Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I developed the concept behind SocialInvest, an FinTech investment platform that leveraged machine-learning algorithms to connect investment opportunities with investors based on background, risk tolerance, personal interests and community networks. This initiative was formed through a 'FinTech Startup Weekend' run by the Accelerate Cambridge incubator in the Cambridge Judge Business School, where it won first prize and was accepted onto the 'Pre-Accelerate' program.
Our team entered and won the CUTEC Sustainability Challenge, which is part of the annual Technology Ventures Conference in Cambridge which attracts a range of startup companies, investors and technology enthusiasts. For winning this competition, we were awarded free office space at the Future Business Centre in Cambridge, as well as mentoring by local business 'Angels'.
I volunteered my time as group facilitator at the 'Ignite' entrepreneurship initiative run by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Cambridge Judge Business School. In coordination with leading Cambridge 'Angel', Jamie Urquhart, I helped advise early-stage startups from around the world (including Europe, North America, South America and South-East Asia) on routes to market, investment pathways and communication skills.
I have also worked on a United Nations project to analyse 'Value for Money' outcomes within the rice value chain in rural Myanmar, where we worked with local village leaders on assessing productivity increases for small, independent farmers, and the effect of various 'treatments' and interventions on yields and quality outcomes.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We are currently part of the Accelerate Cambridge startup incubator within the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, where Director Hanadi Jabado and an experienced mentorship team provides guidance and advice on an as-needed basis. We are also working with Paul Hughes, Director of the 'Green, Inc' program within the Future Business School's startup hotdesking initiative, who has extensive experience across a range of renewable energy technologies in the Cambridgeshire region.
In addition, we also have access to expertise from agri-tech specialists in the Cambridge region, including Director of Agri-Tech East - Belinda Clarke, Head of NIAB Ventures - Sean Butler, and Head of the Hasse Fen Research Initiative - Effie Mutasa-Gottgens. Our current bio-pesticide experiments are being formally supervised by Dr. Ed Tanner from the Cambridge Plant Sciences department.
We are also working with large organisations like Shell, where we recently won the Shell LiveWire Award for promising low-carbon startups, and have been introduced to several mentors who provide technical and strategic advice around the renewable energy industry. We made several helpful introductions after making the finals of the Duke of York's Pitch@Palace event, and we have also been in discussions with the Sustainability team at Sainsburys around their food waste strategy for the future, as well as potential opportunities for longer term partnerships.