Inside the Bradfield Centre

James Parton & Adelina Chalmers

Bringing you the stories of the people, companies, and University at the heart of Cambridge, the UK's leading Tech & Life Sciences ecosystem. Presented by James Parton and Adelina Chalmers. Produced by Carl Homer from Cambridge TV.

Episode 0 - Welcome to Inside The Bradfield Centre
Trailer 1 min 51 sec

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James chats to Kevin, co-founder and CEO of Gearset, The Bradfield's fastest growing company. A spin out from Redgate Software, they are solving DevOps for Salesforce implementations. Learn about Kevin's background, how has he adapted to becoming a CEO, Salesforce, continuous delivery & integration, how Gearset have grown and roles they are hiring for.

Nov 3

35 min 37 sec

Hannah founded Kickstart Coffee which is a not for profit coffee company here in Cambridge that uses its profits to support disadvantaged children in Uganda. Learn all about the inspiration for the company, and how Hannah has grown the business. We at The Bradfield are proud to use Kickstart Coffee for the coffee machines in our member areas, and Kickstart features as a guest coffee in the Lakeside Cafe - buy a cup and start making a difference!

Oct 21

20 min 7 sec

James chats to Stuart to learn more about the free support available to SME's which includes access to funding, investment readiness, impartial business advice, sector specific challenges, international partnering, networking and introductions.

Oct 7

20 min 3 sec

In this special episode of the podcast, Adelina returns and James and Adelina discuss the launch of Office Hours at The Bradfield Centre. Learn how you can get free expert support from 15 leading companies on key topics like fund raising, pitching, company structure, hiring, accountancy, marketing, legal, IP, insurance and more. Visit for more info and dates.

Sep 21

12 min 38 sec

Mike Coto, Project Manager for The Trinity Bradfield Prize, joins James to provide an overview of The 2021 Trinity Bradfield Prize which opens for applications on the 1st July. What it is, eligibility, prizes and the support programme, the application process, and key dates. To hear directly from previous winners of The Trinity Bradfield Prize, listen to episode 33 of the Inside The Bradfield podcast.

Jul 1

10 min 44 sec

As the 2021 Trinity Bradfield Prize opens for applications, we catch up with two of the previous winners of the prize in this special episode of Inside The Bradfield Centre. James chats to Simon Engelke, Founder and Chair of Battery Associates and Yichuan Zhang, Founder of Boltzbit.

Jul 1

21 min 57 sec

In this episode we meet Nigel Hall, CEO of Bradfield Centre members Cambridge Broadband Networks Group. We learn about Nigel's extensive experience including the launch of mobile network operator Orange, and all about Cambridge Broadband Networks Group and the impact of COVID.

Jun 16

32 min 23 sec

James meets Linn Clabburn to discuss all things Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, the effect of COVID on the commercial property market, and news of their new investment platform.

Jun 2

36 min

We meet Shreya Singhal to learn about The Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club which aims to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit amongst academics and students at the University of Cambridge. We cover the activities of CUTEC, the environment and opportunities for students interested in entrepreneurship, and how students can engage in the wider Cambridge Tech ecosystem. Visit for more.

May 11

27 min 12 sec

We learn about Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, and how they help Cambridge academics and researchers make tangible impact. We cover how CE benchmarks with other Universities, how they support their portfolio, explore their 'greatest hits' and discuss the hottest technologies. Extended show notes -

Apr 27

31 min 26 sec

We meet Fernando an AI Engineer based at The Bradfield Centre. We learn about his career journey, the work of Bspoke Global Networks with Formula 1, and get his insights into the field of AI and the local job market. We discuss how he works remotely from his company HQ, why he uses The Bradfield Centre to be around like minded people, and their plans to grow the team in Cambridge.

Apr 8

30 min 8 sec

Emmi joins us from Cambridge Angels, one of the most active Angel networks in the UK. We discuss their investment criteria & process, pitching mistakes, the impact of COVID on the investment process, what's hot in Tech for 2021, and the Cambridge ecosystem.

Mar 25

27 min 21 sec

We learn about Owen's career has a Typhoon fighter pilot and his move into business. We discuss the gap Owen & his co-founders spotted in existing support to commercialise University research and early stage technology ideas, leading to the creation of Cambridge Future Tech.

Mar 10

30 min 32 sec

Faye Holland joins us to tell us all about the upcoming #21toWatch programme and awards that showcases and highlights the next generation of people, companies and the ‘things’ that they create – recognising those across all market sectors and celebrating the very best work going on today in the region.

Feb 22

20 min 54 sec

In another revealing and wide ranging conversation with a Bradfield Centre based entrepreneur, Mark Turner joins us to talk about his diverse experiences and changes in career path leading him to starting Krank in Cambridge.

Feb 12

25 min 25 sec

In a wide ranging and very open conversation with Anne we learn about the origin of Form The Future, the work they do, the impact they have, the challenges of operating a not for profit social enterprise, what happens when your funding dries up, and how Form The Future has adapted to COVID.

Feb 3

33 min 16 sec

Bruno Cotta, Executive Director, of the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School joins us to share his personal journey, the role of the Business School in supporting entrepreneurs, how it is adapting to COVID, decoding the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem, and how our two organisations are collaborating.

Jan 18

39 min 40 sec

Kate Rhodes, Account Executive at S-Tech Insurance, joins us to demystify the world of startup insurance. We cover the types of policies, things to consider, COVID, and where to go for advice & support.

Jan 11

24 min 39 sec

In our end of year special, we chat to Mark Watson, General Manager of The Bradfield Centre about his role at the Centre, look back at a challenging year, and discuss his personal highlights from his time at The Bradfield. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all our members, partners and listeners. See you in 2021!

Dec 2020

24 min 23 sec

We chat with Tim Robinson to learn all about his journey, the work of Tech East, and a whistlestop tour of what's hot in Tech in the region, and the impact of COVID.

Nov 2020

39 min 31 sec

David joins us to talk about his career, his new venture and why he choose Cambridge to build his next business.

Nov 2020

29 min 43 sec

MedTech Entrepreneur Bassam Karout of Bradfield Centre based Milltons chats to us about his experience in #MedTech creating new therapeutic approaches to unresolved chronic illnesses.

Oct 2020

28 min 13 sec

We meet Tim Beard from Bradfield based Iprova to learn about their novel approach to data led innovation.

Oct 2020

31 min 18 sec

Chef Manager Dave Grave joins us to update on the re-opening of The Lakeside Cafe at The Bradfield Centre.

Sep 2020

7 min 55 sec

George describes his role at Metro Bank Cambridge & how Metro supports local startups and entrepreneurs in the Cambridge ecosystem. We discuss The Bradfield Centre Office Hours, and the importance of networking and taking the time to connect. We round off discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the businesses George works with.

Sep 2020

27 min 43 sec

James Parton, Managing Director of The Bradfield Centre describes the impact of COVID-19 on the Centre, the feedback received from our membership, and outlines how this feedback has led to the creation of a range of new services tailored to a new way of working.

Jul 2020

15 min 41 sec

Simon joins us to discuss his background, the role of CW and the benefits it provides to its members, and how CW and The Bradfield Centre have collaborated since the building opened in 2017.

Jul 2020

31 min 55 sec

David joins us to chat about his career, Nickelled, SaaS, and how the support he received at The Bradfield Centre saved him a year of hosting costs from Google.

Jul 2020

32 min 4 sec

Uday Phadke, CEO The Triple Chasm Company joins us to retell the origin of The Bradfield Centre, introduces The Triple Chasm Model and discusses the challenges of scaling a successful company, and provides his top three tips to Bradfield Centre members looking to scale. Learn more at

Jul 2020

35 min 37 sec

Stephen Christie, CEO of Bradfield Centre members Agxio, joins us to talk all things Agxio, AI, and AgriTech. We discuss the problem they solve, how they are helping with the fight against COVID-19, and their recent fundraising.

Jul 2020

31 min 57 sec

Davide Turi and Jamie Qiu from Studio Zao join us to discuss Intrapreneurship and how larger organisations can innovate. We talk about MedTechBOOST, and due to COVID-19, how Studio Zao are adapting to delivering their innovation programs using remote technology.

Jun 2020

42 min 45 sec

Catherine joins us to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, the problem QKine solves, spinning out of The University of Cambridge and news of QKine's recent £1.5m Series A.

Jun 2020

26 min 59 sec

Andrew demystifies the world of SEO, gives his top tips, and explains how he has built community via his SEO meetup held at The Bradfield Centre.

Jun 2020

32 min 48 sec

We chat to Faye and Vikki about the role of events in any marketing plan, the importance of physical community, our new lockdown reality and the impact of COVID 19 on the events industry and get their predictions on how events will evolve post crisis.

Jun 2020

38 min 2 sec

In this episode we learn about Eastern AHSN's role in the UKs Medical ecosystem, their approach to fostering innovation, and we discuss how we have partnered over the past 18 months.

Jun 2020

40 min 10 sec

In this episode we chat with Thea Goodluck to learn about the wide program of support TechNation offers startups and scaleups in the UK, and get her perspective of Tech in the East of England.

May 2020

30 min 11 sec

We meet Bradfield Centre member Phil Nunn, Founder of Jumptech. A serial entrepreneur, we discuss Phil's career path, get his top tips, talk about the importance of intuition, and learn about the electric vehicle market.

May 2020

34 min 14 sec

We meet Bradfield Centre member Bryan Littlefair, Founder of Cambridge Cyber Advisers. We learn about Bryan's entrepreneurial journey, the appeal of Cambridge, and security tips for Bradfield Centre members.

May 2020

26 min 8 sec

Over the coming weeks and months, we hope this series will 'virtually' take you inside the Centre to meet the founders of the businesses based here, the organisations that support The Bradfield Centre community, the event organisers that run some of the hundreds of free events we host every year and introduce the fabulous team that keep the Centre running smoothly.

May 2020

1 min 51 sec