Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Since beginning my PhD at Cambridge University in September 2012, I have lead four major ventures that have developed my leadership qualities, and demonstrated entrepreneurial potential:
1) Caius Lower Boats’ Captain: My leadership was focused on attention to organisational detail. I lead 30 people, comprising 11 sessions per week, and only once did someone not turn up to a session. This organisational capability has translated well to my role in creating a new business.
2) Caius Telephone Campaign 2013/2014: Top caller in 2013 and 2nd in 2014, raising £200,000 for the college over 4 weeks. The skills I developed in negotiation, persuasion, and communication, have made me a competent fundraiser.
3) Founder of the University Bitcoin Society: In 8 weeks I built a committee of 20 people, hosted 8 events, got 300 members, and raised £15,000 in sponsorship.
4) MOF project: At the same time as leading the Bitcoin Society, I became involved in the spinout relating to this application. Over the past year I have worked closely with the inventors, raising £156,000 in funding.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We have built an experienced advisory board to fill gaps in our capabilities, and have acquired 5 advisors with expertise in leading at a board level (Kenneth Worthing), licencing technology as a business model (Tony Harris, of Accelerate Cambridge), the industrial gas markets (Colin Haden, ex Global Head of Products at Linde), medical devices (Mehryar Behizad), and sales and business development (Carlo de Stefanis). We are also a member of Accelerate Cambridge.