Entrepreneurship Matters #7: How NET-A-PORTER’s business culture is set up to innovate

Date: Tuesday, 17 March

SLisa Bridgettpeaker: Lisa Bridgett, Global Director of Sales and Marketing at NET-A-PORTER

Lisa Bridgett talked about how NET-A-PORTER, the online luxury retailer, has retained its entrepreneurial culture beyond its start-up phase. She talked about how the company continuously combines technology and creativity, explores new ideas and incubates new businesses within the NET-A-PORTER GROUP.

A Conversation with Eric Ries

Date: Friday, 6 March 2015Eric Ries

Speaker: Eric Ries

Eric Ries, the Lean Start-Up pioneer, talked about the success of the movement and what’s he’s learned since the book was fist published in 2011.

A video and podcast are available here.

Entrepreneurship Matters #6: It’s All About the [Entrepreneur] Stupid – A View from the Foothills of Private Equity

Wol Kolade

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2015

Speaker: Wol Kolade, Managing Partner at Livingbridge

Wol Kolade talked about his twenty years of experience in the world of private equity. He discussed the British Venture Capital Association and what it taught him about the industry, some of the entrepreneurial companies that Livingbridge has backed over the year and his thoughts on the future of private equity. 

Entrepreneurship Matters #5: Internet Entrepreneurs in China – Is the Sky the limit?

Date: Tuesday 17 February 2015Duncan Clark

Speaker: Duncan Clark OBE, Chairman and Founder of BDA China

Duncan Clark looked at the rise of internet entrepreneurs in China, and how  Jack Ma and the other digital dynamos helping to transform commerce, content and the middle classes in the country.

You can find a podcast and a video of this session on our website.

Entrepreneurship Matters #4: Entrepreneurship in Africa – Challenges and Opportunities

Mthuli Ncube headshot

Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015

Speaker: Professor, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, & former Chief Economist and Vice President, African Development Bank Group.

Professor Mthuli Ncube looked at the challenges facing leaders in identifying development needs and priorities for an entire, rapidly evolving continent. He also discuseds the future of Africa and the global opportunities this brings, as well as his own experience of being an entrepreneur in Africa. 

You can find a podcast and a video of this session on our website.

Entrepreneurship Matters #3: Social Entrepreneurship – Trends and Examples

Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015DPT lecture

Speaker: Daniela Papi-Thornton, Deputy Director at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at University of Oxford.

Daniela Papi-Thornton gave an overview of different models of social entrepreneurship and examples of businesses she has encountered in developing countries, particularly Cambodia where she has set up her own social enterprise.

You can find a podcast and a video of this session on our website.

Entrepreneurship Matters #2: Enterprise in Developing Countries

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Speaker: Professor Zoltan Acs, Professorial Research Fellow at LSE

Professor Zoltan Acs presented on the findings of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute‘s 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Index, a tool for identifying the right policies and programs to drive growth and job creation.

You can find a podcast and a video of this session on our website.

LSE_20141125_1830_ConversationwithLanceUggla-74Entrepreneurship Matters #1: From Start-Up to Global Significance

Date: Tuesday 25 November 2014
Speaker: Lance Uggla, CEO of Markit

Lance Uggla, CEO of Markit, spoke to Professor Alnoor Bhimani about Markit’s journey from start-up in a St. Albans barn in 2003 to a successful IPO in summer 2014.

You can find a podcast and a video of this session on our website.

A Conversation with Professor Muhammad Yunus

Date: Friday 21 November 2014
Speaker: Professor Muhammad Yunus

Professor Muhammad Yunus-1523Muhammad Yunus (@Yunus_Centre) was born on 28 June 1940 in the village of Bathua, Chittagong, a seaport in Bangladesh. The third of fourteen children, he was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. He then served as chairman of the economics department at Chittagong University before devoting his life to providing financial and social services to the poorest of the poor. He is the founder of Grameen Bank, serving as managing director until May 2011. Yunus is the author of the bestselling Banker to the Poor. In October 2006, Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Grameen Bank, for their efforts to create economic and social development. Muhammad Yunus was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Economics) by LSE in November 2011. In April 2013 he received the US Congressional Gold Medal.

A podcast and video of this event is available to download from A Conversation with Professor Muhammad Yunus

The Scale-up Manifesto: why scale-ups will drive the global policy agenda for the next generation

Date: Tuesday 18 November 2014 
Speaker: Sherry Coutu
Respondents: Geoff Mulgan, Tamara Rajah, Andy Tong  

The scale-up ManifestoThis event marked the launch of a major report commissioned by the UK government on increasing the economic impact of high growth firms which will be published on 17 November during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The report seeks to identify the actions governments, corporates, universities and entrepreneurs in the UK should consider taking to ensure high growth firms are “scaling up” successfully. The approach is based on clear evidence that fostering the growth of scale up firms will realise significantly greater overall benefits for an economy in terms of jobs, wage growth and contribution to GDP.

Panellists addressed the impact of the report both on government and on business.

A podcast of this event is available to download from The Scale-up Manifesto:  why scale-ups will drive the global policy agenda for the next generation


Peter Thiel – How to Build the Future 

Date: Friday 26 September 2014 
Speaker: Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel-8266It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new. Adding more of something familiar takes the world from 1 to n. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. Today our challenge is to imagine and create new technologies to make the future more peaceful and prosperous.

Peter Thiel (@peterthiel), an entrepreneur and investor, co-founded PayPal and the data analytics firm Palantir Technologies. He made the first outside investment in Facebook, funded companies like SpaceX and LinkedIn, and started the Thiel Foundation, which nurtures tomorrow’s tech visionaries through programs such as the Thiel Fellowship and Breakout Labs.

This event marked the publication of Peter’s new book Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future (@zerotoonebook).

A podcast and video of this event is available to download from How to Build the Future