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Seeing the big picture with David Cleevely

5th April @ 9:30 am

£13.00 – £16.00

Please note new time for all Cambridge meetings: 09.30 – 12.00 

David Cleevely is an entrepreneur, internationally recognised for his business innovation and delivery. He has worked extensively within the telecoms sector. His expertise has built and directed many companies, including creating over 30 himself. He is probably best known locally for his work with Abcam, Cambridge Network, Cambridge Angels and Raspberry Pi.

Business Weekly described David as, “Intellectual heavyweight and passionate evangelist for the cluster. He has worked tirelessly to get government to understand what makes Cambridge academia and business tick.”

This month we have the opportunity to hear more from David about what he looks for in a business, where he sees the biggest opportunities being and a host of other things, not least, the recent creation of the Raspberry Pi retail offering here in Cambridge. This is a great opportunity to hear from someone at the forefront of technology and business innovation. A man who has championed Cambridge on the global stage and continues to do so.

Below are just a handful of his previous achievements…

1997 co-founded Cambridge Network with Hermann Hauser, Alec Broers, Nigel Brown, Fred Hallsworth and Anthony Ross.

1998 co-founded biotech company Abcam plc and was chairman until November 2009.

2001 co-founded and became chairman of Cambridge Wireless.

2001 co-founded Cambridge Angels, who have invested over £20m into 40 companies in the Cambridge area.

2004 co-founded the 3g pico base station company, 3WayNetworks, which was sold to Airvana in April 2007.

Between 2005 and 2008 he was Chairman of the Communications Research Network at University of Cambridge, part of the Cambridge–MIT Institute.

2007 co-founded and became the Chairman of the spectrum monitoring company CRFS, which has subsequently carried out the first ever UK-wide spectrum monitoring.

2008 became the Chairman of the scanning ion-conductance microscopy company ionscope.

2009 became the founding chairman for the new Centre for Science and Policy and in 2012 joined forces with Hermann Hauser and Jonathan Milner to launch a seed funding round to create a Science Centre in Cambridge.

2009 joined the board of Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd.

He funded and became chairman of the Bocca di Lupo restaurant in Soho, London in 2008, and of its subsidiary, Gelupo, in 2011. Bocca di Lupo came top in Time Out London’s 50 best restaurants for 2009, was a runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2010 and was named by Restaurant Magazine as the 23rd best restaurant in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards 2010.

2013 invested in Cambridge restaurant The Pint Shop (whom we have heard from previously at Drive).

2014 became Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and of Raspberry Pi Trading.

2015 saw him also join the Digital Economy Council.

2017 became Chairman of LabTech company OpenIOLabs, and  Non-Executive Director when they were acquired by Cronin Group.


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5th April
9:30 am
£13.00 – £16.00
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Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge
Kings Hedges Rd
Cambridge, CB4 2HY United Kingdom
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