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The latest news from Venturefest Oxford about the 2019 event, the programme, displays, pitching competition and partners. 

The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards – Apply Now!

The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards – Apply Now!

Applications close: 28th June. Free to enter. Oxfordshire-based companies only. READ MORE

Media partnership with Business & Innovation Magazine

Media partnership with Business & Innovation Magazine

We're excited to announce a new media partnership with Business & Innovation Magazine. READ MORE

A new era for Venturefest Oxford

A new era for Venturefest Oxford

Venturefest Oxford has announced the appointment of Mike Foster to take over the Chair role vacated by Lynn Shepherd last December.  ... READ MORE

Chengdu International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

Chengdu International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

The Chengdu Talent Work Leading Group Office and Chengdu Human Resources and Social Security Bureau in partnership with International ... READ MORE

2018 China-UK Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition: Call for Projects

2018 China-UK Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition: Call for Projects

During the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UK in October 2015, China and the UK released the declaration on Building READ MORE

Venturefest celebrates 20 years in style!

Venturefest celebrates 20 years in style!

Visitors to Venturefest last week were treated to an exhilarating, informative and action-packed day.  It was celebrating its 20th ... READ MORE

Graduate’s reusable coffee cup business wins funding at Venturefest Oxford

Graduate’s reusable coffee cup business wins funding at Venturefest Oxford

A recent graduate from Oxford Brookes won the Venturefest Oxford Pitching for Success competition with a cash prize of £1,000 including READ MORE

Winners of the 2018 Enterprise Awards are…

Winners of the 2018 Enterprise Awards are…

A highlight of our year, The Oxford Trust 2018 Enterprise Awards went off with lots of entrepreneurial fizz and excitement at the new ... READ MORE

Is there a perfect place to locate a business?

Is there a perfect place to locate a business?

If you run an innovative company you’re probably looking at more than price per square foot to ensure your business doesn’t just take ... READ MORE

Student entrepreneur selected for pitching competition at Venturefest

Student entrepreneur selected for pitching competition at Venturefest

A recent graduate from Oxford Brookes is hoping to secure funding in his reusable coffee cup business after being selected to pitch to ... READ MORE

Mastering your pitch

Mastering your pitch

This guidance seeks to develop your confidence in pitching to investors by helping you to avoid the pitfalls and mistakes often heard ... READ MORE

The crucial role of Theory of Mind (ToM) capabilities in developing a next generation, human-centric artificial intelligence

The crucial role of Theory of Mind (ToM) capabilities in developing a next generation, human-centric artificial intelligence

Emerging applications of artificial intelligence (AI) are raising awareness of the limitations of established machine learning (ML) ... READ MORE

Ethical Artificial Intelligence in Business

Ethical Artificial Intelligence in Business

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the data economy together form one of the four grand challenges in the UK Industrial Strategy. Many, ... READ MORE

Software as a Medical Device – the development process demystified

Software as a Medical Device – the development process demystified

Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) is software intended to be used for one or more medical purposes without being part of a hardware ... READ MORE

Spin-Outs and Start-Ups: Common Pitfalls – Don’t Forget the Research & Development Tax Credit

Spin-Outs and Start-Ups: Common Pitfalls – Don’t Forget the Research & Development Tax Credit

Research and Development tax credits are a valuable company tax relief that can reduce a company’s tax bill, or, for some, provide a ... READ MORE

The Importance of Encryption

The Importance of Encryption

Names such as WannaCry, Petya and NotPetya have become all too familiar as those within the enterprise and public sector suffered ... READ MORE

2018 Changes to SEIS and EIS

2018 Changes to SEIS and EIS

The government is getting stricter with SEIS and EIS tax relief. Here are the changes you need to know about – 1.     HMRC are no ... READ MORE

Running a lean business

Running a lean business

Sometimes, it’s the things you don’t do that make the real difference. I’ve been working in website design and development for nearly ... READ MORE

Technology and growth – friends or foe?

Technology and growth – friends or foe?

In 2018, UK businesses could leave up to £72.5billion of untapped growth on the table. Companies need to become purpose-driven, ... READ MORE

How a cyber attack can kill a startup business overnight!

How a cyber attack can kill a startup business overnight!

“Startups are incredibly vulnerable to cyber-attacks in their first 18 months. If a business thinks that it’s too small to matter to ... READ MORE

Spin-Outs and Start-Ups: Common Pitfalls – Issue the Shares in the Right Order

Spin-Outs and Start-Ups: Common Pitfalls – Issue the Shares in the Right Order

There are some really quite surprising tax traps for the unwary when a new company is started up.  It is quite possible under certain ... READ MORE

So you want your new website to ‘pop’!?!

So you want your new website to ‘pop’!?!

Building a successful website is not just something that is desirable, it is more-often-than-not critical for the success of your ... READ MORE

Product acceptance in the health-care environment

Product acceptance in the health-care environment

Technology innovators in the health-care sector can benefit from the research and expertise of the Oxford Clinical Allied Technology ... READ MORE

PNO on the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

PNO on the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is part of the governments long-term strategy to increase funding in research and development by READ MORE

Ready to commercialise your invention? Stop! Do you have Freedom to Operate?

Ready to commercialise your invention? Stop! Do you have Freedom to Operate?

“I have patents on my invention. I don’t need to worry about other people’s patents – do I?” Yes, you do! Having your own patent does ... READ MORE

Keep your Data Safe and your Teddy Bear!

Keep your Data Safe and your Teddy Bear!

When we are young, we never worried about our home being safe… You know it is, right? Our parents lock up before they go to bed, they ... READ MORE

5 ways an accountant can help a start-up other than with their tax return

5 ways an accountant can help a start-up other than with their tax return

1. When it comes to your business plan This is probably the very first step after your eureka moment. You’ve spotted a gap and found a READ MORE

The hottest ticket in town!  Venturefest launches its programme

The hottest ticket in town! Venturefest launches its programme

If the heat hasn’t got to you yet, the recently launched Venturefest 2018 programme will get you hot under the collar! “We have put ... READ MORE

Venturefest Oxford Seeks New Chair

Venturefest Oxford Seeks New Chair

Venturefest Oxford Seeks New Chair Venturefest Oxford is the county’s premier networking event for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors READ MORE

Venturefest Oxford are looking for a new Executive Chair

Venturefest Oxford are looking for a new Executive Chair

This is an opportunity for an experienced business leader to become the Executive Chair of Venturefest Oxford (Ltd), an annual event ... READ MORE

Interview with Lynn Shepherd

Interview with Lynn Shepherd

B4 interviewed Lynn Shepherd, Executive Chair of Venturefest Oxford about this year's event on 12th September. Video below.  READ MORE

Growing success, nurturing innovation

Growing success, nurturing innovation

For an event that is looking to the future and showcasing the innovation and transformative technologies being developed in ... READ MORE

Award applications open for the 2018 Enterprise Awards

Award applications open for the 2018 Enterprise Awards

The Oxford Trust is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for its prestigious Enterprise Awards 2018. The ... READ MORE

Venturefest Oxford 2018 – New date and venue

Venturefest Oxford 2018 – New date and venue

Venturefest20 goes back to the future at Oxford Brookes! In celebration of its 20 years, Venturefest Oxford is moving its annual event ... READ MORE

TechTonic: She Started In Oxford

TechTonic: She Started In Oxford

She Started in Oxford - Breakfast session with four inspirational speakers 5th December from 7.30 to 8.30am at the University of ... READ MORE

Making the right decisions about your staff

Making the right decisions about your staff

Often, new business owners are given lots of information about the pitfalls of hiring new staff and told about onerous employee rights ... READ MORE

The hottest event in town – Venturefest Oxford 2017

The hottest event in town – Venturefest Oxford 2017

Yesterday was the hottest day in 40 years but that didn’t stop over 600 people coming together for this year’s Venturefest Oxford.  It ... READ MORE

Angel Investment more important than ever

Angel Investment more important than ever

  The UK continues to enjoy a vibrant start up business culture According to Companies House a record 650,000 new businesses were ... READ MORE

Protecting your investment – five top tips for entrepreneur’s from a corporate lawyer

Protecting your investment – five top tips for entrepreneur’s from a corporate lawyer

So you’ve got a great idea; one that revolutionises a market (or, maybe, even the world!); but what about protecting it.  I advise ... READ MORE

Brexit’s Impact on Intellectual Property Rights in the UK

Brexit’s Impact on Intellectual Property Rights in the UK

Brexit will have a major effect on both existing and future intellectual property rights in the UK. The main impact will be on those ... READ MORE

Paying apprentices a fair wage crucial to attracting great talent

Paying apprentices a fair wage crucial to attracting great talent

The new Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham recently spoke out about the importance of paying apprentices a fair wage. Speaking to ... READ MORE

Don’t Do a Startup, Architect a Business!

Don’t Do a Startup, Architect a Business!

Prepare for the Unexpected Qflicks, a movie delivery platform I founded in 2002, came out of the gate flying. We were adding more ... READ MORE

Investing in value: Tips for selling your business

Investing in value: Tips for selling your business

Wendy Hart, corporate finance partner at Grant Thornton Thames Valley, on how businesses can maximise their value before a ... READ MORE

Planning for your digital estate

Planning for your digital estate

Have you considered the amount of digital data that you have and if so, what would happen to that data on your death? There is no ... READ MORE

Is Your Business Protected?

Is Your Business Protected?

As a business owner, you do everything you can to make your business a success. You may have covered the tangible assets of your ... READ MORE

Insects – a food innovation – and revolution?

Insects – a food innovation – and revolution?

Food glorious food What did you have for breakfast this morning? Your days of egg and bacon may be numbered! Muesli, fruit and yogurt ... READ MORE

OxLEP Chief Executive offers SMEs advice following worldwide cyber attack

OxLEP Chief Executive offers SMEs advice following worldwide cyber attack

The recent worldwide cyber security attack though – in the main – targeting large national and international organisations, should act ... READ MORE

When does 3D printing your prototype make sense?

When does 3D printing your prototype make sense?

There are lots of manufacturing methods available for prototyping your design. Even if you’ve decided you want to 3D print it, there ... READ MORE

Tour de Tech – a summer cycling series – June to September

Tour de Tech – a summer cycling series – June to September

I am delighted to invite you to join the ‘Tour de Tech, a summer cycling series that will bring together entrepreneurs, investors and ... READ MORE

So you got a patent. Now what?

So you got a patent. Now what?

Sometime ago, I attended a pitch session where start-ups presented themselves to investors and other delegates. It is mindboggling what READ MORE

Why boosting connectivity should be top of the election agenda

Why boosting connectivity should be top of the election agenda

Jim Rogers, practice leader at Grant Thornton Thames Valley, outlines his wish list for the new government to support the continued ... READ MORE

Giving your Clients a Perfect Service: Four top tips from the King’s Centre Team

Giving your Clients a Perfect Service: Four top tips from the King’s Centre Team

Here at the King’s Centre we pride ourselves on our quality of service. Our clients tell us time after time that they love being ... READ MORE

How start-ups can make the most of R&D Tax Credits?

How start-ups can make the most of R&D Tax Credits?

If you’re a UK start-up you may already have heard about R&D Tax Credits. But do you know exactly what they are? You’re not alone if ... READ MORE

Why intellectual property is no longer a purely legal matter…or why it shouldn’t be?

Why intellectual property is no longer a purely legal matter…or why it shouldn’t be?

The title may cause some upheaval with my attorney colleagues and lawyer friends, but I am willing to take that risk. Since you decided READ MORE

Programme: People in a Scale-up

Programme: People in a Scale-up

Find out more about Nicola, her session 'People in a Scale-up' and who should attend. 16:00 in the Vale, at Venturefest Oxford 2017. READ MORE

What would the cost of a cyber attack be to your business?

What would the cost of a cyber attack be to your business?

Cyber attacks are becoming regular headline news and shouldn’t be ignored. If your company holds data, the cost of a cyber attack could READ MORE

A global competition to create a more connected and collaborative Oxford has been launched today.

A global competition to create a more connected and collaborative Oxford has been launched today.

The Smart Oxford Playable City Commission is a new competition, challenging creatives from around the world to produce an idea that ... READ MORE

Recruitment top tip #1 – Getting the first few hires right

Recruitment top tip #1 – Getting the first few hires right

  Recruiting into start-ups does have some unique challenges. In this series of short videos, Nicola Gardiner shares her wealth of ... READ MORE

A perplexing beast: the entrepreneur’s guide to a university

A perplexing beast: the entrepreneur’s guide to a university

For the entrepreneur, a university can be a treasure-house of new knowledge and skills that are just waiting for commercial ... READ MORE

An opportunity for plenty of good conversation

An opportunity for plenty of good conversation

The second TechTonic event provided an opportunity for plenty of good conversation, which included some meeting some new friends and ... READ MORE

Celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in Oxfordshire

Celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in Oxfordshire

Now in their 12th year, the annual Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards recognise and celebrate the breadth of innovative companies and ... READ MORE

Pitchfest Review 2017

Pitchfest Review 2017

Our 6th Pitchfest was held at Oxford Brookes University on Wednesday 22nd. A record 32 entrepreneurs pitched to a large audience of ... READ MORE

Pitchfest November 2016 in the Media

Pitchfest November 2016 in the Media

Pitchfest was in a recent Oxford Times feature. The one-day event brought together several investors and high-tech start-ups for a day ... READ MORE

Why you need an Intellectual Property (IP) strategy

Why you need an Intellectual Property (IP) strategy

“Do you have IP?”, “have you secured your invention and/or brand?” I bet you have heard these questions at least once during your ... READ MORE

Why you need an Intellectual Property (IP) strategy

Why you need an Intellectual Property (IP) strategy

“Do you have IP?”, “have you secured your invention and/or brand?” I bet you have heard these questions at least once during your ... READ MORE

Earn From Innovating with Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits

Earn From Innovating with Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits

Are you a company that is forward thinking, that looks at ways to improve efficiencies in your methods, processes, functions? Is your ... READ MORE

Win a free place on the FAB Accelerator programme

Win a free place on the FAB Accelerator programme

The FAB Accelerator is Oxford's new programme for entrepreneurs and startups. The programme involves 12 weekly sessions that will get ... READ MORE

Earn From Innovating with Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits

Earn From Innovating with Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits

Are you a company that is forward thinking, that looks at ways to improve efficiencies in your methods, processes, functions? Is your ... READ MORE

inbusiness: TechTonic network for female entrepreneurs

inbusiness: TechTonic network for female entrepreneurs

The July 2016 Business Diary section of The Oxford Times inbusiness (see page 54) featured the recently launched TechTonic networking ... READ MORE

Fund your ideas the bootstrapped way!

Fund your ideas the bootstrapped way!

Many aspiring entrepreneurs feel they need more access to funding to help build a runway to focus on developing their idea. Start ... READ MORE

Fund your ideas the bootstrapped way!

Fund your ideas the bootstrapped way!

Many aspiring entrepreneurs feel they need more access to funding to help build a runway to focus on developing their idea. Start ... READ MORE

Values: What essence of you will be embedded in your business?

Values: What essence of you will be embedded in your business?

Your business has most likely started as a result of something you are passionate about. Perhaps it is a problem you have identified to READ MORE

Values: What essence of you will be embedded in your business?

Values: What essence of you will be embedded in your business?

Your business has most likely started as a result of something you are passionate about. Perhaps it is a problem you have identified to READ MORE

The Venturefest experience: What are entrepreneurs and business support saying?

The Venturefest experience: What are entrepreneurs and business support saying?

Exhibitors, entrepreneurs and business support have been blogging their views about Venturefest 2016 held at the King’s Centre in Osney READ MORE

Entrepreneurs get video help with Oxford Digital Media’s One Minute Pitch

Entrepreneurs get video help with Oxford Digital Media’s One Minute Pitch

As someone who has grown a business from scratch I understand how important it is to have good communications, says Oxford Digital ... READ MORE

Venturefest Oxford highlights 2016

Venturefest Oxford highlights 2016

This year, Venturefest Oxford is celebrating its 18th anniversary and I promised that it would be bigger and better than ever before ... READ MORE

The Oxford Times: Innovations promoted at another successful Venturefest event

The Oxford Times: Innovations promoted at another successful Venturefest event

A Business and Tech feature in the 7th July 2016 Oxford Times publications looks at highlights of Venturefest 2016. Delegates attended READ MORE

That’s Oxfordshire TV crew films Venturefest

That’s Oxfordshire TV crew films Venturefest

Celebrating our 18th anniversary on 29 June 2016, we were pleased to welcome That's Oxfordshire TV. Executive Chair Lynn Shepherd ... READ MORE

Oxford Mail: Oxford has major role to play post-Brexit

Oxford Mail: Oxford has major role to play post-Brexit

Oxford Mail article published on 30 June 2016: OXFORD has a major role to play when negotiations begin on Britain's future outside the READ MORE

Press release: Venturefest Oxford celebrates 18 years with its most exciting programme yet

Over 1,000 delegates are expected at the Kings Centre in Oxford today on Wednesday 29 June 2016 for the county’s premier business ... READ MORE

The Oxford Times: Entrepreneurs gather after Brexit at Venturefest

The Oxford Times: Entrepreneurs gather after Brexit at Venturefest

MORE than 1,000 business delegates got the chance to network and promote new ideas in the wake of Brexit at a conference in ... READ MORE

The Oxford Mail: Business delegates and entrepreneurs arrive at Venturefest in Oxford

The Oxford Mail: Business delegates and entrepreneurs arrive at Venturefest in Oxford

The Oxford Mail recently published the following article about Venturefest 2016: More than 1,000 business delegates have been arriving READ MORE

Oxford Mail: Innovation could win investment at Venturefest at King’s Centre in Oxford

Oxford Mail: Innovation could win investment at Venturefest at King’s Centre in Oxford

Recent article published in the Oxford Mail on 29 June 2016: SHOWCASE for innovation and hi-tech entrepreneurs will today stage its ... READ MORE

Oxford Mail highlights Cyber Security session at Venturefest

Oxford Mail highlights Cyber Security session at Venturefest

The Movers and Shakers section of the Oxford Mail on 23 June signposted readers to the Venturefest event next week on 29 ... READ MORE

Connecting rural British business with ultra-fast broadband

Connecting rural British business with ultra-fast broadband

There’s no doubt that online technology is the future in modern homes and businesses, but what happens when the network just isn’t ... READ MORE

Press release: Entrepreneur’s guide to cyber security at Venturefest Oxford

Press release: Entrepreneur’s guide to cyber security at Venturefest Oxford

Start-up businesses find out why and how they should keep their data safe According to research by the government’s Cyber Streetwise ... READ MORE

Live-streaming: Be aware of the pitfalls

Live-streaming: Be aware of the pitfalls

Live-streaming an event can more than double the number of people you reach, as well as add many, many more when viewers share their ... READ MORE

Programme highlight – Fundraising: Turning the Cash you Raise into Business Value

Programme highlight – Fundraising: Turning the Cash you Raise into Business Value

Fundraising is a beginning, not an end and it is what you do with it that counts. A panel of experts with high profile success stories ... READ MORE

Get Connected – Expert advice at Venturefest Oxford

Get Connected – Expert advice at Venturefest Oxford

Venturefest Oxford offers you the opportunity to acquire free, personalised and objective advice from local industry experts on 29 ... READ MORE

Have you seen our new exhibitor blogs?

Have you seen our new exhibitor blogs?

Our exhibitors have a vast wealth of knowledge and skills. Read the latest exhibitor articles on our latest news page, including: ... READ MORE

Innovative partnerships at Oxford Brookes University

Innovative partnerships at Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University is one of our sponsors at this year's Venturefest. Their recent article highlights their involvement in the ... READ MORE

Connecting rural British business with ultra-fast broadband

Connecting rural British business with ultra-fast broadband

There’s no doubt that online technology is the future in modern homes and businesses, but what happens when the network just isn’t ... READ MORE

Live-streaming: Be aware of the pitfalls

Live-streaming: Be aware of the pitfalls

Live-streaming an event can more than double the number of people you reach, as well as add many, many more when viewers share their ... READ MORE

Press release: Celebrating 18 years of promoting innovation with an inspiring Innovation Showcase

Press release: Celebrating 18 years of promoting innovation with an inspiring Innovation Showcase

From hard technology to online tools, this is Oxfordshire’s entrepreneurship at its best The most innovative and exciting budding ... READ MORE

Oxford Mail: Electric motorbikes among Venturefest exhibitors

Oxford Mail: Electric motorbikes among Venturefest exhibitors

An 18th June 2016 Oxford Mail article looked at one of our upcoming exciting high-tech startup who will be exhibiting at this year's ... READ MORE

Only one week to go!

Only one week to go!

Register now, avoid the queues and Get Connected Register for Venturefest and get access to our networking system, Get Connected. Plan ... READ MORE

At the cutting edge: Intellectual property strategy for entrepreneurs

At the cutting edge: Intellectual property strategy for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have always been at the forefront of innovation but protecting it is critical to the success of any business. Whether ... READ MORE

Exciting new visual tool quickly maps towns and countries: The Vu+Q

Exciting new visual tool quickly maps towns and countries: The Vu+Q

A consistent visual measurement tool Using techniques developed from over 20 years of research and practice experience, Vu+Q provides ... READ MORE

How to know whether your idea is a good one

How to know whether your idea is a good one

How can entrepreneurs build a successful product? A useful starting point is to draw on Steve Blank’s Customer Development Model that ... READ MORE

At the cutting edge: Intellectual property strategy for entrepreneurs

At the cutting edge: Intellectual property strategy for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have always been at the forefront of innovation but protecting it is critical to the success of any business. Whether ... READ MORE

Exciting new visual tool quickly maps towns and countries: The Vu+Q

Exciting new visual tool quickly maps towns and countries: The Vu+Q

A consistent visual measurement tool Using techniques developed from over 20 years of research and practice experience, Vu+Q provides ... READ MORE

How to know whether your idea is a good one

How to know whether your idea is a good one

How can entrepreneurs build a successful product? A useful starting point is to draw on Steve Blank’s Customer Development Model that ... READ MORE

How your choice of office space could influence the next generation

How your choice of office space could influence the next generation

The phrase 'to give something back,' when used in the context of business strategy implies the implementation of a corporate social ... READ MORE

How your choice of office space could influence the next generation

How your choice of office space could influence the next generation

The phrase 'to give something back,' when used in the context of business strategy implies the implementation of a corporate social ... READ MORE

inbusiness: Making the most of her retirement

inbusiness: Making the most of her retirement

This week's inbusiness magazine of The Oxford Times featured an article about Venturefest Oxford's Executive Chair Lynn ... READ MORE

Ensure you have Freedom to Operate (FTO) when patenting your product

Ensure you have Freedom to Operate (FTO) when patenting your product

You have developed a new product. You might have patented it. You are ready to start selling your product. But does anyone else have ... READ MORE

Ensure you have Freedom to Operate (FTO) when patenting your product

Ensure you have Freedom to Operate (FTO) when patenting your product

You have developed a new product. You might have patented it. You are ready to start selling your product. But does anyone else have ... READ MORE

Ready for investment and exit?

Ready for investment and exit?

The following are some issues to consider when seeking investment or growing a business. Addressing these as you go along can help you ... READ MORE

An introduction to Price Per Point

An introduction to Price Per Point

What is Price Per Point? Price Per Point (PPP) is a new way of charging to build a product. PPP balances the risk of a project between READ MORE

Ready for investment and exit?

Ready for investment and exit?

The following are some issues to consider when seeking investment or growing a business. Addressing these as you go along can help you ... READ MORE

An introduction to Price Per Point

An introduction to Price Per Point

What is Price Per Point? Price Per Point (PPP) is a new way of charging to build a product. PPP balances the risk of a project between ... READ MORE

Cyber-crime: What’s the risk to your business?

Cyber-crime: What’s the risk to your business?

Research from Aviva (the UK’s largest commercial insurer) shows that: More than two in five businesses believe they are unlikely to ... READ MORE

Tax incentives and strategies for innovation and technology companies

Tax incentives and strategies for innovation and technology companies

The current political and economic focus is on encouraging British companies to do what they excel at – innovation. This is bolstered ... READ MORE

Cyber-crime: What’s the risk to your business?

Cyber-crime: What’s the risk to your business?

Research from Aviva (the UK’s largest commercial insurer) shows that: More than two in five businesses believe they are unlikely to ... READ MORE

Tax incentives and strategies for innovation and technology companies

Tax incentives and strategies for innovation and technology companies

The current political and economic focus is on encouraging British companies to do what they excel at – innovation. This is bolstered ... READ MORE

The Oxford Times: Hi-tech pill which will collect samples inside the gut is quite science fiction

The Oxford Times: Hi-tech pill which will collect samples inside the gut is quite science fiction

A fascinating new Oxford Times article highlights the ground-breaking work of Oxford tech startup, BioMe. The BioMe team behind the ... READ MORE

The Oxford Times: New group is tonic for Oxford’s tech females

The Oxford Times: New group is tonic for Oxford’s tech females

An Oxford Times announcement on 9th June 2016 highlighted the upcoming launch of a new exciting network for women entrepreneurs: ... READ MORE

Press release: TechTonic support network for female entrepreneurs launching on 29 June at Venturefest

Press release: TechTonic support network for female entrepreneurs launching on 29 June at Venturefest

A new network tackling the lack of support for entrepreneurial and aspirational women in the technology sector in Oxfordshire, ... READ MORE

Five reasons to love KTP: the benefits to your company of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Five reasons to love KTP: the benefits to your company of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

I’m often asked why a company should consider using Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and while every business has its own particular ... READ MORE

Five reasons to love KTP: the benefits to your company of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Five reasons to love KTP: the benefits to your company of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

I’m often asked why a company should consider using Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and while every business has its own particular ... READ MORE

The one-minute pitch: Make every second count

The one-minute pitch: Make every second count

I wish I had £1 for every person we interview who says “I wish I’d said …. ” as I turn the camera off.  It often doesn’t matter.  In ... READ MORE

The one-minute pitch: Make every second count

The one-minute pitch: Make every second count

I wish I had £1 for every person we interview who says “I wish I’d said …. ” as I turn the camera off.  It often doesn’t matter.  In ... READ MORE

Oxford Times: It’s who and what you know

Oxford Times: It’s who and what you know

A recent Oxford Times article (published 26 May 2016) highlighted some key speakers from this year’s fantastic programme of ... READ MORE

Press release: Gutsy biotech start-up heads for success with support from Venturefest Oxford

Press release: Gutsy biotech start-up heads for success with support from Venturefest Oxford

A group of young entrepreneurs with roots in the medical and biological sciences proves that Oxfordshire is the place to be when it ... READ MORE

From idea to income: Marketing your innovation

From idea to income: Marketing your innovation

You may have come up with a product or service that is innovative and that meets a known need, or even a need that the marketplace ... READ MORE

From idea to income: Marketing your innovation

From idea to income: Marketing your innovation

You may have come up with a product or service that is innovative and that meets a known need, or even a need that the marketplace ... READ MORE

The do’s and don’ts of successful entrepreneurs

The do’s and don’ts of successful entrepreneurs

It is heartening to hear, that even the most successful entrepreneurs have made some mistakes along the way. Here are some ‘do’s’ and ... READ MORE

The do’s and don’ts of successful entrepreneurs

The do’s and don’ts of successful entrepreneurs

It is heartening to hear, that even the most successful entrepreneurs have made some mistakes along the way. Here are some ‘do’s’ and ... READ MORE

Event Connections wins Venturefest Oxford bid

Event Connections wins Venturefest Oxford bid

The event registration and delegate management specialist, Event Connections, has won the contract to provide its full range of ... READ MORE

5 funding tips for entrepreneurs

5 funding tips for entrepreneurs

The climate for starting a new business in Oxford has never been better. Nicola Gardiner Executive Search asked the county’s leading ... READ MORE

5 funding tips for entrepreneurs

5 funding tips for entrepreneurs

The climate for starting a new business in Oxford has never been better. Nicola Gardiner Executive Search asked the county’s leading ... READ MORE

Journey with a rising entrepreneur star

Journey with a rising entrepreneur star

An Oxford Mail article published on 14th April 2016 highlighted a fantastic session lined up for the Venturefest Oxford Annual event ... READ MORE

Addressing one of the main fears around public speaking

Addressing one of the main fears around public speaking

One of our biggest fears is being judged by our audience. Many of us suffer from the 'Imposter Syndrome' feeling that we are not good ... READ MORE

Oxford Recognised at European Capital of Innovation Finals 2016

Oxford Recognised at European Capital of Innovation Finals 2016

Oxford was one of nine cities represented as finalists at the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016, held on April 8 2016. The ... READ MORE

European Capital of Innovation – Oxford’s video presentation

European Capital of Innovation – Oxford’s video presentation

Oxford is a finalist in the European Capital of Innovation awards 2016 and stands the chance of winning € 950 000 to scale up and ... READ MORE

Registration now open!

Registration now open!

Registration opens today for the county’s premier business networking event.  Now in its 18th year, Venturefest Oxford brings together ... READ MORE

How fast growth companies leave their competition standing

How fast growth companies leave their competition standing

Is your company growing at the speed you wish? Let’s be honest. Most companies never achieve anything like their full potential. Is ... READ MORE

Next generation marketers take a closer look at Venturefest

Next generation marketers take a closer look at Venturefest

Pictured above: Lynn Shepherd (Venturefest Executive Chair), Serena Wider and Ryan Alcock (OBU students) and Bjoern Asmussen (Senior ... READ MORE

Concern for Tech Ventures over Government grant cut-back

Concern for Tech Ventures over Government grant cut-back

Many Government grant and cash awards for new science and tech ventures have been removed. This includes those for biomedical catalyst ... READ MORE

Creating the big idea and realising the vision

Creating the big idea and realising the vision

Innovation in business is critical – by its very nature it means you have created something new and unique. While you may completely ... READ MORE

Apply to be part of the Innovation Showcase

Apply to be part of the Innovation Showcase

The showcase welcomes the most exciting business innovations from across the region - companies looking for funding, partners or new ... READ MORE

Protecting innovation

Protecting innovation

Did you know that intellectual property (IP) is one of the most valuable assets your business will own? It could account for over 70% ... READ MORE

Pitchfest in the media

Pitchfest in the media

Pitchfest was in a recent Oxford Times feature. The one-day event brought together several investors and high-tech start-ups for a day ... READ MORE

Venturefest’s 18th Anniversary

Venturefest’s 18th Anniversary

This year in 2016, we celebrate the 18th anniversary of Venturefest Oxford. Venturefest originated in 1999 from a conversation between READ MORE

In the media: Fledgling firms entering the den

In the media: Fledgling firms entering the den

An Oxford Mail report on 5th February 2016 drew attention to the upcoming 3rd bi-annual Pitchfest event where high-tech entrepreneurs ... READ MORE

Top 10 digital tips for small businesses

Top 10 digital tips for small businesses

Starting up a new business or thinking that 2016 is the year to take your business online? There are plenty of points to consider ... READ MORE

Communications tips

Communications tips

Getting noticed If you are starting a business, you will be busy raising finance, hiring people, securing contracts, etc, but it’s ... READ MORE

Tax Breaks for Research and Development

Tax Breaks for Research and Development

Often, the tax authorities are seen as an imposition of bureaucracy, stifling innovation and entrepreneurship. However, in the context ... READ MORE

Do Entrepreneurs need Empathy to be Successful?

Do Entrepreneurs need Empathy to be Successful?

The truth is many entrepreneurs have been successful without much empathy. But my contention is that any entrepreneur can be more ... READ MORE

Think Global from Startup and Onwards

Think Global from Startup and Onwards

Recently I had a two hour video Skype call with HR Director of one of Africa’s largest bottling plants to discuss their leadership ... READ MORE

Sharing the load

Sharing the load

Risk/reward v ownership Entrepreneurs are often as protective about their embryonic businesses as they are with their own babies! It ... READ MORE

Needles in Haystacks

Needles in Haystacks

How to attract the people you need? Most founders of start-ups work on the basis that they will find the people they need within their READ MORE

Horses for Courses

Horses for Courses

Will the person I hire now, be futureproof? If you are a start-up or young business, and thinking about hiring into your management ... READ MORE

Investment tips for startups: Laboratory News article

Investment tips for startups: Laboratory News article

A new article published by Laboratory News gives science start-ups some investment tips... READ MORE

 

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Now in its 21st year, Venturefest Oxford continues to bring together entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs with investors, support services and a host of like-minded people who want to be part of the county’s business success.

All tickets include: complimentary bus travel to and from the event, access to all Venturefest Oxford sessions, exhibition, showcase, complimentary tea & coffee, lunch and closing drinks reception. Early bird tickets on sale from 23rd April!

Student entry is free of charge – valid ID will be required.

 

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Wednesday 11th September 2019
Oxford Brookes University,
Headington Campus