Entrepreneurs in Residence

Forming a new company is the most complex route to commercialisation for academics because much of the process is fluid and ill-defined.  We have access to a pool of experienced mentors who can guide academics on the journey.

We call on our mentors with questions big and small – whether it’s insight into a potential market, or help searching for a start-up CEO. In addition, we offer valuable expertise in-house through our Entrepreneurs in Residence. Their role is to help founders develop their business propositions before pitching to the Seed Funds team, and advise our academics generally on how they might commercialise their technologies. They have hands-on experience starting early-stage technology business, including developing pitches, raising finance and building teams. Their involvement at an early stage also means possible opportunities for continued backing and an association with the company in the future.

Our current Entrepreneurs in Residence are:

Chris Doran
Entrepreneur in Residence (Physical Sciences)

Chris has been active in the start-up scene for over 15 years. He founded Geomerics in 2005 during his time as an RSE Enterprise Fellow and moved into the CEO role at the end of his fellowship. Geomerics’ technology has since been used in 100s of games, including FIFA, Star Wars Battlefront and Overwatch. Geomerics was acquired by Arm in 2013, where Chris served as a Research Director and Entrepreneur in Residence.

Chris is a regular mentor to academics looking to develop their technology beyond academia and has helped many of them start on their journey. Chris is also a Director of Studies in Physics for Sidney Sussex College and, prior to founding Geomerics, he held numerous research posts, including an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship. He is the author of many research papers and a book on Geometric Algebra.
Entrepreneur in Residence Chris Doran

Kym Denny Eves
Entrepreneur in Residence (Life Sciences)

Kym Denny Eves is former CEO of hVIVO Plc, a life sciences company pioneering a technology platform of human disease models to accelerate drug development and discovery in respiratory and infectious disease. Having led one of the most successful IPOs on the AIM stock market, Kym went on to develop FLU-V, a universal flu vaccine candidate in partnership with the biotech company SEEK, and which is now poised to advance into phase III testing.

Prior to hVIVO, Kym held a variety of senior management and board positions in international clinical trials companies.

Kym was Ernst & Young’s UK Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 and the recipient of the Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Kym is a member of the London Mayor’s Business Advisory Board and served on the Chancellor’s Patient Capital Review board.

Kym is a passionate advocate for women in business and was the first woman in the UK to have a baby while running an AIM-listed company. Kym is married with three children and is an avid horse rider, snow skier, and reader.
Kym Denny Eves

Paul Bailey
Entrepreneur in Residence (Talent)

Paul co-founded Bailey Fisher Executive Search in 1998 and led the growth of the business as Managing Director for 20 years during which time he built the boards and management teams for some of the most innovative companies to have emerged from the European technology market.

After a successful exit In July 2018, he took on the role of Executive Chairman, continuing to build Bailey Fisher’s network with angel investors and technology companies that have been backed by both venture capital and private equity funds.

Paul was named in the 2016 Maserati 100 list of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors supporting the next generation of business talent and was recognised as one of the most influential business people in Cambridge in 2017. He has held advisory roles with NESTA Impact Investments and New Wave Ventures and was previously a member of the steering committee for the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, a member of the Board of Cambridge Ahead and a founder of The Perse School Enterprise Conference.

Paul co-hosts a series of Investor Club Dinners with IQ Capital Partners, for VCs and angels actively investing in Cambridge technology companies.
Paul Bailey