Enterprise Tuesday – An inspiring link to business


Business Link in the East of England is sponsoring the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning’s Enterprise Tuesday programme during the Michaelmas term.

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning’s Enterprise Tuesday series of weekly lectures and networking sessions starts up on 21st October with three key speakers discussing the motivations and behaviours of successful entrepreneurs – highly informative for any new or aspiring entrepreneurs in the audience. Richard Green, CEO of Ubisense, and Paul Webster, Co-founder and Director of Ubisense, are joining forces with Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS, Head of Department at the Computer Laboratory. Professor Hopper is an example of someone who has blended academic and entrepreneurship activities successfully having co-founded a number of businesses including Acorn, Virata and Ubisense.   


Prof Hopper has these words of advice: “The satisfaction, impact and achievement of developing a new product or innovation doesn’t just come from writing a paper about it . . . to see ones ideas used and perhaps change someone’s perspective of the world can have its own great rewards. The secret of success is to participate in these communities and gain from both the academic and business perspectives.”


Business Link in the East of England, the publicly-funded organisation which provides business support for individuals and SMEs, is building on previous connections with the Enterprise Tuesday programme and has generously agreed to sponsor the whole of the Michaelmas term. Attendees will benefit not only from an outstanding schedule of guest speakers, access to the local entrepreneurial network and a wealth of talent but also the direct introduction to Business Link’s free advice and support services ranging from business start up workshops through to specialist research and supplier brokerage service.


Dr Shai Vyakarnam commented; “We are delighted that Business Link in the East of England has decided to make this considerable investment in Enterprise Tuesday. We hope attendees will take advantage of all the resources and networking opportunities available. It will add significantly to the value of the overall experience.”


Simon Crosland, Enterprise Awareness Manager at Business Link in the East of England, stated; “We are very enthusiastic about developing our relationship with Enterprise Tuesday and CfEL. Our aim is to make these new entrepreneurs better aware of the practical and relevant help we provide in starting up businesses. Members of our team will be on hand during the networking sessions of the next Enterprise Tuesday series to discuss how we can assist them in taking their businesses forward.”


The roll call of speakers presenting throughout the Enterprise Tuesday series reads like a Who’s Who of the entrepreneurial world with Enterprise Tuesday favourites Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, Founder of Cobra Beer, and Dr Herman Hauser CBE, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd, joined by relative newcomers such as Eric Baker, Founder and CEO of Viagogo, Shaa Wasmund, CEO of Brightstation Ventures and Dr Michael Lynch of Autonomy. If you’re interested in attending, please register on line at www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk (see the relevant programme pages).


The 2008/09 Enterprise Tuesday series is supported by a number of key sponsors. Business Link is sponsoring the Michaelmas Term and Grant Thornton is sponsoring the Lent Term respectively. Additional support is being provided by Mintz Levin, Laurea University (Finland), Cobra Beer and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).



Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL)


The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), part of Judge Business School, aims to spread the spirit of enterprise to both the University of Cambridge community and to wider national and international audiences through the creation and delivery of a range of educational activities that inspire and build skills in the practise of entrepreneurship. The Centre collaborates with over 200 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and other practitioners to provide relevant, credible and practical training. Around 40 courses, events and programmes in entrepreneurship are run per year and attended by 2000 + students and delegates.


Tel: 01223 766900; Email: cfel@jbs.cam.ac.uk; Web: www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk


About Business Link in the East of England


·         Business Link in the East of England provides information, practical advice and support to help people to start, run or grow their business


·         Our clients fall in to two main categories:

-       Those running or working in established small and medium sized businesses

-       Those who want to start their own business


·         Both clients groups can access independent, impartial and, in most instances, free help and support from Business Link in the form of:

-       Free one-to-one help from an experienced business adviser (established businesses) or enterprise champion (start-up)

-       Workshops and briefings on a range of business subjects such as business planning, sales and marketing, legislation, developing people

-       Telephone and online support through our Information and intelligence centre


·           Business Link in the East of England works with businesses and entrepreneurs in the 6 counties in the East of England: Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire


·           Business Link is a government initiative to promote enterprise, funded in the East of England by the East of England Development Agency



Web: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/east

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The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge