Cambridge tech CEOs make global A-list
A handful of top technology entrepreneurs from Cambridge have been fast-tracked into a new elite of 100 UK, European and US CEOs deemed most likely to build global businesses worth £100 million in the next three to five years.
Quarterly workshops and ongoing dialogue will help accelerate international progress for the companies identified by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK 2012.
Cambridge’s red hot tips for success were unveiled at a CEO workshop at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, which formed part of a scale-up initiative linking Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with Cambridge and UK counterparts.
Sherry Coutu, co-founder of the initiative, said that while the UK compared favourably to the US in terms of startup activity, it only produced half of the scale-ups engendered through Silicon Valley.
“There is a clear gap here and we must close it if Cambridge and UK companies are to reach their full potential,” Coutu said.
She launched the new SVC2UK 100 Club. The 17 Cambridge CEOs elevated to the new world order were Alistair Massarella of RF spectrum pioneer, CRFS; Andy Harter of RealVNC; Barnaby Perks of Psychology Online; David Flanders of genomics company Eagle Genomics; Emmanuel Carraud of apps creator MagicSolver; Eric Mayes of cancer device pioneer Endomagnetics; Greg Law of Undo Software; Jeremy Parsons of Rumbly and Cambridge Smart Grid; Jon Reynolds of SwiftKey; Marc Ottolini of Isotera; Melissa Clark-Reynolds of MiniMonos; Paul Anson of LumeJet; Royce Murphy of RealStatus; Sam Loose of Knowledge Transmission; Shamus Husheer of Cambridge Temperature Concepts; Steve Greaves of CCS and Tony Bishop of e-Go aeroplanes, fly the Cambridge flag matching forward on global markets.
Expounding on the A-list, Sherry Coutu said: “These CEOs have been selected because of their potential to build scalable businesses that will have a major impact on the UK economy.”
The CEOs were chosen by committees comprising serial entrepreneurs and investors from the UK who volunteered their time to help accelerate the scale-up of the most promising start ups.
Tony Quested, Business Weekly’s CEO, took part in the process and also acted as mentor in the CEO workshop where executives sought answers to pressing scale-up problems.
Quested and Google business development guru Nick Heller helped advise CEOs on how to scale up through focused alliances and partnerships.
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Sherry Coutu