27 September 2009
Over the last few weeks, I have been involved in several meetings about start-ups, but last Tuesday I was pitched in at the deep end. I got to spend most of the day at Seedcamp. My visit was the idea of one of our new Governing Board members, Sara Murray. There are a few similar programmes around, but Seedcamp is now in its third year and has a good reputation. The basic idea is disarmingly simple. They have some money to help really early stage companies. There is pre-selection, but in the final week 22 companies take part in a process that involves a variety of forms of mentoring and then pitch for funds to develop their ideas. I would imagine it is actually quite difficult to put it all together so I was very impressed with the overall package that greeted me at UCL.
13 September 2009
Last week also saw the second Low Carbon Vehicles event at Millbrook. Organised jointly by Cenex, the Department for Transport, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Energy Technologies Institute and ourselves. This is an excellent demonstration of the growing capability of the UK based automotive industry to compete in the markets that will comprise the low and ultra-low carbon vehicles.