skip to primary navigationskip to content

Alumni Speaker Series - Nigel Hirst

last modified Jan 28, 2014 05:29 PM
Alumni Speaker Series - Nigel Hirst

Prof Nigel Slater introduced Nigel Hirst

Alumnus Nigel Hirst, who graduated with an MA, Chemical Engineering from the Department in 1978, came back 20 years after his last visit to give a talk entitled "The Chemical Engineer as Entrepreneur".

Hirst, a serial entrepreneur himself, now Managing Director at Engineering Consultancy Haden Freeman Ltd, told about his experience working for different companies and dealing with venture capitalists; also discussing the importance of the human factor to forging important relationships when doing business.

He also highlighted a few 'rules' of entrepreneurship or guidelines to consider to help you succeed in the field:

  1. Be honest and fair and stick to a good idea with a vision for a scalable business
  2. Believe in your idea if you want others to believe in it!
  3. Be results-orientated by focusing on how to get to the end-point of an idea
  4. Your influence matters - meet important people, make friends and use your contacts to help you
  5. A good entrepreneur must have drive and intelligence and needs to be 'smart and lazy' (Von Moltke Management Value Matrix)

He finished adding that being an entrepreneur gives you freedom to work with people you want and to spend money as you see fit but you must ensure that you measure your progress and have a target as well as an exit strategy.

Share this

RSS Feed Latest news

SPARC success for CEB-India research collaboration

Feb 18, 2019

Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) grant awarded to CEB- Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee research collaboration.

Ineos Oxide Summer Intern Scheme launched at CEB

Feb 08, 2019

Ineos Oxide is looking for talented undergrad chemical engineering students to join their summer intern scheme and help them solve real-world problems.

New EPSRC Sensors CDT

Feb 05, 2019

New EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications for a Healthy and Sustainable Future at CEB.

View all news

Upcoming events

Celebrating LGBT and History Month

Feb 01, 2019


Science Festival at CEB

Mar 23, 2019

CEB, Phillippa Fawcett Drive

Stokes200 Symposium

Sep 15, 2019

Pembroke College, Cambridge

VPF8 Viscoplastic Fluids: from Theory to Application 2019

Sep 16, 2019

Jesus College, Cambridge

Upcoming events