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24 November, 2016 - 12:55 By Kate Sweeney

Health ‘infusiast’ helps Cambridge entrepreneurs brew success

enterprise tuesday, judge business school, cambridge

How to build a dream team will be explained to budding university entrepreneurs in the next Enterprise Tuesday event staged by Cambridge Judge Business School on Tuesdsay (November 29).

Two established entrepreneurs step into the fray to share their success stories at the Department of Engineering in Trumpington Street.

Nick Halstead, CEO & founder of Cognitive Logic Inc and Ricky Kothari, co-founder and CEO of T-Sticks of London are standing in for original speaker Lloyd Dorfman, who has had to withdraw.

Building a dream team has many challenges and different stages. Once you have attracted the initial founders and experienced the startup thrill, what is the next step to growing the numbers in line with your vision and developing a sustainable team culture at the same time?

How does the role of the entrepreneur evolve as the need for different roles becomes apparent? The speakers will discuss how they kept their vision for the team whilst their ventures evolved and what they learnt as they grew the team.

Ricky Kothari describes himself as a health nut was brought up on camellia sinensis (that’s Chinese tea or Indian Assam to you and me). His background is in management consultancy.

This led to him visiting a wide variety of different offices that always had the same problems – no clean tea spoons! This led to some very tea-stained fingers, with the final straw being when his teabag stained a clean white shirt just before a board meeting. The T-Sticks concept was born.

With T-Sticks, tea from the world's finest plantations is encased in a perforated sterile aluminium foil stick. The T-Stick eliminates the need for tea infuser bags and spoons, saving time and avoiding drips and mess. The T-Stick also acts as a strainer and stirrer and come in 10 flavours.

Ricky spends any free time he has as a high intensity spin instructor, preaching about the health benefits of tea and about a new way to have healthy and tasty tea on the go.

He says he is passionate and an 'infusisast' about teas, well-being business, entrepreneurship and giving back by helping people on their journeys especially in East London where his business is based.

Ricky started from a little office in East London which in the 1930s was a general store selling teas – Brooke Bond (now PG tips and Lyons Tea).

Nick Halstead founded Cognitive Logic in late 2015, backed by his previous investor, Mark Suster, Upfront Ventures. Prior to this he was the founder and CEO at dataSift.

He is a world-leading authority on the power of social fata. He also created TweetMeme the world’s first platform delivering curated news based upon social signals. It grew rapidly with an audience of millions and also spawned the incredibly successful retweet button which helped kickstart the content sharing economy.

• Find out more about Enterprise Tuesday www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/enterprisetuesday 
 

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