‘Harvard standard’ for new STC scale-up programme

Silverstone Technology Cluster

15th May 2018

Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam, one of the UK’s foremost professors in entrepreneurialism in the tech industry, is heading up a unique scaling-up course for companies from the Silverstone Technology Cluster.

The course, called ‘Growth through Green’ and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is being held across a number of seminars at Cranfield University. It is based Cranfield School of Management’s highly acclaimed Business Growth Programme.

Several companies from the STC are now actively engaged in the course which is unique because it enables company directors and managers to step back from the day-to-day demands of running their businesses.

Shai commented: “We are very excited about the opportunity to work with the Silverstone Technology Cluster. Having met many of the companies based at STC, I know the levels of innovation and drive to succeed that exist in the cluster.

“It can be hard when you are running a business to escape day-to-day operational activities and spend time focusing on your development and growth strategy. ‘Growth through Green’ will be able to help you take a step back and design a strategy and plan for the future that will help your company grow.”

Growth through Green aims to build a sustainable, professionally managed business by:

  • Clarifying your value proposition to build a case for growth and investment
  • Pointing to cost savings through greener business operations and/or market development
  • Providing access to know-how, networks and resources to help you grow
  • Offering engagement with industry partners to test your new idea and obtain feedback
  • Pitch the growth plan to panel of potential investors
  • Strengthening your knowledge and skills to scale up your business
  • Access to Cranfield School of Management’s leading academic experts and high growth mentors.

STC CEO Pim van Baarsen said: “Growing and scaling up your business can be challenging. Market dynamics change, customers demand professionalism, teams need to grow and additional funding is required to innovate and move to the next stage.

“Shai is of Harvard standard and an absolute master in the scaling up of businesses – to have someone of his calibre working with our companies is a huge feather in the STC’s cap!”

For more information about Growth through Green contact Hemaxi Bhatt on +44 01234 75 4361 or image@cranfield.ac.uk

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