2017 Programme

Programme 2017

Morning Sessions

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07:45 – 09:00

Breakfast Session: Six Steps to Successfully Scale

An insight into the fundamental principles for companies to ensure a smooth and successful journey from start up to scale up.
Speaker(s): Nicola McConville

09.00 – 09:30

Welcome to Venturefest Oxford 2017

Welcome to Venturefest Oxford 2017. Returning to The King’s Centre for a second year, giving us the space and opportunity to offer an exciting programme that guarantees something for everyone!…
Speaker(s): Alistair Fitt, Lynn Shepherd

09.30 – 12:30

TechTonic: The Impact of Gender on Entrepreneurship

The conference will address the problem of why too few women-led businesses reach the same economic scale as that achieved by male-led companies.
Speaker(s): Annabel Denham, Ellen J, Juliet Rogan

09.30 – 10:30

Value Proposition Development Workshop for Businesses

The most important customers are not those that generate the most revenue but those that can unlock the most value in your business” Harvard Business Review.
Speaker(s): Mireille Owen-Hughes

09.30 – 11:30

The Challenges of a Business: From Start-Up to Scale-Up

Last year you told us that you wanted to hear from more businesses, learning of both the failures and successes and lessons learned.
Speaker(s): Alex Minchin, Clare Wright, Gary Frank, Hugh Bettesworth, Jason Purvor, Mark Evans, Renee Watson, Sian Gaskell

09.45 – 11:15

Pitching for Success: Morning Session

Pitching for Success will be to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals. Companies will pitch either in the morning or afternoon ‘Pitching for Success’ session.

10.45 – 11:45

How to Stay Focused on What Matters Using Strategy on a Page

With all the juggling that come with growing a business, how can we maintain focus and momentum in the right direction?
Speaker(s): Alastair MacKenzie

11.15 – 12:00

Morning Investor Panel

As part of the morning Pitching for Success session, this Investor Panel session is made up of professional Funding organisations; including speakers from Crowd investment (Peer2Peer, Equity, Loans), Venture Capital…
Speaker(s): John Holden, Katie Leviten, Mark White, Martin Fiennes, Roy Gunter

11.45 – 12:30

Negotiation for Entrepreneurs

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

 

Afternoon Sessions

13:00 – 13:45

Lunchtime Keynote: What makes a city successful? Oxford post BREXIT

Cities that were once suffering from stagnation and decline are being revived by civic innovators – people who work collaboratively to create new spaces and experiences that transform and enhance the city environment.
Speaker(s): Charles Leadbeater

13:45 – 14:30

Overview of the Oxfordshire Life Sciences Ecosystem

The session will focus on from start-up to scale-up: practical advice and key themes for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in the life sciences sector.
Speaker(s): Barbara Ghinelli, David Alexander, Nick Scott-Ram

13:45 – 15:45

Social Innovation and Enterprise: Achieving Social Impact with Business for Purpose

More businesses than ever before are being started to provide solutions to social or environmental challenges. At the same time, well-established, mainstream businesses from all areas of operation are adapting to gain competitive advantage by opening up and creating profitable business opportunities that also achieve similar objectives.
Speaker(s): Alison Talbot, Darryl Mootoosamy, Erinch Sahan, Grant Hayward, Hugh Chamberlain, John Boyle, Mark Mann

13:45 – 14:45

Oxfordshire’s Science and Innovation Audit Report: Oxfordshire Transformative Technologies

By the Time of Venturefest the Science and Innovation Audit for Oxfordshire will have been published.
Speaker(s): Nick Scott-Ram, Phil Clare, Rob Buckingham, Rupesh Srivastava, Simon Jackman

14:00 – 15:30

Pitching for Success: Afternoon session

By the Time of Venturefest the Science and Innovation Audit for Oxfordshire will have been published.

14:45 – 15:30

The Essentials for any Life Sciences Start-Up

The session will focus on from start-up to scale-up: practical advice and key themes for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in the life sciences sector.
Speakers(s): Andy Hill, Ann Kramer, Kevin Maynard, Les Russell, Liberty Foreman

15:00 – 15:45

Your IP post-Brexit: What effect will leaving the EU have on your IP?

Article 50 has now been triggered; the UK is on its way out of the EU. What effect will this have on your existing intellectual property (IP) and how you obtain future IP rights in Europe?
Speakers(s): Alex Robinson, Philip Towler, Philip Webber

15:30 – 16:15

Afternoon Investor Panel

As part of the afternoon Pitching for Success session, this Investor Panel session is made up of professional Funding organisations; including speakers from Crowd investment (Peer2Peer, Equity, Loans), Venture Capital…
Speakers(s): Adam Workman, Gary Frank, Michael Penington, Paul Flanagan, Sarah Turner, Thor Mitchell

15:45 – 16:45

Essentials of Building Value

The session will focus on from start-up to scale-up: practical advice and key themes for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in the life sciences sector.
Speakers(s): Keith Errey, Kevin Pojasek, Nick Edwards, Peter Nolan, Tom McCarthy

16:00 – 16:45

People in a Scale-up

Nicola’s session will uncover some of the keys to successful recruitment for start-ups – both for senior level roles, and at the more junior level.
Speakers(s): Nicola Gardiner

16:15 – 17:00

Pitching for Success: Final presentations, voting and winners announcement

Pitching companies will have the opportunity to win part of a prize package. The audience will be provided with a voting system and will decide the best session winners.

17:15 – 18:00

Closing Plenary – Brexit: One Year On

Last year, our event was held one week after the referendum and the nation, and especially Oxfordshire, was trying to come to terms with the shock result.
Speakers: Chris Shelley, Daniel Talbot-Ponsonby, Jens Tholstrup, Nigel Tipple, Richard Venables, Stephen Fisher, Sue Staunton, Thomas Hellmann

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