At Venturefest Oxford 2014, we had an amazing line up of speakers, including special Keynote speakers, Ron Emerson from British Business Bank, Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University and Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.


The opening keynote speech took place at 0900 in the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre:

Launch of Innovation Support for Business Programme with Tim Bestwick, Chair of Venturefest Oxford, and Cllr Nick Carter, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Customer Services will describing the benefits business can gain from the new programme.


Followed by a lunchtime keynote speech at 1230:

An interview with Ron Emerson, interviewed by Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.


If you are interested in becoming a speaker at the 2015 event, please contact us.


Sam Adlen

Head of Business Innovation at the Satellite Applications Catapult


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Derek Arden

CEO, Derek Arden International Ltd


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Colin Baldwin

UK Space Gateway Programme Manager

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John Bell

Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University


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Professor Sir John Bell FRS is Regius Professor of…


Tim Bestwick

Tim Bestwick is Executive Director of Business and Innovation at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).  An Engineer…


Nikolaos Chalkias

Senior Technology Transfer Manager, Isis Innovation Ltd.


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Phil Clare

Associate Director, Research Services and Head of Knowledge Exchange, University of Oxford


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David Cooke

David Cooke

Cryogenics Cluster / Thames Cryogenics


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David started working for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy…


William Cotton

Director, Canary Systems Limited


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William Cotton spent 20 years in Boots and was Managing Director of…


Ian Crosbie

Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Circassia – London Stock Exchange, £581m


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Shirin Dehghan

General Manager,  Arieso – Trade sale, £50m


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Peter Dirken

Strategic Partnership Manage for the Technology Strategy Board


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Jim Donaldson

CSO, Navetas Energy Management


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Jim currently holds the position of Chief Scientific Officer of Navetas Energy…


Alex Efimov

Head of Space, Knowledge Transfer Network



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Alex Efimov was trained as a nuclear physicist at National…


Ron Emerson

Non-executive Chair, British Business Bank


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Ron has spent the majority of his career in international banking….


Mark Evans

Chartered Accountant


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Mark Evans is a Chartered Accountant, a qualified Corporate Treasurer and holds an MBA…


Martin Fiennes

Corporate finance advisor, Gatehouse Capital


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Martin is a corporate finance adviser trading as Gatehouse Capital, based in…


Dave Fletcher

Managing Director, White October


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Dave Fletcher is founder and Managing Director of White October, a digital…


David Gahan

CEO, Oxford nanoSystems Ltd


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David has been developing physics based products and business for 30 years…


Jane Galsworthy

Head of Innovation Services at Oxford Innovation


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As Head of Innovation Services, Jane leads a team…


Edward Green

Founder and CSO, Green Biologics



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Edward gained a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of…


Nick Gurney-Sharpe

Chief Investment Officer, Innvotec


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Jim Hall

Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Centre, Saïd Business School


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Neil Halliday

Business Development Manager OBN and ISfB Network Navigator for Life Sciences


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Neil has many years experience…

Tony Hart

Tony Hart

Oxfordshire LEP, Digital & Media Network Navigator


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Tony has worked for the past 30 years in…


Cameron Hepburn

Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School…


Andy Hill

CEO, Intelligent Solutions



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Andy is a co-founder of Intelligent Ultrasound, a medical imaging analytics business that…


Julian Jantke

Oxford Space Structures
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Julian has gained first working experience working for the EU parliament in Brussels…

Colin Johnston

Colin Johnston

Network Navigator for Advanced Engineering


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Colin has worked in materials development for over 25 years, first…


Huw Jones

CEO, Chronos



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Huw holds a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Birmingham, UK and has…


Eva Kirby

Technology Ventures Analyst, Imperial Innovations Ltd.


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Ann Kramer

CEO, The Electrospinning Company



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Ann is CEO of The Electrospinning Company, an SME that develops and…


Luke Lang

Co – Founder, Crowdcube


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Luke Lang co-founded Crowdcube with Darren Westlake in February 2011. As the world’s first…


Michael Lawrence

Managing Director, Magellium Ltd


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Magellium Ltd is a technology SME specialising in software for satellite image…


Rajat Malhotra

Partner Wren Capital and Angel Investor of the Year 2013 UKBAA



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Colin Mayer

Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School


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Colin is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the…


James McDermott

A non-executive Director and Consultant


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With over 20 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, James has recently…


Ayan Mitra

Founder and CEO, CrowdBnk


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Ayan Mitra is founder and CEO of CrowdBnk, an equity crowdfunding platform offering start-ups…


Eileen Modral

Manager, OION Ltd


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Eileen started working with entrepreneurs in 1999 through a start-up consultancy company and small…

David Mott

David Mott

Co-Founder of Oxford Capital


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David co-founded Oxford Capital and leads the firm’s investment and portfolio management…


Steve Moyle



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Dr Steve Moyle has over twenty five years of broad experience in information technology and…


Ian Osborne

Senior Manager, ICT KTN


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Ian has enjoyed a successful career, mixing life on supply and demand…


Chris Puttick



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Chris is a former information systems management professional turned entrepreneur. His last proper job was…


Bernd Reichert

Head of “SMEs in Horizon 2020″ at DG Research & Innovation, European Commission


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Mr. Bernd Reichert joined the European…

Fiona Reid

Fiona Reid

Leader and innovator in the field of entrepreneurship education


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Mark Reilly

Head of Physical Sciences, IP Group plc


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Mark Reilly runs the Physical Sciences portfolio of companies…


Jane Reoch

Senior Investment Manager, Panoramic Growth Equity and Investment Director at Cass Entrepreneurship Fund


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Nick Scott-Ram

Director of Commercial Development, Oxford AHSN



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Nick has over 25 years’ experience in commercial and business…


Phil Shadbolt

Managing Director of Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd


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Phil is a qualified, skilled and experienced Professional with over…

Adrian Shooter

Adrian Shooter

Chairman, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership


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John Simmons

RPS Energy, Principal Advisor, Technical Communications


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John Simmons is a technical communicator with lifelong experience in the…


Hugh Smith

Angel Investor


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Hugh is Angel investor who invests in companies on his own account. He has a…


David Smyth

CFO at Oxford PV



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David is a highly successful CFO with particular experience in dynamic, high-growth…

Nigel Walker

Nigel Walker

Technology Strategy Board, Access to Finance


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Nigel is responsible for Access to Finance at the Technology Strategy…


Dave Waller

Director of the Venturefest Network


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Steve Welch

Steve Welch

Director of the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network


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Adam Whittaker

CFO, NaturalMotion – Trade sale, £320m


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Adam Whittaker joined NaturalMotion in 2006 and has seen the…


Peter Wrighton-Smith

CEO, Oxford Immunotech – NASDAQ, £186m


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Dr. Wrighton-Smith founded Oxford Immunotec in the attic of his…