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16 November, 2017 - 12:59 By Tony Quested

Top entrepreneurs inspire new Cambridge University generation

Travelex Lloyd Dorfman Enterprise Tuesday

One of the UK’s most outstanding entrepreneurs – Lloyd Dorfman – is guest speaker at the Enterprise Tuesday session at Cambridge University on November 21.

Dorfman (pictured above) will outline to budding Cambridge entrepreneurs how he grew Travelex Group from one small shop in London to a global business in a session chaired by Lord Chris Smith, Master of Pembroke College. Travelex is the world’s largest retailer of foreign exchange.

Enterprise Tuesday is a series of free evening lectures and networking sessions managed and delivered by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre. The Enterprise Tuesday programme challenges student entrepreneurs to reach for the stars – but to ensure they build the right vehicle to get them there!

Lloyd Dorfman has a story to tell about his involvement in entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Besides the growth of Travelex, he will address how he develops challenger businesses generally.

What motivates him and what drives him to back one business or charity over another? Has philanthropy always been part of his vision?  Can small and early stage companies be philanthropic? What are his top tips for philanthropy?

Lloyd is also chairman and co-founder of Doddle – a retail platform to enable people to collect, return and send their online shopping – was chairman of The Office Group (the flexible office company) from 2010 to 2017 before its sale to Blackstone earlier this year and has a range of other investments.

In the charity sector, he is chairman of both The Prince’s Trust and Prince’s Trust International. He also serves on the board and supports a range of other arts and community charities. 

He also sits on the business advisory board of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. In 2008, he was appointed CBE for services to business and charity.

Another cracking session is promised for November 28 – building a dream team! Cambridge University alumnus Jon Reynolds whose company SwiftKey was bought by Microsoft for $250m, is one of three speakers – along with Ed Rex of Jukedeck and Dominic Collingwood of MatchPint in a session chaired by Judge Business School doyen Hanadi Jabado.

Building a dream team has many challenges and different stages. How do you attract 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 as the venture developed and evolved and what they learnt as they grew the team.

For more about Enterprise Tuesday visit https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/entrepreneurship/programmes/enterprise-tuesday/

To register for any of the Enterprise Tuesday events visit https://cambridgejudgebusinessschool.formstack.com/forms/enterprisetuesday

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