Professional Networking Panellists
Kickstart your career: entrepreneurial skills for creative computing
Tuesday 19 February 2013
Professor Anthony Finkelstein
Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Professor Anthony Finkelstein is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Professor of Software Systems Engineering at UCL. Anthony is also a visiting Professor at Imperial College London and the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan.
Having published more than 230 scientific papers and secured in excess of £25m of research funding, Anthony received the Oliver Lodge Medal of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, in 2009, for outstanding achievement in the area of Information Technology. He recently received an ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ from the International Conference on Software Engineering, has served on numerous editorial boards and was founding editor of the international journal Automated Software Engineering.
Anthony has acted as an expert in complex technology disputes and has provided consultancy advice to a large number of high profile companies and government organisations. Being highly experienced at technology due diligence for start-up companies, he has established three successful ‘spinout’ companies himself and in 2009 he received the ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ award for his work on knowledge transfer to industry. Anthony also founded a professional services group called UCL Consultants is a Director and Consultant Chief Scientist of Message Automation Ltd.
UCL Computer Science 1987
The Alacrity Foundation
Michael co-founded Ubiquity Software Corporation in 1993 and as CTO influenced the company’s technological direction, creating one of the world's first and most successful SIP Application Servers. Ubiquity was named Innovator of the Year in 2001 by the British Venture Capital Association and acquired by Avaya for $145M. In 2006 Michael was named one of the Top 100 Voices of IP Communications
Michael is currently Chief Executive of the Alacrity Foundation, a Graduate Entrepreneurship Training Program that aims to teach promising young engineering and business graduates how to build successful technology companies based on creating solutions to real-world business issues. Michael is also Vice President of Technology at CounterPath Corporation, a leading provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions.
UCL Mathematics 1998
Founder and CEO
uberlife and CitySocialising
During her seven years at the BBC, Sanchita was part of a start-up team that launched the digital black music station BBC 1Xtra. In 2007 she left to found CitySocialising, an events and activities-based social network for young professionals. Initially launched in London, the site has now been successfully replicated across 30 UK cities has 200,000 users.
Having secured investments from The Prince’s Trust, The London Business Angels network and European VC PROfounders Capital, Sanchita went on to found uberlife in 2012 - a location-based social network app, designed to encourage spontaneous hanging out.
Business accolades include winning BT Essence of the Entrepreneur, being named in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 and having been shortlisted for the prestigious Women of the Future Awards.
Dr Christian Nentwich
UCL Computer Science 2000 & 2005
Founder and CEO
Model Two Zero
Christian has been bringing new technology to the market through start-up businesses for ten years, and has founded two companies.
In 2002 he co-founded Systemwire, a UCL start-up company that provides software for business rule based XML validation, focused on the financial services market. When Message Automation acquired Systemwire in 2006 Christian became Director of Strategy, responsible for business development and sales, and later took on the role of Director of Strategy.
Christian is CEO of Model Two Zero, a software company he co-founded with a fellow UCL alumnus, which produces components for high-complexity enterprise IT architecture. He is also an Advisory Board Member of Satalia, a UCL spin-out company that provides state-of-the art optimization solutions as a web-service.
UCL Archaeology 2002
Founder and Managing Director
Cerebriam Technology Limited
Having gained six years of experience managing her own digital media consultancy, designing websites and working on video productions for clients such as the European Commission, Nageela identified a gap in the market. This led to the concept for her start-up company, Cerebriam Technology Limited, which was founded in 2011 and is building video recording technology optimised for professional use.
Previously, Nageela worked in policy as an Associate Fellow at the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit before becoming a Market Research Executive for National Rail. Here she was responsible for managing the use of the business’ online research platform, supervising the gathering and reporting of key data for several annual surveys, and consulting on research projects.