Tech Transfer eNews Blog

Comings and goings

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 1st, 2020

Cambridge Enterprise (CE), the tech transfer arm of the University of Cambridge, has announced an early search for a CEO to replace Tony Raven, who plans to retire from his post by the end of 2021.

According to Raven, the organization is planning ahead to ensure a seamless transition. “By the end of next year I will have enjoyed 10 years as CEO here. I am not a spring chicken anymore,” Raven says. “I could have stayed for another three years but it would have been unfair on my team to duck out in that way. We need to plan for the next 10-year cycle and to do that we are looking for my successor now to take Cambridge Enterprise to the next stage of development.”

Raven joined the organization as CEO in 2011, with experience both in academia and industry as the founder of numerous successful tech start-ups. Under his leadership, CE has increased awareness of its funding and mentorship resources across UK universities and throughout the entrepreneurship community.

Raven says the goal of the organization is to help students and faculty members create real and significant societal benefit through the commercialization of their innovations.

“The world is changing around us and the UK and U.S. are not alone in wanting to make research the engines of their economies. I have managed CE to a point where it plays on the current international stage, but that arena will become even more competitive, so we have got to work on how to step up to a fresh plateau,” Raven says. “Although I am not sure what I am going to do next, I will want to emulate Cambridge’s leading serial entrepreneurs by staying here involved in exciting and useful ventures.”

Source: Business Weekly

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