Steve Silvey

Senior Investment Manager, Oxford University Innovation

Steve manages Oxford University’s portfolio of spin out companies and helps to create new ventures from the intellectual property generated by researchers, with a particular focus on life sciences ventures.  This involves shaping and forming new businesses, working with boards and management to help grow the companies, raising capital, and making investment and divestment recommendations for the University’s portfolio.  Steve also represents the University in the wider investment community.

Prior to arriving in Oxford, Steve was based in New Zealand where his experience included working for an IP investment company that specialised in university spin outs, generating and growing eight new ventures from lab based technologies to Series A fundraising rounds, working across three Universities.  Steve mentored academics through the initial stages of forming their ideas and shaping them commercially.  He is also a former incubator manager, helping entrepreneurs from all walks of life progress their ideas into genuine business opportunities. His particular focus was student entrepreneurs for whom he founded and ran a range of start up programmes.

Steve is an experienced manager and director in high growth companies, as CEO, Executive Director, Non Executive Director and Board Chair, having taken companies through rapid growth phases to exits.   Steve has a degree in Biology, is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA.


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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