Entrepreneurs’ Challenge 2011 Grand Finale
May 2011 16

Proudly presented by CUE.

Register at http://cuegrandfinale2011.eventbrite.com/

Date and Time: 18:00 - 22:00 Wednesday, 8 June, 2011

Location: Cambridge Union, The Chamber

A showcase of the business ideas from this year’s finalists of the CUE entrepreneurs’ challenge. They will be pitching to a penal of angel investors, hoping to win the grand CUE prize of £5000 and maybe even the special Angel Prize!

  • “Dragon’s Den”-type pitching with Angel Investors
  • Finalists’ Poster Session
  • Drinks reception, Food and Entrepreneurs’ Networking

The finalists are:


Anharmonika: Sourav Ghosh, Ashley Butcher
e-Comm: Tongyun Li, Michael Crips, Richard Penty, Ian White
Spherico Biotechnology: Shah rukh Abbas, Faisal Khan, Habib Abdur-Rahman
Trainsense: He Yu, Ruiqi Chen, Sinha dhiraj

Social Enterprise

RISE: Baillie Aaron, Daniel Marshall
Craftslink: Rudradeb Mitra, Ali Marjowy, Steve Power
Elpida Cambridge Health: Muntaqa Umar-sadiq, Lu Tan, Michael Freeman
Green Pace: Sargam Tyagi, Anuja Sinha
Khadija’s Business Park: Shah rukh Abbas, Faisal Khan, Habib Abdur-Rahman

Software and IT

Stella: Wenqi Chen
Qiqqa: James Jardine, Nicholas Smit, Elbert Marais, James Phillips
Labbridge: Min Hu, Peng Li, Ankur Mutreja

The competition is fierce and entertaining, and all you need to do is to come along and enjoy the night with a glass of champaign on the house!


18:00 Arrival and Registration

18:30 Welcome from the President

18:35 Introduction to the Panel

18:50 CUE Finalists Pitches

19:40 CUE review and pitches from CUE competition entrants

20:00 Winners announced

20:30 Poster session, Food, Drinks, Cake and Live music

21:30 Close

This year’s angel investors:

Charles Cotton - Serial Entrepreneur and founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd

Charles Cotton is an experienced director of public companies listed on the London, Nasdaq, Euronext Amsterdam, and Frankfurt stock exchanges and private companies in the USA and Europe.

During his career he has lived and worked in the UK, USA and Germany and has experience conducting business in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and Africa. He has advised the UK government on the development of entrepreneurial businesses and the commercialization of science and technology. In addition, he is an adviser to and investor in venture capital firms, an angel investor and mentor.

He is a director of Solarflare, the semiconductor company; Veebeam, the consumer electronics company; and two other companies in California. His UK directorships include Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd, semiconductor company XMOS and Cambridge Enterprise Ltd the organization within the University of Cambridge responsible for spin-outs, licensing and consulting activities.

Dr Jonathan Milner - Business angel and CEO of Abcam

Jonathan Milner is a highly experienced entrepreneur and business leader with a background in genetic research. He gained his doctorate in Molecular Genetics at Leicester University after graduating in Applied Biology at Bath University. He was a research fellow at Bath University and the University of Cambridge in the laboratory of Professor Tony Kouzarides, studying genes and proteins associated with human cancers. Whilst working in research he identified the potential market opportunity in supplying high quality antibodies to support protein interaction studies. He founded Abcam, with David Cleevely and Professor Tony Kouzarides, in February 1998 as an internet-based business to supply a rapidly growing market. He is an active member of the Cambridge, UK, business community and is chairman of Cambridge Temperature Concepts Limited, a Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) Entrepreneurs’ Challenge winning team, also a privately held medical device company developing a reliable system for ovulation monitoring.

Dr Andy Richards - Serial Biotech Entrepreneur and business angel

Dr Andy Richards is a serial Biotechnology entrepreneur and business angel. He is currently Chairman of Altacor, Novacta and Ixico and is a director of Vectura plc, Summit Corp plc, Theradeas, Cancer Research Technology (commercial arm of CR-UK) and Babraham Bioscience Technology.He is a Cambridge graduate with a PhD in Chemistry who spent his early career with ICI (now AstraZeneca) and with PA Technology. He was a founder of Chiroscience and an executive director through to the sale to Celltech in 1999. Since that time he has been founding and investing in new Cambridge based biotechnology companies including several of those listed above as well as Arakis, Geneservice, Cambridge Biotechnology Ltd, Amedis Pharmaceuticals, Sirus Pharmaceuticals, Daniolabs and Pharmakodex, all of which were recently sold.He is a council member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), a founder member of the Cambridge Angels, the founding Chairman of BIA Bioangels.

Ted Shelton (CEO, Open-First)

Ted Shelton, CEO, Open-First. Open-First is a consulting firm based in Palo Alto and London working with clients ranging such as Alcatel-Lucent, General Motors, and ThomsonReuters on innovation and market ecosystem projects. Ted has spent the past 20 years working in the high tech industry, as a software developer, in product development, marketing, and as a senior executive in both public and privately held companies. Previously Shelton served as the Chief Strategy Officer of Borland Software and Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for WhoWhere (acquired by Lycos in 1998) and several other software and Internet start-up companies.

£5K Challenge Submission
Apr 2011 07

£5K Challenge Phase a (Business Plan Competition) Submission

Deadline Friday 25th February 13:00 pm

Finalist announcement: 23rd of March, 2011 [..]

£5K Challenge Submission
Feb 2011 07

2011 £5K Challenge Phase a (Business Plan) Submission

Deadline Friday 25th February 13:00 pm, 2011

Finalist annoucement: 23rd of March, 2011

Feb 2011 01

How to make your elevator pitch the best of all?

How to make your business plan stand out from 1000 others?

Come join us for an afternoon of free training!

Jan 2011 31

Well done to all entrants for the £1k competition! If you’re interested in getting involved but for £5k this time, come along to our £5k Training Event this Saturday, register at ‎www.5ktraining2011.eventbrite.com!


CUE Grand Launch 2010
Jan 2011 01

Mark your calendars now!

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) warmly invites you to join us for one of the most exciting events in Cambridge, CUE Grand Launch, where you can find out how to be a real entrepreneur and win from £100 to £5K as a bonus.

18 Oct 2010, 6:30 - 9:30pm


£100 for 100 Words
Sep 2010 21

It’s easy: just pitch your business idea to us in 100 words or fewer. The challenge here is to condense what you want to say and get all the major points across in just a paragraph. There is no need to give away any private information – a public summary is enough to win the competition. Then, submit your summary online at www.cue.org.uk.

Submission deadline: 29th of October, 2010.