Cambridge 100

Cambridge 100 - promoting innovation in business & technology  

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Who are Cambridge 100? 

We are a non-profit business club, founded over 10 years ago, where innovative business people from the region meet to exchange ideas at quarterly dinners in the splendour of the prestigious 15th century Jesus College. 

Members, their guests, and non-members, can hear how some of  Cambridge's most successful business men and women manage innovation and technology.

Summer Dinner: Thursday 12th June 2014 @ 6:45PM

Open Business - the future of business

Our speaker is David Cushman, who will talk about the emergence of Open Business, a totally new kind of business where stakeholders demand more open, connected, meaningful relationships with organizations.

Many of the world's leading brands are now embracing Open Business but whilst they may aspire to it, few have the ability to do it well.

David Cushman has been described as one of the world's finest marketers by E-Consultancy and was ranked #3 in PR Week's Power Players of Social Media and he regularly presents around the world. Anyone who can get glowing reviews for his work from the likes of Guardian Editor, Alan Rusbridger, former defence minister, Tom Watson, and Tesco's CMO, Matt Atkinson, must be doing something right!

Open Business places value on transparency, stakeholder inclusion, and accountability through structures that make contributors and non-contributors visible so that business benefits are distributed accordingly. 

Read his interview on pages 59-61, with Cambridge Business, Issue:29. April 2014.

His book "The 10 Principles of Open Business", provides the tools to assess your own organization and take the first steps towards becoming a truly Open Business. It is now available at Amazon.

Registration for the Summer Dinner is now open.

Members: sign in (at the top right of the page) to register your place. As a member, you can bring a guest at the reduced rate and register them at the same time.

Non-members: register here to join us. You don't have to be a Member to attend our Dinners, and you can bring a guest - although only Members' guests come along at the reduced rate.  

Please let us know if you or your guests have any dietary requirements when you register your details.

Over fine dinners provided by Jesus College, members and guests meet in relaxed and convivial surroundings 

Cambridge 100 Dinners also provide an ideal environment for members and invited guests to entertain important clients in the historic surroundings of a notable Cambridge College.

Further details will be sent to attendees nearer the time. Dress is business, plus there is ample parking within the College grounds.

               The Spring Dinner March 2014


Prof Barrell presents his book. Photos: Stef Ferrucci.

Prof Alan Barrell presided over a lively panel discussion on the emergence and explosive growth of crowdfunding, as a credible alternative to bank finance for businesses. He was ably helped by presentations from Bryan Zheng and Goncalo de Vasconcelos, both recognised experts in this field.

Cambridge 100 were delighted to have Julian Huppert MP, join us in the Prioress's Room and hear him speak about the future of science and innovation in the region. 

Photos: Stef Ferrucci.

All the photos from the Spring Dinner 2014 taken by Stef Ferrucci.

Pre-Dinner conversation in the Prioress's Room

The Chairman (centre). with our guest speakers. Photos: Stef Ferrucci. 

Pre-Dinner networking in the Prioress's Room. 

Introductions in the Prioress's Room. Photos: Stef Ferrucci.

You can see more photos from the Spring Dinner 2014 in our Photo-Album page. Taken byStef Ferrucci.

Previous Dinner Speakers

November 2013: Dr Christoph Wiesner, CEO TWI, described the challenges TWI faced from the start, helping Steve Jobs with flat screen technology to school children learning about engineering through collaborative programmes.

May 2013: Dr Andy Richards biotechnology entrepreneur and business angel, spoke about how “personalisation” of medical treatment is a far more effective than focusing on the population as a whole and the constant drive for new drugs.

February 2013: Prof Sir Mike Gregory. "The role of manufacturing in the modern economy". Prof Gregory is Head  of Manufacturing & Management at the University Engineering Department, and Institute for Manufacturing.

November 2012: Dr David Hall  "When engineering and forensics collide". Dr Hall, founder of The Ideas Centre. Innovative ideas can unblock those patterned thinking systems, prevalent within many company management structures.

September 2012: Dr Gerald Avison  "Managing Innovation Success". Dr Avison, co-founder and Chairman of TTP Group. The lessons he has leant from guiding the Group from its very early days to the success story it is today. 

May 2012: Dr Tim Coombs & Dr Jim Haselhof  "The development of superconducting motors" by Dr Coombs, University’s Engineering Power Group. "Standardising "genetic building blocks" by Dr Jim Haselof, Dpt Plant Sciences,

February 2012: Prof Alan Barrell and Dr Brian Cox.Enter the Dragon, A China Evening.

November 2011: Graham Budd, COO ARM Holdings plc Computing in the post-PC era.

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Benefits of Cambridge 100 membership

To experience what Cambridge 100 can offer, here are just some of the   benefits of membership:

  • Meet prominent business leaders, innovators & investors
  • Relaxed, convivial atmosphere at quarterly dinners at the College
  • Insightful speakers, at the forefront of business and innovation
  • Significant reduction in price on all Dinners
  • Bring a guest to a Dinner at the member guest rate
  • Our complimentary membership of Cambridge Network
  • Corporate membership available     
You can become a member here. 

  Members and guests at the Spring Dinner 2014.Photos: Stef Ferrucci.

Our aim:

That businesses in and around Cambridge benefit from access to skills         and experience from members whom they may not necessarily meet       outside their normal networks.

Cambridge 100 is a not-for-profit association, founded on the   principle         that members and guests will benefit more from getting to know each          other by exchanging views and ideas in a relaxed atmosphere.

All Cambridge 100 meetings are conducted under Chatham House* Rules,encouraging openness and freedom of information.

Read Ed Goodman's (Cambridge Business Lounge) review of the Cambridge 100 in Cambridge News or on our Blog page.



Goncalos de Vasconeles & Bryan Zheng present Crowdfunding.

                  Pre-Dinner drinks in the Prioress's Room

      Discussions in the Upper Hall.

Photos: Stef Ferrucci.

                     Pre-Dinner drinks. Prioress's Room. 


Recent Dinners Photos:

                                                     Dr Wiesner with Committee members


                               Dr Andy Richards (left)

                    Prof Mike Gregory (centre)


                                 Dr David Hall (right)


                                  Dr Gerald Avison (right)




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