4 April 2012 – Idea Transform, the major new initiative to support meaningful entrepreneurs, today announced a partnership with the Cambridge Angels. This will provide successful teams at the first Idea Transform weekend with the chance to pitch for potential funding and mentoring from one of the UK’s most successful angel investment groups.
The Idea Transform programme has been created to support those developing innovative ideas that can benefit and improve society, in areas as diverse as education, health, finance, community and the environment.
The first weekend event will be held between 20-22 April 2012 at the Cambridge Judge Business School. It will team up people with ideas and those with business, marketing and technical skills to work together intensely over the weekend in order to develop meaningful and innovative projects. Open to all, attendees will benefit from a combination of hands-on, experienced mentors and inspiring keynote speakers to provide the perfect environment to learn, advance their ideas, network with like-minded individuals and enjoy themselves.
At the end of the weekend a high profile judging panel will select those projects that show the most promise and Idea Transform will then work closely with them to provide on-going mentoring and support.
The Cambridge Angels are a group of high-net worth investors who have proven experience as successful entrepreneurs in technology and bio-technology. Members invest in and mentor high quality start-up and early-stage companies in these sectors in the Cambridge (UK) area and throughout the UK. As part of the support Peter Cowley of the Cambridge Angels will be part of the weekend judging panel and advisory board for Idea Transform.
“One of the reasons we support companies is because we want to give great people with great ideas the chance to create successful new businesses,” said Peter Cowley, the Cambridge Angels. “Idea Transform provides a new and exciting opportunity to help develop innovation that can make a difference to society so we’re glad to be able to give support and assist the next generation of start-ups grow into sustainable businesses.”
Confirmed keynote speakers for the weekend include:
- Billy Boyle, co-founder of sensor company Owlstone Nanotech
- Jack Lang, serial entrepreneur and Raspberry Pi trustee
- Dr Ward Hills, CEO of medical monitoring company Pneumacare
- Alex van Someren of Amadeus Capital Partners
- Jon Bradford of Springboard