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 Venturefest amidst Brexit developments to network, connect, learn and find business support.
Venturefest Executive Chair Lynn Shepherd notes:
Businesses have to be innovative and turn Brexit into an opportunity. Oxfordshire itself voted overwhelmingly to remain, so the result of the referendum has come as a shock to the business community. Venturefest is a good opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to meet and talk and try to find new opportunities because they are resilient and flexible.
The event also showcased the latest innovative high-tech products engineered in Oxford, including:
Adaptix - portable x-ray machine Meteor Power - electric motorcycle in developmentOxford Brookes University - Robbie the robotAdaptix was also the winner of The Oxford Trust 2016 Enterprise Awards which recognises achievement across life sciences. Chief Executive Officer of Adaptix, Mark Evans said:
Venturefest is leading on bringing people together in the business community and there is much more cohesion and co-operation as a result.
The day also saw the soft launch of TechTonic, a new network for aspirational women who deliver. The network was the brain child of Nicola McConville, partner at Penningtons Manches.
The event closed with a panel debate on Brexit, chaired by Lord Willetts (former Minister for Universities and Science). He spoke about Oxford's key role when negotiations begin on Britain's future outside of the European Union and mentioned the debate still to be had about whether or note the UK will be in the European Economic Area.