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30 January, 2017 - 12:18 By Tony Quested

Eden Project co-founder to give Cambridge masterclass

Budding entrepreneurs at Cambridge University are set for a masterclass in enterprise from Sir Tim Smit, vice-chairman and co-founder of the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall.

Sir Tim is addressing the first Cambridge Judge Business School Enterprise Tuesday event of 2017 – on February 7 under the subject, ‘Joining the dots.’ It takes place from 6pm to 9pm at the university’s Department of Engineering in Trumpington Street, Cambridge. Sir Tim will explain how he develops trust, inspires people and builds his team and wider networks.

Born in Holland, Sir Tim read archaeology and anthropology at Durham University then worked for 10 years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera. In 1987 he moved to Cornwall and with John Nelson ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Tim remains a director of the gardens.

Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when more than 16 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour. 

Eden has contributed over £1 billion into the Cornish economy. It has communicated and interpreted scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. 

Sir Tim is a trustee, patron and board member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally. He has received a variety of national awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal (2003). In January 2011 he was made a KBE. This appointment was made substantive in June 2012 when he became a British citizen.

He has received honorary doctorates and Fellowships from a number of universities and was voted ‘Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards. In 2011 he was given a special award at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. 

The Cambridge session will be chaired by Dr Mike Rands, executive director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. 

More details on the Enterprise Tuesday session – and future events in the series – are available at 

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: The Eden Project’s Tim Smit. Picture by Marc Hill / Apex

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