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 Mead on 29 June.
Participating in the Innovation Showcase, Mike Edwards of Meteor Power noted:
We had a stand where we showed our 3D printed model of our hybrid engine and discussed our products and investment plans with motorcycle fans, potential investors and even government representatives.
Meteor Power is developing high performance electric motorcycles which will be available for sale next year.
They were a finalist in Pitchfest and the Oxford Trust’s Enterprise Awards programme and received the runner-up prize for Pitching for Success.
Another award-winning tech start-up at this year’s Innovation Showcase was Sesui (who received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise).
Sesui is an intelligent cloud-based call management and contact centre. Of Venturefest, Head of Sales, Julian Sammells said:
The event was a great opportunity to showcase our contribution to Oxford’s burgeoning technology hub, and engulf ourselves in the original ideas and fresh-thinking of the newer members to our community.
One of our partners, Nominet’s theUKdomain, exhibiting in the business support hub said:
What we love about Venturefest is that it offers a great mix of start-up businesses, investors, mature businesses wishing to develop their digital transformation, and local business networks who support small businesses doing more online.
A new Venturefest session on the link between research and innovation, organised by the Oxfordshire Science Festival sparked some interesting insights. Elizabeth Shotton, Head of Industrial Liaison at Diamond Light Source:
The close collaboration between the detector group at Diamond and the team at Quantum Detectors which is afforded by the co-location on the Harwell Campus, allows the Diamond facilities to stay at the forefront of technology, benefitting all our research community. We are delighted to be showcasing this work in partnership with Quantum Detectors at the Venturefest event in Oxford.
Read some session summaries
Well worth a read: TheUKdomain and KyteMark Solutions blogs outline session summaries:
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