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 ORGANISERSThe Art of Possible programme is an alliance of ideas and activities between Glasgow City Council, The Lighthouse, Glasgow City of Science & Innovation, Cultural Enterprise Office, and Technology Scotland.

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Karen Brodie, Cultural Enterprise Office

EVENT TITLE:  Art of Possible: Internet of Things Trends and Futures

EVENT SUMMARY: If you want to co-create to innovate the future – this workshop is for you. Are you interested in how next generation technologies can help us tackle major societal challenges and live better lives?

So are we, and Glasgow is great place to start.

The Art of Possible is a movement bringing together Scotland’s creatives, policy-makers and STEM professionals to consider civic uses for the regions’ world-leading emerging and enabling (E&E) technologies. Our tech focus for the November event will be the Internet of Things or IoT.

There are some ground-breaking innovators and knowledge experts in Scotland driving our IoT capabilities, from smart home technologies to health-tracking wearables, including your keynote speakers Mr Pete Barrie of Glasgow Caledonian University and Chris McMail – Microtech Group MD & Pete Kerly Telehealth Solutions MD (Part of the Microtech Group).

As a group, we will redefine the “art of possible” by broadening of our understanding and perspectives on enabling IoT in the real-world; sharing resources, sparking creative ideas and supporting creative collaborations to innovate for society.

The session will end with networking time accompanied with beer, wine and bites…

KEY SPEAKERS: 

 BROADCAST: Tech Intro | Info Session

IoT is already impacting-on and set to transform our daily lives. Pete Barrie will explore and demonstrate some the concepts and technologies that are powering the IoT. Peter has worked as a lecturer in Computer Science and Embedded Systems at University of Strathclyde, Institute of System Level Integration and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). He has also worked in industry as an electronic product designer. Pete is now a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MSc Big Data Technologies at GCU.

Chris McMail and Pete Kerly, our industry experts, will talk about Microtech Group’s leading edge Telehealth technologies – tipped to be the future of health and social care. Microtech has been delivering IT and Tech support to Health Boards across Scotland for 30 years. The recent acquisition of Telehealth Solutions has allowed the Group to manage patients with Long Term Conditions within their home environment; empowering individual patients to monitor and manage their own health whilst reducing social isolation, and creating major efficiencies for the NHS across the UK.

AOP ‘STEAMS’ CHALLENGE | Workshop

Loneliness and social isolation can have a powerful negative effect on health and wellbeing, and life chances – it affects people of all ages and all backgrounds. The annual cost to public services of social isolation and disconnected communities could be costing the UK economy £32 billion every year. Dr Duncan Booker, Resilient Glasgow Lead, will present on this major societal challenge as a thematic prompt for attendees to share their cross-sectoral knowledge and expertise, and to ideate and co-create potential new applications of IoT to help address this issue.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS:  Design thinkers, technological innovators, scientists, engineers, policy makers and civic entrepreneurs across the STEM, social science and creative industries interested in engaging in Glasgow’s thriving enabling and emerging technology sector to explore what is possible.

DATEThursday 30 November 2017

START & END TIME: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): The Lighthouse, Gallery 4

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-possible-internet-of-things-trends-futures-tickets-39323626024


 

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


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:  Cultural Enterprise Office, Glasgow City of Science and Innovation, The Lighthouse, Glasgow City Council and Technology Scotland

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Karen Brodie, info@culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk

EVENT TITLE: The Art of Possible: AR/VR Trends and Futures

EVENT SUMMARY:  Calling all Design Thinkers, Technological Innovators, Artists, Scientists and Civic Entrepreneurs! If you want to co-create to innovate the future – this Workshop is for you. Are you interested in how next generation technologies can help us tackle societal challenges, and live better lives? So are we, and Glasgow is a great place to start.

The Art of Possible is a movement bringing together Scotland’s creatives, policy-makers and STEM professionals to consider civic uses for the regions world-leading emerging and enabling technologies. An official Feeder session for Venturefest Scotland, the tech focus for our July Event will be virtual reality which is proving to have applications across a range of diverse sectors from health, construction and engineering to fashion and film-making. Inspired by ground-breaking businesses and researchers leading the way in our VR capability; as a group we will redefine the “art of possible” by broadening our understanding and perspectives on enabling virtual reality in the real world, sharing resources, sparking creative ideas and supporting creative collaborations to innovate for society.

KEY SPEAKERS: Dr. Paul Chapman, Head of the School of Simulation and Visualisation, Glasgow School of Art and Peter Dobson, CEO of Eventual VR,

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: Design Thinkers, Innovators, Artists, Policy-Makers, Scientists and Civic Entrepreneurs / ALL SECTORS

DATE:  Tuesday 18th July 2017

START & END TIME:  13:30 arrival for 14:00 start (attendees are encouraged to network over drinks after the event). Close at 17:00 for Beers & Wine, Bites and Networking

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): The Lighthouse Gallery 4, 56 Mitchell Street, Glasgow, G1 3LX

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-possible-arvr-trends-and-futures-tickets-35815661608


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:  One of Venturefest Scotland’s most enduringly popular features, Venturejam sees innovators of the future present their ideas.

VentureJam is a hackathon-style ‘Jam’ taking place in August where teams of young people (aged 14 -20) develop fresh ideas to solve real world challenges.  

Delivered by Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science and Innovation, VentureJam 2017 is the official youth strand of Venturefest Scotland. Now in its third year, teams of young people have developed radical ideas that will aim to improve lives by disrupting the energy market; supporting the Scottish Government’s ambitious vision for the future of energy in Scotland to 2050, as laid down in the draft Scottish Energy Strategy

This exciting, nail-biting session will see the finalist teams pitch their ideas; with the overall winning team securing a VIP one-to-one Q&A session with Scotland’s top entrepreneur, Chris van der Kuyl and a £500 investment prize sponsored by Social Investment Scotland.

VentureJam in 2017 is funded by Scottish Government, Sustainable Glasgow, Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow and Social Investment Scotland and supported by a host of inspirational volunteer mentors from a range of sectors and disciplines.

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#/


EVENT ORGANISERS: Social Investment Scotland

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Scott Hakes

EVENT TITLE:  Pitch for Purpose – Investor Speed Dating

EVENT SUMMARY: Social Entrepreneur looking for investment? Why not apply to pitch at our Pitch For Purpose Investor Speed Dating Event in Glasgow? This is a Venturefest Scotland Feeder event and the winning pitch will win a cash prize of £1,000 with the top three pitches invited to pitch at Venturefest this coming September.

KEY SPEAKERS: Chaired by Sandy Kennedy, Entrepreneurial Scotland and leading investors hosting the pitches

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: Entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem stakeholders

DATE: 31 August

START & END TIME:  5.30pm – 8.30pm

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): 29 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AJ

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION http://pitchforpurpose.strikingly.com/


EVENT ORGANISERS: Wee Big Innovation with MediCity Scotland

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Carey McEvoy

EVENT TITLE: Innovation Development for the MedTech and Digital Health sector

EVENT SUMMARY: Wee Big Innovation and MediCity Scotland are hosting an intense two-day workshop to guide medtech/digital health SMEs and corporates through a bespoke innovation development model. Completely free of charge; delegates will participate in collaborative, interactive, agile tools and techniques, designed to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive sector. Course content includes:

  • CUSTOMER DRIVEN INNOVATION

Product-led innovations often fail…build your new propositions around the needs and views of real customers

Outcomes: Identify target audiences, customer needs and competitive opportunities

  • PROPOSITION DESIGN

The first version of a new idea is rarely the best one…stretch and build your ideas with a robust development process

Outcomes: Strengthen the proposition by focussing on key features, customer experience and customer validation

  • GO TO MARKET

Many innovations never get to market

Outcomes: Drive towards launch and future growth with a clear strategy and a simple but effective commercialisation and delivery plan

KEY SPEAKERS: Carey McEvoy and Mark Thomson of Wee Big Innovation

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs: SMEs and Corporates bringing new products and services to market in the MedTech and Digital Health sector

DATE: 18th and 19th September 2017

START & END TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): MediCity Scotland, Bo’Ness Rd, Chapelhall, Newhouse ML1 5UH

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/medicity-scotland-innovation-development-workshop-tickets-35918487162


EVENT ORGANISERS: Perth & Kinross Council in association with Code the City

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Douglas Young

EVENT TITLE: The Perth Idea Exchange: Smart Economy Hack

EVENT SUMMARY:  Over the course of two days, participants from all backgrounds, including businesses, developers, innovators, academics and council representatives will identify the economic challenges and opportunities facing the city and surrounding region, generate and develop ideas, and prototype data-driven solutions.

The event will follow the successful model created by Code The City and used in previous events:

  • Define “Smart Economy” theme, break it down into relevant sub-groups
  • Identification of sectoral needs of participants
  • Identify potential opportunities or challenges in the delivery, operation or access to services in “Smart Economy”
  • Breaking into groups, ideation sessions, to address these identified challenges in order to generate the best ideas possible
  • Form teams and work through each idea: developing these to envision what future states might be
  • Identification of existing open data sets (or creation/sourcing of new open data) which can be used to create new applications/services/products
  • Iterative development of prototype solutions or models
  • A final group session – including opportunity to present to panel of “business angels”

KEY SPEAKERS: Interactive hackathon facilitated by Code the City

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORs:

  • Small businesses (especially in the creative and digital sectors), including potential users of the Ideas Centre, and later Creative Exchange
  • Developers, designers, UX experts, data wranglers, coders, service designers
  • Third sector representatives
  • Students/Staff from Perth College UHI, other educational institutions
  • Investors
  • Staff from Council and Community partners

DATE: 28 & 29 September 2017

START & END TIME: 28 Sept: 9.00am – 7.00pm; 29 Sept: 9.00am – 3.00pm

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): AK Bell Library, 17 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/codethecity-10-the-perth-idea-exchange-smart-economy-hack-tickets-37122642824?ref=estw


EVENT ORGANISERS: Jumping Rivers

MAIN CONTACT NAME: Esther Gillespie

EVENT TITLE:  An Introduction to R programming

EVENT SUMMARY: Many businesses forget that data is a precious, often untapped, commodity. If you want to predict future growth, detect fraud, or optimise your marketing campaign, then use your data. R is an free and open-source programming language, used by some of the largest companies and organisations in the world, such as Google, Facebook, the MoD, and the NHS. Using R, you have (free) access to cutting-edge machine learning algorithms and the ability to stream line your analysis. Using R can change your data from “just taking up storage” to giving insight about your business, your customers, your product and your research. This course will provide a hands-on taster to the R programming language. No prior knowledge of statistics or programming is required.

KEY SPEAKERS: Dr Jamie Owen is an expert Data Scientist who has given training courses across Europe. He has worked with numerous businesses helping them get the most out of their data.

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS:  All Sectors / anyone who wants to make the most of their data!

DATE: Monday 23 October 2017

START & END TIME: 9.00am- 5.00pm

VENUE ADDRESS/CITY REGION (including Room, if appropriate): Novotel Glasgow Centre, 181 Pitt Street, G2 4DT, Glasgow 

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/ REGISTRATION: https://www.jumpingrivers.com/courses/0_introduction-to-r