Peter Hiscocks

Peter Hiscocks

Fellow (Management Practice)

MBA (Imperial College London), DIC

Research interests

Innovation management; entrepreneurship; investment financing of new business ventures.

Professional experience

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.

Previous appointments

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.

Can I start a new business during my MBA year? Can I still run my business and study for an MBA alongside? How do I develop my ideas before taking the leap? What resources are available to budding entrepreneurs in Cambridge itself?

Electric vehicle recharging firm Pod Point Ltd., founded by Ignite alumnus at Cambridge Judge Erik Fairbairn and faculty member Peter Hiscocks, floats on the London Stock Exchange with a valuation of around £350 million.


Pod Point

Electric-car charging firm with Cambridge Judge connections is named one of the UK's fastest-growing private tech companies.

Cambridge Judge Business School and the Pearl Initiative, the leading independent private sector-led, not-for-profit institution working across the region to influence and improve corporate accountability and transparency, have announced a two-day intensive Senior Leadership and Trust Programme for Middle East business leaders, to be held in Dubai on 23-24 March 2015. Trust is essential to the success of companies, other organisations and a business leader's own effectiveness, so the programme will focus on trust and leadership at all levels – including corporate governance, organisational performance and behavioural economics. The Dubai programme has been designed by the Executive Education division of Cambridge Judge Business School, and will be taught by Cambridge Judge faculty experts Dr Philip Stiles, University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance and Co-Director of the Centre of International Human Resource Management, and Dr Khaled Soufani, Senior Teaching Faculty in Finance and Director of the Cambridge Executive MBA programme. Dr Stiles' research and teaching have focused extensively on the interaction of innovative human resource practices and organisational outcomes, and Dr Soufani's work includes research on financial management, corporate restructuring and family businesses. The Pearl Initiative brings to the programme its expertise in improving corporate accountability and transparency as the leading…

Cambridge Judge Business School and Industry & Parliament Trust launch three-part discussion series on government’s role in entrepreneurship. The role of government in nurturing entrepreneurship will be explored at three policy breakfasts in Whitehall, hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust at the House of Commons and supported by research from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). The first event, on Monday 14 July from 08:30-09:30, will focus on ‘Red Tape Fatigue? The role of government in supporting & encouraging entrepreneurship’. The experiences of leading British entrepreneurs, the challenges faced by people wanting set up their own business and how entrepreneurs could be better supported by Government policy will be the subjects under debate. The forum will be facilitated by a senior decision maker within industry and parliament. A short speech from both the academic and industry practitioner will be followed by a roundtable-style discussion. The speakers are Peter Hiscocks, Senior Teaching Faculty in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management at CJBS, and Ken Moon, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Regulatory Reform Committee. Hiscocks is himself a serial entrepreneur with eight new ventures under his belt. These include Integral Inc – a $50 million consulting company, Ecurie25 -…

Reducing reliance on oil & gas, and reforming education were the key themes emerging from the launch of University of Cambridge Judge Business School's Middle East Leadership Research Centre Planning for a world without oil and gas, succession planning in family businesses, education reform and instilling a culture of risk-taking among young people were among the themes emerging when the University of Cambridge Judge Business School launched its new Middle East Leadership Research Centre this week. Business leaders from across the region gathered in Sharjah for the launch, where they discussed broad themes around entrepreneurship, gender balance in the workplace, adding value through ethical practices, diversification in family businesses and Islamic finance. His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah, attended the launch held at the American University of Sharjah. One of the major themes to emerge was the future of education, with delegates reflecting on how to equip the burgeoning youth population with an education aligned to the profound changes happening across the Middle East, as well as how to offer new business ventures the right educational support to give them the best chance of succeeding. A keynote address was given by Tirad Mahmoud, CEO…

The University of Cambridge Judge Business School is to launch a new centre dedicated to researching the business environment and the particular leadership challenges and opportunities facing Middle Eastern organisations. The new Middle East Leadership Research Centre (MELRC) will be launched at the American University of Sharjah, UAE on Wednesday 14 May 2014 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi. The launch will bring together senior business people from the region representing both public and private sectors, and organisations of all sizes, for a stimulating exchange of ideas and discussion about the challenges and opportunities for business leadership in the Middle East. The Middle East Leadership Research Centre (MELRC) will make its main focus the developing of business and economic research based on the region and therefore relevant to business leaders and policy makers in the area. A current lack of region-based research means that teaching and learning alike have to rely on US, UK and European examples of business practice, which often have little relevance to those working and doing business in the Middle East. The Centre will mainly operate virtually, but with regular events and programmes taking place in conjunction with partners based…