Past events

Beyond Profit Enterprise Stream 2013-2014

Enterprise Stream - Lent Event 1

2013-14 Year’s Launching Event will be held at King’s College on October 21, 2013

John Bird, the founder of The Big Issue will be our guest speaker.



Beyond Profit Enterprise Stream 2012-2013

Enterprise Stream - Lent Event 1

‘Graduate Entrepreneur: Idea to Success in the Sphere of Education.’

When: 6.45pm, Wednesday 20th February 2013

Where: Emmanuel College, Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre

Who: Catriona Maclay (Founder, Hackney Pirates) and Henry Morris (Founder, upReach)

We are teaming up with the Education Society to offer the chance for you to hear from and quiz two recently graduated and highly successful social entrepreneurs. Catriona Maclay, a Cambridge and Teach First graduate, is the founder of Hackney Pirates, an innovative education project developing literacy and creativity in young people in Hackney, which has been a huge success story. Henry Morris, an Exeter graduate, is the founder of upReach, which seeks to improve access to professions for undergraduates from less privileged backgrounds - having just launched their pilot scheme, upReach has recently had heavy media coverage. Come along to hear these social entrepreneur graduates and the steps they took from idea to success. There will be a Q& A session with the audience afterwards and informal drinks and nibbles.

For more information email Megan at and see the Facebook event.

Enterprise Stream - Michaelmas Event 1

Social Enterprise 101 (with Tom Rippin, CEO On Purpose) and Freshers’ Squash

When: Thursday, 11th October, 6.30pm
Where: Munby Room, Kings College

The aim of this event will be to introduce the idea of social entrepreneurship and to introduce Beyond Profit as well as the events planned for the year.

Tom Rippin (CEO, On Purpose) will give an introduction to Social Enterprise, revealing the meaning behind this latest buzzword and explaining how the sector works and the challenges it faces at present.

‘Real-life’ successful social entrepreneurs and what they have accomplished will be showcased in Tom’s explanation of On Purpose’s contribution to Social Enterprise. After a 30min presentation there will be a chance for discussion and opportunity to mingle over drinks & nibbles with Tom, the Beyond Profit Committee and other socially-minded people in Cambridge. If you’re interested in getting involved and finding out how, this is a great introductory event to get to meet the Committee too and find out about levels of involvement and opportunities to be on the Committee.

Tom is the CEO of On Purpose, an organisation running one-year, full time leadership programmes with work placements, training and mentoring for Social Entrepreneurs in-training. Tom transitioned into the Social Enterprise space after years researching cancer and then at McKinsey & Co. He has advised the CEO of Comic Relief on private sector matters and also worked at (RED), the business founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to help eliminate AIDS in Africa, where he was Managing Director for Europe and Director of Business Development for (RED) International. As well as running On Purpose, Tom is the Chairman of Spice, and a non-executive director at the Shaftesbury Partnership. Tom’s experience in the sector means this is a fantastic opportunity to gain solid groundwork knowledge on Social Enterprise and have your questions answered.

Enterprise Stream - Michaelmas Event 2

‘Social enterprise: the next big thing?’

When: 7pm, Thursday 22nd November
Where: Keynes Seminar Room 1, King’s College
Who: Cliff Prior CBE, CEO UnLtd

Are you interested in finding out:

- Where the social enterprise market is heading?
- Whether YOU should become a social entrepreneur - is it for everyone?
- Whether social enterprise is the best way to ‘do good’?

Following the success of last year’s talk by Cliff Prior CBE, we are inviting him again this year to answer the questions that anyone considering a career in social enterprise or interested in the upcoming success of this sector should know. After a 30 minute presentation, there will be a chance for discussion and the opportunity to mingle informally with the committee and Cliff over drinks and nibbles.

Email Megan ( for more details. See the Facebook group for updates.

Cliff is the CEO of UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. As a leading provider of support to aspiring social entrepreneurs, it offers the largest network in the world of social entrepreneurs and in the past year has worked with 50 social entrepreneurs to leverage over £3 million of investment into their ventures. Cliff is also a member of Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee, the Clore Social Leadership Group, the FYSE young social entrepreneur scheme in Asia, and the Dept of Health Social Enterprise & Third Sector Taskforce. He has set up several organisations over the years such as Strutton Housing for people living with HIV and the Big Local Trust. He was Chief Executive of the mental health charity Rethink for over 8 years, now the UK’s largest and most influential charity on mental health. Cliff’s previous experience spans across areas as diverse as social housing, community care, criminal justice, and health policy.

So come along to have your questions answered by Cliff Prior and find out what role you could be having in the social enterprise sector.

Beyond Profit Enterprise Stream 2011-2012

Lent Event 1

“Making your social enterprise work”

Thursday, 2nd February, 7pm

Lecture Room (LR) 6, Department of Engineering, first floor

For this event we are delighted to welcome Jack Graham (The Young Foundation) and Cliff Prior ( to discuss the practicalities of how you can be sure that your social enterprise will actually work. Our speakers will aim to help the audience understand common problems faced by social entrepreneurs and their solutions. Jack Graham is a Senior Associate at The Young Foundation and leads Year Here, a new venture that challenges bright, ambitious and socially-conscious school leavers to a year of tackling social issues in their own backyard. Cliff Prior is the CEO of UnLtd, a charity which supports social entrepreneurs: people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. They do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.

Lent Event 2

“Scaling your social enterprise”

Thursday, 23rd February, 7pm

Lecture Room (LR) 6, Department of Engineering, first floor

The aim of this event will be to answer the question: “How do I scale my social enterprise once it’s running?” One common problem faced by social entrepreneurs is taking the steps from local to national to global once their enterprise is running. With a talk by Nick Sireau (AKU Society and SolarAid, Ashoka Fellow), this event will give participants the opportunity to ask for advice from a highly experienced serial social entrepreneur.
Having founded SolarAid and now being Chairman of the AKU Society, Nick Sireau is a successful social entrepreneur and an Ashoka Fellow from Cambridge. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

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The format of the evening will be a 45-minute talk by Nick, followed by a plenary discussion and drinks and nibbles (provided).

Lent Event 3

Social enterprise networking event”

Monday, 5th March, 7:45pm

Lecture Room (LR) 6, Department of Engineering, first floor

The aim of this event is to bring together both (aspiring) student social entrepreneurs and local, social enterprise actors. It will provide an opportunity to mingle, share ideas, publicize projects and look for support in pursuing new or ongoing social enterprise initiatives.

This year, there is a special offer of 5 free places at a training session in business networking. This session is part of a socially-oriented Business Course coordinated by Beyond Profit. The training session will take place in the Judge Business School (a short walk from the Engineering Dept.) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. As the number of places is limited, they will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

If you plan on attending the event, please RSVP to Please also indicate whether or not you require table space to display publicity material.

For more information about Beyond Profit and the Hub, visit our websites at and

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The Engineering department is number 35 on the map and can be accessed from Trumpington street. Lecture Room 6 is located on the first floor (not ‘mezzanine, i.e. up two flights of stairs). Society members will help you get into the building.

Michaelmas Event 1

“Meet the entrepreneur”

25th October 7pm

Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College

To kick off the year, the first event provided by the enterprise stream will introduce the concept of entrepreneurship and will give students the opportunity to meet two highly successful local entrepreneurs. Christopher Dobbing (Oxbridge Tours and Letter ELF) and Sobia Hamid (Datagiving) will be sharing with us their stories of how they got their social businesses off the ground and will offer advice to students who wish to start up their own social enterprises. Sobia is a current Cambridge student who is an Unltd. Award winner for her start up

Christopher Dobbing set up Oxbridge Tours in 2010 as a social enterprise, aiming to tackle the issue of rising fees. The company offers academic and cultural walking tours of Oxford and Cambridge to corporate groups, schools and tourists. They have worked with a huge range of organisations from PB to The Judge Business School and even His Eminence the Cardinal of New York.

Now a Cambridge graduate, Chris believes there is a lot of misunderstanding about social enterprise and what it means, and looks forward to opening up debate on the issue and raising the profile of the SE sector.

Michaelmas Event 2

“Vision meets reality - Developing your own social enterprise idea”

Tuesday, 22nd November, 8pm (right after the main Enterprise Tuesday talk)

Board Room (2nd floor), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (main Enterprise Tuesday venue)

In this interactive session led by former management consultant and social enterprise coach Ignacio Pérez Hallerbach, participants will have the opportunity to learn about existing social enterprise models, find like-minded people and develop their own social enterprise idea.
This event is a precursor to our event “Creating a social enterprise in Cambridge” with Neil Prem and Martin Clark from Future Business on Thursday, November 24th (see below). There, participants of the interactive session will be able to test their ideas with Neil and Martin.

30 places are available for this session. To register, please send an email to Ignacio at

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Michaelmas Event 3

“Creating a social enterprise in Cambridge”

Thursday, 24th November 7pm

Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College

This event aims to give you an overview of the tests your social enterprise idea must pass in the very beginning as well as the concrete steps you can take to start a social enterprise in Cambridge (i.e funding, incorporation, office space). We are pleased to welcome Neil Prem and Martin Clark from Future Business, a company specialising in professional enterprise and career coaching in the social sector, to discuss these issues.

This event builds on our Enterprise Tuesday session on November 22nd where you can develop a first social enterprise idea. Hence, this event will be a great opportunity for you to test your initial ideas and find out more about the first steps to take to create your own social enterprise. Of course, you are more than welcome to join us at this event even if you do not join us on November 22nd.

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Beyond Profit Enterprise Stream 2010-2011

Event 5- Social Enterprise Evening

  • When: Thursday 10th March 2011
  • Who: Dr. Martin Clark, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Business

The social enterprise evening included:

* A talk delivered by Dr. Martin Clark, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Business, on the growth and impact of social enterprise in the Cambridge area.

* A series of ‘snapshot’, five-minute presentations delivered by student and community actors on their involvement in social enterprise.

* An hour to an hour and a half drinks reception and networking session.

Event 4- From Dream to Reality: Funding and Support for Social Enterprise

  • When: Monday 21st February 2011
  • Who: Cliff Prior (CEO Unltd), Sobia Hamid (Founder,

Want to learn about how you could set up your social start up or project and how to get funding and support for it?

UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs: people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. They do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality. And why not hear from some students who have done it themselves?

Sobia is a current Cambridge student who is an Unltd Award winner for her start up She will tell us about her experience, the challenges she has had to overcome and how she has achieved her success to date.

Event 3- From Entrepreneurs, the Models they Use and You

  • When: Wednesday 2nd February 2011
  • Who: Ashoka Representatives, and Nick Sireau (Chairman of the AKU Society, founding Executive Director of SolarAid, and Ashoka Fellow from Cambridge)

Want to find out what social enterprise is and what social entrepreneurs actually do?Ever wanted to find out how you could start your own social enterprise or just get involved?

Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Since 1981, they have elected over 3000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 70 countries. Nick Sireau is an Ashoka Fellow from Cambridge and, as Chairman of the AKU Society, a successful social entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical space.

You’ll get the chance to meet them, find out what they do and learn how you can do it too.

See and for some more information on the topics being discussed at the event. This event is co hosted with the Cambridge Hub as part of the hub series.

Event 2

  • When: Thursday 25th November 2010
  • Who: Amanda Jones, who successfully pitched on Dragons’ Den

A targeted workshop with only 30 places available, providing practical advice on how to start an ethically centred business that can also make a profit.

The session will by led by Amanda Jones co founder of Red Button Design, a for profit social enterprise developing products exclusively for the humanitarian industry. Amanda has successfully pitched on the Dragon’s Den and is an Enterprise UK Ambassador and a fellow of the RSA.

Event 1- The Future of Entrepreneurship

  • When: Tuesday 26th October 2010
  • Who: Pamela Hartigan, Howard Chase, Neil Prem, Martin Clark

Cfel’s ‘Enterprise Tuesday’ panel discussion on ‘Which customer? And why this matters?’ focuses on environmental and social inclusion and the new business potentials these hold. A discussion group for 30 attendees following this will build on these questions and confront the issue of what will define the next generation of entrepreneurship.

The main discussion group includes Pamela Hartigan, Director of Oxford’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Howard Chase of Enval Limited, with Neil Prem and Martin Clark from Citylife moderating our focused discussion group.