Guest Faculty Roundtable Series: Featuring Rupert Baines, former CEO/Serial Entrepreneur/Investor
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Date:  6th and 13th May 2021

The Start-up Journey


Start-ups are a critical part of economic growth and success. There are the obvious ones who have changed the world: Google (founded 1998, $1.2trillion market cap), Facebook (founded 2004, $740bn), Tesla (founded 2003, market cap $800bn) – but there are many more. In almost any sector there are young companies who are driving change & innovation. Within the UK fewer start-ups have made such global success: yet start-ups have a huge impact on economy: according to Octopus the successful high-growth small businesses (HGSB) make up only 1% of UK businesses, yet drove 22%% of UK GVA increase and 20% of all jobs created.


This discussion will include the context of start-ups (why do VCs invest in high-risk businesses?), the challenges of forming and growing a start-up (raising money, getting an idea, building the team, finding customers, etc.) and then the transition to scale up and growth stage.


This will obviously be of interest for those who might want to do a start-up, but also broader discussion that will be relevant for those interested in public policy, law or finance where start-ups are increasingly relevant.


Note: while the perception of start-ups is around STEM and an image of nerds, this is not the case. Even in technology businesses 65% of founders did not study STEM degrees (Jack Ma was an English teacher) and while many more obviously are “tech enabled” as opposed to “tech” (Uber, AirBnB or The Hut Group on UK for example) some of the most successful new companies are not technology at all (Brewdog or Zara).


Register for these two part-series of events although you can also register for each one independently if you choose. To register, please see the links below for each of the date.


 Each session will start with the Guest Faculty member talking about the topic for no more than 30 minutes and there will be plenty of time for an interactive open forum around the round table. 

Click HERE for Rupert Baine's profile. 

These session are open to all students and staff studying at the University of Cambridge and the Homerton Community (students, staff and alumni). However, the numbers will be capped to a small group to enable a good roundtable discussion. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis!


Part 1: WHY start-ups?  REGISTER HERE:

Date: 6th May 2021

Time: 6pm

This session will focus on the following burning questions that every budding entrepreneur or intrapreneur wants to know!

Why do they matter?

Why do people do them?

Why do people invest in them?  (The difference between angels & institutional investors). Why do people invest in VCs?

Why do people want to work there?

Why do they fail?


Part 2: The HOW  of start-ups?  REGISTER HERE

Date: 13th May 2021

Time: 6pm

This session  will focus on the most popular questions that every Founder has about his or her business idea.

How do you find ideas?

How do you find funding?

How do you build a team?

How do you find customers?

How do you grow? (start-up to scale-up to IPO or exit)

How do you find help?

How do governments help? How could UK do better?