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The Cambridge Start-up Billion Pound Scale-up Challenge

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Why Don't Cambridge Start-ups Become Billion Pound Companies?

What Can You Do to Make Yours Grow to Billions, not Millions?

We're giving 3 Cambridge scale-ups the chance to pitch in 3 min a business challenge and get advice from a panel of top executives such as:

Only 3 scale-ups will have the chance to pitch their challenge* (max 3min) to the panel and get answers from the panel on 3 actions you could take to help them grow.

*Only Cambridge startups that have secured a min of £350,000 investment (or min £250,000 bootstrapping), are growing, or may have even reached millions of pounds turnover but have challenges as a result of growth.

Event will be chaired by Adelina Chalmers, a.k.a. The Geek Whisperer.

Growth challenges could be:

  • Wondering how big you can be and if you should sell up to that corporate offering to buy you out
  • Wondering if you should go for series B or C of investment (raise money to grow faster but end up owning less of your company; or bootstrap for longer, owning more but perhpas growing slower)
  • Feeling unsure about how to build and lead your teams through significant business change, as they are spread across continents (hiring people who can scale, hiring people who are unlike you (e.g. salespeople for tech founders and visa versa), hiring abroad in different cultures, etc.)
  • Launching in new markets (if it requires investment and time, how do you open up offices in other places, like the US)
  • Experiencing other growing pains that you'd like advice on.


Panel of Experts that will answer your questions:

Suranga Chandratillake is the founder and president of blinkx.com, an Internet video search engine. In 2014, Suranga joined Balderton Capital, the London, UK-based Venture Capital firm, as a General Partner. In September 2017, the Prime Minister appointed Chandratillake as one of five new members of the UK's Council for Science and Technology, which "advises the Prime Minister on strategic science and technology policy issues that cut across the responsibilities of individual government departments". Prior to founding blinkx, Chandratillake held a variety of roles in technology, sales and marketing at Morgan Stanley, netdecisions and anondesign.He was also the US Chief Technology Officer of Autonomy Corporation, responsible for growing Autonomy's research and development division in the United States. Suranga Chandratillake founded blinkx in 2004 and launched the company in 2005. He took blinkx public on the London Stock Exchange on May 22, 2007. On April 8, 2011, Chandratillake and blinkx announced the acquisition of Burst Media, an online media and technology company headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Martina King is CEO of Featurespace and joined the company in 2012. Former Managing Director of augmented reality company Aurasma, Martina has an extensive career in media technology, including leadership roles at Yahoo! Europe and Capital Radio. Martina is non-executive director of Debenhams, and was named one of the Top 40 powerful women in tech by Silicon Republic.

Monika Biddulph is VP Planning and Delivery at Arm. Based in Cambridge, she is responsible for driving the execution of the product roadmaps and 10YP across all lines of business and central engineering, to ensure appropriate decisions are made on priorities, balance of resource allocation and product roadmaps. Since joining ARM in 1998, Monika has worked in a variety of technical and commercial positions, including most recently as general manager of software and systems group, as general manager of partner enablement group, and in IP and tools licensing, product marketing and application engineering. Prior to ARM, Monika completed her PhD in experimental high energy physics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. From July 2014 to July 2015, Monika was a non-executive director on the Board of Linaro.

Elly Hardwick, Head of Innovation, Deutsche Bank, is responsible for leading the bank’s innovation activities and managing the Deutsche Bank Innovation Labs globally. Working at the intersection of technology and financial services, Elly works closely with startups and Deutsche Bank’s business divisions to discover, evaluate and drive the adoption of innovations that will shape the future of banking.

Helen Adams, Chief Sales Office at Intercede , a cybersecurity company specialising in digital identities. Previously Helen spent 11 years at ARM Holdings as Vice President of Europe and APAC. Helen is currently renovating a 450 year old Rectory in Suffolk with her Husband, 12 year old son and their Golden Retriever puppy.

Adelina Chalmers is known as The Geek Whisperer® because she transforms interpersonal skills into algorithms, protocols and formulas engineers and scientists easily understand. The first engineer Adelina helped improve the way he communicated his ideas became a multimillionaire within 3 years and she helped most of the science and technology Cambridge University startups pitch their ideas and secure investment. Adelina works with some of the top software engineering corporates in the world, such as ARM, and fast growing startups such as Feature Space and Repositive helping their engineers and scientists get from “no, it won’t work” to “yes, it could work if…”. Adelina has won numerous speaking competitions and speaks five languages fluently.


AGENDA

09:30 - 10:00: Arrival and networking

10.00 - 10.30: Hear stories from our experts on reaching a billion pounds

10:30 - 11:00: Real Scale up Challenges - first round of challenges pitched to the panel followed by Q&A and 3 actions for the scale up to take away

11:00 - 11:15: Break

11:15 - 12:30: Real Scale up Challenges contd. - second round of challenges pitched to the panel followed by Q&A and 3 actions for the scale up to take away

12:30 - 13:00: Networking and close


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