Date

March 05- 06, 2016

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Saïd Business School, OX1 1HP

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43 Professional Speakers

Entrepreneurship Event of the Year/ Join us and become Inspired

Oxford Inspires is the largest student entrepreneurial conference. Annually at the Saïd Business School, 20+ successful Founders and Entrepreneurs come to Oxford give lectures and masterclasses, letting you meet and learn from them, in person.

Attracting hundreds of students, young professionals and founders each year, Oxford Inspires is the best not-for-profit event you'll attend this year.

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Lord Karan Bilimoria

Cofounder and Chairman
Cobra Beer

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL is the founder of Cobra Beer and Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited. The Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, he is currently Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, and a visiting entrepreneur at the University of Cambridge where he is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School.

Sir Patrick Head

Co-Founder and Engineering Director
Williams F1

Sir Patrick Head is the co-founder and former Director of Engineering of the Williams Formula One team. For 27 years from 1977 Head was technical director at Williams Grand Prix Engineering, and responsible for many innovations within Formula One. Under Patrick the team won over 100 racing victories, won nine Constructor's Championships Awards. The company continued to expand and on 31 December 2011 he stepped down from the WGPH Board of Directors. In 2015, the Queen knighted Patrick in her birthday honours for his services to Motorsport.

Malcolm Bell

Founder, CEO
Zaggora & Mailcloud

Malcolm won the National Business Award in 2012 for his previous startup Zaggora.com, he bootstrapped to $40,000,000 in sales in 18 months. He regularly speaks at events for Facebook, Google and Harvard. His startup Mailcloud reccently closed after an unsuccessful consumer launch and is now operating in the B2B market. A Guest Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School, Malcolm has experienced both success and failure in business - a true entrepreneur.

Aimee Bateman

Founder and CEO
Careercake.com

Amy is a Corporate recruiter...turned careers champion and founder of Careercake.com! Aimee founded Careercake in 2011, and it's now an award winning online learning platform helping individuals enhance their professional development, and shine in their career. Aimee won the Talent and Innovation category at the 2013 Institute of Director Awards (IoD) in Wales, and also recently the Canmol (Chartered Institute of Marketing) 'Marketer of the Year' Award. She was voted one of 2013's Rising Stars by Business Insider Magazine and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff Met. University for her contribution to careers and the community at large.

Oliver Bridge

Founder
Cornerstone.co.uk

Oliver Bridge is the founder of cornerstone.co.uk - an online subscription service for men's razors. Launched in summer 2014, Cornerstone has quickly grown to become the uk #1 in the subscription shaving space with over 30,000 men using their products every day, and in summer 2015 raised £1m in 4 weeks on Crowdcube. Prior to Cornerstone, Oliver studied PPE at Oxford and was an Oxford Entrepreneurs committee member.

Neri Karra

Founder and Creative Director
NERI KARRA

Dr. Neri Karra is the founder and creative director of NERI KARRA, an Italian leather handbag and accessories label based in London. After graduating from the University of Miami summa cum laude in two a half years, she founded her own brand, which has grown to include 27 NERI KARRA boutiques in 14 countries as well as relationships with hundreds of retailers worldwide. Neri has a Ph.D. in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, and her research on entrepreneurship has published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She is currently completing her second book on Fashion Entrepreneurship, and she teaches at a number of leading colleges and universities in London and abroad.

Ollie Forsyth

Young Serial Entrepreneur
Ollie's Shop, UNBXD, UniBell

Ollie started his first business aged 13, Ollie's Shop. Since then, he has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Express, Entrepreneur.com, Billionaire Australia, The Huffington Post, The Startup Magazine, Uni's Not For Me and many more. Now age 18, he is the founder of 8 different companies including UNBXD, UniBell and the Budding Entrepreneurs Magazine.

Piotr Lagowski

Executive Director
Foodpanda, EMPIK.COM

Piotr Lagowski currently Executive Director at Empik.com (Polish Amazon with historically strong offline branch). Before one of executives in Oliver Samwer Rocket Internet start-up factory. He was responsible for building from scratch Foodpanda (food delivery marketplace) in CEE as well as Quandoo (restaurant reservation marketplace) in EEMEA region. He also developed Groupon and Westwing in Poland. Before joining start-up industry he was working in banking sector in retail segment.

Annabel Kilner

Country Manager, UK.
MADE.COM

Annabel launched her career as marketing manager at innovation consultancy FreshMinds and set up the company’s retail division, which quickly became its biggest sector. Along the way she met Brent Hoberman of Lastminute.com fame and, under his mentorship, realised that ecommerce was her future. They worked together at Mydeco.com and now Made.com – the online designer furniture brand. As country manager UK, Kilner has helped boost turnover from £26.2m in 2013 to £42.7m last year and seen the company named the second fastest-growing tech business in the country.

Grzegorz (Greg) Albrecht

Independent Business Catalyst
Serial Entrepreneur

Greg (www.grzegorzalbrecht.com) started his career at the age of 19. As a marketing executive he introduced new product lines and brands to private label brand portfolios and doubled ASUS brand exposure in Poland. Later, Greg co-founded 7 companies including: two marketing agencies, an e-commerce platform, a cafe, an online booking platform, a nationwide TV channel and, most recently, D-RAFT – global new venture club scouting startups for corporations. In the last 13 years he has worked with over 200 companies in Europe, Asia and North America from multiple industries including top-tier Pharmaceutical, Telecom & IT corporations.

Barbara Hammond, MBE

CEO
The Low Carbon Hub

Until 2010, Barbara’s role was in Government, including heading up the £350m UK renewable energy programme and working as International Director for Sir David King when he was the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor. Her current roles are CEO of the Low Carbon Hub, a director of Osney Lock Hydro and a director of West Oxford Community Renewables (or WOCoRe). An expert on community renewables, Barbara is also on the Community Energy Contact Group, working with Government on the strategy for community energy. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to community energy development, particularly in Oxfordshire.

Richard White

CEO and Co-founder
Goodlord

Richard is the CEO and Co-founder of Goodlord. In less than two years Richard has taken an idea over a pint to a venture backed £6M+ business dubbed Europe's fastest growing PropTech company by Tech City News. Goodlord takes the pain out of property transactions, making the process of completing a new tenancy easy and efficient. His aim is to take the business to over £500M in just a few more years.

Usman Khan

Co-founder and CTO
Algomi

Usman Khan co-founded Algomi, a finance oriented technology company, which provides a scalable software suite to enable market participants in fixed income to securely and intelligently harness data to make valuable financial trading connections. Usman was named one of the top 40 under 40 rising stars of trading and technology by the Wall Street Journal eFinancial news.

Jo Cruse & Dom Hardy

Co-Founders
MacroAdventure

Ever wanted to turn a crazy idea into reality? Ever wanted to build a business driven by more than just profit? Looking for inspiration from two mad young Londoners planning the adventure of a lifetime? Then this talk is for you. In mid-2016, Jo Cruse and Dom Meredith Hardy will be embarking on MacroAdventure, an ambitious 9 month expedition from Alaska to Argentina. Their mission? To understand why our generation is leaving behind corporate careers to build businesses which are pursuing purpose as well as profit, and understand how this phenomenon can be encouraged to grow further. 2 young British explorers. 22 000 miles. One epic entrepreneurial adventure.

Fred Turner

Founder and CEO
TL Biolabs

Fred is a 3rd year Biochemistry student at Christ Church college who rusticated this year to manage his biotechnology business. He was named European Young Scientist of the Year 2013, and through his company TL Biolabs he's now pioneering a new method of DNA testing that's 90% cheaper than the industry standard, starting in the agriculture market. His company is currently raising a £4.5m Series A round and expanding throughout the country. He is currently 20 years old.

Prof. Kieran Clarke

Founder and CEO
TdeltaS

Kieran is the Professor of Physiological Biochemistry and British Heart Foundation Principal Scientist here at the University of Oxford. Kieran has, with NASA, invented an industry-changing sports drink that improves mental and physical performance. She has recently been appointed the CEO of TdeltaS, a fast-growing, ambitious biochemical research company in the exciting field of nutraceuticals. TdeltaS is currently commericialising Kieran's invention.

Matt Kuppers

Founder
Startup Manufactory

Prior to founding his company, Matt held a position as associate at Straub Ventures, a Notting Hill based venture capital firm. Startup Manufactory is a London based accelerator that specialises in developing startups, scaling SMEs and building accelerator programmes for corporates. Matt is also the co-founder of MenuSpring, a London Business School Incubator Programme backed startup that has been featured in the best British Startup 100 ranking in 2013.

Oscar Ryndziewicz

CEO and Founder
Python Performance, MyFitPass

Oscar is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Python Performance, Real Tag, MyFitPass and Viss Fit. He's originator of an idea for the online Chip and Pin system, and has taken his company to IP and £250k funding within 3 months, currently in development stage. His talk will be focused around persistence and attitude, which he feels have been the two most important characteristics in his journey so far.

Laurence Cruse

Founder/Head Of Talent Management
Slingshot/GYANA

Having previously founded Slingshot, a start up which used intelligent filtration systems for recruitment, Laurence is now the Head of Talent Management at GYANA, a machine-learning based platform to gather the enormous amount and diversity of big data available today, and structure it into an intuitive representation of the world, available to all. Their system combines aerial imaging with mood data and sentiment analysis to provide a near real time representation of the world, and an intuitive framework to interact with the data through visualisation, sonification and natural language.

Archie Hewlett

Founder & Director
Duke & Dexter

At the age of 18, Archie started Duke & Dexter three years ago to address the lack of high quality, affordable slip-on shoes - Duke & Dexter footwear challenges the pretentious association of formal slippers. D&D are now selling to over 100 countries with selected stockists on all 5 continents. They also have a very credible client base including the likes of Justin Timberlake, Poppy Delevingne, Tinie Tempah, Jeremy Piven, Tyson Beckford, Jannik Olander and the Ferrari Formula One team who over the years have helped enhance D&D as a leading contemporary slip-on shoe brand.

Gwyn Day

Founder and Director
Gwyn Day Education & Communication

Based in London, Switzerland and Bali Gwyn is an ex Investment Bank Head Trader. In the last two years he has co-founded a company with a Cambridge undergraduate and in four pitches lasting less than an hour in total secured £40K from Telefonica via their Wayra accelerator. As an Angel he is 5% shareholder of an app start run by a recent OXFORD grad that is currently in major talks with Unilever. Gwyn coaches individuals in start ups and for entry to investment Banking Law and Consultancy - beating systems is what he loves. He is a member of Mensa and author of two books on Personal Statement writing with another on Commercial Awareness for wannabe bankers and lawyers coming out this year.

Simon Biltcliffe

Founder and CEO
Webmart

Simon Founded Webmart, a print business in 1996, putting his money where his mouth is shaping the business around his personal ethos that Marxism and Capitalism together are unbeatable, sharing profits among employees and ensuring that both customers and suppliers gain as a result of Webmarts trading activity. Simon has ensured that the company’s success is shared both by employees and the wider community through a charitable trust. As the company has grown he has kept a strong focus on people development and training and was an early adopter of technology freeing up Webmart staff to develop their relentless focus on customer service. Today the business operates out of a series of wonderfully designed bright yellow buildings and is one of the world leaders in print management.

Adam Clements

Managing Director
Freshminds

Adam joined Freshminds as COO of what was the Freshminds Group in 2010, bringing with him a wealth of experience as Procurement Manager (UK) of the Morse Group, Operations Director of Morse France and Head of Partner Sales. Adam was also Founding Director of The Key Revolution Ltd - a technology spin-out from Vodafone that went on to raise more than £2m of venture funding and introduced a new secure cloud computing platform to the UK market. As Managing Director, Adam is responsible for running the Freshminds business, with a particular focus on our pool of experienced Strategy and Management Consulting candidates.

Alex Van Klavaren

Founder and CEO
Kandidate

Alex founded Kandidate because of his frustrations trying to find startup talent in the UK. He was General Manager at onefinestay and launched the UK for a Rocket Internet venture. He has been working in startups for 15 years as aged 21 he left Edinburgh university and bought a double decker bus and provided evening tours. The business expanded to five cities and was sold in 2008 but is still up and running to this day.

Derek Arden

Speaker and Professional Negotiator

Derek is an international negotiator, best selling author and professional inspirational speaker. In this fast paced, focused masterclass he will share with us over 37 tips from the 128 tip top tips in his latest best selling book “Win Win - How to get a winning result from persuasive negotiations - Published 6 months ago by Pearson in 14 countries worldwide. Anyone in business should be there to learn how professional win win negotiating will make you more money, save you more money and enhance your business relationships.

David Scott

Operations Director
Deliveroo

David Scott is the Operations Director for the UK and Ireland at Deliveroo, the hugely disruptive food delivery startup company. Before Deliveroo he worked leading transformational change and operational improvement at Tesco (a global retail group) and co-founded a startup company, Scott Lighting Ltd. He holds a masters in manufacturing engineering from Cambridge University.

Matt Lerner

London Partner
500 Startups

Matt leads 500 Startups’ operations in London, where he’s looking for promising seed and post-seed startups. A member of the Distro team, he helps companies to scale. Previously, he built and managed growth teams at PayPal. A “growth guy” with 10 years’ experience leading B2B teams he approaches each role first as a general manager and then as a marketer, product manager or both, as needed.

Dr. Dave Richards

Founder, Innovation Strategist
Dr Dave Innovation

Dr Dave created $ Billions of shareholder value as an intrapreneur at Nortel Networks, Oracle, and Bell Labs. He's learned from spectacular failures and a few interesting successes, losing his shirt once or twice, and getting back a closet full. He'll share 'lessons from the edge' for aspiring and progressing entrepreneurs.

Fabrice Bernhard

Cofounder and CTO
Theodo

Fabrice Bernhard is a serial Entrepreneur and Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique. In 2007 in Paris he founded Allomatch, a website helping you find the best pub to watch sports games in. Two years later, he founded Theodo, a web development company that has worked with start-ups and large global brands. Since growing Theodo to more than 100 employees in Paris, Fabrice has been concentrating on Theodo’s international expansion, starting with the UK last summer.

Jake Schofield

Founder and CEO
LabStep

Jake is an Oxford Launchpad-based co-founder of LabStep, a platform for to help scientists automatically capture and record their research experiment steps. He and the Labstep team have raised initial seed funding, and have trialled the platform in different places across various universities. Their goal is to make science more reproducible by focusing on making it as easy as possible to record scientific processes and protocols.

Kaz Librowski

Cofounder and CTO
Oxford Computer Consultants

Kaz is the co-founder and CTO of the local business Oxford Computer Consultants, where he as worked since 1989. . Their entrepreneurial vision, methodical planning and supportive leadership has resulted in the company maintaining a steady growth rate of 15-20% pa since the company's inception. Kaz will be speaking on building a service-based startup without investors - using organic growth.

Alexander Jarvis

Founder and Partner
50Folds

Alexander is Founder of 50Folds, an early stage venture builder and anti-accelerator. Prior to this he was a Partner at Jungle Ventures, investing in Asia. A serial entrepreneur, he has helped build 3 billion dollar companies in Asia, Groupon, Delivery Hero and Lazada, and a number of companies that have either failed or you will know about soon. He is a former investment banker at Lazard in London where he specialized in Financial Institutions M&A. He is an active mentor and blogger.

Danny Bent

Author, Speaker

Danny Bent is an award-winning author, founder of Project Awesome, finalist on BBC's 'Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week', Co-Founder of One Race for Boston (a relay race across America that raised over $500k for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings) and has carried out numerous other challenges. Danny was recently voted one of the 100 happiest people in the UK, and one of the 50 most inspirational people in London.

Charnel Conway

Founder and MD
ABA Tutorship

Charnel Conway is the MD of ABA Tutorship, a company that provides tutors to work with children with autism. Charnel discovered the need for this kind of support while she was studying for her Psychology Degree and once graduated she found a passion for helping families living with autism, through the application of Applied Behavioural Analysis. Set up in 2014, ABA started with just four tutors but in under 2 years has grown the team top 42 members of staff and counting.

Henry Ludlam

Founder and CEO
TeamFirst

Henry started his first venture, an events company, in his first year at University. This has now grown into a business that with a six figure turnover. In his final year of university he set up his newest venture, TeamFirst, which has become youngest ever team to be accepted into Telefonica's Wayra Accelerator. TeamFirst raises funds by linking buying power to global brands, and is already working with household names such as Nando's, ASOS & Subway.

Nancy Fechnay

Partner, Flight Ventures;
Interim Director, Techstars

Nancy Fechnay is an investor, mentor, and advisor for startups and accelerators. She's a Partner at Flight Ventures, the largest online group of investors in the world, brainchild of well-known angel investor Gil Penchina. Nancy oversees their UK/EU operation focusing on large seed or Series A investments. As a mentor and advisor, Nancy's expertise span across innovation, strategy, business development, fundraising, and U.S. expansion. She currently advises Techstars as interim Director and several U.S. and UK seed-stage startups. Nancy has worked for several U.S. based investment firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GE Ventures, and Core Capital Partners. She is the co-founder of Duke Ventures.

Nick Marsh

Chief Operating Officer
Splittable.co

Nick is the COO of Splittable, bringing a wealth of operational and financial firepower to the team. As former Financial Director at Yoyo, Nick helped create a business model and strategy that propelled the business through significant growth and a Series A fundraise. In a previous life he created a specialist fund at Maven Capital Partners to invest in SEIS/EIS businesses. Nick is steeped in marketing and brand finance and was selected for the prestigious BP Ventures Internship.

David Kell

Co-founder and CTO
GYANA

David Kell is the CTO and Co-founder of GYANA, a machine-learning based platform that gathers the enormous amount of big data available today, and structures an intuitive representation of the world: GYANA's upcoming product will allow you to unlock the value of Big Data and apply it to your life. David graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 with a Masters in Physics and Philosophy.

Oli Steadman

Co-founder; Bassist
Tigmus (This is good music)

Oli Steadman is the South African-born bass player in Oxford indie-folk band Stornoway. He is also the founder of Tigmus.com, a concert booking platform for music artists that lets them choose their own venues, set their own fee and promote their own show. Under their company, artists earn 30% more and fans pay 30% less. With his cofounder, Oli has expanded the platform to its current size with 100+ gigs booked, and 500+ venues registered.

Anders Krohn

Co-founder and MD
ublend

Anders is co-founder and Managing Director of ublend (ublend.co) – a platform for campus life that helps students make the most out of university. He has studied at five universities on three continents and co-founded ublend whilst studying for a BA in Economics and Management at Oxford University. Ublend is now used by thousands of students across eleven universities and he is currently on leave from Oxford to work with the team in London.

Mags Chilaev & Will Morton

Founders
Unlease.io

Mags Chilaev and Will Morton are the cofounders of Unlease, a peer-to-peer marketplace for medium-term sublets that’s on a mission to revolutionise the way we rent. Co-founded by Mags, a recent Oxford graduate and Will, a Texan-born ex JP Morgan banker, last July, Unlease has recently been funded by some of the most prestigious investors in Europe.

JP Dallmann

Co-founder, Advisor
VCC UK

JP Dallmann is a Banking Executive, Advisor and Leadership coach. He has over 15 years experience in flagship businesses at the largest banks in the world, as well as in SMEs and start-ups. JP co-founded VCC UK, a cross-functional mastermind of consultants. VCC is now collaborating with an Oxford PhD alumnus on a spin-off company called Golden Eggs that will use artificial intelligence and other technology to become the fastest, most effective way to bring an app idea into the world.

Kutlu Kazanci

Founder, UKBASECAMP,
Director, Sucool
Director, Founder Institute Istanbul

Kutlu is an international entrepreneur & startup supporter, tackling his first startup as an engineering student at Stanford University even before the Nasdaq Bust. After graduating with distinction, Kutlu worked in finance for JPMorgan and BCP Securities in New York and World Bank in Jakarta from 2000 to 2006. From 2006 to 2013 Kutlu cofounded 6 organizations, Endeavor Turkey, Endogen Consulting, We-Decide, Galata Angel Investing Network, Founder Institute Istanbul, Montessori Coop. In 2013, Kutlu launched the SUCool International Startup Acceleration Center based at Sabanci University in Istanbul and has been runnning it. In 2015, he launched UKBasecamp, an international incubator and accelerator based at Oxford.

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Lord Karan Bilimoria

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL is the founder of Cobra Beer and Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited. The Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, he is currently Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, and a visiting entrepreneur at the University of Cambridge where he is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School.

Neri Karra

Dr. Neri Karra is the founder and creative director of NERI KARRA, an Italian leather handbag and accessories label based in London. After graduating from the University of Miami summa cum laude in two a half years, she founded her own brand, which has grown to include 27 NERI KARRA boutiques in 14 countries as well as relationships with hundreds of retailers worldwide. Neri has a Ph.D. in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, and her research on entrepreneurship has published in peer-reviewed academic journals. She is currently completing her second book on Fashion Entrepreneurship, and she teaches at a number of leading colleges and universities in London and abroad.

Adam Clements

Adam joined Freshminds as COO of what was the Freshminds Group in 2010, bringing with him a wealth of experience as Procurement Manager (UK) of the Morse Group, Operations Director of Morse France and Head of Partner Sales. Adam was also Founding Director of The Key Revolution Ltd - a technology spin-out from Vodafone that went on to raise more than £2m of venture funding and introduced a new secure cloud computing platform to the UK market. As Managing Director, Adam is responsible for running the Freshminds business, with a particular focus on our pool of experienced Strategy and Management Consulting candidates.

Derek Arden

Derek is an international negotiator, best selling author and professional inspirational speaker. In this fast paced, focused masterclass he will share with us over 37 tips from the 128 tip top tips in his latest best selling book “Win Win - How to get a winning result from persuasive negotiations - Published 6 months ago by Pearson in 14 countries worldwide. Anyone in business should be there to learn how professional win win negotiating will make you more money, save you more money and enhance your business relationships.

Mags Chilaev & Will Morton

Mags Chilaev and Will Morton are the cofounders of Unlease, a peer-to-peer marketplace for medium-term sublets that’s on a mission to revolutionise the way we rent. Co-founded by Mags, a recent Oxford graduate and Will, a Texan-born ex JP Morgan banker, last July, Unlease has recently been funded by some of the most prestigious investors in Europe.

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Oliver Bridge

Oliver Bridge is the founder of cornerstone.co.uk - an online subscription service for men's razors. Launched in summer 2014, Cornerstone has quickly grown to become the uk #1 in the subscription shaving space with over 30,000 men using their products every day, and in summer 2015 raised £1m in 4 weeks on Crowdcube. Prior to Cornerstone, Oliver studied PPE at Oxford and was an Oxford Entrepreneurs committee member.

David Scott

David Scott is the Operations Director for the UK and Ireland at Deliveroo, the hugely disruptive food delivery startup company. Before Deliveroo he worked leading transformational change and operational improvement at Tesco (a global retail group) and co-founded a startup company, Scott Lighting Ltd. He holds a masters in manufacturing engineering from Cambridge University.

Anders Krohn

Anders is co-founder and Managing Director of ublend (ublend.co) – a platform for campus life that helps students make the most out of university. He has studied at five universities on three continents and co-founded ublend whilst studying for a BA in Economics and Management at Oxford University. Ublend is now used by thousands of students across eleven universities and he is currently on leave from Oxford to work with the team in London.

Jo Cruse & Dom Hardy

Ever wanted to turn a crazy idea into reality? Ever wanted to build a business driven by more than just profit? Looking for inspiration from two mad young Londoners planning the adventure of a lifetime? Then this talk is for you. In mid-2016, Jo Cruse and Dom Meredith Hardy will be embarking on MacroAdventure, an ambitious 9 month expedition from Alaska to Argentina. Their mission? To understand why our generation is leaving behind corporate careers to build businesses which are pursuing purpose as well as profit, and understand how this phenomenon can be encouraged to grow further. 2 young British explorers. 22 000 miles. One epic entrepreneurial adventure.

Grzegorz Albrecht

Greg started his career at the age of 19. As a marketing executive he introduced new product lines and brands to private label brand portfolios and doubled ASUS brand exposure in Poland. Later, Greg co-founded 7 companies including: two marketing agencies, an e-commerce platform, a cafe, an online booking platform, a nationwide TV channel and, most recently, D-RAFT – global new venture club scouting startups for corporations. In the last 13 years he has worked with over 200 companies in Europe, Asia and North America from multiple industries including top-tier Pharmaceutical, Telecom & IT corporations.

Richard White

Richard is the CEO and Co-founder of Goodlord. In less than two years Richard has taken an idea over a pint to a venture backed £6M+ business dubbed Europe's fastest growing PropTech company by Tech City News. Goodlord takes the pain out of property transactions, making the process of completing a new tenancy easy and efficient. His aim is to take the business to over £500M in just a few more years.

Nick Marsh

Nick is the COO of Splittable, bringing a wealth of operational and financial firepower to the team. As former Financial Director at Yoyo, Nick helped create a business model and strategy that propelled the business through significant growth and a Series A fundraise. In a previous life he created a specialist fund at Maven Capital Partners to invest in SEIS/EIS businesses. Nick is steeped in marketing and brand finance and was selected for the prestigious BP Ventures Internship.

David Kell

David Kell is the CTO and Co-founder of GYANA, a machine-learning based platform that gathers the enormous amount of big data available today, and structures an intuitive representation of the world: GYANA's upcoming product will allow you to unlock the value of Big Data and apply it to your life. David graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 with a Masters in Physics and Philosophy.

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Simon Biltcliffe

Simon Founded Webmart, a print business in 1996, putting his money where his mouth is shaping the business around his personal ethos that Marxism and Capitalism together are unbeatable, sharing profits among employees and ensuring that both customers and suppliers gain as a result of Webmarts trading activity. Simon has ensured that the company’s success is shared both by employees and the wider community through a charitable trust. As the company has grown he has kept a strong focus on people development and training and was an early adopter of technology freeing up Webmart staff to develop their relentless focus on customer service. Today the business operates out of a series of wonderfully designed bright yellow buildings and is one of the world leaders in print management.

Dr. Dave Richards

Dave helps client organisations (including multinationals, SMEs and startups) improve their capabilities for all kinds of innovation (business model, product, marketing, etc.) through powerful strategic processes, inspiring leadership development, team engagement and cultural transformation. As a senior executive he has a successful track record and extensive experience leading massive business growth, major change initiatives and strategies that achieve global competitive leadership. He's learned from spectacular successes and a few interesting failures, losing his shirt once or twice, and getting back a closet full. He'll share his lessons and advice for entrepreneurs.

Oscar Ryndziewicz

Oscar is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Python Performance, Real Tag, MyFitPass and Viss Fit. He's originator of an idea for the online Chip and Pin system, and has taken his company to IP and £250k funding within 3 months, currently in development stage. His talk will be focused around persistence and attitude, which he feels have been the two most important characteristics in his journey so far.

Laurence Cruse

Having previously founded Slingshot, a start up which used intelligent filtration systems for recruitment, Laurence is now the Head of Talent Management at GYANA, a machine-learning based platform to gather the enormous amount and diversity of big data available today, and structure it into an intuitive representation of the world, available to all. Their system combines aerial imaging with mood data and sentiment analysis to provide a near real time representation of the world, and an intuitive framework to interact with the data through visualisation, sonification and natural language.

Malcolm Bell

Malcolm won the National Business Award in 2012 for his previous startup Zaggora.com, he bootstrapped to $40,000,000 in sales in 18 months. He regularly speaks at events for Facebook, Google and Harvard. His startup Mailcloud reccently closed after an unsuccessful consumer launch and is now operating in the B2B market. A Guest Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School, Malcolm has experienced both success and failure in business - a true entrepreneur.

Jake Schofield

Jake is an Oxford Launchpad-based co-founder of LabStep, a platform for to help scientists automatically capture and record their research experiment steps. He and the Labstep team have raised initial seed funding, and have trialled the platform in different places across various universities. Their goal is to make science more reproducible by focusing on making it as easy as possible to record scientific processes and protocols.

Oli Steadman

Oli Steadman is the South African-born bass player in Oxford indie-folk band Stornoway. He is also the founder of Tigmus.com, a concert booking platform for music artists that lets them choose their own venues, set their own fee and promote their own show. Under their company, artists earn 30% more and fans pay 30% less. With his cofounder, Oli has expanded the platform to its current size with 100+ gigs booked, and 500+ venues registered.

Gwyn Day

Based in London, Switzerland and Bali Gwyn is an ex Investment Bank Head Trader. In the last two years he has co-founded a company with a Cambridge undergraduate and in four pitches lasting less than an hour in total secured £40K from Telefonica via their Wayra accelerator. As an Angel he is 5% shareholder of an app start run by a recent OXFORD grad that is currently in major talks with Unilever. Gwyn coaches individuals in start ups and for entry to investment Banking Law and Consultancy - beating systems is what he loves. He is a member of Mensa and author of two books on Personal Statement writing with another on Commercial Awareness for wannabe bankers and lawyers coming out this year.

Alexander Jarvis

Alexander is Founder of 50Folds, an early stage venture builder and anti-accelerator. Prior to this he was a Partner at Jungle Ventures, investing in Asia. A serial entrepreneur, he has helped build 3 billion dollar companies in Asia, Groupon, Delivery Hero and Lazada, and a number of companies that have either failed or you will know about soon. He is a former investment banker at Lazard in London where he specialized in Financial Institutions M&A. He is an active mentor and blogger.

Archie Hewlett

At the age of 18, Archie started Duke & Dexter three years ago to address the lack of high quality, affordable slip-on shoes - Duke & Dexter footwear challenges the pretentious association of formal slippers. D&D are now selling to over 100 countries with selected stockists on all 5 continents. They also have a very credible client base including the likes of Justin Timberlake, Poppy Delevingne, Tinie Tempah, Jeremy Piven, Tyson Beckford, Jannik Olander and the Ferrari Formula One team who over the years have helped enhance D&D as a leading contemporary slip-on shoe brand.

Aimee Bateman

Amy is a Corporate recruiter...turned careers champion and founder of Careercake.com! Aimee founded Careercake in 2011, and it's now an award winning online learning platform helping individuals enhance their professional development, and shine in their career. Aimee won the Talent and Innovation category at the 2013 Institute of Director Awards (IoD) in Wales, and also recently the Canmol (Chartered Institute of Marketing) 'Marketer of the Year' Award. She was voted one of 2013's Rising Stars by Business Insider Magazine and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff Met. University for her contribution to careers and the community at large.

Kaz Librowski

Kaz is the co-founder and CTO of the local business Oxford Computer Consultants, where he as worked since 1989. . Their entrepreneurial vision, methodical planning and supportive leadership has resulted in the company maintaining a steady growth rate of 15-20% pa since the company's inception. Kaz will be speaking on building a service-based startup without investors - using organic growth.

JP Dallman

JP Dallmann is a Banking Executive, Advisor and Leadership coach. He has over 15 years experience in flagship businesses at the largest banks in the world, as well as in SMEs and start-ups. JP co-founded VCC UK, a cross-functional mastermind of consultants. VCC is now collaborating with an Oxford PhD alumnus on a spin-off company called Golden Eggs that will use artificial intelligence and other technology to become the fastest, most effective way to bring an app idea into the world.

Nancy Fechnay

Nancy Fechnay is an investor, mentor, and advisor for startups and accelerators. She's a Partner at Flight Ventures, the largest online group of investors in the world, brainchild of well-known angel investor Gil Penchina. Nancy oversees their UK/EU operation focusing on large seed or Series A investments. As a mentor and advisor, Nancy's expertise span across innovation, strategy, business development, fundraising, and U.S. expansion. She currently advises Techstars as interim Director and several U.S. and UK seed-stage startups. Nancy has worked for several U.S. based investment firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GE Ventures, and Core Capital Partners. She is the co-founder of Duke Ventures.

Kutlu Kazanci

Kutlu is an international entrepreneur & startup supporter, tackling his first startup as an engineering student at Stanford University even before the Nasdaq Bust. After graduating with distinction, Kutlu worked in finance for JPMorgan and BCP Securities in New York and World Bank in Jakarta from 2000 to 2006. From 2006 to 2013 Kutlu cofounded 6 organizations, Endeavor Turkey, Endogen Consulting, We-Decide, Galata Angel Investing Network, Founder Institute Istanbul, Montessori Coop. In 2013, Kutlu launched the SUCool International Startup Acceleration Center based at Sabanci University in Istanbul and has been runnning it. In 2015, he launched UKBasecamp, an international incubator and accelerator based at Oxford.

Ollie Forsyth

Ollie started his first business aged 13, Ollie's Shop. Since then, he has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Express, Entrepreneur.com, Billionaire Australia, The Huffington Post, The Startup Magazine, Uni's Not For Me and many more. Now age 18, he is the founder of 8 different companies including UNBXD, UniBell and the Budding Entrepreneurs Magazine.

Piotr Lagowski

Piotr Lagowski currently Executive Director at Empik.com (Polish Amazon with historically strong offline branch). Before one of executives in Oliver Samwer Rocket Internet start-up factory. He was responsible for building from scratch Foodpanda (food delivery marketplace) in CEE as well as Quandoo (restaurant reservation marketplace) in EEMEA region. He also developed Groupon and Westwing in Poland. Before joining start-up industry he was working in banking sector in retail segment.

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Alex Van Klavaren

Alex founded Kandidate because of his frustrations trying to find startup talent in the UK. He was General Manager at onefinestay and launched the UK for a Rocket Internet venture. He has been working in startups for 15 years as aged 21 he left Edinburgh university and bought a double decker bus and provided evening tours. The business expanded to five cities and was sold in 2008 but is still up and running to this day.

Fred Turner

Fred is a 3rd year Biochemistry student at Christ Church college who rusticated this year to manage his biotechnology business. He was named European Young Scientist of the Year 2013, and through his company TL Biolabs he's now pioneering a new method of DNA testing that's 90% cheaper than the industry standard, starting in the agriculture market. His company is currently raising a £4.5m Series A round and expanding throughout the country. He is currently 20 years old.

Dr. Barbara Hammond

Until 2010, Barbara’s role was in Government, including heading up the £350m UK renewable energy programme and working as International Director for Sir David King when he was the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor. Her current roles are CEO of the Low Carbon Hub, a director of Osney Lock Hydro and a director of West Oxford Community Renewables (or WOCoRe). An expert on community renewables, Barbara is also on the Community Energy Contact Group, working with Government on the strategy for community energy. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to community energy development, particularly in Oxfordshire.

Matt Kuppers

Prior to founding his company, Matt held a position as associate at Straub Ventures, a Notting Hill based venture capital firm. Startup Manufactory is a London based accelerator that specialises in developing startups, scaling SMEs and building accelerator programmes for corporates. Matt is also the co-founder of MenuSpring, a London Business School Incubator Programme backed startup that has been featured in the best British Startup 100 ranking in 2013.

Usman Khan

Usman Khan co-founded Algomi, a finance oriented technology company, which provides a scalable software suite to enable market participants in fixed income to securely and intelligently harness data to make valuable financial trading connections. Usman was named one of the top 40 under 40 rising stars of trading and technology by the Wall Street Journal eFinancial news.

Prof. Kieran Clarke

Kieran is the Professor of Physiological Biochemistry and British Heart Foundation Principal Scientist here at the University of Oxford. Kieran has, with NASA, invented an industry-changing sports drink that improves mental and physical performance. She has recently been appointed the CEO of TdeltaS, a fast-growing, ambitious biochemical research company in the exciting field of nutraceuticals. TdeltaS is currently commericialising Kieran's invention.

Matt Lerner

Matt leads 500 Startups’ operations in London, where he’s looking for promising seed and post-seed startups. A member of the Distro team, he helps companies to scale. Previously, he built and managed growth teams at PayPal. A “growth guy” with 10 years’ experience leading B2B teams he approaches each role first as a general manager and then as a marketer, product manager or both, as needed.

Charnel Conway

Charnel Conway is the MD of ABA Tutorship, a company that provides tutors to work with children with autism. Charnel discovered the need for this kind of support while she was studying for her Psychology Degree and once graduated she found a passion for helping families living with autism, through the application of Applied Behavioural Analysis. Set up in 2014, ABA started with just four tutors but in under 2 years has grown the team top 42 members of staff and counting.

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Annabel Kilner

Annabel launched her career as marketing manager at innovation consultancy FreshMinds and set up the company’s retail division, which quickly became its biggest sector. Along the way she met Brent Hoberman of Lastminute.com fame and, under his mentorship, realised that ecommerce was her future. They worked together at Mydeco.com and now Made.com – the online designer furniture brand. As country manager UK, Kilner has helped boost turnover from £26.2m in 2013 to £42.7m last year and seen the company named the second fastest-growing tech business in the country.

Henry Ludlam

Henry started his first venture, an events company, in his first year at University. This has now grown into a business that with a six figure turnover. In his final year of university he set up his newest venture, TeamFirst, which has become youngest ever team to be accepted into Telefonica's Wayra Accelerator. TeamFirst raises funds by linking buying power to global brands, and is already working with household names such as Nando's, ASOS & Subway.

Fabrice Bernhard

Fabrice Bernhard is a serial Entrepreneur and Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique. In 2007 in Paris he founded Allomatch, a website helping you find the best pub to watch sports games in. Two years later, he founded Theodo, a web development company that has worked with start-ups and large global brands. Since growing Theodo to more than 100 employees in Paris, Fabrice has been concentrating on Theodo’s international expansion, starting with the UK last summer.

Sir Patrick Head

Sir Patrick Head is the co-founder and former Director of Engineering of the Williams Formula One team. For 27 years from 1977 Head was technical director at Williams Grand Prix Engineering, and responsible for many innovations within Formula One. Under Patrick the team won over 100 racing victories, won nine Constructor's Championships Awards. The company continued to expand and on 31 December 2011 he stepped down from the WGPH Board of Directors. In 2015, the Queen knighted Patrick in her birthday honours for his services to Motorsport.

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