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18 December, 2013 - 12:36 By News Desk

Lynch leads Enterprise Tuesday masterclasses

Mike Lynch at the Nerve disruptive technology conference in June

One of Cambridge’s most influential technology entrepreneurs – Dr Mike Lynch – leads an all star parade of influencers addressing budding university entrepreneurs at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning’s Enterprise Tuesday series resuming in February 2014.

Dr Lynch founded Autonomy and is now steering the £1bn Invoke Capital European software fund. His February 4 talk is entitled ‘Vision Meets Reality.’

His session looks at how the vision needs to meet with reality. The entrepreneur needs to be true and wedded to their beliefs and vision for the business venture, but also, to be open to learning and taking feedback. It is important to be flexible with business models in the early days.

The session demonstrates the importance of entrepreneurial self-awareness for learning and reflection purposes as well as the need for personal direction, drive, persuasion and persistence. Participants will learn about strategy and developing business models to achieve the vision. Dr Lynch will look at the influence of early customers and sales and the role of mentors, company directors, etc. in shaping business models.

The art of ‘Growing Your Venture’ is the February 11 topic for Glenn Collinson, co-founder and former director of CSR Plc and co-founder of Neul Ltd. Joining him will be CSR chief executive Joep van Beurden.

Billy Boyle and David Ruiz-Alonso from Owlstone Nanotech take the stage on February 18 to talk about ‘Creating Star Teams.’

Finance is in focus on February 25 when a ‘Funding your Vision’ panel session will be held with business angels and featuring student pitches. Contributors are Isaac Kato, executive VP and CFO, Verne Global Inc; Alex Van Someren, managing partner of seed funds for Amadeus Capital Partners and Peter Cowley, investment director of Martlet, the angel investment vehicle funded by the Marshall Group of Companies in Cambridge.

The full CfEL Enterprise Tuesday timetable going forward is available on the internet via http://www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/enterprisetuesday/programme/timetable.html

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Dr Mike Lynch

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