From gin to tonic: an entrepreneurial revolution

Charles Rolls, Fever-TreeSaturday 6 May | 14.00 - 15.00 | Imperial Enterprise Lab

We’re excited to announce a rare opportunity for an exclusive insight into the story behind Fever-Tree, and the Indian Tonic Water that revolutionised the spirit-mixing market.

Join us for an audience with Charles Rolls (Mining Engineering 1979), Co-founder of Fever-Tree, who will talk about his journey to alumni and guests in Imperial’s Enterprise Lab, a unique space that hosts a programme supporting the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Liz Choonara, the Enterprise Lab’s Community and Programmes Manager, will delve into Rolls’ career and establish how he went from engineering student to entrepreneur.

Before Fever-Tree, Rolls built his reputable career at Plymouth Gin. “One of the things that had annoyed me at Plymouth was that, no matter how hard we tried to make a good gin, when it was mixed with a cheap tonic, it would all taste the same.” Following a 15 month journey and five iterations of their first recipe, Rolls launched Fever-Tree with luxury food marketer Tim Warrillow in 2005. Since then, Fever-Tree has had momentous success, winning numerous awards, gaining global acclaim and becoming a household name. This year alone, the company’s expected turnover is £100M.

Hear about the journey from gin to tonic and find out how Rolls and Warrillow turned mixers into a luxury product. Space is limited so don’t miss this chance to gather first-hand insight and ask your own questions to an Imperial entrepreneur who’s creating a whole new market.

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Innovative learning: how do we build the leaders of tomorrow?

White City CampusSaturday 6 May | 14.00 - 15.00

Imperial College London attracts talented, driven and curious staff and students. We are a community that innovates, that wants to do better every day, that produces high quality research and education and that makes an important contribution to society.

However, the world is changing fast, and if we want to continue delivering graduates that understand how to thrive in that changing landscape and how to be the leaders of tomorrow, we need to innovate our learning and teaching and adapt our academic community.

Professor Alan Spivey, Vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, will discuss how our new Learning and Teaching Strategy sets out to achieve this and how we work to change our pedagogy to make it more interactive, less fact and lecture based and more challenging and rewarding for our students.

Professor Spivey will consider how we will create space in the curriculum for innovation in education, how we will foster an inclusive and diverse community, and how we plan to use digital and online technology to enhance our on campus experience as well as forging an international reputation for education excellence.

Alan Spivey, FRSC, CChem. CSci, FRSB, SFHEA is Professor of Synthetic Chemistry at Imperial College London. He joined the College in 2003 and was promoted to Professor in 2008. He received the Rector’s medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 and since 2013 has been the vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

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