John Holden

Director, Foresight Group

An experienced growth capital and venture capital investor over nearly 20 years, with a track record of value growth and profitable exits across a range of industries and growth stages.

John joined Foresight in November 2016 to work on deploying the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund and is a specialist investor in technology.

John has worked in and managed technology investment teams at businesses such as 3i Group, ANGLE and Imperial Innovations, where he spent five years investing in and working with early stage technology and medtech companies, before working on his own advisory and funding businesses.

John is a graduate of Durham University and has a MBA with Distinction from Cranfield University.

Specialities: developing vision and strategy; building management teams and boards; financial analysis; business planning; commercial negotiation; venture/growth capital investment; exit planning and execution; business turnaround; board process.


Programme sessions

09:30 – 10:45

Pitching for Success

Pitching for Success will be to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals.

The Investor Panel will include professional funding organisations; including speakers from crowd investment (Peer2Peer, equity, loans), venture capital and public sector funding.  Each panelist will give an overview of what they look for when investing or funding a company followed by Q&A with the audience.

After all the presentations are completed, the excitement continues as the audience votes to select a winning company. The two session winners will be announced at 15:45 and will be able to pitch again to the audience, who will decide the overall winner on the day for the £1,000 cash prize.

As well as the live pitches and investor panels, the companies from both sessions will be available in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre Foyer for networking.

Location: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Panelists: David Denny, John Holden, Kat Perez and Matthew Wood
Pitching companies: Buzz TechnologyGlyconicsLearning with ExpertsMeteor Power,
MinfinityORO People SolutionsOxford Dynamic ConsentSchoenfeld Films,
Space Platform Technologies and Vitrue Health

Venturefest Oxford

The 2019 event will be on  Wednesday 11th September at Oxford Brookes University. 

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Innovation Showcase

The showcase welcomed the most innovative and exciting business innovations. 

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Pitching for Success

Venturefest's elevator pitch competition. Sponsored by Penningtons Manches.

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