Cambridge Catalyst Issue 08 Web



We’ll Meet Again The city’s conference and events bureau, Meet Cambridge, has unveiled a support strategy to help its venues reopen their facilities following lockdown. The organisation has around 50 properties on its books, including hotels and the university’s colleges, and has offered to support them through this period by helping them host virtual tours, attaining Covid-secure accreditation and disseminating information from the latest government guidelines. While some venues remain closed, those now open for small business meetings include academic settings with designated and separate conference and meeting facilities, such as Jesus College, Murray Edwards College, Robinson College, Madingley Hall , The Møller Institute, The Pitt Building and Anglia Ruskin University. To find out more, enquire via Meet Cambridge.

Europe Enterprise Network and Silicon Valley Bank team up this November for a webinar on commercialising life sciences, featuring Ascension Ventures and Amadeus Ventures. Taking place at 4pm on the 12th, the session covers venture capital investing, investor experience and banking for technology companies, providing an overview of the investor approach to healthcare companies and delving into investor mindsets and trends. Speakers include Silicon Valley Bank’s vice-president Flavia Popescu-Richardson, who manages a portfolio of early-stage and growth technology companies. She brings more than eight years’ experience of successfully investing, with a track record in portfolio management and end-to-end transaction management, including due diligence, valuation and structuring of deals. Also sharing his

expertise is David Buller, angel investor and investment partner at Ascension Ventures. Working with investors, syndicates, VCs, accelerators and start-ups across the Atlantic, David has experience from founder to funding to exit and integration. Joining them is Suzanna Chiu, head of Amadeus Ventures, who is an expert in venture capital and start-up innovation, with a background in investment banking and technology consulting. The event is free to attend and you can register your interest via Eventbrite.


Developing Science & Innovation Parks Conference

What impact will AI have on our workplaces? That’s the topic up for discussion on 4 November at a Cambridge Network event led by Dr Stella Pachidi, lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School . With AI replacing human labour in multiple sectors, the workplace is changing – but how do managers oversee this, and how do they manage staff resistance to the introduction of technology in the workplace? The digitisation of work is here to stay – and it’s not without its challenges. Dr Pachidi is set to explore the things that managers should be aware of, from balancing the challenges of a technical implementation to managing resistance from users. She also shares a case study of her work observing the implementation of

Speakers including professor John French, director of development and sustainability at Cambridge Innovation Parks, are joining together for a conference focused on developing science and innovation parks on 12 November. Running from 9.30am to 2.30pm, this virtual event will host a panel of experts, with opportunities for networking and talks on topics including private sector-led development and investment and science and innovation as drivers of economic growth. The final talk of the day considers how the science parks of the future will be developed. Tickets are £45.

AI-based technology into one company, the change management process and the effect on employees – a project that went very wrong. The session runs from 11am to 12pm and is free for Cambridge Network members, or £10 for non-members.




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