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Cambridge Tech Podcast covers all things tech from the heart of the UK’s tech capital, and one of the most respected tech and innovation hubs in the world. Hosted every Sunday by James Parton and Faye Holland, the duo talk tech with a full house of experts and personalities exploring this exciting ecosystem, sharing insights and opinions, bringing you the latest on the innovators, the innovations, the game changers and the fundraises.


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Cambridge Tech Podcast James Parton & Faye Holland

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Cambridge Tech Podcast covers all things tech from the heart of the UK’s tech capital, and one of the most respected tech and innovation hubs in the world. Hosted every Sunday by James Parton and Faye Holland, the duo talk tech with a full house of experts and personalities exploring this exciting ecosystem, sharing insights and opinions, bringing you the latest on the innovators, the innovations, the game changers and the fundraises.


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    Putting a halo on entrepreneurship in Norwich

    Putting a halo on entrepreneurship in Norwich

    Laura Hood joins us from Anglia Capital Group (ACG) talks to us about the angel investment network and the Halo Programme.
    Our guest Mark Merrywest tells us that 84% travellers are influenced by social media and Yond brings together a way to book your holiday and activities all in one place. The programme helped to direct the seed of an idea into something funded and ready to launch.
    And from the most recent cohort Alex Howard Founder of AAH Software providing clinical research, shares how his company has morphed from services to technology led.
    We talk about
    ·       How the size of opportunities developed in Norwich might not be the same magnitude as some of the #Cambridge #deeptech startups, but there is still applicability and marketability.
    ·       Getting guidance on the valuation of a startup
    ·       The importance of refining your message to the different audiences
    ·       How important pitch practice is and the subsequent constructive discussion post-pitch – is nice feedback ever useful?



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    • 43 min
    A lifetime of entrepreneurship with Amy Weatherup

    A lifetime of entrepreneurship with Amy Weatherup

    In an episode of two halves, we talk to Amy Weatherup about two decades leading iTeams and her personal journey before and since.
    iTeams bridges the gap between students who are experts in their own sector, and entrepreneurs and innovators who are looking to drive commercialisation and turn their ideas to reality.
    Amy tells us more including three lessons she’s learnt along the way:
    ·       Technology is far earlier than you think it is
    ·       It’s going to cost you a lot more money
    ·       IP and patents are only part of what you have.
    We then talk about Amy’s own career at the start of the commercial internet and supporting schools to startups. We cover:
    ·       Being a young entrepreneur
    ·       Building a company, quickly, and keeping cash flowing
    ·       Contracts with some of the largest electronics companies
    ·       How securing funding has changed over the last decades
    ·       Being open with corporates
    ·       Angel investing
    ·       Paying it forward.




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    • 50 min
    Celebrating Raspberry Pi with Eben Upton

    Celebrating Raspberry Pi with Eben Upton

    This week we revisit our interview with Eben Upton of Raspberry Pi from 2022.
    Tune in to hear about:
    ·       Eben’s route to Raspberry Pi
    ·       Celebrating the people that have been part of the journey
    ·       Doing business in the pub (a very Cambridge thing)
    ·       From managing a supply chain (please remember numbers and comments are from 2022), to moving into retail
    ·       The weird and wonderful uses of a Raspberry Pi (and a challenge for someone to achieve Eben’s desire to get a Pi beyond low earth orbit? #LEO)
    ·       Stories of breaking websites and thoughts on office-based working
    ·       And of course, floating the company, on which Eben recently said:
    “Nearly sixteen years ago, in the autumn of 2008, a handful of us set off on this journey together. We were driven by a shared realisation that something had gone badly wrong in young people’s interaction with technology; a shared conviction that we should do something about it; and the beginnings of a shared idea of what that something might be.
    “In the years since, we’ve accomplished amazing things, as a company, as a Foundation, and as a broader movement. We’ve designed PCBs; written software; taped out chips; published magazines; filed patents; trained teachers; run after-school clubs; and seen our products taken to space, to the bottom of the ocean, and to the ends of the earth.
    “We’ve sold over sixty million low-cost, high-performance, general-purpose Raspberry Pi computers to the enthusiasts and educators who remain at the heart of the Raspberry Pi movement, and to the industrial and embedded customers who today account for over two-thirds of our sales.
    “And thanks to the availability and salience of those computers, and to the curriculum reform and teacher training initiatives championed by the Foundation, we have seen a resurgence in interest in computing among young people. In sixteen years, Computer Science has gone from being the easiest subject to get into at Cambridge to the hardest, a change that has been reflected across the UK higher education sector and beyond. We have engineers working for us today who got their first experience of computing on a Raspberry Pi platform.”



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    • 37 min
    Launching in space with Marco Gomes-Jenkins, SuperSharp

    Launching in space with Marco Gomes-Jenkins, SuperSharp

    From a degree in the Netherlands to the first satellite launch in Costa Rica in 2018, to the UK to launch a space company, we talk to Marco Gomes-Jenkins, Co-Founder and CEO of Super-Sharp Space Systems Ltd.
    Marco talks about his background, going to MBA at Imperial to learn ‘business’, which led him to Professor Ian Parry at Uni of Cambridge who together with George Hawker became co-founders of SuperSharp.
    SuperSharp is an Earth-imaging company developing unfolding space telescopes to capture high-resolution thermal infrared (TIR) images of the Earth.
    These images can be used for applications such as tackling climate change, crop monitoring, and maintaining global security, allowing high-quality affordable Earth-imaging solutions to empower the world in responding to global change.
    With a space launch mid-2026, SuperSharp will have had just over 15 years of R&D funded by the UK Space Agency, Innovate UK, the European Space Agency, the UK Ministry of Defence Accelerator, plus equity investment from Cambridge Enterprise, and some individual angel investors.
    Tune in to find out more about the SuperSharp journey and how the Cambridge ecosystem has helped at all stages of its growth.

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    • 24 min
    Streamlining analytical processes in biomanufacturing with Abselion

    Streamlining analytical processes in biomanufacturing with Abselion

    Today we hear about how a business grew from research in the lab, to creating material samples for academic collaborators as customers, to a complete pivot in industry sector.
    Post his PhD, Ruizhi Wang then realised he had a hammer, so started looking for a nail! He found a gap in manufacturing where a quick turnaround device was required and where his analytical instrument had a role – and Abselion was born.
    Funded through grants and awards, and a bit of bootstrapping we hear about Ruizhi’s own entrepreneurial journey from prototype to the formal launch this month, his fundraising and acquisition goals, and not listening to advice.



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    • 30 min
    SMA with Cambridge Mechatronics Ben Brown

    SMA with Cambridge Mechatronics Ben Brown

    From an academic learning about commercialisation, to a career spanning 25 years working on novel technology, we were thrilled to talk to Ben Brown, CTO at Cambridge Mechatronics this week.
    From colloids at the University of Cambridge, to ink at TTP, and jumping into the world’s best loud speaker development at Cambridge Mechatronics, Ben has much experience to share with our listeners.
    Now with a focus on actuators, we learn about the magic of Shape Memory Alloy and how Cambridge Mechatronics have cornered that market globally with a list of patents that would rival Arm to Rolls Royce.
    We talk to Ben about the company move from ‘hidden gem’ to a much more public profile, triggered by their first external funding round by Atlantic Bridge, Sony and Intel, and what that means to the business model and future portfolio.
    Ben also shares useful lessons about building relationships in Japan, Taiwan and China, and the dynamics of doing business is the Far East.
    We think you’ll agree that Cambridge Mechatronics is a great representation of a multi-disciplinary tech team of silicon, firmware, software, material scientists, physicists, and more. And with an expansion into new premises on Cambridge Science Park, and a new office in Copenhagen, they are certainly a tech company to watch. 




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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

reviewed-nov22 ,

Great for keeping up to date with tech ecosystem in Cambridge and beyond

Really great series of podcasts with a news summary of latest tech startups and then a focus guest interview from those with inspirational stories to tell about their own tech startup companies or from someone involved in supporting the tech ecosystem and startups.
Just the right duration for each episode with enthusiastic presenters giving every episode a positive “can do” vibe.

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