As Venturefest Oxford will take place within weeks of the COP26 conference, you can expect to see local business leaders reflecting on the low carbon and sustainability agenda.

We will also be looking forward to ensure that Oxfordshire continues to be at the forefront of enterprise, innovation, development of cutting edge technology and new industries.




13:00 - 13:30


STFC Visitor Centre, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus

Registration will open at 13:00 at the STFC Visitor Centre. If you attending the in person event, please arrive promptly.

Please note that in person tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. There will be no in person tickets available on the day You will be able to purchase virtual tickets on the day.


13:00 - 17:30


STFC Visitor Centre | Networking

At Venturefest Oxford this year you have the opportunity to network with both in person and virtual attendees. The virtual event platform, Hopin provides you 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 will be open from 13:00 on the event day, and close at 18:30.


13:00 - 17:30


STFC Visitor Centre | Expo

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

The virtual expo is an excellent opportunity to increase your exposure to a diverse audience that includes directors of large blue-chip companies, business managers who run innovative businesses, SME owners, researchers, industry specialists, innovators and enterprising young people.


13:30 - 13:40

Welcome to Venturefest Oxford 2021

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage

Hear from Venturefest Oxford on the importance of innovation and the role it plays in supporting and encouraging both innovation and entrepreneurship.

Chaired by Stuart Grant – Harwell Science Campus and Arlington


13:40 - 14:30

From Glasgow to Oxfordshire – reflections on COP 26

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage

The COP 26 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.

Confirmed Panellists: Barbara Hammond – Low Carbon Oxford, Emma Southwell-Sander – Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Henry Snaith – Oxford PV, and Tim Curtis – Ricardo.

Chaired by Chris Goodall.

Sponsored by Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.


14:45 - 15:45

Creating an ecosystem for start-ups to thrive

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.

Confirmed Panellists: Nicki Campling – Barclays Eagle Labs, Oxford

Sponsored by Taylor Vinters and James Cowper Kreston.


16:00 - 16:30

The Oxford Trust Awards | COVID Innovation Heroes

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage

This year’s Oxford Trust Awards recognise and celebrate 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
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Therapeutic Innovation
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Therapeutic Scaleup
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Medical Engineering
  • Outstanding technical leadership – Diagnostic Scale Up

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


16:30 - 17:30

What does Oxfordshire have to offer quantum computing?

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.

Confirmed Panellists: Stuart Woods – Oxford Instruments, Wenmiao Yu – Quantum Dice, Barbara Ghinelli – STFC, Tom Harty – Oxford Ionic

Sponsored by National Quantum Computing Centre.


17:30 - 17:40

Closing Session

Pickavance Lecture Theatre | Main Stage




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