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Technology Entrepreneurship Board

The Technology Entrepreneurship Board (TEB) is the principal mechanism by which the University of Exeter’s Department of Engineering consults with industrial and commercial partners on matters of strategic and operational importance to the engineering entrepreneurship programmes. Its role is to work with the head of Department and staff to provide advisory input on integrating entrepreneurial concepts throughout the entirety of the departments programmes, advise on matters of policy, future direction and engineering entrepreneurship programme priorities.

TEB also provides the Entrepreneurship Panel, to whom MEng students present their business plans to determine allocation of £10k startup funding and to whom MSc and PhD students present their business plans and who will decide if the business plans will be recommended for funding.

TEB supports interaction between the Department of Engineering, the University and Industry. Interfacing with private funders and venture capitalists to further develop the entrepreneurial environment at University of Exeter.

Chair of the Technology Entrepreneurship Board.

Managing Director at RPM Ventures

Entrepreneur with successful companies in China and US specializing in disruptive business models involving the Internet. Experience in founding, boards, venture and private equity financing, investing, M&A, strategy, team building, business development, viral and online marketing, product definition and development. Particular expertise in US, European & China in automotive, computer games, online marketing and financial services markets.

Specialties: Startups, financing, investments, mergers and acquisition, online and viral marketing, business development, branding, general management, team building, strategy, product definition

Managing Partner - RSKW Ltd

A Chartered Civil Engineer, Ruth has have over 35 years’ experience in in the utility sectors in UK and internationally. Previously a Director of RSK Group, CEO of Ewan Group, a Director of Mouchel Utilities and a Director of WRc, Ruth is currently a Partner at RSKW Ltd.

Over the years Ruth has changed, developed and grown business she has run - always with a passion for innovation and creativity in solutions which continues to appeal to staff and clients, alike.

  • Royal Academy of Engineers Honorary Visiting Professor of Infrastructure Engineering at University of Exeter.
  • Honorary Life Member of the Pipeline Industries Guild (awarded 2013).

Ken Daly is an entrepreneur, investor and CEO of JML, the innovative consumer product group with global sales through retail distribution, ecommerce, TV and streamed home shopping. Ken is an alumnus of the University of Exeter having graduated in 1993 with a degree in Electronic Engineering.

Formerly CEO at Folium Optics Limited

Steve Kitson started as a physicist, studying for a degree and PhD at the University of Exeter. His career has taken him from academia to multinationals and start-ups, and from the Lab to the board room. He is passionate about helping teams get their innovations into the world and currently serves as the Chair of three tech companies with products ranging from novel actuators to specialist optics and civil engineering. He also acts as an adviser and mentor to others, helping teams to build businesses that work.

Steve has been an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter and the University of the West of England, and an Honorary Industrial Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Sandeep Mishra is an expert of Innovation and design thinking methodology, with a keen interest in Entrepreneurship. He has 12 years of experience working in Industrial Automation domain for company like Schneider Electric and Nestle Waters (where he was part of the digital transformation of 35 factories)

He is well know in Industry 4.0 ecosystem in Europe. His area of expertise include digital transformation of Industry, Application of IOT, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, 5G and system thinking. Sandeep is also known for eco-system development with startup, universities and technology partners.

He studies Smart Grid and Buildings from INP-Grenoble, France and Certification of Leadership from INSEAD business school Paris.

Sandeep is also part of United Nation Mastermind 2022 for Sustainable development for Leaders.

Founded Rollover in 1991 initially as a chain of coffee shops and sandwich bars. David subsequently grew the company into the UK’s largest Hot Dog company culminating in a shareholder sale to Piper Private Equity in August 2006, followed by a secondary exit when the company was sold to Kerry PLC in January 2015. David founded ScentAir UK in August 2008 and built it into the largest provider of air scenting systems in the UK, prior to selling it to Scent Technologies of America in July 2015.

David has acted as a Non-Executive Director in many other companies including: Instant Offices, Riverbank IT Management Ltd, Active FM Ltd, Snoooze Limited. Sanger Holdings Limited has invested in housebuilding in Guildford & Thames Ditton in Surrey, & in Hampshire.

CEO at New Motion Labs

A successful Chartered Engineer and entrepreneur also with a blue-chip background at Rolls Royce Aerospace Plc, with a proven track record in the development and growth of many businesses and an infectious enthusiasm, energy and passion for creativity. Steve’s skills lie in strategy, commercialisation, vision, leadership and a very strong skill set in sales and marketing strategies. These skills have helped a host of blue-chip and SME businesses to exploit new markets, grow and thrive. Steve also successfully grew a group of three companies as Managing Director and shareholder from £300k to £7m annual turnover within a 15 year period. Having spent the last few years working as a Director for a London based business designing and manufacturing for large corporate brands like Deloitte, Microsoft, Warner and Netflix.

Steven is now CEO at New Motion Labs, a part VC funded business that has a disruptive technology for the world wide drivetrain market in Cycling and the industrial sector.
In the last 3 years, Steve has been Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Exeter, a fellowship funded by the Royal Society.

MD Simpleware Ltd and Professor University of Exeter

Founder and Managing Director of Simpleware Ltd Professor of Computational Mechanics at the University of Exeter.