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26 October, 2012 - 10:54 By Tony Quested

Cambridge date for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs

SVC2UK founder Sherry Coutu

Cambridge is a key focal point for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs visiting the UK for an ongoing technology initiative that features established tech stars, startups and local schools and colleges.

Cambridge dates loom large in the Silicon Valley Comes 2 the UK (SVC2UK) initiative in November.

SVC2UK is an annual philanthropic programme founded by entrepreneurs Sherry Coutu and Reid Hoffman to expand the UK’s entrepreneurial and economic capacity.

The programme welcomes to Cambridge and the UK Valley entrepreneurs who are creating the most disruptive companies.

The entrepreneurs meet their UK and European counterparts to look at collaborating on business ventures, give inspiring classes at leading universities and high schools and meet with policymakers.

Silicon Valley comes to Cambridge on Thursday, November 15 with around 450 participants from the cluster attending a session on the ‘World in ten years time for students.’ There is also an Ed-tech dinner at Queens’ College.

The Cambridge end of the venture also sees a CEO workshop on the art of scaling, featuring 60 first time CEOs. Business Weekly CEO, Tony Quested, is an adviser to that element of the programme.

Perse School, Perse Girls’ School and Hills Road VIth Form College will be taking part in the EdTech element of the SVC2 Cambridge event. A jobs fair is another Cambridge highlight, while a Medtech dinner is also being held on November 16.

Confirmed speakers for SVC2UK 2012 events include Cambridge biotech entrepreneur Andy Richards, Megan Smith of Google and Suranga Chandratillake, founder of Blinkx.

A series of startup weekends, including one in Cambridge, forms part of the programme. They are being held in Oxford, London, Manchester, Southampton, Cambridge and Sheffield from November 9-11.

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