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The Accidental Entrepreneur: Different Pathways to Success (28th Nov)

Why do people become entrepreneurs?  Please join us for a fascinating insight into entrepreneurship with a panel of four entrepreneurs whose career paths defy stereotypes.
Chaired by Claire Ruskin, CEO Cambridge Network.

One not to miss… 
“The Accidental Entrepreneur: Different Pathways to Success”.
Monday 28th November 2011, 6.30-9.30pm, Hidden Rooms, Cambridge.
Our panel:
Dr Ann Clarke (co-Founder, Frozen Ark)
Andrew Hatcher (MD, Applied Knowledge)
Julie Barnes (CEO, Abcodia)
Dr Madhuri Warren (Founder and MD, Pathology Diagnostics)

How and why do people come into entrepreneurship? For many so-called “accidental entrepreneurs” the driving force may be a particular skill they have that they can’t utilise any other way, or the ability to recognise a gap in the market that they realise needs to be filled, or it might be that their personal circumstances have meant that a “proper job” is out of the question.  In this meeting we’re providing a forum where people can showcase that you can be successful without conforming to the stereotypical image of an entrepreneur and that actually it is OK to have a different notion of success.

The idea for this event arose from discussions about the motivations and realities of women starting up businesses and becoming entrepreneurs. However, ‘accidental’ entrepreneurs aren’t limited to women, indeed many entrepreneurs – both men and women – have fascinating tales about how they ended up doing what they do.

a) Introduction
b) Dr Shima Barakat (CfEL) – themes that have emerged from research into women entrepreneurs
c) Panel discussion chaired by Claire Ruskin – personal stories from entrepreneurs in the hi-tech and biotech sector who ended up as entrepreneurs “by accident” or not as their initial objective
d) Open discussion with panellists
Panel: Ann Clarke (co-Founder, Frozen Ark), Andrew Hatcher (MD, Applied Knowledge), Julie Barnes (CEO, Abcodia),  and Dr Madhuri Warren (Founder and MD, Pathology Diagnostics)
Event details
“The Accidental Entrepreneur: Different Pathways to Success”.
Organised by Cambridge AWiSE, CfEL and Startup Masterclass. 
Monday 28th November 2011, 6.30pm (for 7pm)-9.30pm.
CamAWiSE members and early bird: £5
Non-members:  £10
(includes one complimentary drink on arrival)

Please register in advance at

Venue: Hidden Rooms, 7a Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA.  The entrance to the Hidden Rooms is the side door to the right of the entrance to Pizza Express.
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