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Venturefest 2017: Accelerating innovation

PUBLISHED: 11:55 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:55 14 June 2017

Venturefest Oxford 2017

Venturefest Oxford 2017

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For 19 years, Venturefest Oxford has showcased the brightest and best innovations in the county - and this year the event will take place on Wednesday June 21 at King’s Centre, Osney Mead

This year, its Innovation Showcase is the largest it has ever staged with 26 new businesses and ideas on show. A dozen of these new businesses have been started by local, enterprising entrepreneurs and range from a revolutionary lunch box for children to 3D printing and robotics. Many of these businesses have also attended Venturefest’s Pitchiest events where they are can present their innovations to a group of local investors and fun-ders.

Oxford Brookes University are showcasing two startling innovations! They have developed insect based, edible treats. Could this be a highly nutritious solution to our potential food shortages? Visit their stand to try them out - you never know this idea might have legs...or wings!

They are also showcasing two new robot twins, part of the BsC course in Computing for Robotic Systems. These twins can walk, recognise faces and speech, and also detect faces and other objects.

The other exhibitors are all connected with Harwell and Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy. A selection of science and technology start-ups will be present to showcase their growth journey with the support of both STFC and Culham.

Harwell Campus and Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy are ecosystems of high technology innovation where start-ups can access revolutionary science and world class expertise in order to develop new and existing technologies. Both locations focus on the growth of the UK economy and its worldwide competitiveness in science and technology through cultivating an exciting collaborative environment.Harwell is home to more than 200 businesses, and together with its sister campuses in Daresbury and Edinburgh, is leading the development of clusters in key industries which include: Space, Healthcare, Energy and Big Data.

Culham Science Centre for Fusion Energy is a growing community of students, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs focused on creating clean, sustainable energy sources for future generations.

Visit the website to register and find out more. Tickets are just £40 which includes entrance to all the workshops and keynotes, lunch, wine reception, access to its Get Connected networking system and a free shuttle bus, courtesy of The Oxford Bus Company.

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