Business Lecture Series

Cambridge Network's Business Lectures and Open Events are a series of events featuring industry and academia speakers from wide and varied disciplines, both from within Cambridge and further afield. If your company is listed in our Directory you are a member of Cambridge Network and may attend these talks free of charge.

These monthly events typically attract around 100 attendees from all sectors of our membership. As well as the chance to hear an inspirational speaker, delegates also have the opportunity to network before and after the event.

The lecture series since it started in 2011 is shown below.

 

Coming next...2019

Our open events are taking a break until September. Details will be announced here soon. Make sure you subscribe to our events mailings to hear about our (and some members' ) latest events - click on the blue box on the right hand side.

Previous lectures...

05-Jun-19

The Future High Street - how will we use our city spaces? (A joint event with Cambridge BID)
High Streets are facing many challenges and several are struggling to find their place in the 21st century. There are opportunities for High Streets to remain the hub of a vibrant urban community, supporting visitors, commuters, residents and employees. How can the city centre remain a great place to visit as well as meet the needs of communities?

This event was supported by Cambridge BID.

Cambridge BID Limited

03-Jun-19

Magna Innovation Day - welcome to mobility (a joint event with Magna International)
The future promises incredible advances in technology, including electric and autonomous vehicles and brand-new ways to move. Through a culture of innovation, partnership and university support Magna is defining and creating the future of mobility. Start-ups and researchers – we look forward to meeting you at this exciting event. 

You can read an event write-up here.

This event was sponsored by Magna International.

 

28-May-19 Scaling UX with design systems
Elizabeth Churchill, Director of UX at Google will share insights about how Google uses the Material Design system to effectively scale UX.
16-May-19

How a Queen's Award can benefit your business
Cambridgeshire companies often do well at the Queen’s Awards each year. Winning one of the prestigious annual Queen’s Awards is not only a chance for some positive publicity but can boost both sales and employee engagement. But the region could do even better! Come and find out how and why you should enter.

 
07-Mar-19 Round Table: Defence Tech:
A round table discussion between the Army and Cambridge tech companies with an interest in defence.
defence tech
14-Dec-18 Drug-free antibacterial technologies for medical applications
Infection has become one of the toughest problems in the medical world. As bacteria become more resistant to drugs, materials and surfaces are seen as complementary measures for infection control and management. This event will review advances and needs in these technologies from business, clinical and research perspectives.
This event is sponsored by and run with Lucideon
28-Nov-18 Your opportunity to meet Canadian companies 
(not a Business Lecture but an inward mission of technology companies with associated talks) 

Canadian companies visiting Cambridge on 28th November - part of a cross-European matchmaking mission to find collaborative partners - would like to meet potential industrial partners from several sectors.
 

This event was sponsored by founder member, the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research.

24-Oct-18

Shamus Husheer, CEO Heartfelt Technologies 
Entrepreneur Dr Shamus Husheer will talk about his latest venture, a device to monitor heart failure and why he hasn't gone down the 'wearables' route.  

  Why not wearables? Shamus Husheer, Heartfelt Technologies
10-Oct-18

Corporate Wellbeing Showcase
A half day free event run with partners (The One Group, Your People Potential and MC Works) focusing on health and mental health in the workplace. Key Speaker: Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci, Principal of Newnham College, University of Cambridge.
 

This event was sponsored by The One Group

You can read an event write-up here.

12th September 2018

Prof Andy Neely, Centre for Digital Built Britain 
Digital technology is changing the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure. Over the next decade this technology will combine with the internet of things (providing sensors and other information),  advanced data analytics, data driven manufacturing and the digital economy to enable us to plan new infrastructure more effectively, build it at lower cost and operate and maintain it more efficiently. Audiences heard about the work of the Centre and how they could get involved. 

  Prof Andy Neely, Centre for Digital Built Britain  (a Cambridge Network event)

17th April 2018

Cambridge Network & MedImmune: The necessity of digital health in treating respiratory diseases

Digital Health MedImmune

This event was run in collaboration with MedImmune and featured a digital health tech challenge pitch session.

26th
February 2018

Circular Economy in practice - Challenges and  Opportunities

Circular Economy in Practice, Challenges and Opportunities (a BAS and Cambridge Network event)

The new Aurora Innovation Centre at BAS, Cambridge.

This event is run in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey

2017

   

30th November 2017

The Future of Transport in Cambridge

tunnel

Sponsored by Astra Zeneca and supported by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

 

For a write up of this event plus video interview and overview please see our news article

3rd October 2017

 

Medical Robotics

 

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14th September 2017

Is blockchain the future of work?

blockchain

 
14th June 2017

The growing significance of cryptocurrencies

fintech

This event is kindly supported by Citi Research.

citi

23rd May 2017

Billy Boyle, Co-Founder, Owlstone

bb

This is event is kindly hosted and supported by Mundipharma International.

 Mundipharma International

5th April 2017

Cambridgeshire / Peterborough Mayoral election hustings event

husting

This event is kindly sponsored by AstraZeneca

and Cambridge BID

AstraZenecaCambridge BID Limited

23rd February 2017

Illumina: Leading organisations through complex growth strategies 

 Illumina - Leading organizations through complex growth strategies (a Cambridge Network event)

This event is kindly sponsored by BioMed Realty

(Granta Park)

and supported/hosted by the Wellcome Genome Campus.

BioMed Realty

17th January 2017

Cybercrime, police use of technology and 'Cyber Specials' with talks from Cambridgeshire police, cybersecurity specialists and Cambridge University's Cybersecurity Centre.

cybercrime

This event is kindly sponsored by the Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire-Hertfordshire Strategic Alliance

2016

22nd November 2016

A Focus on Cambridge start-ups and ideaSpace

with talks from CEO, Stew McTavish and selected ideaSpace members

 Focus on Cambridge start-ups from ideaSpace

 

26th October 2016

Save the Princess! Gaming and Gamification event with Jagex Games Studio as key speakers.

"Another inspiring event - and great location"
Sara Garnham, Cambridge Live

"This was my first Cambridge Network event, great topic covered by a renowned company and an excellent opportunity to network afterwards. Will definitely keep my diary free for future events!" Tom Parry, Barclays Eagle Labs

 Save the Princess!

An event with Jagex at The Centre for Computing History

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 27th September 2016

A Bioscience 'showcase' chaired by Derek Jones, Babraham Bioscience Technologies (BBT) with Cambridge bioscience companies

"An evening of impressively sharp presentations, followed by an engaging networking session" Steve Walls, Gill, Jennings & Every LLP

"An intellectually stimulating event which was a microcosm of what is happening all over Cambridge. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be surrounded by such talent."
Chris Harris, Chris Harris Wealth Management Ltd

 Bioscience 'showcase'

This event was kindly sponsored by:

MedImmune

Horizon Discovery

Wellcome Genome Campus

STEMCELL Technologies

Source Bioscience

16th June 2016

Innovation and Industry: The case for staying in Europe

European flag

 
24th May 2016

Venturefest East: Think Innovate Act

 Think Innovate Act

 
31st March 2016

Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint:
Should the United Kingdom remain
a member of the European Union or leave it?

 Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint (a Cambridge Network event)

This event is kindly sponsored by Cambridge BID

Cambridge BID Limited

29th  February 2016

Cambridge Network / CSAR event:

EDSAC reborn: A computer detective story

Joint event with CSAR

22nd February 2016

Sherry Coutu: The importance of 'Scaling-up'

 

 
18th January 2016

Cambridge Network / CSAR event:

The challenge and excitement of discovering new medicine

Joint event with CSAR

2015

7th Dec 2015

Cambridge Network / CSAR event:

Technology Development

Hermann Hauser

Joint event with CSAR

24th Nov 2015

Industry Meets Emerging Science 2 

Some comments:

"Hugely inspirational application of clever stuff."

"Confident and enthusiastic speakers. Truly refreshing."

A "showcase of amazing research to commercials."

8th Sept 2015

Michael O'Leary, CEO, Ryanair

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With thanks to sponsors:

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport Limited

This event is also supported by the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium.

1st July 2015

Regenerative Medicine

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With thanks to sponsors:

kinneir dufort

Kinneir Dufort

19th May 2015

Alan Richardson, CEO, Cambridge Consultants

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 Alan Richardson, Cambridge Consultants

Some comments:
 

"This event provided a rare and candid insight behind the scenes for some of the historical events and future plans for one of the longest standing members of the Cambridge tech cluster. Very educational for those of us working in technical consulting."

Clifford Dive, VP Business Development, Argon Design


"Very Informative and useful"

Dr Annie Yim Fun Loo, Project Manager, Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd

 

21st April 2015

Driverless cars

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Some comments:

"I have attended a number of evening events that Cambridge Network have organised and they have all been excellent.  ‘Driverless cars’ was no exception.

"Timing and location are good and the speakers were interesting and well prepared.  More please."

Clinical & Biomedical Computing Ltd

16th March 2015 Invitation only 'hustings' event launching Cambridge Business Awards week 2015

Some comments:

"Well done for yesterday. I thought it went very well and I am sure that everyone found it beneficial. There is some good press in the paper which is always helpful. 

"I am not sure if Danny Alexander was planning to speak and answer questions for as long as he did but I thought it spoke volumes for how important the Lib Dems, and hopefully the Government, feel Cambridge is politically. 

"Please pass on my thanks to your team who made the event run very smoothly."

NW Brown & Company Ltd

12th February 2015

Corporate Psychopaths

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 Corporate Psychopaths

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20th January 2015

Industry meets emerging science at the Hauser Forum

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 Industry meets emerging science at the Hauser Forum

Read the article written by Cambridge News about the event here

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2014

18th November 2014

Frugal (and other) innovation

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 Frugal (and other) innovation

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21st October
2014

Barry Naisbitt, Chief Economist, Santander

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With thanks to sponsors:

Neesham PR

Neesham PR logo

23rd September
2014

Joep van Beurden, CEO, CSR

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With thanks to sponsors:

Neesham PR

Neesham PR logo

Camnet Data Communications Ltd

Camnet Data Communications Ltd

11th September 
2014

Jim McKelvey, US Entrepreneur

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10th July
2014

Founders' Summer Party

(By invitation only)

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30th June 
2014

Dr Keith McNeil, CEO, Addenbrooke's

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With thanks to sponsors:

Reddie & GroseReddie & Grose LLP

20th May
2014

Paul Jackson, MD, Forward Composites

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 Paul Jackson, MD Forward Composites

With thanks to sponsors:

Neesham PR

Neesham PR logo

29th 
April 
2014

Dr Tony Bishop, Co-founder/director, e-Go Aeroplanes

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With thanks to our sponsors:

BCS Accounting

 bcs lgo

17th March 2014

Cambridge Business Awards Week launch event and the launch of the Cambridge-Norwich Agri-Tech Network

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With thanks to RealVNC for sponsoring, plus all the supporters:

realvnc   cambridge news logo

business weekly logoone nucleus logocambridge cleantech logocambridge wireless logo

11th 
February 2014

David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk,
University of Cambridge

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David Spiegelhalter

With thanks to sponsors:

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Here is the link to David Spiegelhalter's presentation

 21st 
January
2014
 

Jon Green, VP Business Operations, and Dr Paul Varley, VP Science and Collaborations, Biopharmaceutical Development, from MedImmune. Joining them will be Harriet Fear, CEO of One Nucleus. 

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Jon Green, MedImmune

 

With thanks to sponsors:

 2013

9th 
December 
2013

Food Fair with local independent retailers

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Food Retailers

 
7th
November
2013

Cambridge Technology and the Bloodhound Project

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Bloodhound Project squ

With thanks to sponsors:

Cambridge Design Partnership LLP
   CDP

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22nd 
October 
2013

Robert Marshall, CEO The Marshall Group

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With thanks to sponsors:

 Specialized Print                   specialized print logo

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25th 
September
2013

 
Richard Longdon, CEO AVEVA
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Richard Longdon, CEO AVEVA

With thanks to our sponsors:

ECM Selection Ltd  ECM

Mosaic3DX 2013Mosaic3DX

10th July
2013

Founder Summer Party

By invitation only.

 
19th June
2013

 

David Connell, Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge and Karen Livingstone, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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David Connell     Karen Livingstone, NHS

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David Connell's presentation is now available and also Karen Livingstone's presentation is available for members to access here.

 

With thanks to our sponsor bsi

21st May
2013

 

Bill Baxter, Director, Inca Digital

We’re delighted to welcome Bill Baxter, Director of inkjet company Inca Digital to speak to Cambridge Network members on Tuesday 21 May 

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Bill Baxter, Director, Inca Digital

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17th April 2013

Justin Miles, 'Adventure by Accident'

Justin Miles will be our speaker for the Cambridge Network business lecture on Wednesday 17 April. Justin has a remarkable story of personal endurance, overcoming debilitating injuries to become a ‘professional explorer’ with incredible tales to tell that are relevant both in our personal lives and the board room.

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Justin Miles, explorer

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12th March 2013

 

Neil Carson, CEO of Johnson Matthey

Neil Carson has been CEO of global chemical company Johnson Matthey since 2004. As CEO, Neil identified sustainability as a key business driver and the Environmental Technologies Division has grown into the largest business in JM, contributing over 65% of revenues.  In JM, the sustainability initiative, 'Sustainability 2017', is on track to reduce the company’s environmental impact per unit output, while more than doubling earnings per share.

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Neil Carson, CEO Johnson Matthey

With thanks to our sponsor:

  Linguamatics

Linguamatics

21st February 2013

 

Ken Woodberry, Microsoft Research

Ken Woodberry is Deputy Managing Director at Microsoft's Cambridge Research Lab with responsibility for the lab's business-facing activities, including technology transfer, incubation, licensing, spin-outs, and other models for utilising the intellectual property generated by the lab's research groups.

In this talk, Ken will present details of a few of the research projects in the lab and discuss how the company balances the tension between encouraging blue-sky basic research and ensuring that the lab has measurable impact on the company’s success.

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Ken Woodberry - Microsoft

Many thanks to our sponsors for this event...

Redstone

Redstone

22nd January 2013

Professor Sir Richard Friend

Sir Richard Henry Friend FRS is Cavendish Professor at the University of Cambridge and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is a fellow of St John's College. 

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Prof Sir Richard Friend

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2012

13th December 2012

 

Sir Paul Nurse - President, The Royal Society

We’re delighted to welcome Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Nobel prize-winning geneticist to speak in Cambridge on Thursday 13 December.

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Sir Paul Nurse, Royal Society

Many thanks to our supporters and sponsors for this event...

UK Trade & Investment East

 UK Trade and Investment East

Stream Projects

Stream Projects Ltd

 Linguamatics

Linguamatics

8th November 2012

 

Ana Botin - Chief Executive, Santander UK

We’re delighted to welcome Ana Botin, CEO of Santander UK to speak in Cambridge on the eve of Santander opening their new office here in the city.

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Ana Botin, Santander

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17th October 2012

Paddy Lowe - CTO McLaren

We were delighted to welcome Paddy Lowe, Technical Director at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, the team in which Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button compete for the Formula One World Championship to speak to Cambridge Network members this October.

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Paddy Lowe, McLaren

Many thanks to our sponsors for this event...

Adder Technology Limited

Adder Technology Limited

Redstone

Redstone

12th September 2012

 

Angus Thirlwell - CEO & Co-Founder, Hotel Chocolat

Angus Thirlwell founded Hotel Chocolat 6 years ago with business partner Peter Harris and it has been organically grown into the UK’s leading super premium chocolate brand.

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Angus Thirlwell, Hotel Chocolat

"The presentation was a fantastic start to the new lecture series", Dr Michèle Routley, The Technology Manager Limited

"Inspirational - thank you", Diane Smith, RSP Safety

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July 2012

Summer Party

Summer Party!

Instead of a formal dinner to round off the academic year for our Founder Members, this year we chose to host a summer party in the West Café of the Hauser Forum.

June 2012

Lord Mawson 

Lord Mawson, Social entrepreneurship

Lord Andrew Mawson is one of the foremost social entrepreneurs in the UK and we're delighted to have welcomed him to Cambridge. He will be talking about business that benefits the community, especially in an era where a lot of public funding is no longer available. 

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Bridge Partners / Woodfines

Bridge Partners logo          woodfines logo

Many thanks to our event sponsors 
and supporters:

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce

Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

Chaplaincy to People at Work

 sfadf

 

David Ball Group

 David Ball Group logo

May 2012

David Kester 

David Kester, Design Council 

David Kester leads the Design Council’s national programmes and policies for industry, education and the public sector that strengthen competitiveness in the UK. He is an advocate, commentator and advisor on design for innovation and the built environment.

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Many thanks to our event sponsors 
and supporters:

Quadro

Quadro logo

PA Consulting

PA logo 

Kinneir Dufort

Kinneir Dufort logo

Creative Front

April 2012

Ray Anderson 

LEP and Cambridgeshire County Council

The Cambridge area is a vibrant business region and growing fast. But how can we direct the taxes that are raised to give us the services our businesses need? Delegates heard the views of the Chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, and the 'Cambridge News' Businessperson of the Year, Ray Anderson of Bango. 

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Many thanks to our sponsor of this 
event:

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough

March 2012

Prof Andrea Ferrari 

Prof Andrea Ferrari, University of Cambridge 

Our March business lecture informed us about graphene and the applications of this new material into many aspects of technology development. We heard about the research being carried out in the University of Cambridge, how UK research sits in the world arena and about a new European Graphene Alliance. 

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February 2012

Peter Barron 

Peter Barron, Google

We're pleased to have welcomed Google's Head of External Relations, Peter Barron, to Cambridge for Cambridge Network's February talk. Peter talked about the importance of science (especially computer science) and engineering education to industry. 

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Many thanks to our sponsors of this 
event:

ARM 


ARM logo 

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing logo 

January 2012

VC 

VC of University of Cambridge

Prof Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (pictured), Dr Robert Winter OBE, Cambridge University Health Partners and Dr Cathy Prescott, CEO Biolatris, talked about 'What will make Cambridge successful going forward -healthcare at world class levels'. 

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2011

December 2011

Nigel Botterill 

Nigel Botterill

Nigel Botterill is one of the UK’s most prolific serial entrepreneurs. In this high energy, fast paced, humorous and engaging talk from the founder of ‘thebestof’, Nigel drew back the curtain on what Britain’s super successful business owners have been doing over the past two years to flourish, thrive and grow during the recession whilst many businesses have been struggling. 

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Many thanks to our sponsors of this 
event:

Taylor Wessing

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ARM

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November 2011

Rooney Anand 

Rooney Anand, Greene King

Rooney Anand joined Greene King in August 2001 as Managing Director of the Company’s Brewing division where he delivered growth in profits, as well as continually increasing the volumes of Greene King’s core brands (IPA and Old Speckled Hen), against the backdrop of a declining real ale market in the UK.

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Here is the link for the video of Rooney Anand's presentation

Many thanks to our sponsor of this 
event:

ARM

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October 2011

Hermann Hauser and David Cleevely 

Hermann Hauser and David Cleevely

Serial entrepreneurs Hermann Hauser and David Cleevely led our next open meeting on Wednesday 12th October at Robinson College. 

They have been an integral part of the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ to date and continue to have a huge influence on business in the UK today.

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September 2011

Jimmy Wales 

Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia

Founder and leader of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales gave the first of Cambridge Network’s new series of business lectures, talking about bringing people together to collaborate for shared success.

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Many thanks to our sponsors of this 
event:

Red Gate Software

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