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July 2008

3rd July 2008
UCL Advances

Our London meeting in July was hosted by UCL Advances.
UCL has built a reputation as a pioneer of collaboration between industry and academia. Often in partnership with the London Business School, they have established many, now mainstream, initiatives that span the gaps between science discovery and exploitation.

Guest Speaker
Christopher Bowers - OmWeb

Christopher presented on "How to Promote your Company at low cost through the web and generate sales leads".

This presentation provided businesses with an overview of the tools they need to harness the internet and Google search listings: SEO Marketing Action Steps; Search Engine Software; Google Checklist; Techniques, Tools, and Tricks including the new Google AdWords Starter Pages service aimed at firms who are yet to build their own site; plus Q&A session. Attendees walked away with a good feel and special offers to help put your business at the top of a Google search.

Speaker Christopher Bowers, Director of OmWeb, had an award-winning career with IBM which included management of IBM's largest donation of $6.5 million to the United Nations Global Resource Database (GRID) and a top Data Processing Finance Salesman. From 2003-2006 he was Chairman of Kingston Foster Care Association and also led the design and implementation of the IBM-funded WebEx KFCA Intranet.

Business Pitches

the iplatform
Joshua March - iNetworkMarketing

iNetworkMarketing is developing the iPlatform, a next generation white label social network allowing any organisation to create an online community that can be accessed in full from any of the major social networks, as well as standalone websites. This gives automatic worldwide coverage to brands and niche communities across hundreds of millions of social network users by utilising powerful viral channels, and allows users to communicate with others across social networks, creating a single unified community that can be accessed from anywhere.
Luckner's Auctioneers online
Simon Neubert-Luckner
Luckner's Auctioneers online

Luckners is the first Internet-only auction house in the United Kingdom, selling antiques, modern design and decorative collectables. The concept for the business is based on the Danish Internet auction house Lauritz.com that Luckners founder, Simon Neubert-Luckner an ex-Christies education graduate, has previously worked for. Lauritz.com has not only become the largest auction house in Scandinavia with sales in Year 5 of 44m, but also one of the ten biggest auction houses in the world. Luckners has managed to establish a growing following from not just trade buyers and sellers, but eBay users and an increasing number of online UK consumers. Luckners deals in one of the worlds most active markets: mid-range auctions. In the UK alone, professionals estimate it is worth approximately 450 million. Online, eBays Affordable Art (the upper class of its collectible auctions) increased sales by 67% from 2003 to 2004 and in 2005 it was selling over 920 pieces per day. The current database of Luckners clients stretches from the US to Japan and Australia.
Brad Backus
Audio-3 Ltd

Audio-3 Ltd. has created the worlds first semi-portable sound system - a revolutionary wireless speaker system. The Audio-3 SoundCube allows customers to have a world-class home sound system, which also detaches and can be carried around the house while playing wireless audio streams. SoundCube is the home stereo that moves around the house and goes on the road. SoundCube targets affluent urbanites who demand high-quality products that simplify their lives. Audio-3 has a comprehensive and experienced team that addresses: business acumen, industry and technical knowledge, and design and manufacture skills.
Brad Backus, the Founder and CEO of Audio-3, has a Ph.D. from MIT and is a Former Bose researcher with 15 years of acoustics and loudspeaker design experience. He is currently a scientist at UCL Ear Institute while starting the build up of Audio-3. Brad will be presenting and demonstrating this revolutionary new approach to sound reproduction.