(Just in case you missed it, here is the Press Release for our 2012/2013 programme)
Innovation is the lifeblood of the Cambridge economy, but starting and growing innovation-based businesses can be a minefield, with many failing unnecessarily at very early stages. To help such companies succeed and to develop a culture and environment that encourages and inspires more startups, the Startup Masterclass programme has been created and is now in it’s 3rd year.
This year we are particularly proud to announce that 2 new organisations have joined as programme partners. Cambridge Clean Tech has joined as a programme partner, thus expanding the reach of the programme to entrepreneurs working in the Clean Tech sector. CUTEC has also joined, as part of it’s aim of encouraging and fostering young entrepreneurs. In addition, ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and CamTechNet have renewed their support as programme partners. You can find out more about these organisations on our Partner page.
The focus of the Week – which last year involved over 900 partner organisations in the UK, reaching over 213,000 people – will be on ‘passing on’ the practical help and support needed by early start-ups and individuals who are considering taking the plunge. The aim is to create a collaborative, local and practical week, which enables people to learn more about the wealth of support available to entrepreneurs in the East of England and across the UK – vital in a time of continuing economic uncertainty.
“The Startup Masterclass programme has brought real benefit to over 200 early-stage entrepreneurs in it’s first 2 years,” said Mauro Ciaccio, organiser of the Startup Masterclass programme. “We want to continue to build on that success and the partnership with Cambridge CleanTech will allow us to support an even broader range of entrepreneurs. What we aim to do with this programme is provide a combination of inspiration and practical advice to nurture businesses and help them thrive and grow. The Cambridge launch event is sure to feature a lively and informative discussion and I urge anyone in an existing business – or contemplating taking the plunge with a startup – to come along and learn from our panel about the rewards and potential pitfalls.”
The programme’s launch event, How to Survive in the Startup Jungle, will take place on 12th November 2012, featuring a panel of successful entrepreneurs and investors from the technology sector, who will share the highs and lows of their business experience to date.
Confirmed panellists are:
- Andrey Kessel: Entrepreneur & Investor
- Steward McTavish: ideaSpace Entreprise Accelerator
- Joe Parry: Cambridge Intelligence
The launch event will be held between 6.30 and 9.00pm on Monday 12 November 2012 at ideaSpace, Hauser Forum, 3 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 0GT. Tickets cost just £5, with early bird discounts available. Places are strictly limited and tickets can be purchased from http://groupspaces.com/StartupMasterclass.
About Startup Masterclass
Innovation, ideas and technology now have the ability to make a difference, delivering real, long-term change across the globe. Cambridge-based Startup Masterclass has been created to support aspiring and new entrepreneurs driving this change through seminars, mentoring and online resources. Backed by the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), ideaSpace, Cambridge Clean Tech, CUTEC and CamTechNet it aims to reach out and support early-stage entrepreneurs.
The Startup Masterclass programme will cover the whole startup and early stage company lifecycle, including developing and protecting your idea, building a company, attracting investment, identifying target markets, marketing and positioning and generating sales.