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Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship Creativity Workshop: What’s the big idea?!

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Got a business idea? How are you going to take it forward? Want to know how to turn it into reality? Get creative and explore your business ideas at our workshop. It’s an opportunity to get inspiration, insight and advice about your business venture or project as well as a taste of what you learn on the Cambridge Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship (PGDE) programme.

We hope that by discussing these questions with others who are thinking of joining the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship as well as some of our faculty, alumni and mentors, you will become inspired to push ahead with your venture and to use the programme as a platform to build a robust and sustainable case. Whether you have an idea yet or not, please do bring with you your creative energy and motivation for a lively session!

Plus, we will also hear from Dr Darrin Disley, Chief Executive Officer and President of Horizons Discovery and CfEL Entrepreneur-in-Residence, about his successful entrepreneurial journey. Darrin is a life scientist who has been involved in the start-up and growth of numerous business ventures. He has a track record of raising c. $200 million business financing from grant, angel, corporate, venture capital and public market sources as well as closing c. $350 million of product, service, and licensing deals. In 2012, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the European Life Science Awards, in 2014 was named Executive of the Year at the Scrip Awards (a global award recognising leadership in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies) and in 2015 was named UK Quoted Company Entrepreneur of the Year. During this interview, he will talk about what inspired and influenced him as well as the skills he sees as important to the entrepreneur.

Who’s it for?

• Those looking to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship starting in September 2015

• University graduates of any background or discipline with entrepreneurial ambition looking to develop specific skills and pursue business enterprises

• Employees of established companies – in private and public sectors – looking to be more innovative or develop new opportunities

• Entrepreneurs looking to underpin their experience with learning, to develop new businesses or strategies, to re-energise and boost their networks

Please register by completing the online form at “


17:30 Arrival and registration

18:00 Welcome and introductions (Lecture Theatre 2)

18:10 Interview with an entrepreneur: Dr Darrin Disley talks to Boni Sones OBE

18:30 Creativity workshop. We’ll split up into three groups to work with the programme mentors on three key questions:

1. Where are the ideas that inspire me?

2. Are the ideas going to turn into opportunities?

3. How am I going to take this forward?

19:00 Debrief session

19:10 Find out more about the PGDE . Q&A session.

19:30 Networking. Refreshments will be served.

20:00 Close

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If you have any further questions about this event or the programme please contact Nicky Reynolds, Programme Manager, by email at

This talk is part of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School series.

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