- The intimate networking dinner brought together GBx and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub.
- The dinner formed part of the Enterprise Hub’s visit from the UK, supporting five incredible entrepreneurs working across AI and machine learning as part of the Hub’s deep tech EXPLORE programme.
- To kick off the evening Amber Atherton (GBx Exec Director & Partner at Patron VC) welcomed guests from both sides of the Atlantic.
- Dr John Lazar CBE FREng (Chair of Enterprise Committee; Co-Founder & General Partner at Enza Capital; Chair at Raspberry Pi Foundation and What3words) also said a few words – highlighting the work of the Academy and Enterprise Hub, including its mission to support talented entrepreneurs and bold, IP-rich innovations from all areas of engineering and technology that can solve the world’s most complex environmental, economic and social challenges.
- The evening’s discussions centred around expansion into the US and the personal experiences of GBx members who are thriving in the US West Coast, including founders who have raised over $100m, founders who have exited to Twitter and Discord and the Head of Scouts at Sequoia.
- There was a strong sense of community in the room, with several GBx members having been former recipients of Academy awards and prizes and experiencing first-hand the role.
- On individual tables insights and advice were shared around US expansion and discussions around emerging themes and challenges in technology.
- As the evening wrapped there was a strong sense of community with this just being the first of many exciting opportunities for the Academy and GBx to work together.
About the Enterprise Hub
The Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub supports talented entrepreneurs and decision makers to transform breakthrough engineering and scientific innovations into disruptive spinouts, startups and scaleups.
We look for bold, IP-rich innovations from all areas of engineering and technology that can solve the world’s most complex environmental, economic, and social challenges.
About the Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering is harnessing the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone.
In collaboration with its Fellows and partners, the Academy is growing talent and developing skills for the future, driving innovation and building global partnerships, and influencing policy and engaging the public.
Together they are working to tackle the greatest challenges of our age.
Notes by Katie Saddleton, RAEng