Feeder Sessions

Each year we offer a ‘wrap around’ series of national, co-badged, Venturefest feeder sessions. We are now looking for event hosts and invite you to take part.

The purpose of our pre-event programme is to highlight Scotland’s distinctive science and innovation offer and to link to Venturefest Scotland’s core themes of promoting innovation across the SME ecosystem.  As well as standalone events, we invite you to co-badge your existing events with us. Click here for more details or contact Dr Susie Mitchell at Glasgow City of Science and Innovation on 0141 420 5010 (extension 383) or Susie.mitchell@glasgowsciencecentre.org

 


FORTHCOMING EVENTS

 

 

EVENT ORGANISERS: EPSRC Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age (University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham, Newcastle University)

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Louise Evans

EVENT TITLE: Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age Conference 2017 – Looking Beyond Industry 4.0

EVENT SUMMARY: Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age is bringing together core colleagues from the Manufacturing, Digital Economy, ICT, Design, Human Factors and Business communities to build new collaborations between leading academics and industry partners. Its first annual conference, hosted by the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, aims to address the fundamental science challenges to support Industrial Systems in the Digital Age. The key conference themes include:

  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Data Analytics and decision making
  • Skills and jobs
  • Cybersecurity
  • Sustainability
  • Service Design and customisation
  • People and automation
  • Cyber / physical systems

KEY SPEAKERS: Sarah Jardine, Chair of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service; Professor Jing Cheng, Kong Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tsinghua University, and Director of National Engineering Research Center for Beijing Biochip Technology

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: Academic, Industry

DATE: Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 June 2017

START & END TIME:  Tuesday 20th June – 10:00 – 17:30 (conference dinner at 19:30); Wednesday 21st June, 9:30 – 16:00

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): University of Glasgow, School of Engineering, James Watt South Building, Stevenson Lecture Theatre (main venue)

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION:

https://networkplusdigital.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/2017-conference/


EVENT ORGANISERS:  Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

MAIN CONTACT NAME:  Louise MacDonald/Naomi Shead

EVENT TITLE: Entrepreneurial Academy: Business Model Development

EVENT SUMMARY:  Business Model Development will enable you to rigorously validate your business proposition by considering your proposed market and potential customers. This workshop is interactive and designed to provide useful tools to develop your customers, and a clear understanding of the importance of early product development. You will be introduced to market and customer validation methods such as the ‘Business Model Canvas’ in this workshop, where you will develop your proposition in to one that can easily be presented to customers. This workshop is targeted towards early stage businesses who are developing a new business model. However, it will also be useful to established companies who are looking to launch a new product/ service or to pivot an existing offering.

KEY SPEAKERS: Wee Big Business

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs:

Young entrepreneurial companies that can demonstrate growth potential

Entrepreneurs looking to scale up their business

Entrepreneurs who want to equip themselves with the skills, knowledge and tools to accelerate their growth

DATE: 22nd June 2017

START & END TIME:  9.00am till 5pm

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/entrepreneurial-academy-business-model-development-tickets-33209441333


EVENT ORGANISERS: Startup Grind Edinburgh

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Lisa Thomson (Director for Scotland)

EVENT TITLE: Startup Grind Edinburgh – Fireside chat with Mostafa Afgani (PureLifi)

EVENT SUMMARY: Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 98 countries – the cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 5,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

KEY SPEAKERS: Mostafa Afgani (guest speaker) is CTO and co-founder at PureLifi Ltd. LiFi, meaning Light Fidelity, is a term coined by pureLiFi co-founder and CSO, Professor Harald Haas, when he demonstrated LiFi for the first time at a TED talk in 2011. LiFi is high-speed, bidirectional, networked and mobile wireless communication using the light spectrum, to provide a user experience similar to traditional wireless systems. However, LiFi offers thousands of more highways for data to travel, which means it has the capacity to offer unprecedented data and bandwidth.

Lisa Thomson (host) is Director for Scotland of Startup Grind and the founder of Purpose HR providing niche HR services to early stage and high growth businesses.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS: Entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, investors and startup founders – all sectors

DATE: Thursday 29th June

START & END TIME: 6pm – 8.30pm

VENUE (INCLUDING ROOM, IF APPROPRIATE): Codebase, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9DZ

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-edinburgh-presents-mostafa-afgani-purelifi#/


EVENT ORGANISERS:  Young Scot, Glasgow City of Science and Innovation

MAIN CONTACT NAME:  Allan Lindsay, Young Scot (allanl@young.scot/01313132488)

EVENT TITLE: VentureJam: the official youth strand for Venturefest Scotland 2017

EVENT SUMMARY: VentureJam is a unique opportunity for 40 young people in Scotland. Across the weekend teams will have the opportunity to develop and design a new idea that could change the future of energy in Scotland, and importantly change people’s lives. With access to a team of inspirational mentors, participants will learn about one of the biggest challenges facing humanity (the future of energy) and be immersed in the latest energy-saving innovations (from heated cycle lanes that melt snow in the winter to electricity generating dance floors!). In the inspirational setting of Glasgow Science Centre, participants will also explore radical new business models to make their idea go global; learning from creative young companies like Uber, AirBnB, Netflix which have changed the way we travel, sleep, and watch TV! You can apply as an individual or in teams of up to 5 people. The winning teams will go on to pitch their idea to innovators and investors at Venturefest Scotland. The winning team will also get the amazing opportunity to quiz Scotland’s top digital innovator, Chris Van der Kuyl (Minecraft) on his innovation journey so far.  Sign up now and tell us why you want to be part of VentureJam 2017. Places are limited.

KEY SPEAKERS: Young Scot & Inspirational Mentors from the World of Innovation (Speakers TBC)

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: Young people aged 14-20 from across Scotland.

DATE: Friday 18 – Sunday 20 August 2017

START & END TIME:  Friday 18 August – 6pm-8:30pm, Saturday 19 August – 10am-4pm, Sunday 20 August – 10am-2pm.

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: To attend VentureJam 2017, apply here. Alternatively you can either send in a video, voice recorded application or speak to us over the phone. Please email these to codesign@young.scot.


EVENT ORGANISERS: Startup Grind Edinburgh

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Lisa Thomson (Director for Scotland)

EVENT TITLE: Startup Grind Edinburgh – Fireside chat with Fraser Lusty (Equity Gap)

EVENT SUMMARY: Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 98 countries – the cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 5,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

KEY SPEAKERS: Fraser Lusty (guest speaker) is a Director at Equity Gap Ltd, a group of private individuals set up to invest and support emerging and growing businesses. He is an experienced business development and sales professional specialising in leading business through change, and facilitating SME business capability and growth.

Lisa Thomson (host) is Director for Scotland of Startup Grind and the founder of Purpose HR providing niche HR services to early stage and high growth businesses.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS: Entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, investors and startup founders – all sectors

DATE: Thursday 24th August

START & END TIME: 6pm – 8.30pm

VENUE (INCLUDING ROOM, IF APPROPRIATE): Codebase, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9DZ

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-edinburgh-presents-fraser-lusty-equity-gap#/


PAST EVENTS

 

EVENT ORGANISERS: Glasgow City of Science and Innovation; Technology Scotland; Cultural Enterprise Office Scotland; Glasgow City Council and The Lighthouse Glasgow

CONTACT NAME: Emma Dixon (emma.dixon@technologyscotland.scot)

EVENT TITLE: The Art of Possible: Innovating our Quantum Future

EVENT SUMMARY: Art of Possible is a new event programme for Glasgow and the West of Scotland. These events create space for Innovators – academics, innovators, and entrepreneurs – across the STEM and Creative Industries to discover the new revolutions in Emerging and Enabling Technologies that are set to change the world we live in. An official feeder event series for Venturefest Scotland 2017; Art of the Possible provides a participatory innovation hub for our diverse innovation community to explore new collaborative opportunities and ideas exchange that will drive innovation with impact – for both society and the wider economy.

Our first ‘broadcast’ event will bring you closer to Quantum.

Glasgow is recognised worldwide for leading the way in Quantum Science; technologies which have a huge range of applications across multiple industry sectors, from quantum sensors (that can enable new types of camera that look around corners and remote gas detection systems) to imagers that can be used with aerial drones to map water content in crops and maximise agricultural yield.

This event is a unique opportunity to hear more about how you can maximise the potential of Quantum for the benefit of your company, customer and Scotland, whilst providing future solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Understanding how the benefits of this technology will enable the STEM and Creative Industries to think of new applications and benefits.

Our inspirational speakers will talk about their joint ambition to redefine what’s possible by identifying and applying the benefits of Quantum across a range of sectors – from healthcare and security to consumer markets – as well as talking about their successes so far.

Attendees will also learn about relevant upcoming investment opportunities, including the £4.7 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund as well as Innovate UK’s funding competitions in Quantum Technologies and Emerging & Enabling Technologies, where over £25 million of funding is available to drive challenged-based, collaborative innovation projects.

Furthermore, attendees will also get a unique ‘hands-on’ experience in the Science Centre’s Space Zone with QuantIC’s tech demonstrators, including ultra-sensitive cameras that can see round corners and cameras that can see through smoke and tree canopies!

Quantum Shorts Film Premiere
Attendees are also invited to join the Quantum Shorts public UK Film Premiere at 7pm, where quantum-inspired films from the international Quantum Shorts Film Festival will be beamed onto the dome of GSC’s impressive planetarium.

KEY SPEAKERS: Delivered in partnership with the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (QuantIC) we are thrilled to welcome Professor Steve Beaumont, Director of QuantIC and Dr Graham Malcolm, CEO of the fast growth, multi-award winning global SME, M Squared Lasers.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTOR: This event is suitable for Innovators, Investors and Academics working across the STEM and Creative Industries, with a focus on growth potential SMEs.

DATE: Friday 17 March 2017

START & END TIME: 16:45 arrival, 17:00 start

VENUE: Planetarium, Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA (free parking available)

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/REGISTRATION: Tickets free but places are limited (Canapes & Wine Reception included). Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-possible-innovating-our-quantum-future-tickets-32084558779


EVENT ORGANISERS: Centre for Engineering Education and Development

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Dave Nicholson – tel: 07539 922495

EVENT TITLE: Progressive Innovation

EVENT SUMMARY: Progressive Innovation – the journey from being aware of innovation concepts and basic techniques to embedding it and making it a key part of how you do business

Almost every organisation, regardless of industry sector or size, faces more competition than ever before. Competitors can copy and develop offerings more easily and more rapidly than ever before. Customer expectations, fuelled and informed by instant access to relevant information, are more demanding than ever before. We hear phrases like “we are overly reliant on fading revenue streams”, “we are not sure our current business model is sustainable”, “we need to focus on growth not just efficiency”.

Does this sound familiar?

Innovation has become a key tool in helping organisations achieve sustainable profitable growth. Research has shown that where it is properly implemented it can have a significant impact not only on profits, but also morale. This half-day session will focus on what innovation is, the key issues around implementing innovation successfully as well as touching on some of the key mistakes organisations make. We will discuss why innovation is important, types of innovation, touch on selected tools and techniques and achieving self- sufficiency.

KEY SPEAKERS: Donald Martin, MA

Donald’s career has spanned various disciplines including IT, the alignment of business and IT strategies and the leadership of complex multi-stakeholder programmes, often global, often in the insurance sector. For the last 15+ years Donald has worked as a management consultant and has led several large change, business transformation and outsourcing programmes, as well as post-merger integration projects. Over the past six years, he has coached on a number of innovation initiatives, with organisations in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and insurance sectors in the US, Europe and Asia. Innovation is a topic he is passionate about. His Master’s degree is in Leading Innovation and Change, he is a qualified MSP and PRINCE2 practitioner, is a visiting scholar at Heriot Watt University and, as well as his consultancy work, is also looking to develop his non-exec portfolio.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS: businesses, all sectors

DATE: 23rd March 2017

START & END TIME: 9:30am to 12:30pm

VENUE (including Room, if appropriate): St Johnstone F.C. McDiarmid Park, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2SJ

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/REGISTRATION: https://ceed-scotland.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=782


EVENT ORGANISERS: College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow

CONTACT NAME: Jacqueline Meiklejohn

EVENT TITLE: College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences “Imaging, Innovation and Impact” Industry Day

EVENT SUMMARY: We are excited to present a fresh and engaging programme for Industry Day 2017. It will showcase investment in a Clinical Innovation Zone and creative infrastructure to allow academics, industry partners and the NHS to work together within state of the art facilities to deliver a shared vision of a world leading, precision medicine ecosystem.

A Government Minister will officially open the ICE building and address delegates. ICE will host cutting-edge imaging clinical research facilities which provide a nexus for academic, NHS and industrial expertise into brain imaging whilst further strengthening our position as a world leader in precision medicine.  ICE hosts a 7 Tesla MRI scanner, the first of its kind fully integrated within a clinical site in the UK, underpinned by clinical expertise in stroke, cardiovascular disease and brain imaging.

Industry Day will present partnering opportunities, poster displays and networking over lunch.  In the afternoon, two parallel workshops will deliver presentations and discussions on whole body imaging, and cells and tissue imaging.

KEY SPEAKERS: Government Minister, Scottish Government; Professor Kamil Urgubil

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTOR: Academia; Research Community; Investors; Industry and Entrepreneurs

DATE: 29 March 2017

START & END TIME: 10am – 4pm

VENUE: Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre and ICE Building

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/REGISTRATIONhttp://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/mvls/industryday2017/


EVENT ORGANISERS: Innovation Forum Edinburgh

CONTACT NAME: Innovation Forum Edinburgh President – Martijn Kelder: martijn.kelder@inno-forum.org, +44(0)7754350006

EVENT TITLE: Masterclass: How to Scale-up Your Company to the Unicorn Stage

EVENT SUMMARY: Only a decimal fraction of all tech start-ups ever gets valuated at $1 billion before going public and can thus be termed ‘unicorns’. At that stage, these companies are assured of the attention of prominent venture capitalists and to draw resumes from top talent across the globe. What makes these companies so unique that investors are happy to invest many millions in them? Dr. Gordon Sanghera, co-founder and CEO of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, will share his story on how it took their university spin-out less than ten years to become a global leader in the field of next-generation sequencing. In an informal setting, the audience can gain advice on how to accelerate your company to the next stage from someone who has gone through it himself.

In the second half of the evening, a London-based investor will reveal the secrets on how to get an investor to back you in the stages of investment after your initial years.  Attendance will be ticketed, which will include drinks and a dinner buffet throughout the night. We will conclude the night with a networking reception. This masterclass will follow a public seminar entitled ‘Power in your Pocket: Entering the DNA Information Age’ by Dr. Gordon Sanghera on 27th April at 4pm at the Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine.

KEY SPEAKERS: Dr. Gordon Sanghera, co-founder and CEO of Oxford Nanopore

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS: We call for a small audience of entrepreneurs, academics and investors to join us in this interactive night

DATE: 27th April 2017

START & END TIME: 18:00-21:00

VENUE: Village Hotel, 140 Crewe Rd South, Edinburgh EH4 2NY

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-forum-masterclass-how-to-scale-up-your-company-to-the-unicorn-stage-tickets-31962254965


EVENT ORGANISERS: University of Glasgow Business & Innovation Team; Tontine

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Fiona Heatlie

EVENT TITLE: The Gaitherin

EVENT SUMMARY:  The Gaitherin is a regular meet-up of Glasgow’s entrepreneurs and academic researchers; a forum where business challenges can be shared, where new research outputs can be showcased, and where new ideas for collaboration can be forged. Glasgow’s research covers quantum technologies, alternative energy, biotechnology, stratified medicine, data science and a whole host of other areas; there is no single technical focus at the Gaitherin – the most interesting ideas emerge from hearing about something new. 

KEY SPEAKERS: Stephan Von Delft (ASBS); Neil Campbell (CRRS Brokers)

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: entrepreneurs and academic researchers from all sectors 

DATE: 12 May 2017

START & END TIME: 8am – 10am

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): Tontine, 20 Trongate, Glasgow

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.meetup.com/The-Gaitherin/


EVENT ORGANISERS: Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe)

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Caroline Cantley, Tracy McCarroll

EVENT TITLE: Digital Manufacturing Demystified for SMEs

EVENT SUMMARY: The Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) will host a one day intensive conference and workshop aimed at demystifying digital manufacturing and evaluating the implications for SMEs.

The conference will break through the hype to describe and demonstrate the technologies, which are driving digital manufacturing. Affecting all manufacturing sectors, you will see how these technologies will impact and transform your business in the short and medium term.

Over the course of the day there will be cutting edge presentations, guided demonstrators and industrial and university partner demonstrators.

KEY SPEAKERS: Siemens, Kuka, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Bosch, Virtalis, Festo, Microsoft, Renishaw and Laing O’Rourke.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: SMEs, Industry, Academia

DATE: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

START & END TIME:  Tuesday 23rd May – 09:00 – 17:30

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): Advanced Forming Research Centre, Inchinnan, Glasgow

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION:

http://www.strath.ac.uk/media/1newwebsite/centres/advancedformingresearchcentre/documents/SRPe_Conference_Flyer.pdf


EVENT ORGANISERS: University of Glasgow

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Dr Manosh Paul

EVENT TITLE: Innovation in Gasification and CHP Technology Event (i-GATE)

EVENT SUMMARY: The event will bring together expertise from industries and universities working in the area of gasification and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. It will provide an ideal platform for knowledge exchange, technical discussion and presentation, technology demonstration and workshop activities. The event will also highlight the many funding opportunities which exist and it is hoped that this event will stimulate new partnership development between academia, SMEs and large industry to secure funding that will lead to economic, social and environmental impacts.

KEY SPEAKERS:

Dr Manosh Paul, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Prof. Ian Arbon, University of Glasgow & Engineered Solutions: Energy from Waste

Dr Vinoth Kumar Kandasamy, Chogen Powers Ltd, India

Mr Steven Rawding, VG Energy Ltd: Biomass Combined Heat and Power Technologies

Dr Nico Bianco, CMCL Innovations Ltd

Mr Christopher Hopper: University of Glasgow CHP and District Heating Scheme

Lynne McCorriston, Business Development Manager: Collaborative Funding Opportunities

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: Industry, SMEs, academia, investors involved in Gasification, Biomass, Energy from Waste, Combined Heat and Power

DATE: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

START & END TIME:  9.00am – 5.00pm

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): University of Glasgow, James Watt South Building

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/KhQENj


EVENT ORGANISERS: Startup Grind Edinburgh

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Lisa Thomson (Director for Scotland)

EVENT TITLE: Startup Grind Edinburgh – Fireside chat with Kerry Sharp (Scottish Investment Bank)

EVENT SUMMARY: Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 98 countries – the cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 5,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

KEY SPEAKERS: Kerry Sharp (guest speaker) is Director of the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the investment arm of Scotland’s main economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise.

Lisa Thomson (host) is Director for Scotland of Startup Grind and the founder of Purpose HR providing niche HR services to early stage and high growth businesses.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS: Entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, investors and startup founders – all sectors

DATE: Thursday 25th May

START & END TIME: 6pm – 8.30pm

VENUE (INCLUDING ROOM, IF APPROPRIATE): Codebase, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9DZ

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-edinburgh-presents-kerry-sharp-scottish-investment-bank#/


EVENT ORGANISERS: University of Glasgow and The Knowledge Transfer Network

CONTACT NAME: Gordon Meiklejohn, Kezia Williamson

EVENT TITLE: Partnerships that Drive Innovation

EVENT SUMMARY: This event is for innovators and people who want to be innovators from every, and any, sector. All technologies, academic, industry: the challenges are the same. How can we best capture innovation and turn it into a marketable reality? How can we form partnerships that are broad enough to deliver innovative products and services to market? How can we position our plans to make them fundable by agencies like Innovate UK?

KEY SPEAKERS: The Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK, Glasgow School of Art

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS: Innovators from all sectors, technologies, academic and industry

DATE: 31st May 2017

START & END TIME: 10:00-16:00

VENUE: Senate Room, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G128QQ

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-forum-masterclass-how-to-scale-up-your-company-to-the-unicorn-stage-tickets-31962254965


EVENT ORGANISERS: Energy Technology Partnership

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Jenny Smith

EVENT TITLE: ETP Energy Innovation Emporium

EVENT SUMMARY: The recent publication by the Scottish Government of the Draft Energy Strategy sets a vision for the future of Scotland’s energy sector to supply secure, reliable and affordable energy. This conference brings together industry, the public sector and academia to discuss innovation for the Energy Strategy. Academia and businesses will present their research expertise and needs, from which the conference will identify avenues of innovation and cooperation that will support the Scottish Government’s ambitions around carbon reduction.

KEY SPEAKERS: Chris Stark (Scottish Government); Prof Sir Jim McDonald (ETP/Scottish Energy Advisory Board)

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: SMEs, academics and public sector involved in low carbon innovation

DATE: Wednesday 31st May

START & END TIME: 9:30 – 16:30

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): Technology & Innovation Centre, 99 George St, Glasgow G1 1RD

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: http://www.etp-scotland.ac.uk/NewsandEvents/Events/ETPEmporiumEvent2017.aspx


EVENT ORGANISERS: MediCity Scotland: Barbara Blaney; Gearing for Growth: Kirsty Bathgate

MAIN CONTACT NAME: MediCity Scotland: Barbara Blaney –  office: 01698 503612; mobile: 0782 5412799; email: b.blaney@medicityuk.com

EVENT TITLE: Creating the Right Leadership & Culture for Innovation

EVENT SUMMARY: It can be a lonely business being an entrepreneur. You alone may bear the burden of responsibility and it’s hard to balance working “in” your business and “on” your business simultaneously, particularly if you are learning on the job! Good entrepreneurs (even the seasoned ones) value input and advice from a strong network of trusted contacts to allow them to make informed decisions. They are self-aware enough to know their strengths and weaknesses and are not scared to employ individuals ‘better than them’ to build a strong team and to fill the skill gaps.

High growth companies grow through innovation in many areas such as recruitment and skills, creating the culture for growth and, of course, technology. Drawing on real case studies, this event will look at how high technology companies have structured themselves and brought in strategic expertise to make themselves ready for growth.

KEY SPEAKERS: Gearing For Growth – Kirsty Bathgate;  BDD Ltd –  Carol Thomson (CEO) & Dr Glenn Crocker (Non-Exec Director) & Tissue Solutions Ltd – Dr Morag MacFarlane

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: Academia & NHS; innovators (growth potential SMEs working in life sciences & medical technologies); investors and entrepreneurs

DATE: 14th June 2017

START & END TIME: 09.00 for 09.30 start, finish 12.30 for lunch & networking

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): BioCity Scotland

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: http://www.biocity.co.uk/events/medicity/creating-the-right-leadership-culture-for-innovation