Fifth Cambridge Enterprise Conference to identify top 100 early-stage high-tech entreprene...


The Fifth Cambridge Enterprise Conference will feature the Enterprise Launch Pad Competition and a Deal Day to enable entrepreneurs, business angels and professionals to do what they do best - network and turn ideas into businesses.

The Conference takes place from September 10 to 12, 2002, at Churchill College in Cambridge.

The Conference has attracted a strong cast of speakers from around the world who represent the whole spectrum of enterprise, from government to those with hands-on experience of starting from scratch and building a business.

Candace Johnson, founder of Europe Online and acknowledged by Time and Fortune magazines as one of the 50 most powerful women in Europe, will give the opening address, and other speakers include the Hon Paul Boateng MP and Dr David Cleevely of Analysys, as well as returning American speakers Guy Kawasaki of Garage Technology Ventures and Dr Ken Morse, Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Centre.

'The Conference exists to encourage and support everyone involved in the development of an enterprise culture - be they entrepreneurs, policy makers, technology transfer organisations, venture capitalists or business angels,' said John Snyder, Chairman of the Cambridge Enterprise Conference.

The Enterprise Launch Pad Competition is open to all entrepreneurs, who are invited to submit their business plans via the Conference website. The top 100 entries will be invited to Deal Day, and 12 finalists will be invited to pitch at the Conference itself, with the winner being selected by the Conference delegates.

'Companies have been established as a direct result of meetings at previous Cambridge Enterprise Conferences,' Snyder says. 'With the Enterprise Launch Pad and Deal Day this year, we are creating the right conditions for many more businesses to be born at the Conference.'

The Conference sponsors have significantly increased their contribution. Founder sponsor HSBC has confirmed its support, as have other sponsors from previous conferences, including Ernst & Young LLP, Atlas Venture, Eversheds and Beeson Gregory. The Cambridge-MIT Institute is a new sponsor, and the Conference is supported by The University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre. Enabling sponsorship is being provided by Green Cathedral, Invention Marketing Limited and Mahseer.

All the sponsors are involved in entrepreneurial development in a variety of ways and their generosity keeps the cost to delegates down, which is particularly important for entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Six entrepreneurs attended last year's conference on bursaries supported by the DTI and similar bursaries will be available to qualifying delegates this year.

'Last year we were oversubscribed by 25%,' Snyder commented, 'and our website attracted over 20,000 unique visitors, so we will be increasing web coverage of the Conference this year.'

About the Conference

The Cambridge Enterprise Conference is a non-profit making, annual event that provides a community for practitioners and experts from around the world to discuss and debate how to enhance and encourage enterprise. This year's conference is the fifth, and will be held from 10 to 12 September at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK.

The first two days of the Conference are single-track and focus on the issues and information that concern entrepreneurs, with speakers ranging from government officials to experienced entrepreneurs. The Deal Day on September 12, a new addition to the event this year, will be devoted to networking and presentations by entrepreneurs to those who can help them build their business.

The Enterprise Launch Pad Competition, also new this year, will be run in conjunction with the Conference, with the top 12 entrants pitching to the delegates during the Conference, and the top 100 entries being invited to participate in the Deal Day.

The Conference is unique in its mission to involve the entire entrepreneurship community - not just the usual 'company meets finance' formula. Delegates come from many different backgrounds, including funding, policy, academic, and consulting, as well as entrepreneurs themselves, and a range of technology sectors are represented, including software, life sciences, materials, electronics, telecommunications and Internet technologies.

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