School of Business and Economics


4 May 2016

MBA Masterclass: Start-Up Challenges and Investor Readiness

Wednesday 4th May 2016,  6.30pm – 8.00pm

An MBA Masterclass

Managing Ventures, Raising Capital - What Entreprenuers should know about Venture Capital

Brendan specialises in working with very early stage companies. Ben specialises in helping people pitch for investment, working with business angels, developing business plans.

Brendan and Ben are interested in start-up challenges and investor readiness, especially with very early stage start-ups. The evening will focus on this, drawing on their extensive experience.

This Masterclass is relevant to all students interested in entrepreneurial activity. It links well to the entrepreneurial theme of the MBA and the capstone ‘Managing Innovation’ module as well as to our Annual MBA Conference on May 11th.


About Brendan Barry:

Brendan has been CFO of Kenda Capital, the Fund Manager for the Shell Technology Ventures Fund (STV Fund), since 2009. The STV Fund has been a significant player in oil and gas industry venture capital with a headline fund value of US$ 1.1 billion. The STV Fund CFO role has exposed Brendan to the full range of venture capital and technology development/commercialisation challenges, not least the crucial aspects of leadership, management and resourcing.

Brendan has been keen to share his experience and learnings with start up ventures via his volunteering as a mentor to start up CEOs with Surrey University and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Brendan is an employee of Shell and is seconded to Kenda Capital due to Shell’s majority equity stake in the STV Fund. Prior to his secondment, Brendan developed his finance career with Shell in roles as an accountant, a controller, and a finance manager in Shell’s operations in UK, The Netherlands, Egypt, Oman, Poland, Nigeria and Brazil (a mixture of upstream oil and gas exploration and production, downstream manufacturing/distribution and marketing of refined products, and Head Office roles).         

Brendan graduated from Loughborough University of Technology in 1981 having read Business Administration with French, qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and gained an MBA from Henley Management College.

About Ben Partridge:

Ben has spent over 30 years in the IT and telecoms industry.  During the 1990s he developed a small UK based mainframe software distribution company with offices in Watford into an international business with offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Holland and Australia.  Ben spent a number of years as Entrepreneur in Residence for the University of Surrey and the Satellite Applications Catapult as well as providing support to some of the UK’s leading business accelerators and is closely involved with angel investor networks. As well has having been involved in creating the Innovation and Growth Strategy for the UK Space Industry, Ben is on the board of the Satellite Finance Network, the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium and is an advisor to the Greater Manchester Authority’s Business Finance Service.

Lecture Details


Room BE0.53 Sir Richard Morris Building, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU


6.00pm    Light refreshments

6.30pm    Lecture and Q&A

8.00pm    Closing remarks



To register for the event please email Ruth Cufflin