Innovation management; entrepreneurship; investment financing of new business ventures.
Peter Hiscocks has spent a number of years in the private sector working in product development in large companies before starting his own businesses. Peter has founded eight new ventures, of which three have been sold, one has closed and he is Chairman or Director of the others. These businesses include Integral Inc – a $50 million consulting company; Ecurie25 – a supercar club; and Pod Point – an EV recharging business. He is the Chairman of a £20 million seed-fund that helps fund new business startups and is on the advisory board of a large venture capital company. He is also an active business angel.
Peter has taught innovation management at CJBS since 1993 and was the first Director of the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre which was established within CJBS in 2000. In 2003 he founded Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University, and then in 2010 returned to the Business School to teach Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management on the MBA and EMBA programmes. In 2013 he took over responsibility for running CJBS Executive Education and was CEO there for four years. Peter retired from the University in 2017 but still provides adjunct teaching for CJBS and other departments within the University. He was Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland from 2001 to 2006 and was Visiting Lecturer at IST Lisbon from 2004 to 2001 and at Technical University of Delft from 2006 to 2010.
Peter has advised several European governments and has chaired European Commission committees on matters of innovation strategy; commercialising university intellectual property; and improving the effective transfer of research programmes into commercial innovations.