Idea Transform is supported by an experienced, high level advisory board drawn from the entrepreneur, venture capital and academic communities.
Idea Transform has been created in partnership with the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL).
The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), based at Cambridge Judge Business School, aims to spread the spirit of enterprise to both the University of Cambridge community and to wider national and international audiences through the creation and delivery of a range of educational activities that inspire and build skills in the practise of Entrepreneurship. One of CfEL’s key teaching values is that the best people to teach entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs. This philosophy has led to the Centre collaborating with a network of over 300 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and other practitioners to provide relevant, credible and practical training.
The Centre has developed an enviable track record in the field of entrepreneurship education with a number of flagship programmes designed to provide skills for students, graduates, researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs from different backgrounds and at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey. These programmes are Enterprise Tuesday, ETECH Projects, Ignite, Enterprisers and the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
Here’s more information on the advisory board members:
Shai Vyakarnam is Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. He is a pracademic! His research interests are focused on social capital and the Cambridge cluster, supporting his main task at the University which is to build courses that inspire and inform graduates and early stage entrepreneurs.
He is a founder director of AcceleratorIndia, taking emerging technologies from Cambridge to large markets in India. Shai can be found on various social media and his passion for entrepreneurship is why he is supporting IdeaTransform.
Allan has worked at the leading edge of Information and Communication Technologies for over 25 years and is currently Director of Amdeo Ltd., specialising in the exploitation of high-tech innovation. Prior to that, he was a co-founder in 2002 and Commercial Director of Image Semantics Ltd (ISL), a company specialising in leading edge applications for the delivery of services to mobile phones. Before ISL, Allan was a founder member of Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) in Cambridge in 1987. Allan was a major contributor to building XRCE Cambridge into one of the world’s leading centres of expertise in the user centred design of innovative technologies. Allan has frequently been invited to advise on government funding programmes in the UK, Europe and North America, in particular with a view to improving the fit between technologies and human needs, and improving the exploitation of government funded research.
After studying chemistry, Chris started with the BOC Group as a market researcher and has 35 years of experience marketing technology products in Raytheon, Smiths Industries and Perkin Elmer. Chris works with SMEs, start-up companies and European universities. He provides regular interactive market research workshops and clinics at Cambridge University’s Entrepreneurship Centre and other universities.
Over fourteen years, Chris’s company Cambridge Resolution has helped around 100 companies develop their business strategy and find new customers. Specialist areas include medical devices, web-based software and microfluidics. For more information see http://www.camres.co.uk/