Joining the Dots
Date & time: 18:00-21:00, 7 February 2017
Venue: Lecture Theatre 0, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge
Guest speaker: Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice Chairman & Co-founder, The Eden Project
None can doubt that Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice Chairman & Co-founder of the Eden Project, is a man of vision. It is demonstrated through his award-winning successes, of which the Eden Project is well-known. But, with vision, you have to see ahead where to join the dots if it is all to have meaning, potential and possibility. How do you make the necessary connections which will count when you have to get people on side, despite the odds and when maybe they don't see what you do see as possible? How do you convince people of your belief and develop a narrative of optimism that they can buy into? Tim will explain how he develops trust, inspires people and builds his team and wider networks in our upcoming Enterprise Tuesday session on 7 February 2017.
Lent Term 2017
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Joining the Dots
Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice Chairman & Co-founder, The Eden Project
Igniting the Passion, Capturing ValuePanellists:
Toby Norman, Co-founder and CEO, Simprints Technology
Ann Cotton OBE, Founder & President, Camfed
Ashley Blackmore, Director, PopUp Business School
Harriet Kelsall, Founder & Chairman, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery
Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She was Everywoman's "Retail Woman of the Year" in 2011, one of the IoD Director Magazine's six "Women who have most changed the business world" in 2014 and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the City of London. She is the vice-chairman of the National Association of Jewellers and a non-executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council.
She founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery – in 1998 and since then it has grown to be one of the most respected UK jewellery companies with many national and international awards to its name, most recently the 2016 national Bridal Jeweller of the Year award. As an innovator, she has revolutionised design within the jewellery industry, triggering an explosion in bespoke jewellery with her "Real Design for the High Street" concept store in central Cambridge.
As a champion for ethics, the environment and CSR, she joined an industry where few cared about such matters. Since then she has tirelessly campaigned for improvement – in 2011 she helped launch Fairtrade Gold worldwide and her business became the first in the world to be both Fairtrade licensed and certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council. She has been a regular keynote speaker on ethics and CSR at national events such as the BITC leadership summit and the Fair Luxury Conference and judges the national CSR Awards.
Harriet is passionate about helping creative business flourish and is currently writing a book about how to start a one. She mentors other creative startups and as a successful dyslexic, she is in an inspiration to others whose talents lie in creativity.
Incubating for Disruption: Collaborative Business Models
Matt Meyer, CEO, Taylor Vinters
Tim Pullan, Founder & CEO, ThoughtRiver
Zeev Fisher, Founder, Pekama
Rough Diamonds Pitch for Your SupportPanellists:
Simon Thorpe, Angel Investor, Angel Academy
Maria Dramalioti-Taylor, Founding Partner, Beacon Capital
Maria Dramalioti-Taylor is a Managing Partner at Beacon Capital (formerly AngelLab), one of London's most active VCs with a portfolio of 29 investments and USD310m market cap, a four-fold increase in value in three years. Beacon Capital emerged as one of the leading "pre-Series A" VCs in enterprise tech after receiving the backing of the USD133m London Mayor's co-investment funds. Maria is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at Hult International Business School and serves on the board of a number of startups. Outside work, Maria tries to support causes that help the economically disenfranchised young people such as The Prince's Trust Business programme and more recently Reload Greece. She studied engineering, has an MBA and in her spare time she fences the foil.
Peter Cowley, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Non-exec Director
Peter is a University of Cambridge Engineering/Computing graduate who has founded and run over 10 technology and construction businesses for 35+ years and, since then, has angel-invested in over 55 startups, mainly in Cambridge and London, having been UK Angel of the Year for 2014/15. He is a non-executive director of five of those startups and a board observer of four others. Peter is chair of the Cambridge Angels, is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship of Cambridge Judge Business School and has mentored countless entrepreneurs. He set up and runs the Martlet early-stage startup investment fund of Marshall of Cambridge, which has invested £5m in 40+ startups, and is a member of the investment committee of the £100m Angel CoFund. For over 15 years, Peter has been involved in charity and social enterprise governance as chair and treasurer of various trustee boards.
Michaelmas Term 2016
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Beating the Odds, Flexibility and Pivoting
Monica Grady CBE, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, Open University
Tim Jones, CEO, Allia Group
Laying the Foundation for Creativity Early
John Williams, Founder, The Ideas Lab London
John Williams has spent the last 30 years in the creative industries. He started as a software developer in special effects, moved into online video, and became a senior managing consultant at Deloitte. He left to work as an independent consultant advising the BBC and other broadcasters. Then he qualified as a coach, took seven years of professional development courses in psychotherapy and counselling and founded The Ideas Lab to help people launch creative products and businesses.
His first book, Screw Work Let's Play: How to Do What You Love & Get Paid for It, was a UK bestseller, recommended by The Sunday Times, and has since been translated into nine languages. His latest book Screw Work Break Free is about how to launch an idea in 30 days.
The Ideas Lab runs online programmes with hundreds of people launching their own idea in 30 days and he consults with startups on their propositions and marketing. His work with The Ideas Lab has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, The Financial Times, Marketing Week, and BBC Radio.
Carrie Bedingfield, Founder, Onefish Twofish
Leveraging Resources and Social Capital
Herman Narula, CEO, Improbable
Herman is the Founder and CEO of Improbable, a London startup born out of the University of Cambridge. Improbable is creating SpatialOS; an operating system which enables developers to build large-scale, complex simulations running across thousands of machines in the cloud.
Improbable is active in the gaming, infrastructure and defence industries with investment from some of the world's seminal venture capitalists. It is a team of 120, including top software engineering talent from world-renowned academic institutions and companies such as Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Microsoft. Herman holds a computer science degree from Cambridge and is interested in the potential impact that powerful, virtual worlds will have on how we think, play and make decisions.
Building a Dream Team
Nick Halstead, CEO & Founder, Cognitive Logic
At Cognitive Logic, Nick is building unique technology to allow collaboration on corporate data between companies without data needing to be shared or transmitted. This new technology allows deep analytics to be performed while keeping data secure and private. Nick is also Founder of DataSift, the leading real-time social data platform. Over the past nine years, Nick has been a foremost technical visionary on the power of social data and how social is integrated into business. He also created TweetMeme, the world's first platform delivering curated news based upon social signals, which quickly grew an audience of millions and also spawned the incredibly successful Retweet button, helping to kick-start the content-sharing economy.
Ricky Kothari, Co-Founder & CEO of T-Sticks of London
Ricky is a health nut who was brought up on camellia sinensis (that's Chinese tea or Indian Assam to you and me). His background is in management consultancy. This led to him visiting a wide variety of different offices that always had the same problems - no clean tea spoons! This lead to some very tea-stained fingers, with the final straw being when his teabag stained a clean white shirt just before a board meeting, and the T-Sticks concept was born.
He spends any free time he has as a high-intensity spin instructor, preaching about the amazing health benefits of tea and about a new way to have healthy and tasty tea on the go. Passionate and an 'infusisast' about teas, well-being business, entrepreneurship and giving back by helping people on their journeys especially in East London where his business is based.Ricky started from a little office in East London which in 1930s was General store selling teas - Brooke Bond (now PG tips and Lyons Tea), we kept the heritage with a modern twist!