How can you turn £5 into £370m?
How can you turn an idea into a multi million pound global business?
What skills are required to be a successful entrepreneur?
What steps are involved in selling a business to a private equity firm?
If you are a budding entrepreneur and would like some hints and tips then please join us.
Our thanks to Saint-Gobain for agreeing at short notice to sponsor this event which is no longer being held at ARUP, due to meeting room refurbishments. The address is 95 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NY
On behalf of the Warwick London Alumni Network, it gives me great pleasure to announce our forthcoming Entrepreneur Masterclass with our special guest Dr Vijay Patel.
Dr Patel will be sharing his story of how he came to the UK at the age of 16, built a business one described as a ‘mini Glaxo’, and successfully sold one of his operations to a private equity company last year for £370m.
During this rare interview, we will be learning how he started, the problems he faced and how he overcame them as well as hints and tips he would give future budding Warwick entrepreneurs. This will be followed by a short Q&A session where Dr Patel will be happy to answer your questions.
· NatWest Sunday Times Business Enterprise Award
· UK Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of Year Award’
· Inaugurated into the ‘Global Entrepreneur of the Year’ in Monaco
· Asian Business ‘Business of the Year’ winner
· Awarded ‘Vision and Enterprise of 2010’ by Asian Voice
Having come to the UK from Kenya with £5 in his pocket aged 16, Dr Patel successfully completed a degree a Pharmacy. He opened his first pharmacy in Essex in 1975 and following the success of this, swiftly moved into supplying other pharmacies with medicines heralding the birth of Waymade Healthcare in 1984.
In 2003 the Company launched a new division, Amdipharm to bring innovative new products to market. Amdipharm grew rapidly through acquisitions with a presence in 108 countries and was sold in 2012 for £370m to Cinven.
Dr Patel continues to work in his founding business, Waymade and is in the process of launching his new company to deliver his vision of global pharma.
Outside of work, he has a number of philanthropic interests in health, education and water in Africa and India.
Students and alumni are welcome to bring additional guests.
The ticket price will cover refreshments on site and any surplus funds will be used to support the Warwick 50 Forward campaign - a worthy cause.
We will also be celebrating exceeding 1,000 members on our Linkedin network!
I look forward to seeing you at the event.If you have any specific questions you would like us to put to Dr Patel, please mail them to email@example.com.
Riz Malik (Chair)
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Warwick London Alumni Network (W.L.A.N)
The Warwick London Alumni Network (W.L.A.N) was formed in late 2009. We develop relationships amongst members and offer a balanced programme of business-oriented and social events for alumni and others with connections to Warwick and WBS.
The aim of the group is to build on the work of the Corporate Relations Team to create an identity & meeting place for London based Warwick graduates (both University & Business School).
We seek to encourage graduate engagement by organising interesting and fun events and other initiatives so that they too may give something back that will benefit the wider Warwick graduate community in London.
Don't let the Warwick experience end just because you have graduated ;)
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