Cambridge 100

Cambridge 100 - promoting innovation in business & technology

Spring Dinner Thurs 19th Feb 2015
Details will be provided shortly. Registration is not yet open

Our recent Dinner
Winter Dinner: Thursday 20th Nov 2014 

SOLD OUT. Registration closed 

How to develop small, ambitious, under-resourced, chaotic, organisations - how a small Cambridge tech company attracted a global giant (or "the stuff I know now that I wish I'd known then")

- a talk by Quintus Travis, CEO, Red Balloon Learner Centre Group

Quintus Travis

 Cambridge 100 are delighted to welcome Quintus  Travis, renowned technological entrepreneur as  our guest  speaker at our Winter Dinner on  Thursday 20th November. 

 Quintus’s talk is a personal observation of the  route taken to get technology from start-up  through acquisition to product market.

Quintus Travis and his brother, Adrian, developed and patented a novel optoelectronic technology (called the Wedge) which attracted the attention of Microsoft who subsequently bought the technology and employed the brothers in their Applied Sciences team.

In his talk, Quintus will cover:

  • how a major US technology corporation engages with small, new companies and start ups
  • how a novel consumer electronics technology company should enter a product
  • what he and his brother would have done differently knowing what they know now to what they knew then
  • the lessons learned from both sides of the fence.
You can view the “the Wedge” technology at this Microsoft link. 

In May 2014, he returned to the UK and joined Red Balloon Learner Centre Group, a Cambridge based charity that helps severely bullied children get back on an academic track and reconnect with society.

Quintus served 6 years with the Royal Marines, spent 2 years training policemen in the Caribbean, and has an MBA from Harvard. Read a fuller bio here.

To register for the Dinner  

Members: log-in (at the top right of the page) to register your place. As a member, you can bring one 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.

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

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

Who are Cambridge 100?

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

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

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.

Our new Chairman:

Adrian Cassidy - ChairmanOur new Chairman is Adrian Cassidy.  Adrian is an experienced coach and facilitator with success in creating high performance individuals and teams in high performance environments and programmes. 

Adrian was Chief Coach for Rowing Ireland, and performance and talent coach for British Rowing and Cambridge University Boat Club.

Autumn Dinner September 2014

We were delighted to welcome Dr Ian Lewis, Director of Infrastructure Investment, Cambridge University Computing Service as our speaker for the evening.

Ian covered the aspirations to be 'world class' in research within both the university and the region, and for how University continues to deliver its long track record of excellence".

Cambridge 100 - In conversation with Dr Lewis

  Dr Ian Lewis (centre) in conversation. Photo:

                       Menu for the September Dinner

Cambridge 100 Autumn Dinner menu

            Chairman's farewell speech. Photo:

Cambridge 100 Chairman's farewell speech

        Our new Chairman's first speech. Photo:

Cambridge 100 Networking on the lawn

                    Drinks on the lawn. Photo:

                   Images from previous Dinners

Cambridge 100 - Summer Dinner, pre-dinner drinks 

    Pre-Dinner drinks on the Orchard Lawn, Jesus College 

    Cambridge 100 - conversations over coffee



                       Discussions over coffee. Photo:

Cambridge 100 Spring Dinner - guests


Cambridge 100 networking before Dinner     


Cambridge 100 Spring Dinner - Intorductions

Introductions in the Prioress's Room. Photo:

Previous Dinner Speakers

September 2014: Dr Ian Lewis, Director of Infrastructure Investment, Cambridge University Computing Service as our speaker for the evening.
Ian covered the aspirations to be 'world class' in research within both the university and the region,

May 2014: David Cushman, world renowned speaker on social media, talked about the 10 Principles of Open Business and how this new approach will change the way we do business, a way which major companies are already adopting.

March 2014: Prof Alan Barrell, presided over a lively panel discussion following a presentation on the emergence and explosive growth of crowdfunding, as a credible alternative to bank finance for businesses, by Goncalo de Vasconceles and Bryan Zhang, recognised experts in the field of crowdfunding. We were delighted to have Julian Huppert, MP, attend.

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.

More photos from recent Dinners   Photos:

Cambridge 100 After Dinner speeches


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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
  • Quarterly Dinner in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere in the 15th Century, Jesus College
  • Hear insightful speakers, at the forefront of business and innovation
  • Significant reduction in price the price of a Dinner
  • Bring a guest to a Dinner at an attractively reduced rate
  • Our complimentary membership of Cambridge Network
  • Corporate membership available     
Join as a member here. 

               Autumn Dinner September 2014

Cambridge 100 - Pre-Dinner conversation

  Our Chairman, Adrian Cassidy (right). Photo:

          Dining in the Upper Hall. Photo:

Our aim at Cambridge 100 is:

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.

                         Autumn Dinner 2014

              Drinks on the lawn. Photo:

Cambridge100 Drinks on Jesus College lawns

                   Drinks on the lawn. Photo:

Cambridge100 Members networking in Upper Hall

        Conversation prior to the Dinner. Photo:

                Images from previous Dinners

  Cambridge 100 - Chairman's speech

Chairman's speech

David Cushman in conversation pre-dinner

David Cushman in conversation on the lawn

Cambridge 100 Summer Dinner at Jesus College

               Jesus College in the sunshine viewed from the Orchard Lawn                  . 




          Some of our previous speakers


Cambridge 100 Spring Dinner with Prof Alan Barrell

Prof Alan Barrell (right)



Cambridge 100 Spring Dinner 2014



               Dr Goncalo de Vasconcelles & Bryan Zhang

Cambridge 100 Autumn Dinner with Dr Wiesner

            Dr Wiesner with Committee members

Cambridge 100 - Summer Dinner 2013 with Dr Richards

                               Dr Andy Richards (left)

Cambridge 100 Spring Dinner 2013 with Prof Mike Gregory

            Prof Mike Gregory (centre)

Cambridge 100 Dinner - Winter Dinner 2012 with Dr Hall


                                            Dr David Hall (right)

Cambridge 100 - Autumn Dinner 2012 with Dr Avison


                                                                                               Dr Gerald Avison (right)


                            More images from previous Dinners

Cambridge 100 Meeting in the Prioress's Room



Cambridge 100 Meeting up in the Prioress's Room

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