After-Dinner Speakers

Dr Mike Lynch, Britain’s most successful software entrepreneur and founder of Autonomy, Is the guest speaker at the BBAA Annual Gala Awards Dinner on 30th June 2011 being held at the exciting Museum of London, celebrating achievement in the early stage investment market.

Lynch (often described as “Britain’s Bill Gates”) – has grown Autonomy into an international, $7bn-cap, FTSE 100 business. It's a world leader in "meaning-based computing" and, with ARM and Sage, a rare UK technology company that's moved into the global major league..

In just 14 years, Mike Lynch has seen his company, Autonomy grow from a tiny start-up based in Cambridge which he spun out of first company, Neurodynamics, into one of the largest technology firms in the UK, having listed  on the Stock exchange in 2000. Lynch is a true British technology giant, who is passionate about entrepreneurship and whose views are increasingly being sought by the highest levels of government.

Customers (who include large corporations like Boeing, IBM and Pfizer) use Autonomy's software to extract useful information from "unstructured" sources such as phone-calls or emails.

Awards Presenter

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell is an entrepreneurial young man from the East End who first became known to the British public after being crowned the winner of the hit BBC TV series The Apprentice and going on to become the first Project Director of the Health & Beauty division within Lord Alan Sugar's company, Amstrad PLC. Prior to working for him, Tim had a successful career with London Underground before applying for the programme. When he left Amstrad after two years to launch his own business.

Tim has gone on to found Bright Ideas Trust, a charitable social enterprise which encourages young budding entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds to start business ventures, by giving them greater access to start-up finance, real business mentors, professional services advisors and educational programmes. Bright Ideas Trust has already generated successful start-ups, much excitement and interest from Corporate Organisations, Philanthropists and HNWI and innovative young entrepreneurs alike, not to mention receiving praise from senior MPs across all political parties including our Prime Minister David Cameron.

Tim is well respected within government advising on business support and within the business community as he has had the pleasure of speaking to several organisations across the country including Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Accenture, Citibank, NHS, Conservative Party Conference, Octopus Investments, J P Morgan and Morgan Stanley just to name a few. He has shown a talent and ability to actualise his ideas and plans and coupled with his positive outlook on life and what can be achieved by taking a ‘no excuses’ stance his inspirational messages are always well received and sought after.

Aside from this and commercial activities Tim is co-author of one of Amazon’s top 10 business books for 2010 ‘What’s Your Bright Idea’ and uses his time to support young people getting apprenticeships and training in his key role as the Mayor of London's Ambassador for training and enterprise.  Tim continues to follow his passions and believes that anything is possible with the right support and right people and that wealth creation should be on the national curriculum.