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This is a group for start-ups, SMEs and scale-up business looking to expand their network within the wider Cambridge ecosystem in a friendly, sociable environment.

Upcoming events (5+)

Zero Waste Retail Hackathon in Collaboration With Full Circle

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ

*** Please order your free ticket here; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-waste-retail-hackathon-tickets-58778354641 *** For decades now supermarkets have been pre-packaging more and more goods in order to increase their profitability by increasing the ease with which they can sell. This practice has come at a significant cost to the environment and there is a growing ‘zero waste’ retail movement which has started to sell loose goods into containers that customers bring themselves. Full Circle is a Cambridge-based zero waste retailer that is now at the point of adding food to its current range. Full Circle is hosting this hackathon in the belief that there are better approaches to zero waste retailing than have currently been deployed. Zero waste retailing has a couple of key challenges; the inconvenience for the customer, and the labour-intensive retail process. It is our contention that if these challenges are not adequately addressed, then the prices charged and the effort involved for the customer will mean that zero waste shops will only ever be frequented by the well-heeled and/or those who are highly motivated by environmental issues. We, at Full Circle, invite anyone who has an interest in this area, or who just enjoys working on complex problems to join us for a stimulating weekend of conceptualising, designing, building, hacking and general problem-solving. We’re absolutely not just looking for software hackers, but also those with skills in consumer behaviour, process design, product design, graphic design and communications. There will be set challenges by the event organisers. A challenge will be assigned to each team for them to work on over the weekend. The organisers will be awarding a prize for the best project, taking into account the potential impact, progress over the weekend, and cost to fully implement. What we will provide Please bring your own laptop. There will be good wifi, a Slack collaboration space, an AV system, and a number of Arduino and Raspberry Pi starter kits (though it would really help if you have your own to bring). More specifically we will have examples of the food dispensers we plan to use and some Arduino and RPi compatible strain gauges and interface boards that can be used to develop scales that will facilitate streamlining the retailing process. Practical Details The event is free of charge. You must agree that anything you develop is placed into the public domain. You are welcome to come as a fully-fledged team, or we can help to create teams on the day. A buffet lunch will be provided on both days though there are a number of excellent places to eat within minutes of the venue if you prefer. For further information, please contact [masked]

Enterprise Thursday Networking

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ

Our monthly Enterprise Thursday Networking event is a chance for start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs to meet other entrepreneurs and professionals in a friendly and sociable environment. Refreshments will be provided at this free event. The event will take place on the first Thursday of every month. Access to the Auditorium will be from 4.30 - 5pm. The event will finish at 6pm. If this is your first time to one of our events, we may ask you to provide a little information about your business.

How To Understand What Your Customers Really Want with James Porteous-Butler

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ

Understanding your target is audience is everything, a business idea only becomes viable if someone is willing to pay for the product or service. Without understanding what people want, it's impossible to cater to their needs. Focusing on B2B audiences, this workshop will be run by James from The Growth Consultancy and will explore the practical steps required to understand who your ideal customers are and what it is they really want. You can then use this knowledge to develop better products, more compelling value propositions and content people want to engage with. James has been helping businesses attract and win more clients for over 15 years. Prior to setting up his own consultancy business he held board-level commercial and client relationships roles in the marketing world.

Resilient Leadership in Partnership with OE Cam LLP

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ

Join us for this event in collaboration with OE Cam LLP about Resilient Leadership. Dr Hazel McLaughlin, Business Psychologist and Partner at OE Cam will be delivering this event. In this seminar they will explore how leaders can build their personal resilience but also go beyond this to ensure business growth. The event will address how to enhance ways of working, build organisational resilience and harness the strength of Disruptive Talent. Hazel will share insights into assessing and developing resilience both at individual and organisational level. But thriving organisations and individuals don’t just adapt, they create their own future. Innovative businesses embrace diversity of ideas and harness the right talent to reimagine their world and foster the right ecology for growth. Dr. McLaughlin explains "The mindset of team members is vital to business success. It is important to build on your personal resilience and capability, and to recruit people who are open to change, flexible in their approach and respond with agility to their environment. If their attitude is right they will be motivated and energised to push forward and make change happen”. Dr. McLaughlin continues "In the context of SMEs, the entrepreneur is often what we call Disruptive Talent - those individuals who think and act differently, who innovate, who challenge conventional wisdom and practice. But as your business grows, Disruptive Talent needs the right support to flourish; they will challenge conventional thinking but also can take the business in new directions. The role of the entrepreneur is critical but also harnessing the talent within the team and building resilience has a fundamental role to play.” Join us on the 9th May to find out more about how to make this happen for your business.

Past events (155)

Bagels and Banking: A Morning Networking Event Hosted By British Business Bank

Eagle Labs Incubator, Barclays Bank, Cambridge CB4 3AZ

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