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17 July, 2014 - 11:24 By Tony Quested

Cambridge band of tech brothers back Torchbearers initiative


The greatest technology entrepreneurs in the history of the Cambridge UK innovation cluster have formed a band of brothers dedicated to stimulating a new generation of potential billion dollar companies.

Tech entrepreneur thought leaders have signed up to a Business Weekly initiative – branded Cambridge Torchbearers – that will light the way to greater global scale-up for future plays and fan the flames of entrepreneurism.

David Cleevely, Peter Dawe, Shaun Fitzgerald, Richard Green, Hermann Hauser, Steve Ives, Stephen Jackson, Jonathan Milner, Andy Richards, Adam Twiss and a host of others who collectively have built businesses worth billions, have been early engagers – pouring in to support the inspirational venture and urging us to “keep fanning the flames of innovation.”

Green, who is CEO of tracking technology specialist Ubisense, said: “This is a fantastic initiative for Cambridge - absolutely red hot. Upcoming entrepreneurs can learn through the mistakes and best practice of their predecessors and create a whole new generation of Cambridge-based market-savvy businesses that raise the bar.”

Cambridge Torchbearers is designed to show that while the companies in the cluster’s hall of fame are well documented the individuals who sweated blood, went through the pain barrier, burnt shoe leather pounding the streets for cash support and took their businesses to unprecedented global heights are not so celebrated.

Nor have their stories, warts and all – the gore and the glory – been adequately told – until now. What were their main challenges? What were the make-or-break pressure points? What were the fun moments and the low points along the way? 

How and why did they persevere and - in many cases – start all over again? And how can today’s and tomorrow’s new young entrepreneurs learn from all this best practice and, no doubt, myriad mistakes from founders of companies such as ARM, CSR, Autonomy and many more?

Business Weekly’s Cambridge Torchbearers initiative is a dynamic venture that will grow with the cluster – and the stories of the cluster’s most dynamic drivers are set to be told. • For further information contact tquested [at] (Tony Quested)

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