As the embers of 2017 start to fade, December often became a convenient time to reflect and look back fondly on the achievements of the year. Like so many professionals, I used to become entranced with performance metrics, KPI’s and the deadlines I could or couldn’t make and like so many of us, I believed I would press the reset button, put on the ‘focus face’ and set my aspirations for the next year.
In 2017, we have hosted over 130 events open to our members and wider ecosystem, from our executive education orchestrated by Cambridge Judge Business School, to inspirational speakers of local successful entrepreneurs. Our ever popular free networking monthly Beer & Pizza event and our industry specialist speakers who offer their time and expertise for free to assist the businesses on-hand whenever they have a problem. We even had time for BBC Apprentice winner Joseph Valente to give an inspirational talk about succeeding at business.
What a fantastic year 2017 has been in the lab! It's almost hard to believe Barclays Eagle Labs Cambridge incubator only opened just 18 months ago.
Sentimentally, I am extremely proud of what my team have achieved this year in meeting their objectives to assist our community to grow. Furthermore, I am ecstatic but not surprised at some of the successes our members wow me with on a weekly basis. They truly are exceptional!
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and happy new year from the Eagle Labs Cambridge team.
Benjamin Storey, Head of Eagle Labs Cambridge