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 and refreshments are supplied (face-to-face events only).

All of our Speaker Series events take place at 18:00 on Thursday evenings in November and February. Our current intention is that the November events will be ran online and the February events will be ran at Cranfield campus (subject to Government and University guidance). 

Carl Clump – Thursday 26 November 2020, 18:00


Intrapreneurship: Do you have to leave your organisation to be an entrepreneur?

Carl has been the CEO of an LSE listed company, an AIM listed company, a private equity backed company and a start-up as well as being Group Managing Director for a VC backed entity.

He was the Chairman of the card issuing subsidiary of a family owned private bank until 2015. From 2016 to 2019 he was the Chairman of an Australian specialist media company which provides advertising, communications and premium entertainment and is listed on the ASX.

In 1991 he founded a European joint venture consisting of five downstream oil companies.

In 2000, Carl founded payments and fraud prevention company, Retail Decisions Plc and then led the management buy-out of the company in 2006. During his time at Retail Decisions, the company established presence on all continents except the two very cold ones, and he led the company’s entry into China, establishing a joint venture with a Chinese company which was subsequently acquired by, China’s largest internet company by revenue.

He has lived and worked in France, Belgium, UK, USA, Australia, and Singapore.

Carl was awarded a Cranfield bursary and completed the full-time MBA program at Cranfield in 1980. Carl is now a Visiting Fellow at the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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Lolade Orsanwo – Thursday 12 November 2020

LoladeResilience and entrepreneur's journey

Lolade will be delivering an empowering talk, encouraging you to realise that your business journey is in your hands. 

"Your journey and path is yours! Live it! Don't hold back! This time, this period, is the beginning of the rest of your lives...make it count!"

Lolade Oresanwo started her career in commercial banking, providing financing and business development advice to SMEs and Large corporates in the oil, gas and retail sectors in Nigeria building credibility with clients on mergers and acquisition transactions/negotiations, Business Development and Renewable Energy Sales.

She is currently the business face and co-founder of WestAfricaENRG - a renewable energy company focused on ensuring ‘Zero Waste’ to landfill in the communities they work in. She is an environmentalist with extensive knowledge of the renewable energy space. For over 8 years, treating waste in a sustainable manner, creating long term jobs, empowering women and eradicating poverty through sustainable waste management and renewable energy has been the her and the company’s focus. WestAfricaENRG has built two and now operates the first Materials Recovery Facility in Nigeria deploying technology to recycle waste into reusable materials for electricity production and composting by driving every stage of the waste management value chain providing employment for over 3000 people.

A recent recipient of Outstanding young Nigerian Entrepreneurs’ award, and recognition by the UK Prime Minister at the 2020 UK Africa Investment Summit as being a company to look out for; Lolade is very focused on developing people and empowering women in all categories of life. As such setting up waste processing and recycling clusters around Southwest Nigeria has been her main focus and building SME entrepreneurs across the country and West Africa. Lolade also works with South-west Nigeria state Governments in preparing Solid waste infrastructure master plans for their states. She was a member of the Lagos state  2019 transition committee sitting on the Health and Environment sub-committee that designed the Health and Environment infrastructure plan for Lagos state, Nigeria.

Lolade is an honours graduate of Microbiology from the University of Ibadan Nigeria and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management United Kingdom.

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Simon Biltcliffe – Thursday 19 November 2020

'Post Covid-19 - how business is changing for the better'

Simon Biltcliffe is an award winning CEO, international public speaker and business expert; widely acclaimed for his talks on his Marxist-capitalist business model, as well as talks on employee motivation and running a thriving organisation in the 21st century. 

An IoD Director of the Year, he is the founder an CEO of national print services agency, Webmart and the world's fist digitally driven print platform, Trade Print Management. From starting Webmart with just £10,000 of his own savings, Simon has turned the business into a £30 million turnover organisation with just 44 employees whilst implementing his unconventional business model and maximising everyone's I.E.F (Intellectual, Emotional and Financial) return. 

Simon is an experience speaker and has spoken to large audiences at many events from TEDx, The Marketing Academy, IoD conferences as well as guest talks at the IMD in Lausanna, Harvard Business School, IIT Bombay and the University of Oxford, to name a few. Simon also offers up his time to attend local community initiatives such as young enterprise, and he also extensively mentors individuals, from Olympic athletes to students trying to set up businesses - just like you!

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