Frank Cave

Frank Cave has recently retired from teaching in the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED) at Lancaster University Management School where his research interests lay in the growth of technology based businesses particularly barriers to growth and the role of communities of practice in business formation. He is experienced in mentoring technology based start-ups by students and alumni.
Since 1998 he taught on postgraduate and executive courses for small businesses and on the world ranked MBA Programme. He was lately Programme Director of the MSc in E-business and Innovation.


Frank had a background of 20 years as an engineer in medical instrumentation before his return to academia. He has extensive direct experience of support to regional small businesses.
He founded two businesses associated with technology transfer and the management of risk in technology ventures.
He is co-founder of an award winning spin-out company with a colleague from the Department of Engineering.
His retirement from teaching allows him to devote more time to this company and to mentoring of technology start-ups.
Frank has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MBA from Manchester Business School and is a Chartered Engineer.
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