Churchill Enterprise Seminar and Panel Discussion

30 Jan 2017
Location: Wolfson Theatre, Churchill College
Start time: 17:30
End time: 19:30

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? What does success mean for different types of entrepreneurs? How can you develop your entrepreneurial skills? How can you access the best support and mentoring?

How can you learn from things not going to plan – as Bill Gates said, 'Success is a lousy teacher' – so how do you learn from failure? This free event at Churchill College is open to all, and will allow you to hear first hand from serial entrepreneurs, with a Churchill connection, and provide you with the opportunity to network with a community of entrepreneurs and investors from within and beyond the Cambridge high tech cluster.

Who will be contributing?

Keynote speaker: Steve Ives — Founder and President of Taptu Ltd

Steve Ives

Steve Ives is founder and President of Taptu Ltd, a mobile search company based in Cambridge which is developing a novel mobile search service. Previously he was founder and CEO of Trigenix, a Cambridge-based mobile software company which was acquired in 2004 by Qualcomm Inc. He worked for Qualcomm Europe as VP Business Development and then VP Strategic Marketing until mid-2005.

Steve graduated in Biochemistry from Cambridge University, holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvannia, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He also serves as non-executive Chairman and director of Teamstudio Inc, a software tools company with operations in the USA, UK and Japan. During his period as CEO, Trigenix won the 2003 3GSM Award for Best Wireless Application Developer, and the 2003 Sunday Times Fasttrack 100 Award for Best Management Team. Steve has presented at several major industry events, including 3GSM in Cannes and the GSMA General Plenary. Past media coverage includes Britain's Financial Times and the Sunday Times. 

Steve is married with four children and enjoys tennis, skiing and cycling. During a summer sabbatical in 2000, he raised $100,000 for UNICEF by cycling 7000 miles from San Francisco to Istanbul, crossing 2 deserts, 4 mountain ranges & 10 countries.

Simon Jones — Chairman

Simon Jones

Simon is the ex-CEO of Cambridge-based Analysys Mason - global telecommunications consulting company sold to Datatec in 2004. He is currently Chairman of 4 entrepreneurial ventures and Founder of his own executive coaching and training businesses. His industry expertise covers professional and software and internet services, telecoms, energy and renewables, medical technology, banking and publishing.

In working with young companies in Cambridge and elsewhere, as well as career mentoring students at Churchill, Simon became aware that there was an opportunity to really focus this attention on helping students and alumni at his own college to realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. He is looking forward to the initial influx of proposals, working with the candidate teams and building this scheme into a sustainable programme in the coming years.

Paul Higgins — Founder & Chief Technology Officer of Crowd Valley

Paul Higgins

Serial entrepreneur with an operational background in finance and technology companies. Paul has over a decade's experience working in various operational and product roles within technology companies, including two B2B startups that have achieved eight-figure exits following 100% year-on-year growth. He started his career in product development and testing roles in UBS Capital Markets and IBM's Hursley Research Lab in the UK before going on to eBay, UBS, and Barclays. Paul holds an M.A. (Hons) in Computer Science and Philosophy from Churchill College, Cambridge University. He has lived and worked in Texas in the US and Portugal, and speaks fluent Portuguese and French.

Julie Kilcoyne (U90) Co-founder and joint CEO of Boardworks

Julie Kilcoyne left Churchill with degree in Geography in 1994. She did a PGCE and then taught Geography first in North London and then in Surbiton where she was Head of Department. Although she loved teaching, it was never going to be her whole career, and, after six years, she was looking for the next stage of her career. After considering various non-education businesses start-ups the most obvious approach was to use her experience as a teacher. In 2000, she left teaching to found an Educational Technology company with her co-founder, (also from Churchill).

Founded in 2000, with £15,000 from each of the two co-founders, the business initially published digital curriculum content. Over time, and funded by sales, the business invested in product development most obviously by making the content richly interactive with Flash. Sales grew strongly both domestically and internationally and the company now has a US business based in New York. In 2012, the business moved into assessment and produced an online platform which has since become one of the leading assessment products used in UK secondary schools.

Since accepting the invitation to be a panellist, Julie and her co-founder have accepted an offer for the business and have sold it to a larger private-equity backed assessment business. They will be continuing to run the business during 2017.

David Holden-White — Co-founder of Biotechspert 

David Holden-White

David has been actively involved in a number of biotech start-ups since completing the Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise in Cambridge and winning the Carpe Diem Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition last year. He currently works in Corporate Development for PsyOmics, a biotech start-up focused on developing diagnostics for neuropsychiatric disorders. He is also a part-qualified life sciences patent attorney and has a strong scientific grounding having graduated with a First Class Masters in Biochemistry from Oxford University in 2011.

Brian Moyo — Founder and Managing Director of MSM Healthcare

Brian MoyoBrian is one of the (3) founders and current Managing Director of MSM Healthcare, a healthcare recruitment company based in East Anglia. MSM Healthcare is run by nurses for nurses and care assistants and aims to serve the East Anglia healthcare providers by providing them with the Right Staff, at the Right Time, for the Right Cost.

He holds an MSc in Health Informatics from City University and previously worked in health and social care software implementation and is also a qualified psychiatric nurse. Brian started his career as a trainee Chartered Accountant with PwC before moving to UK to pursue a career in psychiatric nursing. He is also a Trustee and volunteer treasurer of NCAMI, a Christian charity which is involved in poverty alleviation and empowerment work with widows, orphans and the homeless both in the UK and in Africa.


How do I book?

This event is open to all and free to attend. Advance bookings are now closed but a limited number of walk-up spaces are available.

This event has been organised by Churchill Enterprise whose purpose is to enthuse and develop potential entrepreneurs within Churchill College and its wider alumni community through events, networking and support.

For more information contact the Churchill College

Development Office