Category Archives: Mentoring

Innovation in food security

Innovation in food security

By Bethan Manley, PhD student at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge Why food security? In the next 30 years, a rise in global food demand spurred by an increased population and income growth is set to require an increase in food production by at least 60 per cent more than 2006 levels.Read more

The Insurer and the InsureTech – a happy marriage?

The Insurer and the InsureTech – a happy marriage?

By Tracey Smith, FinTech and InsureTech Lead at Direct Line Group (DLG) InsureTech has been the buzzword of 2017, with almost weekly conferences on digital innovation attended by 100s of insurers trying to understand how to be more innovative and move their businesses into the next digital age, whilst still wearing their suits! The timeRead more

Emerging opportunities in RegTech

Emerging opportunities in RegTech

By Kieran Garvey, Head of Regulation & Policy at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance RegTech (Regulatory Technology) is a rapidly developing area of market activity encompassing a wide array of firms adopting and applying innovative technologies to facilitate the delivery of regulatory requirements and services to individual consumers, businesses as well as governments, regulatorsRead more

Promoting or pitching your technology to large pharma – dos and don’ts

Promoting or pitching your technology to large pharma – dos and don’ts

By Duncan Young, Associate Director, Academic Alliances, and Vincenzo Garzya, Project Management Director, from AstraZeneca Scientists can be a cynical bunch. Partly it’s the training; to be critical, look for the evidence and question everything; partly it’s the bitter experiences of one failed experiment too many, late in the lab. Often it’s just a lackRead more

What does big pharma look for in start-ups and innovators?

What does big pharma look for in start-ups and innovators?

By Duncan Young, Associate Director, Academic Alliances, and Vincenzo Garzya, Project Management Director, from AstraZeneca Great science is the foundation of all innovation in life sciences, and so, as a global biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca’s focus is always to “follow the science”. This is one of our core values; it determines how we work and guidesRead more

DisruptEd – exploring emerging technology for education

DisruptEd – exploring emerging technology for education

By Geoff Stead, Director of Digital & New Products at Cambridge English Language Assessment Education empowers. Education controls. Education opens doors. Education excludes. Education is both the key and the weapon. Disrupt Education. How do you see the use of technology in education? It can be a tool to empower teachers and reach new learners.Read more

12 novel bio-business ideas created in just 54 hours

12 novel bio-business ideas created in just 54 hours

by Marta Teperek How to create 12 exciting business ideas in just 54 hours? Here is a simple recipe – take: 50 passionate entrepreneurs + 10 expert coaches + an efficient organising team, mix them, and get them to work together. How did it work? Friday evening – hit the ground running On Friday eveningRead more

In search of pitch perfection

You could stage a fabulously dramatic pitch on any one of the Cambridge Judge Business School staircases. You could…. But we didn’t. In a building famous for the architectural bravura of its public spaces, soaring painted ceilings and massive windows, our pitching workshop actually takes place in the Computer Lab: light enough, but tending to airlessRead more

What do our #FantasticAdvisers do in the holidays?

Isn’t it odd how distant December seems once you’re in January? So last year. But it was only last month, and although there was only one formal mentors day, Accelerate Cambridge coaches and mentors continued their support by email, phone and social media, with some added cheer, reflection and of course seasonal socialising thrown in.Read more

A loveable pitch

A loveable pitch

“If you were trying to pick Kaye up in a bar, is that really what you’d say?” Hanadi, Accelerate’s Director, asked one of the Acceleratees in amusement. Kaye, our coach, maintained a regal neutrality. The parallel was entertaining, and also clear. The day’s task of creating & delivering a compelling value proposition shared similarities withRead more

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