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Ignite contributors

One of our core values is to involve experienced and new entrepreneurs, practitioners and service providers in the delivery of all programmes, as they have the credibility to teach entrepreneurship through sharing their own experiences and knowledge and inspiring future entrepreneurs. This creates direct links between students and the business community. 

All the contributors to the Ignite week are actively involved in the creation and development of new ideas and ventures. In all, there are 80-100 Contributors; most of them are leading entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals who have gone through similar types of experiences that you yourself are currently facing.

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Applications are now open for the 19th Annual Ignite programme, taking place 8-13 July 2018.

Deadline: 1 June 2018

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Stelios Kavadias

Stelios Kavadias

Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth and Director of the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Professor Kavadias is the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). He serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science's Entrepreneurship and Innovation department, and as the Department Editor for the R&D, New Product Development and Project Management department of Production and Operations Management. At Georgia Tech's Huang Executive Education Center he regularly contributed to open enrolment and custom executive programmes on innovation and project management, and was the Academic Director of their GE Energy PLMP programme. He has authored several case studies through close collaboration with major firms across multiple industries. 

Professor Kavadias was the Steven A. Denning Professor of Technology & Management, as well as an Associate Professor of Operations Management, at the College of Management at Georgia Tech. He has also been a Batten Fellow at the Batten Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Darden School of Business.

Research interests include the effectiveness of new product development (NPD) decisions with a particular focus on strategy implementation, the R&D ideation, search and experimentation process; and the effects of organisational design. 

Jamie Urquhart

Jamie Urquhart

Partner, Pond Venture Partners

Bio

Pond Venture Partners are investors in early stage companies in the fields of semiconductor, communication, wireless and software. He has a BSc from Bath University in Physics and Physical Electronics and started his career in analogue and digital chip design at Plessey Research (Caswell), who part-funded his degree.

Jamie left Plessey to join Acorn Computers in 1984 to start on the implementation of the ARM processor, later managing the VLSI Design team. Jamie was part of the founding team of ARM Holdings from its inception in November 1990 until November 2002. At ARM he undertook a number of roles, including VP of Sales and Marketing, Chief Operating Officer when the company floated on NASDAQ and the LSE, and latterly Chief Strategy Officer.

After ARM he was an angel investor, before joining Pond Venture Partners as a Venture Partner. He has experience of working with public companies and start-ups in operational and non-executive roles.

Jamie is a Fellow of the IET and an Honorary Fellow (Entrepreneurship) of Cambridge Judge Business School. His current interests are learning MATLAB, Python, C++ and programming ARM mbed development systems.

Chris Coleridge

Chris Coleridge

Senior Faculty in Management Practice and Director of the Cambridge Judge Launchpad, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Chris was an entrepreneur as a young man in the 1990s, and, after exiting his business, pursued an MBA, the experience of which inspired him to join academia.

Recent consulting and education work, on innovation management, pricing strategy, and strategy execution, includes work for a wide range of SMEs; for larger organisations including Omnicom, JLL, Sberbank, Lloyds Banking Group, Santander, Porsche, the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, the London Stock Exchange and IBM. He is a board advisor to startups in the construction, healthcare and digital sectors.

Prior to coming to Cambridge, Dr Coleridge was a Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Research Associate at University College London. He was also Director of the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship.

Shahzad Ansari

Shazhad Ansari

Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Professor Ansari's areas of expertise in executive education include strategic management, technological and business model innovation, social innovation, and corporate social responsibility. He has contributed to Executive Education programmes in many organisations, including McKinsey, Airbus, Shell, British Telecom, China Development Bank, Nokia, Laing O'Rourke, UNICEF, Essex County Council, City & Guilds, KLEC (Kuala Lumpur Education City), Shanghai University of Finance and Education, among several others. He is frequently invited to speak on issues related to strategy, innovation and social change. Professor Ansari is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

He is also a consultant at Thinfilms, a New Jersey firm providing thin film services (in particular coating services) to over 150 corporations in the hybrid microelectronics, semiconductor, optical, medical and sensor industries.

Uday Phadke

Uday Phadke

CEO, Cartezia

Bio

Uday Phadke's career over three decades has spanned three areas: commercial businesses enabled by science and technology; academic research and teaching in technology and business; and the design and promotion of national and international innovation initiatives.

He has been Chief Executive of Cartezia, the Cambridge-based technology business builder since 1997. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge from 2011-2016. He has worked extensively across Europe, Asia and North America on commercialising science and technology.

Dr Phadke is the lead author of a new book published in February 2017, Camels, Tigers & Unicorns: Rethinking Science and Technology-enabled Innovation. The book addresses the big gap in understanding how science and technology-enabled concepts, products, and services are converted into commercial value and provides a blueprint for developing an effective industrial strategy.

Kate McNamara

Kate McNamara

Chartered & European Patent Attorney

Bio

Kate McNamara is a UK and European patent attorney specialising in the field of the life sciences. She handles a wide variety of biotechnology and pharmaceutical subject matter, and has a particular interest in the areas of neuroscience, stem cell technology and cardiology.

Kate has experience in all aspects of patent law including drafting, filing and prosecuting UK, European and international patent applications, due diligence work, and involvement in opposition and appeal cases before the European Patent Office. Kate works with clients varying in size from single inventors, to biotechnology startups and large pharmaceutical companies.

Hanadi Jabado

Hanadi Jabado

Executive Director, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Hanadi is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. A serial entrepreneur herself, she has a strong understanding of the needs of early stage ventures and entrepreneurs. Her areas of interests cover a wide range of industries, covering traditional sectors such as education, and more cutting edge technology sectors such as Biotech.

In 2012, Hanadi was inspiration and the driving force behind the creation of Accelerate Cambridge, enhancing the contribution of Cambridge Judge Business School to the Cambridge entrepreneurial cluster, by providing help, nurture, and support to innovators and entrepreneurs in Cambridge. She has coined the "sneak outs" phrase, describing IP out of the University of Cambridge being commercialised directly by the inventor. Since its creation, Accelerate Cambridge has supported over a hundred companies and Hanadi has personally been involved in raising 10 million pounds of equity and grant funding for the Accelerate Cambridge startups.

John Yeomans

John Yeomans

Angel Investor

Bio

John is a Chairman of Cambridge Angels 2013-2016, specialising in data and communications businesses. Chairman at Wazoku (software for ideas management); and Rabble, which makes fitness fun. Director of SharedBand, which offers faster broadband; Rovco, underwater surveys with advanced vision systems; and Fresh4Cast, forecasting in the fruit industry. John is Chairman of the advisory board at First Capital, an investment bank specialising in growth technology businesses.

John mentors entrepreneurs, and is trustee of education charity Onebillion Learners. His career was in telecommunications, involving contract research; a startup in office automation; product management, sales, marketing at Mitel; consulting at KPMG and investment banking at HSBC, where he led their global TMT corporate finance team.

Adrian Rainey

Adrian Rainey

Partner, Taylor Wessing

Bio

Adrian is Head of Taylor Wessing's UK Corporate Technology department. Specialising in M&A and venture capital work, Adrian's particular focus is within the software, financial technology, digital media, life sciences and medical devices sectors, where he advises institutional, corporate and individual investors, as well as companies of all sizes, from startup through to their exit.

Sucheta Nadkarni

Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Sucheta's research interests lie in two broad areas:

Strategic leadership: She explores the "people side of strategy" by seeking to answer questions such as how do CEOs and top management teams shape key strategic behaviours such as innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and strategic flexibility? Which industry and organisational factors determine the types of executive profiles needed to gain competitive superiority through innovation, flexibility and adaptation to environments?

Competitive dynamics: She investigates questions such as: how do firms outperform rivals? What are the sources of competitive advantage? What role does language play in intensifying competitive wars?

Sucheta has conducted research in large firms as well as small and medium sized enterprises in the United States, India, China and Ecuador. She has investigated strategies in hi-tech industries such as the aerospace and semiconductor 

Sucheta has also worked on research projects and grants with companies such as Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Newton Asset Management and BNY Mellon in the areas of strategic change and leadership. 

Peter Cowley

Peter Cowley

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Cambridge Angels

Bio

Peter is a University of Cambridge Engineering/Computing graduate who founded and ran technology and construction businesses for 35+ years and, since then, has angel-invested in over 60 startups in Cambridge and London, and is a non-executive director of five of those.

He was UK Angel of the Year in 2014, is chair of the Cambridge Angels, and has mentored countless entrepreneurs. He setup and runs the Martlet startup investment fund of Marshall of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School. For over 15 years, Peter was involved in charity and social enterprise governance as chair and treasurer of several trustee boards. He is sharing his and others' experience in podcasts and a book at investedinvestor.com.

Vincent Mak

Vincent Mak

University Lecturer in Marketing & Decision Sciences, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Vincent Mak is a University Lecturer in Marketing and Decision Sciences at Cambridge Judge Business School, and the Director of the MPhil in Management Science & Operations Programme at the School. Vincent’s research lies in how people and firms make strategic decisions as they interact with each other, and what economic and psychological factors influence those decisions. His work has appeared in academic journals in business, economics, and psychology, and has been featured in various UK and international media outlets. 

His pedagogical experience ranges from undergraduate to MBA, executive, and PhD-level teaching. Vincent was previously an award-winning case writer at the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Asian Business Cases (now Asia Case Research Centre). His recent consulting experience includes a study of online/offline retail prices and price comparison websites, as well as a consumer survey study on the market for Internet access in Europe.