OpenIDEO Winner!

I’m second from the right. Thanks to Cansu for the illustration.

“From the podium, we heard inspiring comments from leaders in entrepreneurship. A few highlights include Eze Vidra of Google Campus London challenging the notion that start-ups are riskier than corporate jobs and Israeli angel investor Yossi Vardi encouraging would-be entrepreneurs to just get on with it (and more controversially, challenging the politicians to take off their jackets and ties and relate to the entrepreneurs). Just before lunch, Tom presented an overview of the OpenIDEO challenge and the winners received their awards from MEP Marku Markkula. Here are the winners in the European Parliament hemicircle:”

Full write up by Amy Bonsall 

From L-R: Amy Bonsall, James McBennett, Tom Hulme, Haiyan Zhang, Karina McElroy, Priyanka Kodikal, Louise Wilson, Cansu Akarsu, Bogdan Ceobano (EC), Stefan Ritter, Charlene Lam, James Moyer. Missing: Sanyu Karani

University of Cambridge – CfEL

I participated in the IGNITE programme at Judge Business School in Cambridge. Talks were given from many excellent speakers such as Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, who explained his mission from day one was to brew the finest ever Indian beer and make it into a global beer brand.

Lectures were given in Law, Business Models, Finance, Teams, Marketing and Investment Pitching. One to one mentors were assigned of which Jane Garret who runs Global Compositionin Western Australia ran our group.

From Website:

“Ignite has been attracting projects from the high technology sector for a number of years, influencing the development of numerous start-ups and spin-outs. The programme provides access to one of the most successful technology clusters in the world. The “Cambridge Phenomenon” is a term used to describe the rapid and successful growth of science-based industry in and around the city, which has established a reputation as one of the most successful technology business clusters in the world and earned it the nickname “Silicon Fen”.

Many of the businesses have connections to the University of Cambridge, with innovations deriving from research conducted in University laboratories. The innovators based both at the University of Cambridge and in the wider, local community have developed over 1,600 firms which employ more than 30,000 people. The collaboration between academia and the private sector continues to influence the growth and prosperity of the Cambridge Phenomenon.”

Here are some photos from the week below.

Judge Business School where Fabsie spent a week learning some startup essentials.

Our accommodation for the week was at St. Catherine’s College whose symbol is the wheel seen above the gate.

This Cambridge cow seemed to like the stool.

When in Cambridge, one has to go punting on the River Cam. Our stool is viewing Mathematical bridge of Queen’s College designed by William Etheridge in 1749 and designed in wood. We can imagine a future challenge to make a downloadable Fabsie bridge across the River Cam.

Discussion with Alison McDougall-Weil and Govert Dijkstra.

In class with mentor Jane Garrett, delegates Stephen Shepard, Mireia Mercado and facilitator Jessie Bwanali.

Drinks at Queen’s College.