UWTSD hosts inaugural lecture by Professor of Practice Peter Polydor


UWTSD Professor of Practice Peter Polydor has delivered his inaugural lecture to a packed audience at Swansea’s Tech Hub.

Group photograph with Roger Maidment

The talk, entitled, ‘Attracting Investment : the key factors that investors always look for in new companies’, was hosted by UWTSD’s Faculty of Business and Management.

The title of ‘Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the university.

Professor Polydor has built successful companies in ecommerce and web services, and has spent the last several years working in venture capital as Vice President of SAIL Capital Partners and most recently as CEO and Co-Founder of ERGO Capital. In 2014, he founded the Eureka Building, a three-acre start up and tech community based in Irvine, California, designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurs. The site is home to 30 companies ranging from start-ups to large public companies.


Montage from Peter Polydor inaugural lecture

He sits on the Board of Directors of ecoPHYSI and SugarsGone. He also sits on the Board of Governors of Occidental College, is a Charter Member of the C100, and a member of the OCTANe Leadership Council.

Professor Polydor was an Edmonson Fellow at the University of Southern California and earned his BA from Occidental College and his MBA from University of Oxford Saïd Business School.

UWTSD’s Roger Maidment, Dean of Faculty of Business and Management said: “I’m delighted to welcome Peter as our latest Professor of Practice. Peter’s knowledge, experience and energy is inspirational and will be invaluable in helping UWTSD to support fledgling start-ups effectively. Together with Peter and Tech Hub, we can really make a contribution to our graduates and the tech community in SA1 and in delivering the Swansea City Deal.”