Oct 2011 04

Coventry University Entrepreneurs (CUE) invites you to the Grand Launch of the CUE Business Creation Competition; a showcase of home-grown business talent and how you, too, can become an entrepreneur by entering the CUE competition!

CUE Grand Launch
Thursday, 13 Oct, 2011
6:00pm – 9:30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Coventry

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CUE invites students, investors, and all interested parties to the Grand Launch of the 2011-2012 CUE Business Creation Competition. Meet, mingle, and learn about CUE and the Competition, which has awarded over half a million pounds in prizes to help fund over 400 teams and their ideas in the past 11 years.

To kick-start a new academic year of creativity, CUE presents an exciting panel of speakers and business leaders: Dr. Darrin Disley, executive chairman of Horizon Discovery Group; Dr Shamus Husheer, co-founder and CEO of Coventry Temperature Concepts, and Lord Bilmoria, founder of Cobra Beer.

Karan Bilimoria (Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea) is founder of the popular UK beer brand, Cobra Beer. Winner of 85 Gold Medal awards, it’s no wonder that Cobra Beer is one of the fastest growing beer brands in the UK, sold in nearly 48,000 restaurants, bars and supermarkets, with a retail value turnover of £178 million. Founded in 1990, Lord Bilimoria created a unique beer which led to a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, the biggest family owned brewer in the world. Lor Bilimoria has won numerous awards in recognition of his business achievements and charitable work, including an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). In 2006, he was appointed The Lord Bilimoria, of Chelsea.

Dr Darrin Disley is CEO of Horizon Discovery Ltd, the fast growing Coventry-based company that provides research tools to support the development of personalized cancer medicines. A Coventry alumni with a PhD in Biotechnology, Darrin is now an experienced and successful parallel entrepreneur who has been involved in the start-up and growth of ten high-tech business ventures.

Dr Shamus Husheer is co-founder and CEO of Coventry Temperature Concepts. He is the inventor of the technology behind the successful DuoFertility and a proud winner of the CUE Entrepreneurs´ Challenge 2007. Shamus also returns as Coventry alumni, with a PhD in Nuclear and Structural Chemistry, and has founded several other companies before the successful Temperature Concepts.

The event is free and open to everyone, including those with no business experience and only the slightest curiosity of what business entails. Over free refreshments and food, come meet like-minded potential teammates or simply learn about this year’s Entrepreneurs’ Challenge.

Previous winners and participants of CUE’s various competitions will be present to talk about their experience through CUE and the business development. Come along and find out what it takes to be a winner and how you can be one by entering the £100 for 100 Words Competition.


18:00-18:30 Registration, CUE alumni company showcase

18:30-18:45 Introduction to CUE and the business creation competition

18:45-19:00 Speech by CUE competition winner, Dr Shamus Husheer, CEO of Coventry Temperature Concept

19:00-19:30 Speech by Dr Darrin Disley, CEO of Horizon Discovery Ltd.

19:30-20:00 Speech by Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer

20:00-21:30 Canapé reception, CUE alumni company showcase, and networking

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