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U Cambridge initiative attracts 100 tech leaders to support university start-ups

A new entrepreneurship initiative at the University of Cambridge has attracted 100 leading tech founders, investors and operators to join in its mission of accelerating university start-ups with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

The “Founders at the University of Cambridge” program is supporting a cohort of entrepreneurs that is 49% female, with more than a quarter coming from Black, Asian, minority and ethnic backgrounds.

The 100 experts joining the initiative will provide mentorship and guidance to the entrepreneurs in the cohort. The experts come from companies including Google, Stripe, Graphcore, FiveAI, Superhuman and Balderton Capital.

“This group has unrivaled experience building, scaling and supporting world-changing tech companies, which will be invaluable to help unlock the potential of our new generation of founders building companies that will solve humanity’s growing challenges,” says Gerard Grech, managing director of Founders at the University of Cambridge.

Stan Boland, co-founder of Five AI and one of the experts joining the initiative, says that the mentorship he received as an early-stage entrepreneur was instrumental in helping him achieve success.

“That’s why I’m looking forward to giving back as part of Founders at the University of Cambridge,” Boland says. “I can’t wait to get started helping a new generation of founders of tech companies to help unlock their full potential.”

Source: Tech EU

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