Curious About Cambridge: a night of inspiration and innovation

Last night, Inspire 2 Ignite CIC hosted the much-anticipated Curious About Cambridge event, a gathering that illuminated the city with ideas, inspiration, and a collective drive to empower talented young people.

Thank you to First Ascent Group

The event, a resounding success, was made possible thanks to the generous support of our event sponsors, First Ascent Group. As a forward-thinking organisation commitment to driving innovation in training and brain science we are grateful for their valuable contribution. Their team’s presence and expertise added an invaluable dimension to the evening, where they shared their vision for the future.

Long-term friend of Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, Nicola Bretherton set the tone for the evening, guiding us through a journey of mindfulness, helping us become present and focused. Her contribution in setting our intentions was invaluable.

Inspiring panellists

A heartfelt thank you to our panellists who shared their experiences and visions with candour and passion.

The panels, including; Meet Cambridge’s secret talents from Alternative Provision, Care About Work Experience (featuring a Bidwells case study), Constructing “The Future,” and Making Tech More Accessible to “The Future,” were deep dives into reflecting on the past and forging future opportunities.

For young people

The young participants from the Curious Entrepreneur Programme truly shone, taking on the challenge of a DisruptHR-style pitch. With 15 seconds per slide and a total of 5 minutes each, these activate young people demonstrated poise and confidence, some for the very first time on such a grand stage, speaking to nearly 100 of Cambridge’s most influential figures. Special thanks to Ignite Champion, Bill Banham from DisruptHR, for infusing this segment with his insight, wisdom and experience.

The Champions

We also want to highlight the achievements of two of our incredible Ignite Champions, both who were panellists last night and made a huge contribution to the event.

Kelly Cartwright, Founder of Core Recruiter, recently made national headlines with her high-visibility dress, continues to turn heads and will be showcasing her third bespoke high-vis dress later this week. Inge Hunter, Founder of CLUE Content was honoured as the East of England Creative Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Their achievements are a testament to the power of visibility and recognition in entrepreneurship.

The team

Our CEO, Sam Squire, reflected on the event with pride and optimism:

I'm so proud of us tonight! The passion and energy the young people showed was incredible. I'm privileged to be on this journey with our community, and to head up such a powerful and impactful organisation. Thank you to all our supporters, advocates, Ignite Champions and of course the Inspire 2 Ignite CIC team for making my first event as CEO so exceptional.
Sam Squire
CEO Inspire 2 Ignite CIC

Alex Hughes, Founder of Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, reflected on the event, expressing his pride in seeing the community come together to support and enact change for young people. His vision of a collaborative, supportive community was vividly realised in this event.

What next?

Curious About Cambridge was a celebration of potential, a showcase of talent, and a beacon of hope for the future. As we look forward to our future calendar of events, we remain committed to our mission of activating young talent and helping them understand who they truly are through life-changing experiences.

Thank you to our event sponsors, First Ascent Group
Curious Entrepreneur Bo, presenting their story

Presenting our Impact Report

The Curious About Cambridge event also marked a significant milestone for Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, as it provided the perfect platform to launch our Impact Report for 2022-23.

This comprehensive document is not just a reflection of our past year’s achievements and learning experiences but also a clear articulation of our vision for the future. It encapsulates the tangible impacts we’ve made in the lives of young entrepreneurs and the community at large. The report highlights our innovative approaches, the challenges we’ve overcome, and our strategies for future growth and development. It’s a testament to our commitment to empowering young people. By sharing this report with our community and supporters at the event, we aimed to not only celebrate our successes but also to invite collaboration and support as we continue to build a brighter future for young people. 

Follow the link above to view our full PDF impact Report

Some of the magical moments....