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Oxford’s largest business event Venturefest returns

PUBLISHED: 10:25 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 30 May 2017

Venturefest Oxford 2017

Venturefest Oxford 2017

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Venturefest Oxford brings together entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and all support services, an exciting and stimulating programme of workshops, competitions, panel discussions, innovation showcases and keynote speakers

Oxford’s largest business event, Venturefest Oxford returns on Wednesday June 21, at The King’s Centre, Osney Mead. Bringing together entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and all support services, an exciting and stimulating programme of workshops, competitions, panel discussions, innovation showcases and keynote speakers is on offer.

The latest innovations from Harwell and Culham will be on show, together with up to a dozen new businesses from around the county. The aim is to showcase the jaw dropping innovations that places Oxfordshire at the forefront of technological and scientific thinking.

The Lunchtime Keynote session looks at the very topical question of What makes a city successful. Charles Leadbeater, who works internationally as an independent adviser on innovation to governments, cities and organisations offers a witty and insightful view on how a city like Oxford can maximise its potential to become the most fertile innovation economy in the UK. One of the questions he’ll be asking is how do we create the best environment for innovative companies to start, grow and stay for the benefit of everyone?

Venturefest Oxford is part of the answer and its Pitching for Success competition runs all day. New businesses, entrepreneurs with an idea and who need business support or who are looking for funding can pitch to the audience and investor panels. A cash prize of £1000 and other in kind prizes are up for grabs, plus the opportunity to make that one connection that could lead to success. Entrepreneurs wishing to participate should visit the website as applications close on 7th June.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘From Start-Up to Scale-Up’. The Venturefest team believe that we must encourage innovative businesses to grow and stay in Oxfordshire to boost the local economy. Visitors to the event can attend The Challenges of Business session and meet a range of businesses, from six months old to six years old and learn of their successes, failures and lessons learned. If the interest is in Life Sciences then there are three sessions devoted to the truly exciting Life Sciences eco-system in Oxford. Visitors can meet thought leaders, investors, innovators, and established businesses and get a real insight into how to success and thrive.

The aim of Venturefest has always focused on providing the opportunity for people to Get Connected. This year, the Venturefest on-line networking system is the key to making this happen smoothly and easily. As part of the ticket registration, the dynamic 1-2-1 system allows personally tailored meetings to be set up with other Venturefest attendees, exhibitors experts and speakers.

Tickets to the event cost £40 and include entrance to all the sessions including the closing plenary panel discussion which will look at Brexit, one year on! All food and drink, evening drinks reception and shuttle bus courtesy of the Oxford Bus Company is also included. Visit the website for tickets and details of the full programme.

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