Getting down to business at Venturefest 2015

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Venturefest Oxford

Next week’s Venturefest event will see Oxford Brookes providing expertise on a wide range of areas related to business and innovation (8 July, Said Business School).

For nearly two decades Venturefest Oxford has been connecting entrepreneurs and innovators with investors and advisors at all stages of the business lifecycle. 

I would encourage people to come along and talk to our staff who will be on hand to present the many innovative initiatives that Oxford Brookes is involved with on a daily basis

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor and Board Member for Venturefest

Its flagship event, held annually in July, is widely regarded as the high-tech business networking platform of the year in Oxfordshire.

Attracting over a thousand investors and entrepreneurs, academics and support services, Venturefest offers a unique opportunity to share experience and knowledge, seek finance and forge strategic alliances.

Staff from Oxford Brookes will be on hand to speak to attendees about how they can access expert advice, research and consultancy in a number of areas, including:

  • architecture
  • sustainable construction
  • automotive engineering
  • robotics and computer vision
  • biotechnology
  • movement science
  • functional food
  • social care
  • educational policy 
  • leadership, coaching and mentoring
  • digital marketing.

Aircharge

Oxford Brookes will also have a presence in the Network Zone where Knowledge Transfer Partners (KTP) CMS Industries will be talking about their successful collaboration with the University and exhibiting their innovative Aircharge range of products. The wireless charging devices were developed during a two-year KTP which brings an ambitious graduate, supported by a university specialist, into companies to lead a project and make a real difference.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor and Board Member for Venturefest, commented: “Oxford Brookes University enjoys an international reputation for its strong links with business and industry. Venturefest Oxford is a fantastic gateway for entrepreneurs and innovators to connect and I am delighted that the University will have a strong presence again this year. I would encourage people to come along and talk to our staff who will be on hand to present the many innovative initiatives that Oxford Brookes is involved with on a daily basis.”

Venturefest 2015 launch (Lynn Shepherd, Dave Waller and Prof Alistair Fitt) Copyright Julian Rus García

Venturefest’s Executive Chair Lynn Shepherd said: “Our vision for Venturefest is based around the ‘four stages’ of business – birth, childhood, adolescence and adulthood – which represent the journey that businesses take as they develop over time. Venturefest aims to provide the connections, information and access to services that all businesses need to be successful, as they grow and mature and their needs evolve.”

Further information about the event can be found on the Venturefest Oxford website.