Cass Alumnus and Founder of Humble Grape Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign

James Dawson (MBA 2004) is a multi-faceted entrepreneur with an International background. After studying Economics and Psychology in South Africa he did an MBA at Cass and then went on to work as an MD in the financial sector with roles in Paris, New York and London.

In 2009 he started Humble Grape, a profitable wine merchant and events company, which already has an existing private and corporate client-base in London, along with an extensive portfolio of 130+ unique wines, directly imported from boutique, family-owned, vineyards.

James Dawson

James Dawson, Humble Grape Founder

James explains why he decided to become an entrepreneur: “Creating something from nothing, breathing life into it and then nurturing its growth is one of the most exciting things I could possibly imagine.  Being the master of your own destiny and being able to do what is best for the business makes me excited to face each new day.”

Business Expansion Campaign

Humble Grape has decided to expand onto the high street with a wine bar and retail shop in Shoreditch, and James’ team is raising awareness about a crowd funding campaign launched recently.

James explains the objective of the campaign: “The main point of the campaign is to give people the opportunity to take part in the Wine-Tech revolution which aims at disrupting a 500 year old business, something that has already started a few years ago in the U.S. and that will gradually happen to London in the next 5 years. We believe that technology together with a fun educational approach can really simplify the way people connect with the world of wine.

Equity crowd-funding is a fantastic opportunity for startups to expand with the help of everyone, from investors to the community. The equity offered is 15% on the entire Humble Grape brand and anyone can invest from as little as £10. By supporting us, you also support all the sustainable little vineyards we import the wine from, raising awareness of high-quality handcrafted products and healthy drinking.”

They are also organising a crowd-funding free party on Thursday 27 March, and it is open to everyone interested. Jeff Lynn, CEO of Seedrs, will be the guest speaker.

To learn more about the Humble Grape, please visit their website:

Dr Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington Memorial Fund

Dr Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington was a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Admissions Tutor for the Civil Engineering undergraduate course and Course Director of the MSc in Civil Engineering Structures. She died aged 38 in March 2012 after a long fight against cancer and the Dr Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington Memorial Fund was set up in her memory.

Christiana packed an immense amount of teaching, research and administration into her eight and a half years at City University London. She was a dedicated academic and brought a special enthusiasm and understanding to her teaching and interactions with students ensuring that they had the best possible experience during their studies.

The variety of roles that Christiana took on whilst a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences meant that she came into contact with colleagues from across the School.  Your contribution to the fund will be used to support undergraduate and postgraduate students in Civil Engineering.

You can visit the Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington memoriam page here where you can donate to the fund in her memory.

Cass MSc Alumni/Student Get Together Events – 27 February and 6 March, 2014

Calling all students and recent alumni of our Cass MSc courses. As it’s been a while since you left us here at Sir John Cass Business School it would be great to see your lovely faces again!

Cass Business School are pleased to announce their first Alumni/Student Get Together events on 27th Feb 2014 and 6th March 2014 (depending on your course)… a brilliant opportunity to meet old faces and make new friends over a couple of drinks.

Tickets £10 (including drinks and snacks). All proceeds from ticket sales go to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

For recent alumni of our MSc Real Estate/Trade and Finance/Management courses get your ticket here.

For recent alumni of our MSc Finance/Quants programmes get your ticket here.

Current students can visit the Course Office to get their ticket.

We look forward to seeing you!

Beating Cancer Through Gaming

Current City students and alumni have been instrumental in producing a new smartphone game in which players analyse real cancer data with the aim of finding new treatments.

While people are playing ‘Play to Cure: Genes in Space’, the app will sift through a pool of data, highlighting genetic faults which can cause cancer.

Developed by Dundee-based Guerilla Tea, players guide a spaceship along an intergalactic assault course to collect a precious material known as “Element Alpha”.

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The City Law School Unveils its First Distance Learning Degree Programme

The City Law School, City University London, has unveiled its first online degree programme. The distance learning LLM in International Business Law is designed to help students to develop a broader and deeper knowledge of the legal rules which impact on international business. They will acquire transferable skills which will enhance their career prospects as an international business professional or legal practitioner.

The course will enable business professionals and lawyers to set themselves apart in an increasingly competitive labour market by attaining an advanced qualification, without necessarily having to take a break from work. The programme is designed to enhance students’ ability to locate, interpret, analyse and criticise the laws, rules, policies and practices essential to the practice of international business.

Alumni are eligible to receive a 10% discount.

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Alumni get 10% discount on postgraduate courses and Postgraduate Open Evening

If you are a City University London alumnus you can benefit from a discount on fees of at least 10% when applying for one of over 150+ postgraduate courses at City. The next postgraduate open evening is 19th February 2014. To get further information about the discount send your enquiries to To attend the postgraduate open evening sign up for the event here.

Cass Alumna Launches Professional Network for the Finance Industry in London

Victoria Salem (MSc Management 2012) recently launched The Golden Network, a professional networking community designed for members of the financial industry in London. The Golden Network will organise sophisticated events and offer its members advantages and offers, through collaboration with high-standing partners around London and aims to be London’s premier member’s community for the financial sector.

The Golden Network will also guarantee its members exclusive access to high-end clubs, bars and restaurants around London. In order to preserve its core values of privacy and exclusivity, access is restricted so that members’ services remain relevant and enjoyable.

After graduating in 2009 from the University of Paris Dauphine with a Master’s degree in Economics, Victoria interned for Macquarie Bank in Sydney in business strategy, and in strategic planning for Condé Nast (London). She then gained her second Master’s degree, in Management from Cass in 2012, before spending a year in Private Wealth at Merrill Lynch.

Having acquired a variety of work experience and skills, she decided to create her own business and in February 2014, The Golden Network celebrated its official launch at Vogue House in London.

Speaking of her new venture Victoria says: “having a clear entrepreneurial mind and leadership skills, I always knew that one day I would start my own business. With The Golden Network, I have assembled everything I am passionate about – networking events, socialising, VIP treatment, high standing venues and sophisticated nights out – and decided to create a business out of it. Being an entrepreneur is a 24-hour job, but it is the most interesting and enriching adventure I have ever undertaken.

Whilst working in finance myself, and being an avid networker, I was disappointed by the lack of focused networking opportunities. While communities existed, I found them too open-ended to be really useful and was inspired to create something new.

The next step is to develop the same type of community around the world (Asia being probably the next destination).

So please do visit the website, follow me on LinkedIn and hopefully one day I will be welcoming you as a member!”