Category Archives: Technology

Venture Voices: Botprobe

Venture Voices: Botprobe

Our world has changed so much since COVID first emerged a year ago, that it’s often difficult to remember life pre-pandemic. This is especially true if you are one of the four million UK knowledge workers who now works from home. Many are convinced that remote working has advantages for both employer and employee alike,… Read more

Pivots, Partnerships and Innovations

Pivots, Partnerships and Innovations

Owen Thompson, an alumnus of Wolfson College and Xavier Parkhouse-Parker, an alumnus of Homerton College, discuss how they met whilst studying at Cambridge Judge Business School. Now they are working together to grow two exciting ventures. How did you meet and what were you working on at the time? Xavier: We first met during our… Read more

New innovations in food sustainability

New innovations in food sustainability

My name is George, a fourth year PhD student based at the University of Cambridge Crop Science Centre, and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB). I’m interested in the diversity and abundance of symbiotic microorganisms in agricultural systems, quantified with a mixture of metagenomic and microscopic approaches. I have projects running from the national… Read more

Covid and the Winter of Our Discontent

Covid and the Winter of Our Discontent

By Social Starts Managing Partner Mike Edelhart Now, as Shakespeare said, is the winter of our discontent. Covid keeps on coming, creating a third wave of infections that put the earlier upswells to shame. We are hunkered down, tired out, fed up, and strung out. People fret and businesses suffer. What is an entrepreneur (last… Read more

Founder stories: Dr Carina Tyrrell

Founder stories: Dr Carina Tyrrell

What are some of the challenges in healthcare innovation that need to be addressed? The healthcare sector presents a unique set of challenges for innovation. These include a requirement for prolonged validation trials, complex regulation, ethical considerations, and a highly trained workforce to tackle the issues we face. The challenge is in aligning incentives so… Read more

Five Mental Models To Help Navigate Any Entrepreneurial Journey

Five Mental Models To Help Navigate Any Entrepreneurial Journey

The world is complex and mental models help us simplify information, focus on the most important things and make better decisions. Examples include the Pareto Principle which teaches us that in most situations, 20% of inputs lead to 80% of outcomes, so the goal should always be to find and focus on the 20%. Or… Read more

My VCW – one would-be entrepreneur takes on a Venture Creation Weekend

My VCW – one would-be entrepreneur takes on a Venture Creation Weekend

What am I doing here? That was my first thought as I looked round a lecture theatre packed with incredibly smart science and business brains. But I had an idea, I wanted to test it and the entry fee was just £60, so here I was on my first Venture Creation Weekend without a clue… Read more

How innovation is driving solutions in food security

How innovation is driving solutions in food security

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a so-called “to-do list” for people and the planet, presents 17 objectives of which “Zero Hunger” (number 2) is inextricably linked with many others. Without food security we cannot aspire to address climate action, achieve social equality, deliver clean affordable energy, or realise gender equality. Yet it is a… Read more

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