Who are Cambridge 100?
We are a business club, founded over 10 years ago, where innovative business people meet to exchange ideas over quarterly dinners in the splendour of 15th century Jesus College.
Over fine dinners provided by Jesus College, members and guests meet in relaxed and convivial surroundings to hear how some of Cambridge's most illustrious, successful business men and women manage innovation.
Spring Dinner: Thursday 13th March 2014 6:45PM
Registration for the Dinner is now closed. We have 51 guests - almost a maximum capacity attendance.
Following the dinner there will be a panel discussion on sources of alternative finance including crowdfunding, chaired by Prof Alan Barrell.
"Show me the Money - the New World of Enterprise Finance" Co-author: Prof Alan Barrell. Signed copies of the book will be available at a discounted price for the evening.
"Crowdfunding" - introduction by Bryan Zhang and Goncalos de Vasconcelos, followed by a panel Q&A and discussion, comprising all our guest speakers.
Prof Alan Barrell is Entrepreneur in Residence, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Prof Barrell is co-author of "Show me the money" (with Martin Rigby and David Gill). Alan will be chairing the panel.
Bryan Zhang (far left) is a specialist on Crowdfunding & Alternative Finance at the Judge Institute, University of Cambridge and co-author of the NESTA report on Crowdfunding.
Goncalo de Vasconcelos is the founder and MD of the Syndicate Room. The Syndicate Room is a premium equity crowd funding platform where successful Business Angels invest in exciting start ups.
Alternative finance activities such as crowdfunding, peer–to–peer lending and invoice trading have emerged as a significant funding mechanism and source of capital in the UK in recent years.
Meeting the capital needs of both individuals and businesses, facilitating fundraising activities for civic projects and social causes, alternative finance intermediaries have become online marketplaces where individuals, rather than institutions, work collaboratively to form capital.
Registration is closed
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. You can do this via the registration process.
Cambridge 100 Dinners also provide an ideal environment for members and invited guests to entertain important clients in the historic surroundings of a prestigious Cambridge College.
Further details will be sent to attendees nearer the time. Dress is business, plus there is ample parking within the College grounds.
Recent Dinner Speakers
The November 2014 Dinner:
We were delighted to welcome our speaker for the evening, Christoph Wiesner, CEO at TWI, who gave an excellent and entertaining speech outlining his experiences in managing innovation at TWI.
Dr Wiesner described the technical challenges faced by TWI from its earliest days to present day. How they solved problems from helping Steve Jobs with flat screen technology, to helping school children learn about engineering through collaborative programmes.
Read Ed Goodman's (Cambridge Business News) review of the November Dinner in Cambridge News or on our Blog page.
Menu at the November Dinner:
Veal Cured Scottish Salmon, sour cream, Blinis & Caviar
Hay baked Loin of Lamb, Girolle mushrooms & roasted artichokes
Plum and Cinnamon Tart
Coffee & Macaroons
Sauvignon Blanc La Playa Colchagua Valley 2012
Shiraz Copperstone Creek 2012
Previous Dinner Speakers
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. His topic was "Making the most of new ideas, and 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 "Creativity - when engineering and forensics collide". Dr Hall, founder of The Ideas Centre. Innovative and creative ideas can unblock those patterned thinking systems, prevalent within many company management structures.
September 2012: Dr Gerald Avison "Managing Innovation Success - The lessons learnt". 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 Leading Edge Innovative Technology. "The development and commercialisation of superconducting motors" by Dr Coombs from the University’s Engineering Power Group and Magnifye Ltd. "Standardised "genetic building blocks" to "catalogue buy" specific genetic functionality" by Dr Jim Haselof, plant biologist at the Department of 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 can be found in the Photo Album page
November Dinner 2013 Photos: by www.niluka.co.uk
Talking in the Prioress's Room before Dinner