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Joint Academic & Industry/Business SIG and ICT KTN event, 'Absolutely Lab to Absolutely Fab: Part 2'

Start date/time :  12:00 07th February 2013
End date/time :  17:00 07th February 2013
Venue :  TTP Ventures, Melbourn Science Park, Melbourn, SG8 6EE

This FREE half-day event supported by ICT KTN provides the next chapter on from the previous joint SIG event entitled ‘Absolutely Lab to Absolutely Fab’ back in May 2012. This time speakers from the entrepreneurial/academic spin-offs and venture capital communities will discuss the complex and challenging interaction between founders and investors. Confirmed speakers include Clennell Collingwood of TTP Ventures, Pilgrim Beart of AlertMe, Prof. Bill Milne of the University of Cambridge, Alex McCracken of Silicon Valley Bank and Chris Winter of New Venture Partners who will, through open discussions and first-hand experience, discuss alternative approaches to company growth and investment illustrated by real-life examples.


In this follow-up to the 2nd May 2012 event ‘Absolutely Lab to Absolutely Fab’, speakers from the entrepreneurial and venture capital communities will discuss the complex and challenging interaction between founders and investors.

Securing venture capital investment is often a necessary step for new companies, especially technology intensive academic spin-offs, in order to accelerate technology and product development. However, as many founders soon discover, capital investment can have a dramatic impact on focusing the business plan and reducing any flexibility to explore alternative options. As a result start-up founders may find their vision and role at odds with investors’ strategy and requirements.

The Business SIG and the Industry & Academic SIG of Cambridge Wireless have joined forces to gather a range of speakers who can explore the root causes of the founder-investor challenge. During the presentations and the open discussions, differing views and experiences will be heard on this topic. Alternative approaches to company growth and investment will also be explored using concrete examples.

Confirmed speakers for this event include:

  • Prof. Bill Milne, Head of Electrical Division, University of Cambridge - 'Nanotipology & Nanoinstruments'
  • Clennell Collingwood, Partner, TTP Ventures - 'Happy Families are all alike; every Unhappy Family is unhappy in its own way?'
  • Pilgrim Beart, Founder Director, AlertMe - 'Do Innovation and Venture Capital mix?'
  • Alex McCracken, Vice-President, Commercial Banking, Silicon Valley Bank - ‘Lessons learned from a startup…and what funding options are available?’
  • Chris Winter, Partner, New Venture Partners - 'Alternative Funding Models for Lab Spin-outs'

The Academic and Industry SIG is championed by Ian Wassell of University of Cambridge, David Roberts of Ogma Solutions, Alex Butler of Microsoft Research, Claudio Marinelli of Scannerfutures, and Marc Bailey of Nokia Research Centre. The Business SIG is championed by Kevin Coleman of Alliantus, Leo Poll of Philips Innovation Services and Clennell Collingwood of TTP Ventures. We are also extremely grateful to TTP Ventures for hosting this event.

To follow this SIG on Twitter, @cambwireless, please use #CWAIB

Join us for this FREE joint event organised by Cambridge Wireless and ICT KTN. To be able to attend this event for free you'll automatically be registered as an ICT KTN member. Please note membership of ICT KTN is free.
THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. To enquire about a last minute registration, please contact Sharni on 01223 422365 or

This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless. To join Cambridge Wireless as a member and attend future events for free, please visit:

This event is supported by ICT KTN

Kindly hosted by TTP


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