Edinburgh Napier University appoints Lynne Cadenhead as Entrepreneur in Residence
Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) has announced serial entrepreneur, experienced tech sector leader, and chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) Lynne Cadenhead as its newest Entrepreneur in Residence, bringing a wealth of experience to the role.
The move, which is part of an effort to foster innovation and entrepreneurial excellence, will see Lynne provide support and expert advice at the University.
An alumna of ENU with a background in life sciences, Professor Lynne Cadenhead brings a remarkable track record to the role. She started and grew three successful businesses, and has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial, equity investment, and policy experience.
Lynne has also drawn recognition for her work to support women into entrepreneurship, through her post as chair of WES and as Women’s Advocate and Investor Relations Director for Tricapital Angels Limited.
In her new role as Entrepreneur in Residence, Lynne Cadenhead will join The Royal Society’s Entrepreneur in Residence scheme, a part of the Science, Industry, and Translation programme. This initiative aims to enhance knowledge and awareness in UK universities of cutting-edge industrial science, research, and innovation.
As Entrepreneur in Residence, Lynne will be actively involved in fostering a more entrepreneurial environment for women across Edinburgh Napier University.
This reflects the University's commitment to encouraging and supporting women in entrepreneurship, aligning with its dedication to driving positive change and advancing gender equality.
Lynne Cadenhead said:
“I am honoured to be taking up the role of Entrepreneur in Residence at Edinburgh Napier University.
If we want to unlock Scotland’s economic potential, we need to champion the entrepreneurial spirit across academia and contribute to a culture of innovation.
Drawing from my own journey, I am particularly excited about supporting and inspiring women in enterprise, as they face numerous additional barriers when it comes to starting and growing a business.
This new role will allow me to actively contribute to the university’s commitment to fostering an inclusive entrepreneurial mindset for all.”
Nick Fannin, Head of Enterprise at Bright Red Triangle, ENU’s enterprise hub, said:
“We are thrilled to have Lynne Cadenhead join us as our latest Entrepreneur in Residence.
Lynne's incredible personal experience in building companies and her commitment to supporting the next generation of entrepreneurial women aligns perfectly with Edinburgh Napier's mission to nurture and support the women in our university community, enabling them to have real impact in their academic careers, and to commercialise their research.
We believe Lynne's expertise will have a profound impact on our students, staff, and alumni as they embark on their entrepreneurial journeys.
Lynne's presence will be a tremendous asset to our community, and we are committed to bringing about positive change.”