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Changemakers

Engaging future entrepreneurs

Jason Mellad, Start Codon Co-Founder and CEO, recently took part in two different events to engage future generations of entrepreneurs.

Jason was delighted to take part in a Changemakers discussion on leadership, entrepreneurship and investments, hosted at Homerton College. Jason was part of a panel discussion, artfully chaired by Dr. Jerry Wu.

Alongside his fellow panellists Lucy Jung, Michael Anstey and John Gourd, they took on questions from the room full of students, and shared their insights about how things work in the real world and how to lead authentically.

Jason also recently took part in a University of Cambridge Careers Service online talk. This formed part of a Life Science Careers Week, where he shared his expertise and advice during a spotlight session on 'Venture Capital in Life Sciences'.

Jason commented; “These sessions are a great way to encourage students to consider the different paths they could choose. It was an honour to share the Start Codon story and my own personal experiences and insights with this future generation of potential entrepreneurs. I hope they’ve come away remembering that any FAIL is just a First Attempt In Learning, and that it’s vital to embrace curiosity to find the right opportunities for you. Following your passions when considering career options is the best way to have a fulfilling career.”

Nick Watt, Employer Engagement Coordinator at the University said; "We designed the ‘Spotlight on…’ sessions as part of the Cambridge Careers Service ‘Life Science Careers Week 2024’, to shed light on different career pathways.

"We were delighted to be joined by Jason for a ‘Spotlight on Venture Capital in Life Sciences’. He brilliantly explained what it’s like to work in VC, the skills you need (from finance to emotional intelligence), how it was to move from academia into an entrepreneurial arena and so much more! We’re very grateful to Jason and Start Codon for sharing their experience."

You can watch the recording of the online session on YouTube.