The entrepreneurial journey @ University Of Cambridge Sidgwick Site, Cambridge [23 September]

The entrepreneurial journey

09:30 - 22:30

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University Of Cambridge Sidgwick Site
CB3 9DB Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
University of Cambridge Alumni Festival 2017: Learning to succeed by anticipating and reacting to opportunity.

Hanadi Jabado, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School, will moderate a panel of three Cambridge-based entrepreneurs. Hanadi, a serial entrepeneur herself, was the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of Accelerate Cambridge. In 2016 her work to support entrepreneurs earned her recognition as one of the Maserati100.

Hanadi will be joined by Jon Reynolds, co-founder of Swiftkey, and Heather Richards, CEO of Transversal, who will share their start up stories (successes, lessons and advice) with the audience, including taking questions from the audience.


Jon Reynolds (Selwyn 2004), co-founder and CEO of SwiftKey, the award-winning technology company whose mission is to enhance interaction between people and technology. Jon co-founded SwiftKey in 2008, and has since been named ‘Young Tech Entrepreneur of the Year’ (2013) at the Europioneers, and one of the 2015 Forbes ’30 Under 30′ for Consumer Technology. Jon holds an MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge and prior to founding SwiftKey, worked as a civil servant in the British Government.

Heather Richards (Darwin 1997), the CEO of Transversal, a Cambridge-based knowledge solutions vendor. Having originally moved to the UK from the USA in 1998 to complete a MPhil at Cambridge University, Heather joined Transversal as part of the founding team in 2001. She has excelled in a variety of roles within the company, including Head of Professional Services, before being named CEO in 2014. She has been instrumental in growing the company from a small start-up, to the recognised leader in knowledge management solutions it is today. Heather is passionate about finding creative approaches to solving complex problems, and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration as a way of embracing and capitalising on change. She was a finalist of Cambridge Judge Business School Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Price: Lecture ticket: £15 (concessions £12) / eligible for price deal
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