Category Archives: Mentoring

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

Does it have to be meaningful?

The purpose of the Accelerate Cambridge – Enabling meaningful venture creation – is written on a poster in the coaching room. Hanadi insists on the word meaningful. Last Friday, it was time for each of us to explain the purpose of our own ventures – in one simple sentence. Surely, that’s easy? When you startRead more

Cambridge FinTech Startup Weekend aims to ignite the finance industry

Cambridge FinTech Startup Weekend aims to ignite the finance industry

“They all want to eat our lunch” this is the view of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, about what the major technology groups are planning to do to the banking sector. Innovation in finance is not limited to the likes of Apple and Google though. In 2013, The Economist declared that “an explosionRead more

This weekend turned me from teacher to start-up

This weekend turned me from teacher to start-up

Ever done a MBA in two days? Thanks to Simon Stockley and Hanadi Jabado that’s what I, and a packed Castle Teaching Rooms, did on Saturday and Sunday. The lecture room included a host of brand new shiny MBA students, a film crew and two gentlemen from the Government. Oh, and a “scruffy” band ofRead more

A mentor’s perspective

A mentor’s perspective

  At Accelerate Cambridge I have the privilege to mentor gifted and extraordinary entrepreneurs. Their talent and energy help them develop new ideas into sustainable businesses and bring a positive change to the economy, communities and the planet. Mentoring is a rewarding experience which allows me to share my knowledge and skills to help individualsRead more

giftgaming

giftgaming

If you’ve been following the news recently, you might have seen that my startup, giftgaming, was the overall winner of TechCrunch London Meetup: We also recently featured in Management Today: (For those who don’t know us: giftgaming (www.giftgaming.com) lets brands give gamers virtual gifts containing powerups and discount coupons.) How did this all happen? IRead more

From the vision behind Accelerate Cambridge

From the vision behind Accelerate Cambridge

Words of support, advice, encouragement for entrepreneurs and start-ups everywhere from the Accelerate Cambridge team From the Vision behind Accelerate Cambridge Hanadi Jabado Director of Accelerate Cambridge Hanadi emphasises four golden rules: The team Hanadi believes it is all about execution and not so much about the idea. “Who are you? Do you have the stamina,Read more

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