Venturefest Oxford is an annual event that brings together innovators, investors and entrepreneurs to make connections that lead to new investments, new businesses and new ideas in the high-tech sector. It’s a gateway for entrepreneurs and innovators to connect with investors and advisors.
Venturefest Oxford 2019 took place on Wednesday 11th September at Oxford Brookes University.
A selection of speakers from 2019:
Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change
Executive Chair, Venturefest Oxford
Investment Manager, OION
Head of Innovation - IHub, Oxfordshire County Council
CEO & Co-Founder, StreetDrone
Team Principal, TECHEETAH Formula E Team
Product & Operations Officer, Latent Logic
Deputy Head of Industrial Research Partnerships, University of Oxford
Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange, Oxford Brookes University
Head of Investments and New Ventures, Oxford University Innovation
Managing Director, Astia
Investment Director, Longwall Venture Partners
In 2019, Venturefest’s exhibition brought together partners and supporters as well as Oxfordshire’s business networks and commercial businesses, to provide a useful range of contacts for networking.
Some of our exhibitors from 2019:
Richardsons Chartered Accountants
Oxford Brookes University
University of Oxford
The Oxford Trust
Oxford Product Design
Venturefest Oxford celebrates all that is enterprise and innovation, and promotes the commercialisation of innovation. The Innovation Showcase featured some of the most innovative and exciting business innovations from across the region.
Pitching for Success
Pitching for Success was to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals. The 2019 competition was sponsored by Freeths Solicitors.
The overall winner, as voted for by the audience was Measurable, who won the £1,000 cash prize.
Prodrive Ventures will provide12 month of business mentoring support to winner, Kymira, to include regular sessions on product roadmap, commercial strategy, route to market including introduction to key supporting partners as relevant.
Oxford Innovation Centres are offering the use of a professional virtual office service (telephone answering and postal mailing address) for 12 months at one of its 24 Innovation Centres for winner, DNApal.
Dehns will provide a tailored IP review, assessing existing and potential IP to be delivered within 12 months for winner, Kymira.
Metro Bank Oxford will engage with winner, MEDeus, to support their needs on a mutually agreed basis.
Richardsons will engage with winner, Cotswold Health Technology (GaitThaw), to support needs on a mutually agreed basis from one of the following: Payroll for up to five employees to March 2020; A review of the company’s eligibility for R&D Tax Credits; or Half a day’s training on the popular Xero cloud-based accounting package.
KPMG will provide a half day ‘finance workshop’ for winner, Luminery (Data Language)
The best potential investment, won by UnityCell will have the opportunity to pitch at an OION Ltd Showcase event with 6 months of Venturefest.
In 2019 we worked with the Brookes Enterprise Support team to bring you the Entrepreneurship Village.
Participating companies included: Beckman Automobiles, Blue Light Academy, Chirrup Foods, CoachMii, Cogg, Ignotus travel, OneCup, OrganisedU, Oxford Robotic Innovations, Say Anything, SHIFTE, Silence Breaker, This Girl Makes, ViewCue and Wavey Bagels.