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.  More speakers to be announced shortly.


    • 10 Feb 2022
    • 17 Feb 2022

Adam Nemenyi – Thursday 10 February 2022

Adam Nemenyi

Adam is CEO and Founder of Aerospares 2000 Ltd, a leading aftermarket supplier of aircraft spare-parts based in Watford. After graduating from business school, Adam set about establishing a company that identified opportunities and delivered genuine added value within an already crowded marketplace.

The company is entrusted by over 350 of the world’s leading airlines, cargo operators, leasing companies and MRO’s to provide them with round the clock 24/7 Aircraft On Ground (AOG) spares support for anything from an engine starter to an escape slide. Along its journey, Aerospares 2000 has received several awards recognising its industry-leading service and quality levels including the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade.

As a two-time participant on the Cranfield Business Growth Programme, Adam used the skills learnt whilst on the course to successfully grow the business to a revenue of $44m in 2019 with an EBITDA exceeding $11m which culminated in a multi-million-dollar acquisition by an American private equity firm in December 2019.

Adam has a life-long passion for all things aviation related and is a qualified private pilot. He earned a BSc. in Business from Manchester Metropolitan University and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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James Bidwell – Thursday 17 February 2022

James Bidwell

James Bidwell is co-founder of Re_Set, a leading next generation strategy consultancy for innovation and sustainability whose mission is to ensure its clients thrive in a disrupted world. Re_Set empowers and equips businesses and governments to make a positive global impact and create a new vision of success. He is also the owner and Chair of Springwise, the world’s largest source of global innovations. Committed to positive change, Springwise is essential reading for CEOs, innovators, investors, educators and corporates from all sectors. Both companies are members of 1% for the planet and certified B Corporations, part of a growing community of businesses committed to redefining the role of business in society as a force for good.

James specialises in leading positive and transformational change in business and has held many Board level and CEO roles. He outlines his philosophy in his book, Disrupt! 100 Lessons in Business Innovation, published by Hachette and now an Amazon best seller. He was listed in the Financial Times Creative Business Top 50, and named as one of London’s 1000 most influential by the London Evening Standard. During his time as Marketing Director at Selfridges, he was described as the “ring master extraordinaire” and “a theatrical agitator”.

James is also a high-profile speaker and commentator. He speaks regularly on navigating disruption, the rapid pace of change, the role of innovation in helping solve the climate crisis and how to achieve cultural shift. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Bristol and Cambridge Judge Business School, a participant in the London Business School Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme, and committee member and judge at the World Retail Congress and mentor at Red Bull Amaphiko Academy.

Committed to protecting and securing the future of the natural world, James chairs the UK Steering Committee for 1% for the Planet, an international organisation, whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. James is also a UK ambassador for B Corp.

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