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Barclays Eagle Lab: Growing pains

Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Date: Thursday, 3 October 2019 
Venue: Barclays Eagle Lab Cranfield, 1 Medway Court, Cranfield, MK43 0FQ


#HighGrowthLive is back and heading East to tackle the topic of Growth Pains and Culture.

At #HighGrowthLive we'll explore the challenges of rapid growth, the impact of scaling your business effectively and how getting your culture right can assist in soothing these growing pains.
Join us on Thursday, 3 October from the comfort of our Eagle Lab to watch our expert panel discuss their growth highs and lows.

  • Deborah Charles, Novacroft

After beginning her career in robotics and computing, where she saw the potential of technology to simplify complexity, Debra Charles founded Novacroft in 1998, with a vision to bring talented individuals together to embrace technology and innovation and change the way things are done for the better.

Novacroft is an award-winning smart technology and customer care team, based in Northamptonshire. With a focus on harnessing technology to help people, Novacroft has assisted more than 30 million members of the public during its twenty years in business.

Debra is an alumnus of Cranfield University, a member of the University’s Advisory Board, a Northampton Community Foundation trustee and co-founder of The Kindness Movement, which is dedicated to promoting the softer skills that will be increasingly important differentiators between humans, robots and artificial intelligence systems of the fast-approaching Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  • Dr Eric Mays, Endomag


Dr Eric Mayes is CEO of Endomag and has over 20 years’ experience in developing and leading materials technology companies spanning data storage, display technology, printed electronics and medical devices. Eric has led oncology-focused Endomag through its rapid growth since marketing its first device for staging breast cancer in late 2012, which has now been used in over 60,000 procedures across 35 countries. 

Prior to joining Endomag in 2010, Eric served as Director of Commercial Development for Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) that was sold to Sumitomo Chemical in 2007 for $285m. Prior to CDT, he served as CEO of NanoMagnetics that developed high performance materials for the data storage industry. For that founding role, he was named the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Entrepreneur of the Year 2003”. With a strong interest in supporting the translation of scientific research, Eric lectures internationally on nanomaterials commercialisation and technology entrepreneurship.

He is an advisor to the University of Texas at Austin’s “Texas Health Catalyst” and the European Healthtech Translation Advisory Board (HealthtechTAB). A US-UK dual national, he holds a BSc in Physics from Arkansas State University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bath. Eric is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Shai Vyakarnam

Shai Vyakarnam is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University. The focus of his work is to enable managers and owners of science and technology enabled businesses to unlock hidden value in their ideas, turn them into business proposals and have the confidence and self-belief to take their ideas forward - whether this is for start-ups, scale-ups or established businesses.

His curiosity in this field has led to conducting research, publications and books that are appropriate to a deeper understanding of mindsets, skills and knowledge, and personal goals of entrepreneurs.

Happily, he mixes his career as an educator with being a mentor, making connections and also being an entrepreneur and business angel. In essence, being a pracademic!

Shai is also Ambassador to the Silverstone Technology Cluster and just a week ago was invited to be Associate Of the Senior Common Room at Kings College, Cambridge.

  • Alan Wilson, Expandly

Alan Wilson is the CEO and founder of Expandly - the multi-channel software making waves in the eCommerce and accounting industries.

As a first-time founder and CEO, Alan has experienced his fair share of growing pains, from setting up an office in the garage and finding product-market-fit to unconfident pitches and last-second investment rounds.

But all of those pains helped Alan to make Expandly what it is today: a VC-backed business powering online sellers across six continents to sell on multiple sales channels. And with customers ranging from a small Indonesian food seller to multi-national brands such as Wilkinson Sword and Brewdog, Alan’s story is an interesting tale to hear.

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