Sam Salih

Investment Manager, Centrica Innovations

Sam is an Investment Manager at Centrica Innovations (CI). Established in 2017 by international energy and services company, Centrica, CI aims to invest £100m in new technology and innovations that will transform the way we live, work and move. He has previous experience starting and building businesses, having established one of the UK’s first multi-utility companies and grown it to over £2m revenue whilst raising investment from high-profile investors such as the founder of Gumtree. After exiting in 2015, Sam has been active within the corporate innovation space through work with the UK Government and helped establish EDF Energy Blue Lab within the start-up ecosystem by leading its collaboration with Cisco and UCL. At Centrica, Sam works to make investments in early-stage businesses and is leading the Centrica Business Challenge; a trial focused programme which seeks to find, collaborate with and invest in the best start-ups. Find out more about Centrica Innovations at


Programme sessions

13:00 – 14:15

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: Michael EleftheriouAndrea MicaSam Salih and Steve Silvey
Pitching companies: To be announced in September

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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Get Connected

Get connected with key business support services from across Oxfordshire.

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