City Unrulyversity goes live
High profile speakers opened the free pop-up university with a series of speeches aimed at exploding the myths surrounding UK tech entrepreneurship. The speeches were followed by a short taster session delivered by City's Dr Caroline Wiertz (Cass Business School) and Twitter's UK Sales Director, Bruce Daisley. City Unrulyversity combines academic rigour and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge with practical relevance from the world of business. Richard Anton from Amadeus Capital Partners kicked off the myth-busting by stating that European start-ups are not at a disadvantage compared to their US counterparts when it comes to IPOs and exit strategies.
Stephen Welton, CEO of The British Growth Fund, continued the theme, arguing that the UK had plenty of opportunities for start-ups to acquire funding.
Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor, City University London, closed the speeches by demonstrating the relevance of academia to the world of business.
"We are committed to taking an active part in the growth of Tech City and have much to offer," he stated.
"Our graduates are amongst the country's most employable, our cutting edge research can be applied to digital businesses and we can supply world-leading consultancy, start-up support and specialist facilities.
During an interview with the Financial Times at the launch, Professor Curran also said:
"We're pleased to be collaborating with Unruly in City Unrulyversity and we look forward to further collaborations with Tech City businesses."
Individuals who attend five City Unrulyversity sessions are eligible to apply to Cass Business School's entrepreneurship fund, a £10 million venture capital fund providing growth equity to start-up and early stage companies.
City Unrulyversity will be open every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8pm at Unruly's headquarters. The sessions will be delivered by City University London academics on topics ranging from building an app to raising capital.