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Show Notes 90: Entrepreneurship, Investing, and DEI, with Hanadi Jabado

This week’s guest is Hanadi Jabado, co-founder and Managing Partner of Sana Capital, one of the first early-stage funds in Europe focusing on TechBio.

Hanadi founded one of the UK's first Deep Tech accelerator programmes, Accelerate Cambridge, at the University of Cambridge where she supported 180 early-stage ventures over six years, building a portfolio with an estimated collective value of over £2bn with over £250m of risk capital raised.

We talk to Hanadi about so many things, this is not an episode to miss. Tune in to hear about this, and so much more…

  • Commercialisation from academia needs constant work

  • Turning ‘no’ into ‘yes’

  • Making waves for women and entrepreneurship within Cambridge Judge Business School

  • The birth of Accelerate Cambridge and the Entrepreneurship Centre – start, scale and grow a business

  • Making entrepreneurs relatable

  • The role and impact of being a board member, preferably an independent non-exec

  • Changing the investment ecosystem with Sana Capital for health tech and climate tech

  • Targeting spinouts and ‘sneakouts’ – founders from within and outside of the University of Cambridge

  • Investment capital won’t start flowing again until 2025 – quality not quantity

  • Personal experiences with DEI – ‘whatever I did, it seemed like I was the only woman in the room’ – ‘it’s not about lowering the bar – it’s about widening the gate’

  • The role of Deputy Lieutenant in Cambridgeshire

  • Supporting those companies that ‘keep going’ with the Kings Awards

  • Learning not to walk, but to march.

In this week's Tech News we have Founders @ The University of Cambridge, Dealroom, ExpressionEdits, Cambridge Future Tech, Heartfelt Technologies, Featurespace, Domino Printing, Hanwha Phasor, and Fuse Diagnostics.

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