Session Detail

TimeLocationThemeSession TitleSession CoordinatorSession Synopsis
09.00 - 09.40IMAXPlenaryPlenary/Keynote Session 1Scottish EnterpriseChaired by Keith Aitken, address by Adrian Gillespie and keynote by Chris van der Kuyl, chairman of 4J Studios.
09.50 - 10.50IMAXDigitalHow to transform your business through digital innovationKnowledge Transfer NetworkWhether you want to start capturing and analysing big data to engage your customers more profitably, or perhaps want to use the web to deploy an omni-channel strategy, digital innovation can be very confusing and potentially expensive. In this session, we introduce 3 companies that have effectively used digital innovation to change how they do business. They’ll be sharing their experiences as well as providing tips and advice for collaborating with digital innovators.
09.50 - 10.50ClydeInnovationHow to identify innovative opportunities and avoid innovation killersScottish EnterpriseFear, lack of focus, engine failure, the wrong ROI and a reluctance to invest have been identified as common barriers or innovation killers. An engaging and enlightening workshop featuring real-life case studies of businesses talking honestly about innovation and the barriers they have faced, plus guidance on how to harness support to maximise innovative opportunities. Speakers include Jim Watson, director of innovation SE and Steve Carden from PA Consulting.
09.50 - 10.50AuditoriumInnovationHow to bring disruptive innovation to the third sectorHighlands and Islands EnterpriseThe global ‘care’ sector is complex by virtue of sheer number of stakeholders and the public/private sector mix. Albyn Housing, a Highlands based social enterprise, is currently taking on the challenge of bringing public and private sector together to deliver the next generation of smart social housing. This represents a radical approach to social housing, which has to date largely public sector led, with the private sector capitalising on demand. Key players in Albyn’s project team are the NHS, private sector technology providers and local councils. This session will explore the barriers and opportunities for disruptive innovation in care by following the journey of this truly collaborative venture, from inception to the build of the first prototype house, via entrepreneurship training at MIT! Speakers include Lucy Fraser, head of innovation, Albyn Enterprises & Prof Angus Watson, RDI Director NHS Highland. Chaired by Vicki Hazley, HIE.
09.50 - 10.501st Floor Science Show TheatreFundingHow to develop a value proposition to grow your businessKnowledge Transfer NetworkHaving a well developed and tested proposition can positively impact your business growth and productivity. This session will help you articulate, test and refine your value proposition, ensuring your business model is clear and coherent using a simple framework. This session will also outline the funding and finance landscape, explaining the differences between debt and equity financing and exploring options available at the different stages of the business growth journey. Presented by Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding and Finance, Knowledge Transfer Network
09.50 - 11.201st Floor Whispering DishesPitchfest #GoDoPitch: How to deliver the perfect pitchEntrepreneurial SparkDo you struggle to explain your business in 60 seconds? Does the thought of pitching give you a sick feeling in your stomach, and feeling weak at the knees? Well come to the #GoDoPitch session to learn about creating the right content, using a structure and perfecting your delivery so that you can deliver a perfect pitch for any business situation! Speakers include Mel Sherwood, Grow your Potential
11.30 - 12.30AuditoriumDigitalHow to understand future digital trends - cybersecurityInterfaceThis workshop invites delegate to hear about the latest trends in cybersecurity from the Cyber Academy at Edinburgh Napier University and Scottish SME’s who have tapped into the expertise, facilities and resources that Scotland’s world class Higher Education Institutions, to develop innovative digital solutions to improve cybersecurity. Speakers include Prof Bill Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University; Jamie Graves, Zone Fox and Martin Beaton, Cyber Security Network Integrator for Scotland.
11.30 - 12.30ClydeInnovationHow to ensure your values carry through to the design of your businessGlasgow City Council While the market place becomes ever more segmented there are increasing opportunities to maximise the benefit of a business’ core values, especially those prepared to embrace innovative design thinking. This session looks at how to ensure that the values your business was founded on are embedded and transmitted to your customers and your team. It will also look at how these values can make your business more resilient and sustainable. The session will hear from companies that have worked through this process and will invite you to explore how you could develop this in your own environment. The session aims to provide you with practical advice on how to develop values into opportunity.
11.30 - 12.30IMAXGrowthHow small can help big work wondersStandard LifeToday’s business world is evolving faster than ever. Changing technology and customer behaviour are creating a new economy, and with it – new opportunities. This is changing the relationship between large and small enterprises as larger organisations will only be sustainable and relevant by working with SMEs, who are renowned for their innovation and represent an important growth engine of our economy. It is important to build like-minded communities which create collaborative environments where people learn, share and shape their economic futures, creating a new growth ecosystem. If you have the ambition to grow, then this workshop is an opportunity to gain insight into the kind of specialist innovation expertise larger firms rely on, to understand how these collaborative communities are operating today and what the opportunities are for innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs. Including speakers from Standard Life
11.30 - 13.001st Floor Science Show TheatrePitchfest How to pitch for Scottish Edge fundingScottish EdgeThis session will help innovative, potential high growth businesses looking to enter the Scottish EDGE competition. With the deadline for the next round of funding just a week after Venturefest, this is the ideal opportunity to hear from companies who have already successfully bid for EDGE funding, and get guidance on how to complete the application and film the video pitch. Speakers include EDGE "alumni", Evelyn McDonald and Kevin Walls.
11.30 - 13.001st Floor Whispering DishesPitchfest Pitch your Problem: How to harness the power of the networkSaltire FoundationAn interactive session featuring a live demonstration of the power of a strong network in overcoming barriers to growth. SME leaders will share their current business challenges and invite the audience to work together to identify potential solutions.
12.45 - 13.45IMAXDigitalHow to understand future digital trends - gamificationInterface“Gamification” is one of those buzzwords often used but frequently misunderstood. Applying the principles of gameplay to designing your customer experience can lead to increased engagement, provide a better learning experience and environment and offer instant feedback. Interface will host a workshop which will open up opportunities for Scottish SMEs to learn from world-leading academic institutions, with practical examples of how businesses have already done so with fantastic results. Speakers include Dr Iain Donald, Abertay University & Ronan Quigley, Space Budgie.
13.00 - 14.001st Floor Whispering DishesGrowthHow to increase value and improve productivity through operations managementUniversity of Strathclyde’s Institute for Operations ManagementMoving from a low-cost to high-value proposition is essential for UK businesses that want to thrive and compete internationally. Improving productivity, enabling a networked view across value and supply chains, the implementation of innovation through effective leadership and, culture and change management are key drivers of successful operations management. In this session, delegates will hear from representatives from Strathclyde Institute of Operations Management (SIOM) to gain insights through an interactive and thought provoking session. In doing so they will learn how successful operations management can create robust and sustainable organisations capable of coping with and benefiting from change.
13.00 - 14.00ClydeFundingHow to understand lending for impact: inside the mind of the investorSocial Investment ScotlandDeveloping and growing a business which balances both financial and social return is rapidly becoming mainstream. Driven by millennials seeking to include purpose and value in the careers and a legacy for the future Social Businesses embed social value in their DNA. Many believe that in time accounts reporting will include both financial and social performance as standard. But what is a social business and how do they secure finance currently and in the future? What is social impact – how do you capture and report it and just as important, how do you secure finance and investment to growth and develop? This session examines the world of lending for impact where making a profit and a difference are bed fellows. Find out how angel investors are taking an interest in this space, how tax incentives are encouraging the market and how impact is an investible proposition.
14.10 - 15.10IMAXPlenaryPlenary/Keynote Session 2Scottish EnterpriseChaired by Keith Aitken, featuring address by Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work on "Designing Achievement: Becoming a World-leading Entrepreneurial and Innovative Nation"; Kevin Baughan, Chief Development Officer, Innovate UK; Charlie Rohan, Senior Director User Centred Design, NCR on "Anyone, anytime, anyplace! Designing products for over 7m people."
15.15 - 16.15IMAXDigitalHow to reach new customers onlineGoogle Google trainers will lead participants through the process of making their businesses more visible online so new customers can find them. As a result, delegates will better understand the cornerstones of digital marketing, and learn how to use online marketing tools to reach prospective customers. Presented by Ade Bambgbala
15.15 - 16.15AuditoriumInnovationHow to create and embed a culture of employee-driven innovationScottish EnterpriseThis session will stimulate participants to consider how they can introduce and embed a culture of employee driven workplace innovation. They will learn the benefits, for both business and employees, of the type of organisational culture and environment where staff use and develop their full range of knowledge, skills, experience and creativity in their day to day work. Evidence shows this leads to inclusive growth, improved productivity and an enhanced quality of working life.
15.15 - 16.15ClydeGrowthHow to maximise opportunities within your supply chainGlasgow City CouncilThis session looks at the impact that innovation and design thinking can have in re-shaping the relationships that you have with the people and organisations that you currently work with. The evidence demonstrating the positive commercial impact achieved by businesses which embrace design-led thinking is compelling. This session will feature organisations which have used design thinking and innovation to create products and markets by collaborating with all parts of the supply chain, with an emphasis on showing how to! Including speakers from Scottish Power
15.15 - 16.451st Floor Science Show TheatrePitchfest how to pitch for funding - the EIE wayInformatics Ventures/Young Company FinanceThis session will be a Masterclass in pitching best practice. Starting with an outline of the investment landscape by Jonathan Harris of Young Company Finance, followed by examples of high-quality, real-life pitches in front of a panel of genuine investors. Audience participation is guaranteed with plenty of opportunity to quiz the pitchers and vote for your favourite at the end of the session.

Session Detail

09:00 - 09:40 Plenary/Keynote Session 1

Theme: Plenary

Location: IMAX

Session Coordinator: Scottish Enterprise

Synopsis: Chaired by Keith Aitken, address by Adrian Gillespie and keynote by Chris van der Kuyl, chairman of 4J Studios.

09.50 - 10.50 How to transfer your business through digital innovation

Theme: Digital

Location: IMAX

Session Coordinator: Knowledge Transfer Network

Synopsis: Whether you want to start capturing and analysing big data to engage your customers more profitably, or perhaps want to use the web to deploy an omni-channel strategy, digital innovation can be very confusing and potentially expensive. In this session, we introduce 3 companies that have effectively used digital innovation to change how they do business. They’ll be sharing their experiences as well as providing tips and advice for collaborating with digital innovators.

09.50 - 10.50 How to identify innovative opportunities and avoid innovation killers

Theme: Innovation

Location: Clyde

Session Coordinator: Scottish Enterprise

Synopsis: Fear, lack of focus, engine failure, the wrong ROI and a reluctance to invest have been identified as common barriers or innovation killers. An engaging and enlightening workshop featuring real-life case studies of businesses talking honestly about innovation and the barriers they have faced, plus guidance on how to harness support to maximise innovative opportunities. Speakers include Jim Watson, director of innovation SE and Steve Carden from PA Consulting.

09.50 - 10.50 How to bring disruptive innovation to the third sector

Theme: Innovation

Location: Café

Session Coordinator: Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Synopsis: The global ‘care’ sector is complex by virtue of sheer number of stakeholders and the public/private sector mix. Albyn Housing, a Highlands based social enterprise, is currently taking on the challenge of bringing public and private sector together to deliver the next generation of smart social housing. This represents a radical approach to social housing, which has to date largely public sector led, with the private sector capitalising on demand. Key players in Albyn’s project team are the NHS, private sector technology providers and local councils. This session will explore the barriers and opportunities for disruptive innovation in care by following the journey of this truly collaborative venture, from inception to the build of the first prototype house, via entrepreneurship training at MIT! Speakers include Lucy Fraser, head of innovation, Albyn Enterprises & Prof Angus Watson, RDI Director NHS Highland. Chaired by Vicki Hazley, HIE.

09.50 - 10.50 How to develop a value proposition to grow your business

Theme: Funding

Location: 1st Floor Science Show Theatre

Session Coordinator: Innovate UK

Synopsis: Having a well developed and tested proposition can positively impact your business growth and productivity. This session will help you articulate, test and refine your value proposition, ensuring your business model is clear and coherent using a simple framework. This session will also outline the funding and finance landscape, explaining the differences between debt and equity financing and exploring options available at the different stages of the business growth journey. Presented by Ian Tracey, Head of Access to Funding and Finance, Knowledge Transfer Network

09.50 - 10.50 #GoDoPitch: How to deliver the perfect pitch

Theme: Pitchfest

Location: 1st Floor WhispDish

Session Coordinator: Entrepreneurial Spark

Synopsis: Do you struggle to explain your business in 60 seconds? Does the thought of pitching give you a sick feeling in your stomach, and feeling weak at the knees? Well come to the #GoDoPitch session to learn about creating the right content, using a structure and perfecting your delivery so that you can deliver a perfect pitch for any business situation! Speakers include Mel Sherwood, Grow your Potential

15.15 - 16.15 How to reach new customers online

Theme: Digital

Location: IMAX

Session Coordinator: Google

Synopsis: Google trainers will lead participants through the process of making their businesses more visible online so new customers can find them. As a result, delegates will better understand the cornerstones of digital marketing, and learn how to use online marketing tools to reach prospective customers. Presented by Ade Bambgbala

14.10 - 15.10 Plenary/Keynote Session 2

Theme: Plenary

Location: IMAX

Session Coordinator: Scottish Enterprise

Synopsis: Chaired by Keith Aitken, address by Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work: Kevin Baughan, Chief Development Officer, Innovate UK.

13.00 - 14.00 How to use lending for impact: understanding social impact investment

Theme: Funding

Location: Clyde

Session Coordinator: Social Investment Scotland

Synopsis: Developing and growing a business which balances both financial and social return is rapidly becoming mainstream. Driven by millennials seeking to include purpose and value in the careers and a legacy for the future Social Businesses embed social value in their DNA. Many believe that in time accounts reporting will include both financial and social performance as standard. But what is a social business and how do they secure finance currently and in the future? What is social impact – how do you capture and report it and just as important, how do you secure finance and investment to growth and develop? This session examines the world of lending for impact where making a profit and a difference are bed fellows. Find out how angel investors are taking an interest in this space, how tax incentives are encouraging the market and how impact is an investible proposition.

13.00 - 14.00 How to increase value and improve productivity through operations management

Theme: Growth

Location: 1st Floor WhispDish

Session Coordinator: Strathclyde University

Synopsis: Moving from a low-cost to high-value proposition is essential for British manufacturing-based organisations who want to thrive and compete internationally. Improving productivity, enabling a networked view across value and supply chains and the implementation of innovation through effective leadership, culture and change management are key drivers of successful operations management. In this session, delegates will hear from experts in manufacturing and representatives from the Strathclyde Institute of Operations Management to gain insights into best practice through industry-based case studies. In doing so they will learn how successful operations management can create robust and sustainable organisations capable of coping with and benefiting from change.

13.00 - 14.00 How to understand future digital trends - gamification

Theme: Digital

Location: Auditorium

Session Coordinator: Interface

Synopsis: “Gamification” is one of those buzzwords often used but frequently misunderstood. Applying the principles of gameplay to designing your customer experience can lead to increased engagement, provide a better learning experience and environment and offer instant feedback. Interface will host a workshop which will open up opportunities for Scottish SMEs to learn from world-leading academic institutions, with practical examples of how businesses have already done so with fantastic results. Speakers include Dr Iain Donald, Abertay University & Ronan Quigley, Space Budgie.

11.30 - 13.00 Pitch your Problem: How to harness the power of the network

Theme: Pitchfest

Location: Café

Session Coordinator: Saltire Foundation

Synopsis: An interactive session featuring a live demonstration of the power of a strong network in overcoming barriers to growth. SME leaders will share their current business challenges and invite the audience to work together to identify potential solutions.

11.30 - 13.00 How to pitch for Scottish Edge funding

Theme: Pitchfest

Location: 1st Floor Science Show Theatre

Session Coordinator: Scottish Edge

Synopsis: This session will help innovative, potential high growth businesses looking to enter the Scottish EDGE competition. With the deadline for the next round of funding just a week after Venturefest, this is the ideal opportunity to hear from companies who have already successfully bid for EDGE funding, and get guidance on how to complete the application and film the video pitch. Speakers include EDGE “alumni”, Evelyn McDonald and Kevin Walls.

11.30 - 12.30 How small can help big work wonders

Theme: Growth

Location: IMAX

Session Coordinator: Standard Life

Synopsis: Today’s business world is evolving faster than ever. Changing technology and customer behaviour are creating a new economy, and with it – new opportunities. This is changing the relationship between large and small enterprises as larger organisations will only be sustainable and relevant by working with SMEs, who are renowned for their innovation and represent an important growth engine of our economy. It is important to build like-minded communities which create collaborative environments where people learn, share and shape their economic futures, creating a new growth ecosystem. If you have the ambition to grow, then this workshop is an opportunity to gain insight into the kind of specialist innovation expertise larger firms rely on, to understand how these collaborative communities are operating today and what the opportunities are for innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs. Including speakers from Standard Life

11.30 - 12.30 How to ensure your values carry through to the design of your business

Theme: Innovation

Location: Clyde

Session Coordinator: Glasgow City Council

Synopsis: While the market place becomes ever more segmented there are increasing opportunities to maximise the benefit of a business’ core values, especially those prepared to embrace innovative design thinking. This session looks at how to ensure that the values your business was founded on are embedded and transmitted to your customers and your team. It will also look at how these values can make your business more resilient and sustainable. The session will hear from companies that have worked through this process and will invite you to explore how you could develop this in your own environment. The session aims to provide you with practical advice on how to develop values into opportunity.

11.30 - 12.30 How to understand future digital trends - cybersecurity

Theme: Digital

Location: Auditorium

Session Coordinator: Interface

Synopsis: This workshop invites delegate to hear about the latest trends in cybersecurity from the Cyber Academy at Edinburgh Napier University and Scottish SME’s who have tapped into the expertise, facilities and resources that Scotland’s world class Higher Education Institutions, to develop innovative digital solutions to improve cybersecurity.Speakers include Prof Bill Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University & Jamie Graves, Zone Fox.

15.15 - 16.15 How to create and embed a culture of employee-driven innovation

Theme: Innovation

Location: Auditorium

Session Coordinator: Scottish Enterprise

Synopsis: This session will stimulate participants to consider how they can introduce and embed a culture of employee driven workplace innovation. They will learn the benefits, for both business and employees, of the type of organisational culture and environment where staff use and develop their full range of knowledge, skills, experience and creativity in their day to day work. Evidence shows this leads to inclusive growth, improved productivity and an enhanced quality of working life.

15.15 - 16.15 How to maximise opportunities within your supply chain

Theme: Growth

Location: Clyde

Session Coordinator: Glasgow City Council

Synopsis: This session looks at the impact that innovation and design thinking can have in re-shaping the relationships that you have with the people and organisations that you currently work with. The evidence demonstrating the positive commercial impact achieved by businesses which embrace design-led thinking is compelling. This session will feature organisations which have used design thinking and innovation to create products and markets by collaborating with all parts of the supply chain, with an emphasis on showing how to! Including speakers from Scottish Power

15.15 - 17.00 How to pitch for funding - the EIE way

Theme: Pitchfest

Location: 1st Floor Science Show Theatre

Session Coordinator: Informatics Ventures/Young Company Finance

Synopsis: This session will be a Masterclass in pitching best practice. Starting with an outline of the investment landscape by Jonathan Harris of Young Company Finance, followed by examples of high-quality, real-life pitches in front of a panel of genuine investors. Audience participation is guaranteed with plenty of opportunity to quiz the pitchers and vote for your favourite at the end of the session.

VentureJam 2016 – the pitch competition

What happens when you bring together 40 young hipsters, hackers and hustlers for 48 hours to ‘jam’ new ideas to change the world? They innovate, they co-design, they co-create. VentureJam is the first official youth strand for any Venturefest event. A month ago, five teams of young people, aged 14-20, came together in an interactive, hack-style event to brainstorm new digital solutions to tackle air pollution – an issue that contributes to thousands of premature deaths in the UK each year. In this session, you will hear quick fire pitches from the top three teams–shortlisted by our VentureJam mentors (gurus from the world of television, gaming, design and engineering) and their peers. This nail-biting final pitch session will be facilitated by Alastair Davis, Chief Executive at Social Investment Scotland with a prize awarded for the winning idea. Come and support Venturejam – you might just witness the next big thing…

VentureJam is a Glasgow City of Science programme run in partnership in 2016 with Young Scot and SEPA. VentureJam 2016 was supported by Scottish Government, SEPA, Glasgow City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, Scotland’s Environment Web, Murgitroyd, Perceptive Communicators, Social Investment Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre. Mentoring support was provided by BBC Scotland, FUSE Technology, Glasgow School of Art, CENSIS, Twenty Squares and Coder Dojo Scotland.