Following on from our previous successful talks back in 2017, Wednesday Business: Enterprise Talks are back

Please come and join us to hear from leading entrepreneurs who will take you through their journey and the challenges they faced whilst creating and growing their business.

These inspiring talks also provide the opportunity to network with individuals who share your interest in entrepreneurship.

These events are free of charge to attend and open to all but you must register for a ticket.

All event dates

    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 27 Feb 2019

Event Programmes

Professor Krzysztof Koziol – Wednesday 20 February, 6.00pm-9.00pm

From lab to multi-million pound venture. The story of graphene.

Krzysztof joined Cranfield in March 2017 as Professor of Composites Engineering and Head of Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre at Cranfield University. He has a career spanning polymer science and nanotechnology. Krzysztof graduated with a first-class Engineering Degree in Chemistry from Silesian University of Technology, and subsequently with a PhD from Cambridge University. Back in Cambridge in 2008, as Royal Society University Research Fellow and Oppenheimer Research Fellow, he was leading Electric Carbon Nanomaterials Research Laboratory at Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, developing nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes and graphene), focusing on their molecular design and novel, sustainable production methods. Krzysztof pioneered new generation of electric conductors, based on nano-carbons, poised to replace materials like copper and aluminium. He also built the very first electric machines (motor and transformer) using carbon nanotube wires.

He is involved in major collaborations in the areas of graphene materials, new generation of electric wires and nanocomposites. Leading a programme in carbon nanotubes and graphene means that the research embraces not only the basic materials discipline of structure and properties, but also direct applications and implementation into the real consumer world. He has a commitment to bring ‘nano to market’ and actively interacting with industry resulting in several commercialisation projects. Krzysztof is an active inventor and Cranfield Manufacturing entrepreneurial champion. Over the past 18 years, Krzysztof registered several patents around new materials & technologies and also has been participating in the commercialisation process with direct technology transfer with industrial partners and by setting up dedicated start-ups/spin-outs, which can bring new technologies to life or bring materials and related products into the hands of our communities.

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Dr Shai Vyakarnam – Wednesday 27 February, 6.00pm-9.00pm

If you believe you can, you can. Main lessons from all the Entrepreneurs I have met.

Dr Vyakarnam is Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield. He is presently Co-Founder and Director of AcceleratorIndia, Chairman of KisanHub and on the Advisory Board of Smart Vineyards and Mobius AI. Dr Vyakarnam is Trustee of The GEN Initiative. He is Senior Member of Darwin College and Resident Senior Member of Wolfson College. Dr Vyakarnam worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD at Cranfield.

He has combined academic, practitioner and policy interests to provide advice to governments and on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over several years. From 2003 to 2015 he focussed on the development of practitioner-led education for entrepreneurship at the University Of Cambridge Judge Business School, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.

Dr Vyakarnam was awarded “Best Entrepreneurship Professor” at the 2nd Asian Business Schools Awards in 2011. In 2012 he was elected to the prestigious European Academy of Science and Arts. Hot Topics published Entrepreneurship Professor 100 in 2015, Dr Vyakarnam featured on this list. His career and passion over some 25 years has been in entrepreneurship education and supporting new and early growth ventures. Dr Vyakarnam has published several books and a forthcoming book is called Camels, Tigers and Unicorns: Commercialisation Science and Technology with Co-author Dr Uday Phadke

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Location & travel details

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further travel details please visit our Location page.


If you would like to book accommodation whilst visiting the campus then we are pleased to offer en suite accommodation on the campus, which is within easy walking distance of lecture rooms and other facilities. To make an enquiry or booking, please contact the Cranfield Management Development Centre.