Venturefest returns to Oxford Brookes for a second year

Venturefest Oxford

Venturefest, which draws Oxfordshire’s inventors and innovators closer to investors, is returning to Oxford Brookes University’s Headington Campus on September 11.

The 2019 Venturefest will focus on inward investment and global growth. The event will include special sessions on three areas targeted by the governmentfunded UK Research and Innovation: USA, China and India.

Venturefest’s popular Pitching for Success competition will also return, with two sessions judged by an expert panel including John Holden of Foresight Williams technology investment fund, Adam Workman of Oxford University Innovation, Evie Mulberry, Managing Director of Astia which supports women in high-growth start-ups, Caroline McGuirk of Anjost Investment, Rebecca Todd of Longwall Venture Partners and Tim Colchester of Banbury-based automotive company Prodrive.

An exhibition showcase, sponsored by Oxford tech innovation cluster, TheHill, will feature medtech companies from across the region. Sessions and a technology showcase will also be held on the government’s four grand challenges: artificial intelligence and data, the ageing society, clean growth and the future of mobility.

More details about Venturefest, the competition and how to apply are on the Venturefest website:

Panel sessions offer chance to debate

Mobility Oxford presents The Future of Mobility

The UK is a world leader in shaping the future of mobility, how we move people, goods and services around our towns, cities and the countryside. Companies and individuals in Oxfordshire are driving innovation in engineering, technology and business models to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, other pollutants and congestion. This session will offer an insight on new mobility – from new traffic systems, racing cars to automated vehicles.

Speakers include: Llewelyn Morgan, Head of Innovation at Oxfordshire County Council, Mark Preston (DS Techeetah Formula E Team), Mike Potts (Streetdrone).

Leading in the age of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already helping to address our manufacturing decline and in other sectors.

In healthcare, AI is helping to alleviate pressures on the NHS and can increase productivity, create more jobs and help us develop unique skills that should allow the UK to maintain its global leadership position.

However, AI and data will bring change, which has an impact in many sectors.

This session at will hear how some of the companies at the heart of this AI and data revolution are innovating our world.

Speakers include: Deborah Spencer of the University of Oxford, Nigel Crook of Oxford Brookes University and Jakob Howard of AI development company Latent Logic. More panel speakers will be confirmed during the summer.

Invest for growth and success: how much does venture capital drive the global economy?

Venture capital investment in the UK reached an all-time high in 2018. A special Venturefest panel will put the industry under the microscope and ask some key questions, including what level of returns has venture capital as an asset class returned, and what geographical trends have those working in venture capital witnessed.

The chair of this special investment panel will be Jens Tholstrup, of the Oxford Investment Opportunity Network and confirmed panellists include George Whitehead of Octopus Ventures and Meriwether Beckwith of Oxford Capital Partners. Other international investor panellists will be announced during the summer.