our team

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uday Phadke

Co-Founder, CEO

Uday is the Chief Executive of Cartezia which he founded in 1998. His career over the last three decades has covered three areas: commercial businesses enabled by innovations in science and technology; academic research and teaching in technology and business; and the delivery of global innovation initiatives. His primary focus now is on the Scale-up challenges faced by high-growth firms.

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tony hart

Co-Founder, CRO

As Head of Smart Oxford, Tony has helped commercialise IP from public and private sector organisations and built a dynamic technology innovation ecosystem within Oxfordshire, helping start-ups in multiple sectors. He has worked for and with major technology companies in the US (Intel and Cisco), Europe, India and China, and co-founded two media technology start-ups, focusing on marketing strategies.

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Shailendra Vyakarnam

Co-Founder, Chief Evangelist

Passionate about entrepreneurship education and development for over 30 years. Shai is Visiting Professor at the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University, having had the honour of being its Director for four years. Previously, for fourteen years, he was founding Director of The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge.

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Arun Muthirulan

Co-Founder, CSO

Arun is an Innovation Advisor with the Enterprise Europe Network in the East of England. His experience covers 70+ technology companines in operational and advisory roles to raise funds, expand and grow in the local and international markets. Previously he co-founded two companies focusing on business strategy advisory and technology commercialisation.

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sam dods

Co-Founder, COO

With 20+ years’ experience in starting, growing, selling and integrating companies ranging from a tech start-up to a Euronext listed €2+ Billion multinational, Sam helps leadership teams build more effective organisations. Former Technical and Managing Director, Sam has lived and worked in 4 continents and developed an understanding of the importance of psychodynamics in today’s workplace.

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james parton

Co-Founder, CMO

James is the Managing Director of The Bradfield Centre in Cambridge & runs his advisory business, Land & Expand. His startup experience is highlighted by being Twilio's first international hire and building their EMEA business from scratch to IPO. Prior to that James was in Telco, launching more than 20 products to market for O2 and Telefonica. 

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