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Providing financial education to entrepreneurs

The annual Startup Finance Academy at Cambridge Judge Business School promises a host of high profile keynote speakers

Lord Dennis Stevenson will be one of a number of high profile speakers attending the annual Startup Finance Academy at Cambridge Judge Business School on Wednesday 27 June.

Organised by the Cambridge University Venture Capital and Private Equity Club, the academy is a fully-funded programme aimed at educating 75 young entrepreneurs on various aspects of funding entrepreneurial businesses, including identifying sources of finance, and will provide a platform to share financing best practices.

The keynote address will be delivered by serial entrepreneur, Lord Stevenson, who also sits on the cross benches in the House of Lords. Other speakers include Jack Lang, Founder of Artimi and trustee for Raspberry Pi Foundation; Nathan Boublil, an Associate of EP Capital – the investment arm of Entrepreneur Partners; Farid Haque, Current Lead of the London Chapter of the Startup Leadership Programme; and Paulina Sygulska, R&D Fundraising Specialist at GrantTree.

The entrepreneurs and inventors are carefully selected by partner organisations, such as the Oxbridge Biotech Network, Entrepreneur First, Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC), Makesense Social Entrepreneurs and Sandbox Network, and are coming from as far as Durham, as well as Oxford and London.

Apurv Mishra, President of the Cambridge University Venture Capital and Private Equity Club, commented: “Many entrepreneurs struggle with raising and effectively managing venture capital and the Startup Finance Academy aims to solve this problem. Providing long-term educational benefit to entrepreneurs is at the heart of the Academy’s purpose. The event will be video recorded and the content will be available online split in two-minute clips as open courseware.”

The Cambridge University Venture and Private Equity Club was founded and is run by MBA students and MPhil students at Cambridge Judge Business School, but is open to the entire University. The programme is funded through the East of England Project Grant of Ideaspace and the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and is supported by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) at Cambridge Judge Business School.