richard Burton on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was awarded an OBE in 2013 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

  • Facilitating the REAP panel in collaboration with MIT to develop an entrepreneurship strategy for scientific research projects in Wales
  • Initiating the Be the Spark Movement to combine research with innovative, real-world business practices to produce more commercially minded graduates and create a more prosperous nation
  • Creating a network of innovators, investors and academic talent to transform innovative research into tomorrow’s iconic products and businesses