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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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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.

Andrew Hatcher

Andrew Hatcher

Managing Director, The Applied Knowledge Network
Head of Collaborative Programmes, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Bio

Andrew Hatcher has over 25 years' experience working in financial services and media markets in the US and Europe. Initially working at Reuters in product management and marketing, eventually as VP of New Ventures, he led the startup and ultimate trade sale of a seafood trading portal in Singapore.

Returning to Europe he has been the co-founder of a series of startups in financial services and education including Investing for Good, The Working Knowledge Group and the Applied Knowledge Network. He is a Chartered Marketer and has written a range of books on business subjects including venturing, innovation, metrics and strategy.

Alan Platt

Alan Platt

Entrepreneur, Investor, Non-Executive Director, Consultant

Bio

Alan graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1997 with a degree in Engineering. Passionate about technology, Alan combines a strong technical background in software, electronics and mechanical engineering with experience of solving real world problems for non-technical customers.

His experience covers a wide variety of industries, from broadcasting through to pharmaceuticals and software. He has held executive and board roles in engineering, sales, marketing and general management.

As a consultant, angel investor and non-executive director, Alan currently advises several early-stage tech companies as well as holding board-level and advisory roles with larger organisations.

Charles Payne

Charles Payne

Mentor / Coach, Business Aspirations

Bio

Following a career at a senior level in a major company, Charles was engaged in a business development and support role, working as a solo practitioner and with funded business support agencies.

Joining Accelerate Cambridge as a mentor for a Venture Creation Weekend in 2013, Charles was invited to join the Accelerate Cambridge mentoring team (within the Entrepreneurship Centre) and continues to mentor on the School's Ignite programme. In addition he is an Elevator, mentoring candidates on the Pitch@Palace initiative, to the next level of their development.

Charles continues to run his private practice and provides pro bono business support for startup companies in his community.

Chris Thomas, MBA project mentor

Chris Thomas

Company Director, Oxford PharmaGenesis

Bio

Chris has significant experience in pharma, biotech and healthcare, and is an internationally recognised Company Director with a sustained record of achievement in global pharmaceuticals, healthcare technology and marketing consultancy. He was UK Sales and Marketing Director at AstraZeneca before joining Dendrite as Vice President, where his focus was on optimising commercialisation.

Since 2002, he has provided commercialisation and brand consultancy to global pharma as Marketing Partner (and currently Company Director) at Oxford PharmaGenesis, an internationally renowned HealthScience communication consultancy. His expertise includes global launch excellence and strategic brand planning for more than 15 brands across a wide range of therapy areas, driving commercial excellence through analysis and sharing of global and local performance and new selling models, and providing management and communication coaching on a one-to-one basis with senior executives.

Chris has hands-on experience in growing and shaping businesses of all sizes and at all stages – new or early ventures, SMEs or top 20 pharma – and supporting them in realising commercial opportunities and developing business models for scalable growth to achieve maximum commercial success and shareholder value.

Chris has experience in Europe, US, APAC and LATAM and is particularly interested in personalised medicine, genomics and wearables, encompassing access to doctors, access to medicines and advances in early diagnosis.

Gaynor Fryers

Gaynor Fryers

Independent Consultant

Bio

Now an independent consultant, Gaynor was previously Vice-President of Business Development at AstraZeneca. Her UK and US teams were responsible for identifying, evaluating and negotiating opportunities in the areas of oncology, infection, personalised healthcare and science & technology licensing.

Gaynor joined AZ in 2007 from Cambridge Antibody Technology, where she was the VP for Business Development. Before joining CAT she worked at Bespak and at Bio Products Laboratory.

Gaynor has a wide range of experience in healthcare organisations, including licensing, merger, disposal and company acquisition. She has worked for large and small organisations, the public and the private sector, and has established startup and JV businesses.

Gaynor has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She regularly coaches for Cambridge Judge Business School and lives near Cambridge with her husband.

Reinhard Eschbach

Reinhard Eschbach

CEO, CAM Consulting and Mentoring

Bio

Reinhard has over 30 years' experience at senior executive level with global brands in Europe and the UK, to implement change successfully in different organisations. Specifically focusing on digitalisation, business development and restructuring areas, such as IT, e-commerce within several industries like travel, financial services, retail and consumer goods.

Examples:

  • Restructuring, digitalisation and turnaround of the FTSE100 company Thomas Cook. During this time Reinhard sat on the UK Management Board, the European Management Board, and was a member of the Group Executive Team.
  • Change management at leading financial institution, Hypovereinsbank (now Unicredit) in Europe as Managing Director.
  • Implementing the growth strategy (M&A) of a leading US food brand Campbell Soup Company in nine European countries as member of the European Executive Team.
  • Restructuring of the IT team and infrastructure in retail business Kaufring AG as part of the Executive Team.
  • As a manager, developing new business models for consultancy company KPMG.

 

 

Shiri Gold

Shiri Gold

Technical Marketing & Business Development, Broadcom

Bio

Shiri is an advisor, mentor and investor in the startup space. Shiri has over 16 years' experience in the technology sector, in various roles including marketing, strategy and business development, project and product management. Currently Shiri is a business development manager at Broadcom, a Fortune 500 technology company. Shiri has an engineering degree as well as an MBA (from the University of Cambridge). Shiri founded two companies; a failed payment app business and a moderately successful tea business.

Shiri has been advising startups since 2011, helping companies achieve over $2m in seed funding. Shiri's main interests are technology, mobile, biotech and fintech. She currently has three live investments and is a non-executive director of one of these.