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Speaker(s): Sherry Coutu, Irene Graham, Chris Haley, Rowena Burns, Rob Perks, James ‎Stuart, Elizabeth Vega
Chair: Saul Estrin

Recorded on 15 November 2016 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Two years on from the 2014 Scale-Up Report and Manifesto, co-founder and Chair of the Scale Up Institute Sherry Coutu, and its inaugural CEO, Irene Graham, address the impact of the Institute's work and their journey, with partners, on increasing the economic impact of high growth firms in the UK. At this public discussion, held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, we bring together experts and Institute partners, to discuss the latest findings of the Scale-Up Review carried out for 2016, actions taken since 2014 to progress the Report's original findings, and the scale-up momentum taking place across the country as entrepreneurs, corporates, universities and government 'lean in' and take action to ensure high growth firms are “scaling up” successfully. The approach is based on clear evidence that fostering the growth of scale up firms will realise significantly greater overall benefits for an economy in terms of jobs, wage growth and contribution to GDP.


Sherry Coutu (@scoutu) is co-founder and chair of the Scale-Up Institute, and author of its 2014 Scale-Up Report. She chairs the Financial Strategy Advisory Group for the University of Cambridge and Founders4Schools, and is a non-executive director for the London Stock Exchange Group and Zoopla. Sherry was awarded the CBE for services to entrepreneurship in 2013. She is an alumna of LSE.

Irene Graham is the CEO of the Scale-Up Institute. She has held both European and global managing director roles at Standard Chartered Bank where she set up and scaled several businesses , and was subsequently a managing director of the British Bankers Association, where she also led the Business Finance Taskforce. She is a visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and sits on a number of advisory boards.

Chris Haley is Head of Start-ups and New Technology Research at Nesta. He leads Nesta’s research on how startups and new technologies can drive economic growth, and what this means for businesses, intermediaries and for the government. Prior to joining Nesta, Chris worked at Imperial Innovations, Imperial College London.


Rowena Burns is CEO of Manchester Science Partnerships.

Rob Perks is CEO of Inspire.

James ‎Stuart is Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Elizabeth Vega is CEO of Informed Solutions.


Saul Estrin is Professor of Management and Founding Head of LSE’s Department of Management. He was formally Deputy Dean (Faculty and Research) at London Business School for six years, as well as briefly Acting Dean, and a School governor for eight years. Saul's main areas of research are emerging markets, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and international business issues.

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