6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Business & Professional Life today CLICK HERE

Oxfordshire set to grow as a powerhouse of UK investment in science and technology

PUBLISHED: 11:49 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:49 21 August 2015

Venturefest Oxford brings together leading businesses, entrepreneurs and investors to boost regional business growth strategy

On the same day that the Chancellor announced new budget measures designed to keep UK plc on the path to economic growth - in Oxfordshire innovators and entrepreneurs joined young businesses, investors and support service providers at Venturefest 2015 – the county’s top annual business networking event.

Staged at the Saïd Business School in Oxford and now in its 17th successful year, over 1,000 delegates took part in live debates and workshops, aimed at driving forward the already substantial investment in the county, particularly within the science and technology sectors.

The event included a full day of live-pitching, punctuated by keynote speeches; to expert panels; a conversation between Oxford and Cambridge on what drives innovation and free, personalised and objective advice from local industry experts.

Launched in 1999 in Oxford, as a collaboration between the Science Minister, Lord Sainsbury and the University of Oxford, the original vision was to bring together Oxfordshire’s entrepreneurs, innovators and investors, with Venturefest acting as the catalyst for networking, funding, making deals and building business relationships.

With a new Executive Chair at the helm in 2015, Lynn Shepherd has set about re-shaping the ambition of Venturefest Oxford, broadening its focus and moving away from a stand-alone event, to a year-long programme of business-focused activities – all tailored to the four stages of a business’ journey: birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood – each with different business requirements to be met.

Some of the highlights of this year’s Venturefest programme include:

• Over £1 billion raised by Oxford investors to back start-up businesses and new spinouts from the research institutions, investing in the rising stars of the Oxford Tech Cluster – a group of entrepreneurs, investors, high technology businesses and researchers based in Oxford’s science parks, research centres and universities.

• The launch of the Enterprise Awards 2015 by the Oxford Trust, recognising innovative entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of science and technology. Applications for the Enterprise Awards opened on 8 July at Venturefest, with winners to be announced at an awards ceremony in November. There are three categories:

• Martin and Audrey Wood Enterprise Award - An award of £5,000 for overall achievement in innovation aimed at science, technology and engineering-based companies who have spotted an opportunity in a niche market and created a new concept that not only meets this need but also benefits the wider community.

• Young entrepreneur of the year – recognising the exceptional young entrepreneurs in the region, in companies less than 5 years old, and the impact that they have had on the science and innovation landscape.

• Up and coming company of the year - celebrates new up and coming companies less than 5 years old across the region and the impact they’ve had on the science and innovation landscape.

•The first-ever Oxfordshire Business Festival, aiming to showcase business in Oxfordshire, through a week-long series of events, including behind-the-scenes visits to the Oxford Bus Company and Oxford Apprenticeships.

•Oxford and Cambridge in Conversation: How to get beneath the rhetoric and get some action! Chaired by Lord Drayson, former Science Minister, a panel discussed the growth and innovation agenda. Cambridge has been successful in harnessing the power of local innovation to drive growth. Oxford has a thriving culture of innovation and is also using it to push through growth in the region.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

Fri, 10:35

“‘Flexitarians’ can do one though, being alleged vegetarians who still can’t resist the sizzling siren song of the bacon sandwich when no-one is looking.” Editor Mike Lowe is attempting to seek reconciliation with those he has annoyed… well, sort of.

Read more
Thu, 14:24

Choral carol services and grand instrumental performances, with the backdrop of some of the Cotswolds most picturesque locations, are perfect ways to embrace the festivities. We pick some of the best carol services and concerts to enjoy in the region

Read more
Thu, 11:35

“This letting to Oxford nanoSystems is a fantastic example of how we are able to provide first class facilities for growing technology companies at Abingdon Business Park.”

Read more
Thu, 11:28

One of the UK’s leading training and education specialists has launched a skills hub in Nuneaton

Read more
Thu, 11:19

“The logistics hub is another example of where we have worked in partnership to support skills needs in the area and link our student body with future job opportunities.”

Read more
Thu, 11:07

“It was fantastic to see how this project is making a real difference to the lives of young people at risk of social exclusion.”

Read more
Thu, 10:57

It has become the 90th store to accept the gift card in Cheltenham

Read more

As well as three days of action-packed racing and tradition, there’s plenty to do away from the course at this year’s November Meeting. Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, shares his 14 suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Cheltenham Racecourse

Read more
Wed, 15:59

From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas Fayres and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in and around the Cotswolds this season

Read more
Wed, 15:42

Property prices across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds have risen steadily over the last few years, reflecting the trend across the country. But which area has shown the most dramatic hike in prices recently, and how does your postcode and house type compare with others in the area? You may be surprised to see the results...

Read more
Wed, 11:43

Wine Wednesday’s with Vintopia of Tetbury.

Read more
Wed, 10:37

Festive a la carte menu launches in Grey’s Brasserie from 26th November.

Read more
Wed, 09:31

Cotswold Life readers enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with our compliments when joining us for our Autumn Feast Lunch Offer.

Read more
Tue, 15:01

Harnessing the power of social media, charity awards and dreaming up new projects - it’s all in a day’s work for Gloucestershire children’s charity Pied Piper and its corporate supporters

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search