Yes, Venturefest 2019 takes place on Wednesday 11 September at Oxford Brookes’ University. There is still time to buy the ticket that will open up a day full of stimulation, interest and surprise!
After 21 years, Venturefest still has something new to offer and something that will attract a wide and diverse audience. This year it is looking outwards to the key economies of China, US and India in three sessions sponsored by James Cowper Kreston and Penningtons Manches Cooper, exploring the role Oxford businesses can play in any future relationships. That said, local interest has not been forgotten, so sessions on AI & Data, Ageing Society, Clean Growth and the Future of Mobility take pride of place during the day. Over 45 speakers and experts will lead a journey of discovery and entrepreneurship throughout the event.
The Technology Showcase features a broad range of local businesses involved in those four sessions including seven in the Future of Mobility sector. Take a look at the website to find out more about StreetDrone, Oxwash, Conduent, TRL, Zeta, Nominet and OCC to name a few! Be thrilled by the whole showcase.
If that’s not enough, the Innovation Showcase features nine of Oxfordshire’s most exciting medtech businesses, including Adaptix, TrustonTap and Nye Health. Sponsored by TheHill, there will be a mixer between 12:00-14:00 to learn more.
With so many new and innovative businesses vying for attention this year, Oxford Brookes is hosting an “Entrepreneurship Village” showcasing another fifteen amazing companies. Add the 28 exhibition stands, and the overview of the County’s success is complete.
Pitching for Success received a record 51 entries this year – the 20 companies selected to ‘pitch their wares’ to a panel of high profile investors and experts are rightly excited about the opportunity. The 2018 winner, Harrison Hall of OneCup is offering every visitor the option to use his cups rather than single use cups during the day. Visit onecup.world or venturefestoxford.com for more information and to download the free app.
Finally, The Networking Hub, hosted by STEM Advisers Hub offers free one-to-one consultancy sessions with twelve local companies during the day. So for advice on finance, legal, marketing, IP etc, book a session in the Hub – for more information on those companies and to book a session see the website.
For the early birds, the day starts at 07:30 with a session on the US, and then is officially opened at 09:00. The Oxford Bus Company is again offering free transport (see website for details), and don’t forget the free refreshments and lunch. Come and be part of Oxfordshire’s premier networking event and enjoy the spectacle. If possible, stay for a drinks reception at 17:00 and the Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards. There is no better way to spend September 11th this year!