Capital is as important as the idea

Dr Victor Christou follows on from part one of his podcast, he tells his story beyond Opsys and discusses his philosophy behind investments made today. Victor spent time at Oxford Capital Partners and later at Wellington Partners before embarking on his future at Cambridge Innovation Capital. CIC is Cambridge University’s preferred investor for it’s spin-out businesses and also the wider Cambridge technology and healthcare cluster. He gives us his insight into which investments he tends to avoid and which he is best at supporting. He manages a fine balance between his entrepreneur and the investment, by engaging in a necessary mix of support and scepticism. You can hear more by listening to his podcast…

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Investing is a team sport

Start-up spotlight with Bridgett Connell.

In partnership with Angel News, The Invested Investor is delighted to publish this issue of Startup Spotlight where the President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), Peter Cowley talks to the entrepeneur and invested investor Bridget Connell.

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Invested Investor Thoughts: The true scale of investing in Africa

This month, the Invested Investor spent a few days in Cape Town at the annual angel and early stage investor conference in Cape Town, and this newsletter is about what we found. A special thanks to VC4A and ABAN for staging such a great investor summit.

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A lesson in being dogmatic towards your beliefs and embracing chance opportunity

Victor Christou is the CEO of Cambridge Innovation Capital, he relates his story from career academic to entrepreneur and why his future switched from one to the other. His career began at Oxford when creating innovative materials in the laboratory, this led him to recognise the business potential of developing technologies. You can hear more by listening to his podcast…

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Being bold enough to stand on the shoulders of giants

Pilgrim Beart shares his journey from Silicon Valley to his Cambridge homeland and gives us his insight into the similarities between the two. He discusses how start-ups can adopt the valley’s culture in order to be diverse, both in forming partnerships and buying into other peoples expertise. This is to ride the scaling wave and not get left behind. You can hear more by listening to his podcast…

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A social entrepreneur, steering the next generation of impactful businesses

Belinda Bell sets out her mission to protect Social Enterprise from being hijacked by corporations as a marketing tool and clearly defines what a Social Enterprise is. In this podcast we find out about her life and the journey that brought her to The Judge Business School in Cambridge. Belinda is a social entrepreneur having set up multiple businesses with a social vision and has been supporting entrepreneurs who share her purpose.

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My journey to failure, learning to choose expertise over money

Carlos Diniz is a fantastic example of an entrepreneur learning from their ups and downs. This podcast tells the story of O Meu Dentista, which was the largest dentist franchise in Portugal. The company grew fast, with upwards of €11 million in sales at its peak, however a number of deciding factors led to its closure. Carlos has learnt a incredibly large amount about hiring the right people, Invested Investors and growing pains of a successful start-up. This story is a hugely useful tool for any entrepreneur looking to grow their business, and Carlos is an inspirational figure that now helps businesses learn from his O Meu Dentista journey.

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Scaling Africa, through entrepreneurship, then government innovation

Tamara Giltsoff never expected to end up in a Government role. She was always interested in new technologies and how they could create innovative business models. This led her to Product Health a connected hardware start-up, which also introduced her to commercial Africa. When it was time to move on, Tamara found her calling as Head of Innovation at the Department for International Development. In this podcast, Tamara gives us insight on how her entrepreneurial spirit could be applied to the world of government, as well as the economic development of Africa. She also investigates how venture capitalism can help shape future government investing practice.

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Choose investors that you have a good relationship with!

Start-up spotlight with Alex Schey.

In partnership with Angel News, The Invested Investor is delighted to publish this issue of Startup Spotlight where the President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), Peter Cowley talks to the co-founder of Vantage Power, Alex Schey.

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