From Little Acorns: How to Build a Global Informatics Business

Event Info

Tue 11 May, 2010 at 5:30pm
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9AB, UK (Map)
Cost: Free (RSVP Required)



From Little Acorns:

How to Build a Global Informatics Business
By Alex van Someren

This joint Informatics Ventures and EdinburghEntrepreneurship Club event will present the inspirational story of one of the UK's most successful technology entrepreneurs, Alex van Someren.

Join us at 5.30pm at The Informatics Forum (10 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB) for drinks, networking a keynote and Q&A with Alex van Someren.

{ Due to high demand we have moved this talk to the Informatics Forum }

Students, faculty and staff from all universities; entrepreneurs, investors and any other interested members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem are all welcome to attend.

Andrew Mitchell from Informatics Ventures said "In the 14 years of being involved with university entrepreneurship I have not heard many UK technology entrepreneurs with such an inspiring global achievement to tell and the ability to story tell it in such an engaging way as Alex van Someren. This E-Club talk is one not to be missed!"

About our speaker:

Alex van Someren, co-founder and former CEO of nCipher PLC, grew up near Cambridge, got involved with Acorn Computers as a young teenager and left school at 17 to join the company. With his Brother, Nicko, he established a business selling hardware add-ons for Acorn within their father's company, Aleph One, in 1986.

They went on to set up their first independent business, ANT, in 1990 producing networking products and software for Acornmachines. In 1996 he and Nicko founded nCipher, with venture capital backing, to develop internet security products. nCipher PLC was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 and has customers around the world. ANT PLC  was listed on the London AIM market in 2005 and is positioned in the embedded software market for IPTV.

nCipher was acquired by Thales in 2008 for $100 million.

Alex has authored several books on computer applications and microprocessors, including the first published book on the ARM RISC chip family.


The University of Edinburgh
Informatics Forum
11 Crichton Street


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