About Venturefest

Venturefest is at the heart of Oxfordshire’s innovation ecosystem.


Venturefest is THE business creation networking event of the year. If you are in any way involved in the process of creating businesses, you need to be there.


Three key streams…

Venturefest brings together the people and organisations that you need to do the business: to make the contacts and do the deals you need to grow your business.



Funding Stream

If you are an entrepreneur, this is where you can either get a 15-minute slot to make your case to a key group of venture capitalists and private investors or learn from your peers about later stage funding to accelerate your growth.  As an investor you will be in the best place to hear about the latest opportunities that you could be part of.

Learning Stream

No one is born knowing everything, and no one hoping to see a new business grow and thrive should be too proud to learn. This stream offers both practical advice and signposting to further support for both beginners and more experienced entrepreneurs.

Innovation Stream

Oxfordshire has a number of active clusters (including Biotech & Life Sciences, Space & Satellite Applications, Advanced Engineering, Low Carbon and Digital & Media) that are working together to create new innovations and commercial opportunities. Whether you are a business, investor or innovator come and get involved.


… and six key clusters

Venturefest 2014 is focusing on areas of commerce that are significant not just in the county, but nationally and globally. They are:


  • Life sciences
  • Space & satellite applications
  • Advanced engineering
  • Digital & media
  • Low carbon
  • Cryogenics


The potential in these sectors is exciting and real – and to capture it, Venturefest is giving cluster members space to showcase their work, as well as their own networking space, an exhibition area, a session within one of the three main streams, and more besides. It is the opportunity for each cluster not just to network with one another and find common ground, but also to meet people and organisations beyond their sector who can help them realise their ambitions.


And there’s more

There is so much more to Venturefest. We are running two breakfast sessions, providing a Meet the Experts panel, and our keynote speakers….watch this space.


Venturefest starts with a breakfast and ends with a drinks reception; it is a long and busy day, but worth it. You’re welcome to come to all or part of the event.


Venturefest Oxford 2014 will take place on Tuesday 8 July at the Saïd Business School.