Cambridge technology star ARM hosted a novel ‘meet the entrepreneur’ event to boost the learning experience of local school students and next generation business professionals.An international flavour to the UK event was added via six Singapore entrepreneurs – and new communications technology from Cambridge revolutionised the collaboration process.
The event was part of the ‘Company Programme’ from Young Enterprise. Twenty students from Cambridgeshire schools plus young business professionals aiming to develop their skills were given the opportunity to interview four of Cambridge’s successful entrepreneurs, plus six Singapore entrepreneurs on a working visit to the cluster.
One of the entrepreneurs being interviewed was co-founder of BlinkPipe, Alex Nancekievill who sat in his office across town at the Cambridge Business Park, with the interview taking place via BlinkPipe’s innovative new HD video conferencing product.
Representatives from GHD, ERP Ltd, Omnisense, Sent.ly, and Novatap joined BlinkPipe, enjoying a wide range of challenging questions from the group of 16-19 year old students.
Andy Riches, link teacher at St Andrew’s College, Cambridge, believes doing the interview via one of the entrepreneur’s products brought the event to life for the students.
He said: “BlinkPipe was a great way for the students to access an entrepreneur in addition to meeting them face-to-face.”
Dave Gwilt, co-founder of BlinkPipe and chair of Cambridgeshire Young Enterprise, believes the experience of talking to entrepreneurs who have been through the ups and downs of starting a business is critical.
He said: “Starting up your own business can seem like a daunting prospect. Alex and I were faced with a lot of challenges when we launched BlinkPipe but three years on we have worked through these initial hurdles and are thrilled by the growing success of the business.
“The opportunity to support and encourage aspiring entrepreneurs, therefore, was one we were thrilled to be a part of. We chose to take questions from the students using BlinkPipe video conferencing because we understand how challenging it can be for students to arrange time to sit down and talk with entrepreneurs who are very busy at the best of times.”
Young Enterprise is the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year the charity helps 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of a network of 5,000 volunteers from 3,500 companies.