Venturefest Oxford 2021

Venturefest Oxford 2021 took place at the STFC Visitor Centre at Harwell Campus on the afternoon of Thursday 25th November. The event was a hybrid event and featured three panel discussions, The Oxford Trust Covid Innovation Hero Awards, a virtual exhibition and in person and virtual networking.

Venturefest Oxford 2021

Programme

Venturefest Oxford took place within weeks of the COP26 conference, so the event featured many local business leaders reflecting on the low carbon and sustainability agenda, as well as discussing the regional ecosystem for start ups and how we can anchor quantum computing in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire is at the forefront of enterprise, innovation, development of cutting edge technology and new industries, during the panel discussions we explored ways in which Oxfordshire can continue to lead the way. 

From Glasgow to Oxfordshire – Reflections on COP26

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13:40 - 14:30

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage

The COP26 conference in Glasgow from 1st to 12th November 2021, will provide ever more focus on the net zero, environmental and sustainability agenda. Leading Oxfordshire companies will reflect on what COP 26 means for their companies and their mission and we will consider how Oxfordshire’s innovation ecosystem is at the leading edge in the development of technologies and approaches that will address the climate crisis.

Sponsored by Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.

Creating an Ecosystem for Start-ups to Thrive

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14:45 - 15:45

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage

Oxfordshire has a vibrant community of young and early stage companies, with many new ones created each year. Many of these are spin-outs from Oxford’s two Universities and benefit greatly from the support of their parent institutions. However, many companies start without the backing of Oxfordshire’s universities or decide to locate within the Oxfordshire region to grow and develop their innovation. This panel will look at the ecosystem for start-ups, considering how companies gain support and grow, and will examine the strengths and weaknesses of Oxfordshire as a place for start-ups to scale and succeed.

Sponsored by British Business Bank, James Cowper Kreston and Taylor Vinters

What does Oxfordshire have to offer Quantum Computing?

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16:30 - 17:30

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage

Quantum computing is in its early stages of commercialisation and continues to be strongly anchored within the academic base. Harwell Campus will host the UKRI National Quantum Computing Centre. A small number of quantum computing companies and setting up in Oxfordshire and other larger companies are providing key parts of the supply chain. This panel will look at the prospects for monetising quantum computing and will consider whether Oxfordshire can become the regional anchor for the UK’s quantum computing industry.

Sponsored by the National Quantum Computing Centre.

Venturefest Oxford 2021

Exhibition

As in previous years. Venturefest brought together partners and supporters as well as Oxfordshire’s business networks and commercial businesses, to provide a useful range of contacts for networking.

New for this year was the virtual expo, an excellent opportunity to increase a exposure to a diverse audience that included directors of large blue-chip companies, business managers who run innovative businesses, SME owners, researchers, industry specialists, innovators and enterprising young people.

Venturefest Oxford 2021

Speakers

Tim Ballance

Tim Ballance

Director of UK R&D, ColdQuanta

Barbara Hammond

Barbara Hammond

CEO, Low Carbon Hub

Henry Snaith

Henry Snaith

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Offer, Oxford PV

Wenmiao Yu

Wenmiao Yu

Co-Founder & Director of Business Development, Quantum Dice Ltd.

Venturefest Oxford 2021

Networking

At Venturefest Oxford this year attendees had the opportunity to network with both in person and virtual attendees. The virtual event platform, Hopin provided them with two options:

  1. Invite any attendee to a one to one video call
  2. Join the networking section to be randomly matched with another attendee

The networking element of the event was open throughout the event.

Venturefest Oxford 2021

Sponsors

Venturefest Oxford benefits from the support of its partners and sponsors, who provide both funds and time.

The Oxford Trust generously provided core sponsorship for Venturefest Oxford. With the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Science & Technology Facilities Council offering key support that allows us to offer a full and varied programme.

Thanks to all our partners and sponsors.

Venturefest Oxford 2021

Experts in Conversation

With Covid-related lockdowns, travel restrictions, cancellation and postponement of conferences and events, business development activities have had to change over the last 15 months.  Business relationships and partnership activities have to be developed and maintained on line and lead generation has also changed fundamentally.

In this series of conversations, we explore the shift that has taken place in business development, drawing on the experiences of three different Oxfordshire-based companies: The Electrospinning Company, Enara Bio and Saietta.  Through these discussions, we explore how each company has changed its approach to business development and consider how Covid has changed the way we work, looking back over the last year, and looking forward beyond 2021.

Venturefest Oxford 2021

The Oxford Trust Awards | COVID Innovation Heroes

This year’s Oxford Trust Awards recognised and celebrated our region’s outstanding contributions in addressing the challenges brought by the pandemic – our COVID Innovation Heroes. We are rightly proud of the role that Oxfordshire played, and continues to play, nationally and internationally and are awarding individuals, teams and organisations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to public understanding | Our World in Data
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Therapeutic Innovation | The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Therapeutic Scaleup | Oxford Biomedica
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Medical Engineering | OxVent Ltd
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Virus Surveillance | Oxford Nanopore Technologies

The Awards were selected by the boards of The Oxford Trust and Venturefest Oxford and were presented by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Imam Monawar Hussain, as part of his COVID Heroes programme.

Sponsored by Barclays.

Latest news

Our latest news 

Less than two weeks to go until the return of Venturefest Oxford

Less than two weeks to go until the return of Venturefest Oxford

Innovators, investors and entrepreneurs set to come together at key innovation showcase – with less than two weeks to go until the return of Venturefest Oxford. read more

Venturefest Oxford is back: 2021 programme launched

Venturefest Oxford is back: 2021 programme launched

We're excited to launch the event programme for this year's event which will take place on Thursday 25th November, both in person at Harwell Campus and online. read more

How has business development has changed?

How has business development has changed?

With Covid-related lockdowns, travel restrictions, cancellation and postponement of conferences and events, business development activities have had to change over the last 15 months. read more

 

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