Mark Preston
Team Principal, DS TECHEETAH Formula E Team

Following a degree in mechanical engineering, Mark Preston joined Holden, the US’ General Motors company of Australia and experienced Formula racing for the first time through the Australian Formula Ford team, Spectrum Racing Cars.  With a later move to the UK, this experience was to stand Mark in good stead for his successful career in Formula 1, reaching leadership roles with; McLaren, Arrows & Super Aguri Honda.

Commercially, Mark is a prolific entrepreneur with several start-ups and university spin-outs to his credit, in which the future of Connectivity, Autonomy, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) in the fast changing automotive/mobility/transportation arenas have always been a focus for him.  Notably, Mark was instrumental in the successful spin-out of Oxford YASA Motors from Oxford University.

Having completed an MBA at Oxford in 2006, Mark’s technology research interests keep him closely involved with researchers at the university in; composites, marine energy, and electric motor design and engineering. Mark’s interest in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the technology that is enabling mobility and autonomy have resulted in him forming StreetDrone with his long-term friend and commercial collaborator, Mike Potts, in 2017.

Mark is well-known for his enthusiasm to showcase SMART Cities technology, and electrification in mobility.  A result of this passion has been Mark’s pivotal role in the establishment of the FIA Formula E World Driver’s Championship as Team Principal, with Jean-Eric Vergne, of the TECHEETAH Formula E (electric) Racing Team.

Speaker sessions


10:45 - 11:45

MobOx presents The Future of Mobility

Union Hall

The UK is a world leader in shaping the future of mobility. We are at the cusp of a profound change in how we move people, goods and services around our towns, cities and countryside. Companies and individuals in Oxfordshire are at the forefront of driving innovation in engineering, technology and business models to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, other pollutants and congestion. This session gives you an insight on some of these solutions within the mobility arena from new traffic systems, racing cars to automated vehicles.

Speakers: Mark Preston – DS Techeetah Formula E Team, Mike Potts– Streetdrone and Sasha Afanasieva – Blubel

Chaired by Llewelyn Morgan – Oxfordshire County Council

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Rajat Gupta

Rajat Gupta

Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change

Mike Foster

Mike Foster

Executive Chair, Venturefest Oxford

Eileen Modral

Eileen Modral

Investment Manager, OION

Llewelyn Morgan

Llewelyn Morgan

Head of Innovation - IHub, Oxfordshire County Council



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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!

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Wednesday 11th September 2019
Oxford Brookes University,
Headington Campus