This is the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from successful entrepreneurs. The Bettany Centre Entrepreneurship Speaker Series gives you the chance to hear from a variety of entrepreneurs from across a range of industries.

The speakers will give you an insight in to their journey, identifying their successes and any mistakes that they may have made along their way. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions, allowing you to delve even further in to the backstory of these well-established entrepreneurs.

Attending these events will provide you with a great chance to network with like-minded individuals who share your passion for entrepreneurship.

The events are entirely free of charge.

Dates for your diary

All of our Speaker Series events take place at 18:00 on Thursday evenings, with the exception of our event with Nick Jenkins which is on a Monday evening.  More speakers to be announced shortly.

Panel Discussion with Shaz Shah, Kim Nilsson and Kim Horton – Thursday 17 November 2022

Shaz ShahShaz Shah

Shaz is a Co-Founder at Harry Specters, a company that manufactures chocolates for the Luxury market while creating employment for young autistic adults at a manufacturing unit in Cambridgeshire.

Starting the business from the back of their house, the founders, who have an autistic son, have managed to grow a profitable business, by successfully raising investment. The company has manufactured millions of chocolates while creating paid employment and free training for 100s of young autistic people.

Shaz has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. His background is technology and, in the past, has founded, scaled, and sold a technology business.


Kim NilssonKim Nilsson

Kim has a background in science, with a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. She is also a serial entrepreneur having first co-founded and run Pivigo, a data science company, and now co-founding and leading PeripherAi. PeripherAi supports founders and sales owners of start-ups and SME’s to integrate their human knowledge and data insights together to feel the peace of mind of having a scalable, predictable, and efficient sales function.

Kim is also a thought leader and accomplished speaker who has spoken at over 100 conferences, and been named in the Top 50 Most Influential Women in IT in the UK in 2018-2021. Kim is passionate about supporting start-ups and SME’s in utilising technology and data better to optimise and improve on their businesses.


Kim HortonKim Horton

Kim is a successful businesswoman with over 30 years’ experience in retail with the John Lewis Partnership, Tesco.com and Argos.

In 2013, Kim co-founded EQUUS, a UK-based online retailer in the equestrian sector.

As CEO, Kim has led the company to be the UK’s biggest and fastest growing online pureplay in the sector, and the company has been nominated for Retailer of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Kim has an unparalleled knowledge of retail operations, buying, merchandising, stock management & audit and e-commerce.

Kim is passionate about customer centricity and its principles underpin everything at EQUUS.

Kim is a keen rider and works hard on her hacking and flatwork with her horse, Waldo. An ex-showjumper, he often jumps out of his field. Which helps Kim smash the goals set by her Fitbit, which she also loves.


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Jerry Ejikeme – Thursday 24 November 2022

Jerry Ejikem

‘Practical challenges of growing a business from start up to exit’

Jerry is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. After a successful venture with Inmarsat in West Africa, he led African operations at Nomi Mobile, an MVNO backed by BT/British Telecommunication.

In 2007, Jerry founded Sochitel UK and Nomiworld to focus exclusively on the emerging international remittances industry.

Sochitel is a leading global FinTech platform and hub, specialising in the distribution of digital products and services. Processing millions of transactions daily, the Sochitel platform provides over 60 million unique end users with digital products and services, from some of the world’s leading brands. With strategic office locations in London, New Jersey, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra and Douala, plus several other pan-African locations, the business has developed a strong footprint serving major African banks, mobile money operators and fintech platforms, as well as corporate clients across the globe.

Recently, IDT Corporation, an NYSE listed global provider of fintech, cloud and traditional communications services acquired a majority stake in Sochitel. Thus the business is able to leverage combined capabilities to deliver International Top Ups, International Money Remittance Services and Digital Retail Solutions to a global network of distribution partners and clients.

As Sochitel has developed its presence in emerging markets, Jerry's passion for improving the quality of people's lives through enabling access to digital products and services has led to him supporting a number of charitable initiatives and causes across Africa.

Jerry has a law degree from University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and has been called to the Nigerian Bar.

He also holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

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