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Cambridge Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship 2015 Launch Event: Is it always about a bright idea?

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Is entrepreneurship always about having a startlingly original or bright idea? Or is it about building on strong skills and competencies in the industry sector?

Shakil Khan, investor and advisor to digital music service, Spotify; and founder of BITCOIN and other digital currencies service, Coindesk, will be talking to Matthew Rock, editor-in-chief at DueDil and co-founder of Real Business, about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur at our event on Wednesday 17 September in Cambridge in the context of his extensive experience as an entrepreneur and investor.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship programme offered by Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and to meet the programme team.

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating and relevant event for anyone with entrepreneurial ambitions, looking to start a business or involved in a startup/SME.

Register soon to secure your place:

Refreshments will be provided at the networking from 1pm.

About Shakil Khan:

Shak is currently Head of Special Projects at Spotify, where he is also personal advisor to founder and CEO Daniel Ek. He has had a number of online businesses in the UK since 2000, was part of the founding team at, which was acquired by AOL , and he recently founded CoinDesk, a bitcoin news site.

He is also an Advisor to Horizons Ventures, the tech investment arm of the Li Ka-Shing Foundation. Horizons Ventures have investments in a number of well-known tech companies including Facebook, Waze, Deepmind and Siri.

Shak is an investor in approximately 20 companies including BitPay, Spotify, Top10, Duedil, Yplan and Humin. Shak was also an investor and mentor to Nick D’Aloisio who built and sold Summly, a news curation app that was sold to Yahoo in March 2013.

About Matthew Rock:

Matthew Rock is editor-in-chief at the technology business DueDil, whose vision is to organise the world’s private company information. As a founding editor of Real Business (the UK’s first magazine for entrepreneurs), Matthew probably interviewed and met more entrepreneurs than any other UK journalist. He writes a column for City AM on entrepreneurship. As a co-founder and communications director of Caspian Media, Matthew hosted many high-profile events such as the Growing Business Awards and First Women Awards (with the CBI ), as well as working closely with Pinky Lilani OBE on the Asian Women of Achievement awards and Women of the Future programme. He is an ambassador for the British Library’s Business & IP Centre.

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Nicky Reynolds, Programme Manager

T: +44(0)1223 766900



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