Scaling up: the next big opportunity - 10/09/15

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Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to partner with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) as the prestigious entrepreneurial event returns to Cambridge for its 9th year.

SVC2UK returns to Cambridge on 4th November 2015 for a Thought Leadership event ‘Scaling up: the next big opportunity’ in the historic Debating Chamber at the Cambridge Union Society. This exclusive event brings together serial entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley with UK entrepreneurs, business leaders and students to offer insights into the most disruptive technologies that are scaling, and where the next billion dollar company is likely to come from.

The guest speakers include serial edtech entrepreneur John Katzman; entrepreneur, gamer and computer scientist Rahul Vohra, internet marketing expert & scale up entrepreneur Hillary Mickell; consumer electronics visionary Corinne Vigreux and inventor, engineer and start up advisor Catherine Mohr.

With Sherry Coutu’s report published last year highlighting recommendations for cities, governments, entrepreneurs, corporates and academia on how to support a greater number of scale ups in the UK, what better way to embrace this topic for our Cambridge community than to hear from entrepreneurs who have scaled up their own businesses and can share their thinking on the ground breaking technologies that will help shape the next wave of scale ups.

This year the Thought Leadership event is being organised by Bailey Fisher Executive Search and presented in partnership with Cambridge University Press, Barclays, Googleforentrepreneurs and CUE. The event is part of the larger SVC2UK programme taking place across London, Cambridge and Manchester that is being led by London & Partners.

Attendance at this event is free of charge, but places must be registered in advance. To register please visit

About the guest speakers:

John Katzman
John is an education entrepreneur who has founded and run three companies: The Princeton Review, 2U, and now educational search engine Noodle; in each, he’s brought together incredible teams and helped them create transformative services, compelling cultures and strong returns for investors. Founded in 2010, Noodle acquired Lore in 2013 and AllClasses earlier this year. John is an angel investor into EdTech companies, and sits on the board of numerous non-profit and for-profit organisations in the education sector.

Rahul Vohra is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He has been involved with a number of start ups, as a founder, investor and advisor. He is currently CEO of Rapportive, an innovative email company that he co-founded before scaling to acquisition by LinkedIn. Rahul is now working with LinkedIn on a ground-breaking mobile product, LinkedIn Intro. Rahul is well known as a computer scientist and gamer, having started his career as a game developer at Jagex. During his time at Cambridge University, Rahul headed up Cambridge University Entrepreneurs.

Hillary Mickell has 20+ years’ experience growing some of the world’s leading technology brands including Yahoo!, PayPal, Shutterfly and Netscape. Hillary co-founded Foodily Inc in 2010, raising $7.7m in two rounds of investment from Index Ventures, and growing the business to acquisition by IAC-owned earlier this year.

Corinne Vigreux co-founded TomTom and is the Managing Director of its Consumer Division. She played a leading role in growing TomTom from a small business into a global player in the consumer electronics market and has focused on defining and driving TomTom’s global sales, brand and product strategies. Corinne is a key visionary in the car navigation industry and has played an active role in this fast growing market from the beginning.

Catherine Mohr is Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, a high-tech Silicon Valley company that makes the da Vinci surgical robot. She is responsible for strategic planning of new developments, identifying key new technologies for incorporation into the robotic platform, and conducting surgical labs to evaluate prototype devices and technologies. Catherine serves as scientific advisor to several start up companies in Silicon Valley as well as government technology development programs and start ups in her native New Zealand.

About Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK)
Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) is a not-for profit programme of industry-supported events led by business leaders, investors and serial entrepreneurs and run by volunteers. It is designed to improve the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the UK, Europe and beyond and drive sustainable growth by helping promising CEOs in their scaling journey, inspire students, and foster relationships with Silicon Valley and Europe. The event brings together serial entrepreneurs from the US and across Europe to deliver keynotes and to coach first time CEOs to scale up their businesses.

About Bailey Fisher Executive Search
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is an independent executive search firm specialising in technology, life sciences and healthcare. Founded in 1998, Bailey Fisher has contributed to the growth of some of the UK’s most ambitious companies; delivering global searches at board and senior management level for emerging high-growth ventures to innovative multi-nationals. The company operates internationally from offices in Cambridge and London.

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