Million Dollar Homepage entrepreneur to visit Glyndŵr University
17 February 2011
An entrepreneur who made $1 million through a website selling pixels to companies around the world to fund his university education will meet students at Wrexham's Glyndŵr University.
26-year-old Alex Tew founded the Million Dollar Homepage in 2005 to help pay his way through a three-year Business Management degree.
He is the keynote speaker at the second annual Virtual Enterprise Conference, an event hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Glyndŵr University and part funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, to highlight the opportunities available for starting businesses online.
Event organiser Matthew Draycott, Enterprise Associate at Glyndŵr University, said Tew’s website – made up of a 1000 x 1000 pixel grid featuring company logos in blocks of 100 pixels, sold at $1 per pixel – was an example of a hugely successful online business idea seized through opportunism.
The website made news headlines around the world and made a gross income of more than $1 million by January 2006, just four months after being launched.
Matthew said: “The idea of the million dollar homepage was genius, unique and only made possible by the internet and the endless opportunities which it has opened up for entrepreneurs. We’re delighted that Alex has agreed to speak at the conference - the chance to hear thoughts from a successful entrepreneur will be invaluable for Glyndŵr University students.”
Tew is one of seven speakers appearing at the event, which will be held at the Catrin Finch Centre on Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 February 2011.
Among the other guests is 'Twitchhiker' Paul Smith, author of the book the ‘Twitchhiker: How One Man Travelled the World by Twitter.’ Smith will tell his story about travelling the world arranging accommodation and travel solely via offers received from people on Twitter.
Matthew added: “The speakers which we’ve managed to secure are all successful entrepreneurs who’ve taken advantage of entrepreneurship opportunities offered by the internet in many different ways. The aim is to open students’ eyes to some of these, fuelling their own enterprising thoughts and giving them the ambition to become equally successful entrepreneurs.”
The 2011 Virtual Enterprise Conference takes place at the Catrin Finch Centre on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 February 2011.
The conference is free for students at Welsh colleges and universities; otherwise £15 for students outside Wales and £50 per person for businesses.