The CFE Annual Lecture

The Inaugural Centre for Entrepreneurs Annual Lecture

Delivered by Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and executive chairman of Alphabet

27th November 2018
7.00 – 8.00pm

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On 27th November 2018, former Google CEO and Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt will deliver the inaugural Centre for Entrepreneurs Annual Lecture. This flagship new initiative of the Centre will provide a prestigious annual platform for world-leading entrepreneurs to speak about the positive impact entrepreneurs have on society.

In our first lecture, Eric Schmidt will explore the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face with artificial intelligence.

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You can tune in for free via livestream. Register now to receive a reminder and live stream details closer to the event.

Why an annual lecture?

Many professions and industries have flagship annual speeches that provide a prestigious platform for reflection and thought-leadership from leading experts. In the UK, journalism has the James Cameron Memorial Lecture, media has the MacTaggart Lecture, and engineering has the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture. These are prized speaking opportunities that attract eminent industry leaders.

Too often, highly experienced entrepreneurs are restricted to using speaking opportunities to speak about their personal journey or address topical issues. As a result, the quality of debate on the wider value of entrepreneurship suffers.

The reality is that entrepreneurs make a substantial contribution to the economy and social fabric of all countries. Not only do they generate the bulk of employment growth and develop innovative products and services for the benefit of consumers, entrepreneurs also become some of the most generous philanthropists and are at the forefront of developing solutions to the world’s most intractable social problems.

The Centre for Entrepreneurs is plugging this gap in the UK’s public debate by launching the CFE Annual Lecture.

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