2016 Programme

Programme 2016

Morning Sessions

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07:45 – 09:00

Impact of Government Strategy on Technology and Innovation

Governmental strategy can have a significant impact upon technology and innovation in the UK. This session considers that strategy as articulated in the last Autumn statement and the recent Budget and discusses how measures introduced will affect the technology sector.
Session Type(s) : Innovation
Speaker(s): Ian Meikle, Nicola McConville, Sue Staunton

09.00 – 09:30

Welcome to Venturefest

Welcome to Venturefest Oxford’s 18th anniversary event – bigger and better than ever before.
Speaker(s): Lynn Shepherd, Peter Tufano

09:30 – 10:15

Pitching for Success: Morning Session

Pitching for Success will be to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals.
Session Type(s) : Funding

09:30 – 10:30

Defining your Value Proposition

Having well developed entrepreneurial skills can positively impact your business growth.
Session Type(s): Business Skills
Speaker(s): Emma Fadlon

09:30 – 10:30

Negotiation for Entrepreneurs

In this session, entrepreneurs will learn about their own negotiation style and new approaches for negotiating in the entrepreneurial environment.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, People
Speaker(s): Ellen J

09:30 – 10:30

Cyber Security – They Want Your Data!

One-quarter of UK SMEs think cyber security is too expensive to implement and 22% admit they do not know where to start, according to research by the government’s Cyber Streetwise campaign.
Session Type(s): Digital
Speaker(s): Oscar O’Connor

09:30 – 10:30

Digital Product Development. Key Steps to Success

Building mobile and web applications is expensive and difficult. Too often large investments return underwhelming or disastrous results.
Session Type(s): Digital
Speaker(s): Dave Fletcher

09:30 – 10:30

Peer to Peer Learning – the Power of Informal Networks

How do you become an entrepreneur? Is it genetic? Can you just learn it? Maybe you have been influenced by someone that convinces you to ‘have a go’? Perhaps it’s who you know!
Session Type(s): Comms, People
Speaker(s): Anne Miller, Leah Thompson, Valerie Mocker

10:30 – 11:15

Morning Investor Panel

As part of the morning Pitching for Success session, this Investor Panel session is made up of professional Funding organisations.
Session Type(s): Funding
Speaker(s): Andrew Muir, Byron Woodmansee, Clive Hayter, Eileen Modral, Lucius Cary, Mike Royston, Roy Gunter

10:30 – 11:30

Developing your Business Model and Refining it

Having well developed entrepreneurial skills can positively impact your business growth.
Session Type(s): Business Skills
Speaker(s): Aristos Peters, Ian Tracey, Mireille Owen-Hughes

10:45 – 12:15

Shout Loud and Clear!

This workshop will give you an insight into the methods, ideas and technologies that you can use to promote your company’s innovations.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Comms, Innovation
Speaker(s): Ayala Gordon, Nick Brommage, Steve Wright

10:45 – 11:45

The 7 Habits of World-Class Networkers

As with all things in life, there is the right way to do things… and the other way…
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Comms, People
Speaker(s): Will Kintish

10:45 – 11:45

What is the Internet of Things and How Can We Use It?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
Session Type(s): Digital, Innovation
Speaker(s): Andrew Freeth, Ben Ward, Bryan Marshall, Llewelyn Morgan, Matt Hatton, Nick Scott-Ram, Stewart Benger, Tony Hart

10:45 – 11:45

Advanced Manufacturing as a Driver for Innovation

Advanced Manufacturing is changing the world, your world and your customers. One of the key technologies is the overly used term known as 3D Printing, or commercially as Additive Manufacturing.
Session Type(s): Innovation
Speaker(s): Chris Bee, Mike Curtis-Rouse

11:30 – 12:30

Fundraising: Turning the Cash you Raise into Business Value

Fundraising is a beginning, not an end and it is what you do with it that counts. A panel of experts with high profile success stories to tell and experience in the key disciplines of value creation will discuss what it takes to go from funded to successful.
Session Type(s): Finance
Speaker(s): James Hall, Rahul Powar, Tom Bradley, William Reeve

11:30 – 12:30

Access to Finance for Growth

Having well developed entrepreneurial skills can positively impact your business growth.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Finance
Speaker(s): Eileen Modral, Ian Tracey

12:45 – 13:30

Experts In Conversation Live: What is Innovation for?

Join a stellar panel to discuss what the next 20 years holds for today’s entrepreneur through a mix of insight, banter and lunchtime humour!
Speaker(s): Alex Davies, Grant Hayward, Jane Bromley, John Boyle, Mark Stevenson, Roy Gunter, Sian Gaskell

 

Afternoon Sessions

13:45 – 14:30

Pitching for Success: Afternoon session

Pitching for Success will be to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals.
Session Type(s): Finance

13:45 – 14:45

How to Sell in to America

For many industries the US is the dominant market. Successfully breaking in to the US market is often the key to realizing the potential of a business, in terms of both revenue and shareholder value.
Session Type(s): Business Skills
Speaker(s): Hugh Bettesworth

13:45 – 14:45

The 7 Habits of World-Class Networkers

As with all things in life, there is the right way to do things… and the other way…
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Comms, People
Speaker(s): Will Kintish

13:45 – 14:45

Negotiation for Entrepreneurs

In this session, entrepreneurs will learn about their own negotiation style and new approaches for negotiating in the entrepreneurial environment.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, People
Speaker(s): Ellen J

13:45 – 14:45

Cyber Security – They Can’t Have Your Data!

Following on from the morning session Oscar O’Connor will lead you through a series of steps that that can be taken which will have a meaningful impact on your cyber, and thus business, resilience.
Session Type(s): Digital
Speaker(s): Oscar O’Connor

14:45 – 15:30

Investor Panel

As part of the afternoon Pitching for Success session, this Investor Panel session is made up of professional Funding organisations.
Session Type(s): Finance
Speaker(s): Daniel Ross, Eileen Modral, Jane Reoch, Jasper Ehrhardt, Nick Gurney Sharpe, Simon Menashy, Tamsin Chislett

15:00 – 15:40

Growing your Business Online: My Journey

My personal journey through new business start-ups, The Apprentice 2014 and on to Bianca Miller London and the-be-group.uk personal brand profile development.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Comms, People
Speaker(s): Bianca Miller

15:00 – 16:00

How to Recruit a Team to Drive Innovation

Tech businesses are driven by people. Often the nature of the people involved must evolve so that the business can progress to the next stage of its development.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Innovation, People
Speaker(s): Claire Skinner, Stuart Thompson

15:00 – 16:00

Getting it Right from the Start

The panel discussion will focus on everything that you will need to get right to ensure you spend your budget wisely and get off to that all important flying start.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Comms
Speaker(s): Chris Bantock, David Milnes, Jackie Jarvis, Lynn Shepherd, Matthew Wright, Nathan King, Simon Gregory

15:00 – 16:00

From Research to Innovation

This session will explore the connections between Research and Innovation thanks to practical information tailored for innovators, and case-studies of collaborations between Harwell Campus based companies and research organisations from the space and detectors sectors.
Session Type(s): Innovation
Speaker(s): Ash Dove-Jay, Debbie Buckley-Golder, Elizabeth Shotton, Michael Harverson, Sally Housden

15:45 – 16:30

The Importance of Brand in Driving Innovation

We all know what we do and how we do it as businesses – but do we ever ask ourselves why we do what we do? That is what purpose prompts us to do; to think about why we exist.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Comms, Innovation
Speaker(s): Lisa Thomas

16:00 – 17:00

How to Raise Finance

This session aims to introduce entrepreneurs to some of the providers of the differing types of finance and receive an overview from those providers of when each type is most applicable and relevant.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Finance
Speaker(s): Craig Gordon, Francesca Warner, Ian Tracey, Meriwether Beckwith, Neil Bellamy, Oliver Cummings

16:15 – 17:00

Governing Innovation in Practice

This session will address how to expedite the growth scale of young enterprises.
Session Type(s): Innovation, People, Regulatory
Speaker(s): James Hall

16:15 – 17:00

Procuring a Digital Agency: Tips and Pitfalls

An ideal session for anyone considering procuring a digital agency to help build a product or website, or anyone who wants to reflect on a relationship which may be in trouble.
Session Type(s): Digital, People
Speaker(s): Dave Fletcher

16:15 – 17:00

Intellectual Property and How to Maximise Value from your IP

Our established speakers will explain the fundamental concepts of IP, clear up common misconceptions, and provide practical guidance on what IP you can obtain and how to use it.
Session Type(s): Business Skills, Regulatory
Speaker(s): Philip Webber, Samantha Collins, Tim Watkin

16:30 – 16:55

Pitching for Success: Winners Announcement

Pitching companies will have the opportunity to win part of a prize package that includes a £1,000 cash prize. The audience will be provided with a voting system and will decide the best session winners.
Session Type(s): Finance

17:15 – 18:15

Closing Keynote: EU Panel – ‘In or Out’ the Debate Continues…’

Our closing plenary features an introduction from the Head of the EU SME funding team, and a discussion led by a dynamic and exciting panel who have extensive experience and interest in innovation at its best.
Speaker(s): Antony David, Bianca Miller, David Willetts, Gareth Anderson, Ian Thompson, Jeremy Long, Lisa Thomas, Marco Malacarne

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