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. The next event will take place on Wednesday 8th July at the Saïd Business School, Oxford.


The 2014 event featured:


Funding Stream

Entrepreneurs presented in 15-minute slots, making their pitch to a key group of investors and learned from their peers about later stage funding to accelerate your growth. Investors heard about the latest opportunities.

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 offered both practical advice and signposting to further support for both beginners and more experienced entrepreneurs.

Innovation Stream

This stream featured the latest innovations from Oxfordshire’s clusters, including Biotech & Life Sciences, Space & Satellite Applications, Advanced Engineering, Low Carbon and Digital & Media. The clusters are actively working together to create new innovations and commercial opportunities.


… and six key clusters


Venturefest 2014 focused 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 gave 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 was 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, at the 2014 event we ran two breakfast sessions, provided dedicated Meet the Experts partnering, and had two amazing keynote speakers.


Venturefest 2014 started with breakfast sessions and ended with a drinks reception; it was a long and busy day, but worth it!


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