The LucEnt Challenge Enterprise Weekend
5-6 November 2021
Schedule Friday 5th November 2021 6:45pm, Warburton Reception Rooms, Pre-dinner Drinks Welcome from Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins and Lucy Cavendish Fellow Bruno Cotta. 7:30pm, Warburton Hall, Formal Hall Guests include Richard Hefford-Hobbs (Chairman, Cambridge Precision Ltd), Professor Andy Neely (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations, University of Cambridge) and Anita Tanna (Head of Equity Sales, Barclays). After-Dinner Speaker: Dr Ruby Pillai (Co-founder and CEO, iWarranty Alumna)
Saturday 6th November 2021 1:00pm, Warburton Reception Rooms, Networking Lunch Meet with the teams, mentors and invited audience 2:00pm, Woodlegh Room-Strathaird, Project work and Mentoring Work with your team and LucEnt mentors to develop your ideas. 4:30pm, Woodlegh Room, Strathaird, Project Pitches Pitch your project to your audience and judges, Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins and Richard Hefford-Hobbs. 5:30pm, Woodlegh Room-Strathaird, Drinks Reception Gather to hear feedback from the judges and celebrate success.
LucEnt Challenge Teams 100 Young Women Initiative Team Members: Ntombizodwa Makuyana (Tombi) UN SDG: 4 - Quality Education and 5 - Gender Equality The Young Women Initiative is aimed to empower girls with career development skills and a support system through the provision of mentors. Girls have the potential to dream and achieve their career aspirations. Through our 4 weeks intensive mentoring program, girls are equipped with Self-leadership, Career Research and Personal branding skills. They have the opportunity to network with leaders working at top companies and universities such as Deloitte, KMPG, Stanford, University of Cambridge etc. Upon completion of the program, girls become part of a lifelong support network- "They will never walk alone". SaFe Stewards Team Members: Katelyn Milligan, Ruohan Zhang, Rebecca Stoll UN SDG: 5 - Women's Equality A single woman living where women are not fully protected by the law might be hesitant to call a maintenance worker into their home. Our idea will provide a sense of safety to single women while also creating jobs for women in a field in which they are underrepresented and considered uncompetitive against male workers. Many women are trained in this field but forced to move to other occupations in the market due to gender discrimination. We will develop a digital network (app and/or website) that offers indoor maintenance services provided by a group of female technicians. Sophos Education Team Members: Sophia Rahman and Eleanor Bird UN SDG: 4 – Quality Education By creating an online learning platform we aim to democratise education through delivering the highest quality teaching online and most importantly, for free. Though our primary focus is to target UK students, we are aware that this is a global issue and aim to expand internationally and eventually expand our range of content.
LucEnt Challenge Teams University of Cambridge President’s Award for Societal Engagement Team Members: Ling Paulina Gronczewska and Magda Ali UN SDG: 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries A volunteering-specific concept similar to the proven format of the Duke of Edinburgh award, piloted in College with the potential to expand across the University. Students would volunteer and record their volunteering over the year with recognition, website features and a special badge of the award to be worn on their graduation gown to honour their service to the community. Your.neuro Team Members: Eleanor Bird, Georgina Leadley, Sharena Shiv and Ishan Paidhungat UN SDG: 3 - Good health and wellbeing Your.neuro tackles the issue of information exclusivity by putting the ability to monitor brain-health status in the hands of the consumer, all at a fraction of the price of other neuro-monitoring methods. The headband measures the fluctuation of oxygen levels in the brain during movement, and also indicates brain efficiency (metabolism). The data collected can be used to better athletic performance and/or provide insight to how a given training technique is evolving over time. Athletes can then tailor their routine to ensure they are performing at the highest level and achieving an optimal recovery rate.
LucEnt Champion Bruno Cotta (Executive Director, Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre – Fellow)
Bruno has over 20 years of leadership and management experience working with public, private and third sector organisations in the UK and internationally, including founding the Enterprise Lab at Imperial College London to support the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to this, he worked in R&D, product and service development in the emerging technology and telecom sector, contributing to several technical and commercial world-firsts. He holds a degree in Engineering and an MBA and has completed executive training at the London School of Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School and INSEAD. Bruno serves on the advisory boards for Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) and Cambridge University Technology & Enterprise Club (CUTEC) and on the Governing Board of Chesterton Community College, Cambridge (Cambridgeshire Educational Trust).
LucEnt Ambassador Dr. Yaw Ofosu Ansong Snr (PhD Student, Lucy Cavendish College)
Yaw is a licensed Medical Doctor and received his MSc degree in Bioengineering (Neurotechnology) at Imperial College London. During this period, he worked on projects such as building a Soft Robotic Peristaltic Device as well as a Neural Decoder for moving a hypothetical prosthetic limb. At Cambridge, his PhD focuses on neurotech for primary treatment of the spinal cord following injury. He is a serial entrepreneur with startups in healthcare and education, including non-profits. Yaw has a scholarship awarded by the Cambridge Trust as well as the honorary Trinity-Henry Barlow award from Trinity College. Recently profiled by the Department of Engineering as ‘engineer, medical doctor and entrepreneur’, his work has also been featured by the BBC.
Contributors President and Judge – Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins
Madeleine became the 9th President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, on 1st October 2018. Madeleine’s background includes reading Law and History as an undergraduate at Cambridge, teaching in a large comprehensive school in Huntingdon, and completing a Ph.D. and post-doctoral research contracts at the University of Nottingham. Following various senior positions at Newcastle University, including ProVice-Chancellor, she was Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University between 2004 and 2013. Madeleine then joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as its Chief Executive in January 2014, retaining that post until March 2018.
Judge and Sponsor – Richard Hefford-Hobbs
Founder of Cambridge Precision Ltd (CPL), Richard is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and polymath. Qualified as a Manufacturing Engineer, he is engaged in numerous commercial, educational and voluntary endeavours to promote and support manufacturing, engineering and innovation. After completing a Master’s degree at UCL, he went up to Oxford to read for a MSt in the History of Design. He believes that “The impossible can be achieved when freedom of design, partners with the strict principles of engineering and modern technological capability.”
Speaker – Dr Ruby Pillai
Ruby is the founder and CEO of iwarranty. Prior to that, Ruby worked as a banking and finance lawyer with international law firms, including DLA Piper, Ropes & Gray International and Baker & McKenzie LLP as well as inhouse at DXP. Ruby has 13 years experience in representing corporations and private equity funds in a variety of financing transactions, including high yield debt offering, syndicated credit facilities and subordinated debt and mezzanine financings. She also has represented companies in merger and acquisition transactions, public and private securities offerings and general corporate advisory matters. She holds a PhD in law and macroeconomics focusing on systemic risk and macro-prudential regulation (law and macro-economics) and graduated with Magna Cum Laude. Ruby is passionate about finance law and also the digitalization of law and how businesses can use digital technologies to reduce their overall legal overhead. Ruby is a firm believer that the future of legal business will increasingly move to digital business in the coming years.
Enterprise Weekend Mentors Professor Sabine Bahn (Fellow)
Professor Sabine Bahn is a practising psychiatrist, Chair in Neurotechnology and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research at Cambridge University and Chair in Translational Neuropsychiatry at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, NL. Her main research interests are to understand the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders, with a focus on schizophrenia and mood disorders. Professor Bahn has published numerous articles in high impact journals over the last years. In 2005, she co-founded Psynova Neurotech Ltd., which, together with Rules Based Medicine (RBM) has launched the first blood test aiding in the early diagnosis of Schizophrenia. In 2011 Psynova Neurotech and RBM have been acquired by Myriad Genetics, a NASDAQ listed company. Jenny Blakesley (Head of University of Cambridge Careers Service – Fellow)
Most recently Director of Careers at the London School of Economics, Jenny Blakesley comes to Cambridge with over 15 years’ experience in university careers advice. She was formerly Head of the Careers Service at King’s College London and has also worked in careers at Queen Mary, University of London, SOAS and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She served as Vice-President of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services from 2012 to 2014. Lyn Disley (Director and Co-founder, of MagStar Ltd)
Lyn works as a Strategic Consultant to numerous technical, commercial and educational organisations and leads the division that specialises in educational marketing, Trust-ed.co.uk. Born and raised in London, she attended Bromley High School before graduating from Bedford College, London University with an honours degree in English Literature. She worked in London for creative and music companies before becoming a senior manager for Cambridgeshire County Council, then Operations Manager for an international charity working with disaffected young people and as a consultant for the SSI. She then co-founded Eplace.co.uk a successful early internet portal and worked as consultant for Green Cathedral. In 2001 she set up MagStar Ltd, now a successful marketing communications agency. Lyn oversees all MagStar projects and directly project manages many. Outside of work Lyn is an active Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was for many years a pioneering member/ Chair of the board of trustees for the Junction CDC, a charity providing varied contemporary arts and leisure activities, particularly focussed at new and emerging arts and youth interaction. At the Junction she co-ordinated a successful bid for over £5m Lottery funds and the subsequent capital build project. She also established a contemporary art gallery in Cambridge and continues to support up and coming artists.
Enterprise Weekend Mentors Shaun Grady (Senior Vice President, Business Development, AstraZeneca -Fellow Commoner)
Shaun has global responsibility for Business Development Operations at AstraZeneca, leading the company’s transaction execution, due diligence and Alliance and Integration Management function including externalisation, licensing and partnering, M&A and divestments. Shaun was appointed to his current role in 2013 with the creation of the Global Product and Portfolio Strategy (GPPS) unit. Prior to this, he was Vice President, Strategic Partnering & Business Development (2010 - 13) and Vice President, Corporate Business Development (2006 - 10). Shaun originally joined ICI as an attorney. Following the demerger from ICI, he was appointed Assistant General Counsel, Corporate for Zeneca. Shaun worked on the merger of Astra and Zeneca, the merger of Zeneca Agrochemicals with Novartis Agribusiness to form Syngenta, and the creation of Avecia. Shaun also worked on the acquisition of Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), led the acquisition of Amylin, and subsequent buy-out of Bristol-Myers’ Squibb’s interest in the Diabetes Alliance. In addition, he has spent time in the US business managing the legal function and also completed a secondment to HR, leading a global People Strategy change project. Shaun is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School and is a member of the Board of Cambridge United Football Club, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Healx and Prostate Cancer Research Centre. Nooman Haque (EMEA Life Sciences & Healthcare at Silicon Valley Bank - Fellow)
Nooman Haque is the Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare at Silicon Valley Bank for EMEA. He leads a team supporting early, growth-stage and established multinational businesses in all sectors of life sciences. Nooman is responsible for expanding the bank’s business across Europe. As part of an international team he helps clients with innovative financing solutions through the bank’s broad platform of investment & commercial banking, asset management and capital connections. He is a frequent panelist, writer and spokesperson for the industry. Nooman’s background includes management consulting and investing. He was also a Government economist specialising in competition & innovation. He graduated with advanced degrees in economics and an MBA and completed his undergraduate studies in psychology. Dr Catherine Hasted (University of Cambridge Strategic Partnerships Office)
Catherine is Head of Business Partnerships in the Strategic Partnerships office at the University of Cambridge. Previously, she was the Partnerships Manager for the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), responsible for connecting Cambridge AHRC DTP students with a broad range of non-academic organisations from across the globe through a variety of tailor-made programmes. These included masterclasses with senior leaders from diverse fields, internships and longer-term interactive programmes. Catherine also launched the University of Cambridge ThinkLab, developed specifically for Arts and Humanities PhD students. Prior to joining the University, Catherine was COO for a national charity, with responsibility for the operations and growth of the organisation.
Enterprise Weekend Mentors Nicole Helwig (Programme Director, Cambridge Social Ventures, Judge Business School)
Nicole’s circuitous career path has provided her with a wealth of experiences and exposure to societal issues around the world. A social entrepreneur in her own right, she has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by social ventures particularly in the start-up phase. Nicole worked extensively with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs as founding manager of the Centre for Social Enterprise at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2016-2021) where she also acted as programme co-ordinator for Memorial’s MBA in social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Cambridge Social Ventures, Nicole was an Honorary Practice Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, engaging with students in the MSt in Social Innovation. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (humanistic studies programme) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde (Malaysian international centre). Derek Jones (CEO, Babraham Research Campus - Fellow)
Derek’s wealth of experience includes 25+ years' in the life-science industry as both a scientist and in business and corporate development, with firsthand experience of establishing biomedical ventures. Initially a medicinal chemist with Merck, Derek moved into business and corporate development at Chiroscience, successfully negotiating and managing multi-million pound licensing agreements, including being part of the team that licensed the UK’s first biotech product, Chirocaine. In 2000, he co-founded BioWisdom, an IT/Drug discovery company. Derek was appointed COO at DanioLabs in 2002 where he grew the therapeutics company from 4 to 34 employees and raised around £10 million for VC backed companies, before selling to Vastox, (now Summit Plc), for £15 million in 2007. He joined Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd (BBT) in 2008 as Chief Business Officer with responsibility for the knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) of the Babraham Institute’s intellectual property portfolio. During that time he spun out Crescendo Biologics whose business is focussed around intellectual property from the Babraham Institute. Derek became CEO of BBT in 2010. Following restructuring of the business in 2013, BBT’s primary focus has been on the development and management of the campus, with KEC responsibilities returning to the Babraham Institute. Dr Jess Taylor (post-doc researcher)
Jessica is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Gilbertson lab at CRUK Cambridge Institute, having recently completed her PhD studies in repurposing chemotherapeutics to treat Glioblastoma Multiforme at the University of Manchester. Her current work in developmental paediatric brain tumours focuses on novel therapeutics that will mitigate post-therapeutic morbidity in brain cancer survivors. She is at CRUK Cambridge Institute, School of Clinical Medicine
The LucEnt Challenge invites Lucy Cavendish College students to combine their knowledge, skills and experience in a multi-disciplinary team to identify an enterprising solution to a problem relevant to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The Challenge teams selected to attend this Enterprise Weekend will benefit from entrepreneurial inspiration, mentor support and will have the opportunity to win a £1000 prize towards implementing their vision for a new product, service or innovation, that has the potential to create significant economic or social impact. Lucy Cavendish College is grateful to Cambridge Precision Ltd for their generous support of the Enterprise Weekend and the enterprising activity of students of the College.