Venturefest 2017 Programme

Wednesday 21st June at the King's Centre, Oxford

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07:45  -  09:00

June 21, 2017

Breakfast Session: Six Steps to Successfully Scale

Room: Cherwell

An insight into the fundamental principles for companies to ensure a smooth and successful journey from start up to scale up.

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09:00  -  09:30

Welcome to Venturefest Oxford 2017

Room: Thames Hall

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!… read more →

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09:30  -  12:30

TechTonic: The Impact of Gender on Entrepreneurship

Room: Cherwell

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. This was the focus of a recent… read more →

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09:30  -  10:30

Value Proposition Development Workshop for Businesses

Room: Hinksey

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. In this session, we… read more →

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09:30  -  11:30

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

Room: Vale

Last year you told us that you wanted to hear from more businesses, learning of both the failures and successes and lessons learned.  We have invited a wide selection of… read more →

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09:45  -  11:15

Pitching for Success: Morning Session

Room: Thames Hall

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.  After all the… read more →

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10:45  -  11:45

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

Room: Hinksey

With all the juggling that come with growing a business, how can we maintain focus and momentum in the right direction?  Can we easily share our strategy with potential funders,… read more →

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11:15  -  12:00

Morning Investor Panel

Room: Thames Hall

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… read more →

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11:45  -  12:30

Negotiation for Entrepreneurs

Room: Vale

In this session, entrepreneurs will learn about their own negotiation style and new approaches for negotiating in the entrepreneurial environment.   Who should attend? The session is open to all. … read more →

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13:00  -  13:45

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

Room: Thames Hall

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… read more →

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13:45  -  14:30

Overview of the Oxfordshire Life Sciences Ecosystem

Room: Cherwell

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. This will include the following: An… read more →

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13:45  -  15:45

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

Room: Hinksey

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… read more →

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13:45  -  14:45

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

Room: Vale

By the Time of Venturefest the Science and Innovation Audit for Oxfordshire will have been published. It will be a snapshot of four themes, expanding on the landscape and ambitions… read more →

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14:00  -  15:30

Pitching for Success: Afternoon session

Room: Thames Hall

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.  After all the… read more →

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14:45  -  15:30

The Essentials for any Life Sciences Start-Up

Room: Cherwell

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.   This panel session will include:… read more →

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15:00  -  15:45

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

Room: Vale

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… read more →

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15:30  -  16:15

Afternoon Investor Panel

Room: Thames Hall

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… read more →

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15:45  -  16:45

Essentials of Building Value

Room: Cherwell

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.   The panel will include: Keith… read more →

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16:00  -  16:45

People in a Scale-up

Room: Vale

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. In her interactive session, she… read more →

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16:15  -  17:00

Pitching for Success: Final presentations, voting and winners announcement

Room: Thames Hall

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.  The… read more →

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17:15  -  18:00

Closing Plenary – Brexit: One Year On

Room: Thames Hall

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. Our closing debate… read more →

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