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




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 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


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: Innovation Forum Edinburgh

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

EVENT TITLE: Smart Technologies Towards Sustainable Cities

EVENT SUMMARY: Innovations in the fields of digital technologies and processing power have changed the way in which energy sources interact with our cities’ infrastructure. Strategically connecting these sources to our transports, homes, as well as other systems through the smart grid could carve a way to a more efficient and sustainable future. As organisations are beginning to see the advantages of these systems, key initiatives are introduced to promote the concept of “smart cities”. The global marketplace for such an infrastructure is estimated at £408bn by 2020[1], posing a huge benefit for investors and entrepreneurs. The UK has particular strengths in design, research, finance, and engineering services which could account for up 25% of the total smart cities market. Existing policies and strategies are not set up for an efficient implementation of such rapid innovations and call for a conversation between various stakeholders.

· To identify and highlight current issues in creating an energy-efficient and carbon-neutral environment.
· To exchange and display new technologies and ideas that could facilitate the integration, storage and accessibility of renewable resources.
· To head discussions between stakeholders on strategic changes necessary to implement these new technologies into the existing system.

· Andy Kerr (Managing Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation)
· Paul Ellis (co-founder and CEO, Electron)
· Dieter Helm (Professor, Oxford University; e-seminar)
· Mike Pitts (Head of Urban Systems, Innovate UK)
…And many more to come

TARGET AUDIENCE/SECTORS: Academic researchers & students; young and established entrepreneurs; established energy providers, urban planners, government officials and investors.

DATE: 8th June 2017

START & END TIME: 09:00-17:00

VENUE: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

WEBLINK TO PROGRAMME/REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smart-technologies-towards-sustainable-cities-conference-tickets-32321275806



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/