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13 January, 2016 - 13:24 By Tony Quested

Hopper holds tech investment masterclass

Andy Hopper

Andy Hopper, head of Cambridge University’s Computer Laboratory and a successful ‘dontrepreneur’, is holding a masterclass for finance chiefs on how to successfully invest in technology startups.

Professor Hopper is arguably the most prolific academic angel, having helped spin-out scores of businesses from the Lab and has been chairman of some of the most successful. He was co-founder and chairs RealVNC and until recently was chairman of Ubisense.

Other businesses he has co-founded or helped steer include the early Acorn Computers, Qudos, Advanced Telecommunication Modules (with Hermann Hauser and sold to Conexant), Telemedia Systems (now IPV), Adaptive Broadband, Cambridge Broadband Networks , Level 5 Networks, Adventiq and TxtEz.

Professor Hopper is sharing his tips and experiences with members of the Cambridge-based Numitas FD Club on January 21. He will tell FDs and CFOs how to get things right – or at least how to avoid getting them completely wrong – while investing in tech startups.

Speaking from experience, he will demonstrate how things can go wrong in terms of equity, funding, technology and the market. He will also consider which technologies are far too advanced to be financially successful and whether it is better to be a fast follower, from a technological point of view.

Numitas is a financial services specialist providing clients with the tailored expertise of its finance directors and other senior finance professionals.

Its Cambridge FD Club brings together senior finance executives with a diverse range of professional expertise who work in different industry sectors in the Cambridge area. Events are sponsored by local business leaders Birketts Solicitors, Deloitte and Barclays.

• Finance professionals who wish to join the invite-only event on Thursday, January 21 should contact Kerry Roberts at Numitas via email –kerry.roberts [at]

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