Management Practice Associate Professor
Fellow of Wolfson College
MBA (London Business School), MSc, PhD (London School of Economics)
Collaborative innovation; top management teams in ventures; networks and innovation ecosystems.
Subject group: Strategy & International Business
Chris was an entrepreneur as a young man in the 1990s, became an academic in entrepreneurship and strategy after exiting his business, and recently returned to the “practical” side of entrepreneurship alongside his continuing work at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). He is a Fellow at Wolfson College, where he supports entrepreneurship activity.
There are 3 streams to his professional work: entrepreneurship teaching and advisory work, running a venture builder, and strategy/innovation management teaching and consulting.
Entrepreneurship teaching and advisory
Chris has taught entrepreneurship inside academia (CJBS, UCL, ESCP Europe, London Business School, University of St Andrews) and outside it (Goldman Sachs 10ksb, London Stock Exchange ELITE in London, Milan and Beirut, New Entrepreneurs Foundation, European Institute of Innovation and Technology, UK Business Growth Builder, ConceptionX, MiSK Foundation, UK-Lebanon Tech Hub). He was formerly programme director of the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL, and founded the Cambridge Judge Launchpad (now simply known as the Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship). He has been a board advisor to several startups.
In May 2019, Chris cofounded Carbon13, a Cambridge-based talent-first accelerator investing in talent who develop startups to attack CO2e emissions. It is supported by, among others, Barclays, EY, Volkswagen, the European Investment Bank, BP Ventures, DLA Piper, and ARM. Having launched 44 fascinating, impactful startups through its first 4 cohorts, it takes in its fifth cohort of entrepreneurs in September 2023 and opens its first cohort in Berlin in April 2023.
Strategy/Innovation Management teaching and consulting
Chris has taught strategy, strategic management and innovation management inside academia (CJBS, UCL, Imperial College, London Business School in London and Dubai, LSE, Beijing Central University of Finance and Economics) and for many organisations outside it (Omnicom, FPE Capital, JLL, Sberbank, Lloyds Banking Group, Santander, Porsche, the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, IBM, the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, Invesco, AstraZeneca, the Sanger Institute.) He has also supported open executive programmes at London Business School, including Executing Strategy for Results, Making Innovation Happen and Exploiting Digital Disruption. He has a particular specialism in strategy in ecosystems (eg, technology partnering strategy), as well as a love of teaching pricing strategy and strategy execution.
In 2022/23 he will be teaching the following courses for the University of Cambridge:
- Entrepreneurship (core module, MBA)
- Strategy Concentration (MBA)
- Net Zero Entrepreneurship (MBA and EMBA electives)
- International Business (MBA elective)
- Strategic Management (elective, Management Studies Tripos, and elective, Engineering Department)
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.
Awards & honours
- Best Lecturer, UCL School of Management, 2015
- Best Lecturer on the MSc Technology Entrepreneurship, UCL School of Management, 2013 and 2014