Venturefest Oxford returns to Oxford Brookes in 2019

Monday, 07 January 2019

Venturefest Oxford 2018

Venturefest will celebrate 21 years of bringing together the county’s entrepreneurs, innovators and investors at Oxford Brookes University.

After successfully hosting the event last year, it will return to the University on 11 September 2019.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes and a long-standing member of the Venturefest Board, is delighted it is returning to the Headington Campus. “We had an outstanding event last September, and I am very pleased the University will once again have the opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit that is so special to Oxfordshire”, he commented.

Venturefest Oxford has also announced the appointment of Mike Foster to take over the Venturefest Oxford Chair role vacated by Lynn Shepherd last December.

“I am looking forward to the challenge” said Mike. “Lynn is a tough act to follow, but I have some good ideas that should keep Venturefest thriving and growing into its third decade.” Mike has recently been appointed Centre Manager at Oxford Innovation. “I am excited by both roles,” he adds. “I can already see that they offer mutually beneficial opportunities.”

Building on the success of last year, the 2019 Venturefest will focus on Inward Investment and Outward Growth. This will broaden the programme to include special sessions on three of the areas targeted by the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) body; USA, China and India. UKRI seeks to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Alongside this, there will be sessions around the four Grand Challenges identified by the UK Industrial Strategy; Artificial Intelligence and data, the Ageing Society, Clean Growth and Future Mobility. There will of course be the usual high quality exhibition, innovation showcase and Pitching for Success competition with strong presence from research, innovation and knowledge exchange conducted at Oxford Brookes.

We had an outstanding event last September, and I am very pleased the University will once again have the opportunity to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit that is so special to Oxfordshire

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor

“Our programme has the potential to bring together business, government and many other organisations to showcase the strong contribution Oxfordshire is making towards tackling these grand challenges, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity,” said Mike Foster. “We are busy looking for outstanding speakers and exhibitors to bring our programme to life.”

More information will soon be available on the Venturefest website and tickets will go on sale in May 2019. For more information on the event, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, go to www.venturefestoxford.com

Further information on research and knowledge exchange at Oxford Brookes can be found on the University’s website.