CW Unplugged

Last month, we launched CW Unplugged, a new initiative aimed at helping young entrepreneurs, engineers and tech leaders scale up and be inspired.

Lady trying out the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset at a Cambridge Wireless event

Testing out the Oculus Rift VR headset with a demo made by Cambridge Consultants

By invite-only, the event took place after working hours at the cosy offices of Mills & Reeve located a convenient 5 mins from Cambridge train station. We welcomed 37 delegates from a range of different companies and tech backgrounds- the majority of which were indeed young entrepreneurs. We boasted a fantastic crowd of people;  John Harper, founder of mental well-being app Rize,  Gaye Soykok, Systems Architect at NTT Data, Neill Brauders, co-founder of a healthcare startup called Healark, Partnerships Manager at an up-and-coming business foreign currency exchange service MoneyMover , Head of Information and Communication at the IET, Ahmed Kotb, and the list goes on. To view the attendee delegate list – click here.

Chair and panel at CW Unplugged

Collette Johnson chairs the panel including Stan Karpenko (GiveVision), Vishal Chatrath (VocalIQ), Steve Marsh (GeoSpock) and David Excell (FeatureSpace)

In the usual CW event format, we had a chair for the evening (Collette Johnson, Director Medical at Plextek Consulting) and 4 speakers (pictured left) who shared their pearls of wisdom and invaluable advice to the delegates. Stan, Vishal, Steve and David all spoke honestly and openly about their experiences building and managing their respective businesses. From angel-investor scenarios through to operational processes such as recruitment, there was plenty of food for thought shared among delegates. After the panel session, we moved into a designated exhibition area which had an interactive Oculus Rift demo built by Cambridge Consultants and Anthill, a local drone operator. Opportunity to network was fueled by great food and drink and judging by the post-event feedback survey, the first CW Unplugged event has been a great success.


A short questionnaire was sent to all delegates post-event and we’re so pleased that CW Unplugged achieved what it set out to do.

  • Over 90% of delegates rated the knowledge acquired was Good/Very Good
  • 82% of delegates rated the quality and relevance of the contacts made as Good/Very Good
  • Over half confirmed that new business opportunities were created as a result of attending CW Unplugged
  • 88% of delegates will be joining us for the next CW Unplugged event (Date & Venue are currently TBD)

The CW team are looking forward to working delegated feedback into the planning of the next Unplugged event which is likely to held in London during Summer.

A note from our Head of Business Development & Marketing, Abhi Naha:

“We want to be a network that appeals not just to industry leaders but also to the next generation of technology engineers and entrepreneurs. CW Unplugged is the first in a long line of dynamic events and activities that encourage young innovators to share knowledge and network”

Many thanks again to our host and sponsor, Mills & Reeve, who did a fantastic job of looking after us – the refreshments and what seemed like a never-ending supply of delicious canapes was a particular bonus!

CW Unplugged Speakers:

Wearables Trailblazer Stan Karpenko – Founder and CEO of GiveVision, the start-up whose game changing software enables smart glasses to act as eyes for blind people.

Steve Marsh, listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 class list as one of the brightest young entrepreneurs in the Science & Healthcare Sector  is the Founder of Cambridge spin-out GeoSpock.

Serial Innovator Vishal Chatrath was Chief Business Officer of VocalIQ, the speech based AI start-up whereby he successfully oversaw the tradesale to a major Silicon Valley technology company.

Machine Learning Maestro David Excell – Co-Founder and CTO of Featurespace, a world leader in Adaptive Behavioral Analytics for fraud and risk management.

Written by Lucy Woods, Digital & Social Media Coordinator. If you’d like to write a guest blog for CW, please get in touch with me at

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