Sitting in judgement
Last Friday saw London Business School’s 13th Entrepreneurship Conference. Rather notably, the event took place in the City at the Bloomberg centre rather than on the School’s glorious Regents Park premises…all thanks to the Royal Wedding apparently which scuppered plans and campus room availability but made for a welcome change of scenery for over 200 people who joined the day’s events.
This year the event focused on the pivotal role that entrepreneurs play for both the economy and society at large. The impressive line-up of speakers which included Niklas Zennstrom (Skype), Luke Johnson (pizza Express and Mike Harris (Egg) clearly illustrated how entrepreneurs innovate and drive change, and explored how we can better foster a new generation of entrepreneurs.
But perhaps the most overt expression of entrepreneurialsm, guts and determination was displayed by those pitching at the Business Plan Competition of the Year. With competition being fierce between the 3 finalists, shortlisted from literally hundreds of applicants from around the world, there was little to choose between them. Sitting on the panel of judges, I found it difficult to separate them on their merits with each bringing innovation, excitement and opportunity to the table. Yet, my lips remain sealed to prevent me from revealing the identity of the winner just yet – after all, who am I tell? Surely the passing of time will show which of the these is a true winner in the real world where demand and implementation need to go hand in hand. Watch this space and I may well spill the beans in due course…