Want to Get Ahead in Business? Come to the Front says Kezia Williamson of KTN

Kezia Williamson, Knowledge Transfer Manager at KTN, argues that if you want to get ahead in business, you need to get engaged and join the conversation. 

Come to the front. The cry was not given by friends, in a dim and distant past, with an unforgettable act on stage, but recently at the Investing Women conference and it struck a chord. A similar phrase has been used by the high-profile advocate of women in business, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) in her book ‘Lean In’, where she talks about the necessity to “sit at the table” not stand quietly at the side of the room. The message isn’t just for women, it holds true for anyone wanting to get ahead in business; you need to move away from the side-lines and get engaged in the conversation. You need to make the most of every opportunity. A fitting mantra for life, not just conferences, but it’s a good place to start!

Where do you start with making the most of the opportunities presented to you at Venturefest Scotland? With an innovation showcase, meet the experts, pitching, high-profile plenaries and focused workshops on offer. Not to mention the unparalleled networking opportunities of 1000s of Scotland’s brightest and best innovative minds in a single venue, you are literally spoilt for choice.

You might see some obvious choices for you on the programme but make sure you take a look at some of the less obvious choices too. At the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) we understand that the most exciting innovations often happen in the least expected places. Bringing together people who wouldn’t ordinarily meet is our raison d’être and we continually see amazing results. One such local example is Anacail, a University of Glasgow Astrophysics Department spin out. KTN helped Anacail to understand new applications for extending food shelf life and improving food safety, by making strategic introductions to companies in the food sector and providing support to get funding. They now have significant venture capital backing and have a successful food packaging product.

Take Industry 4.0 as an example. It brings together the buzzwords of the internet of things, artificial intelligence and autonomous robots. There is a lot of excitement around the potential of these technologies but what do they really mean in practice for most businesses? Are they still just phrases waiting for their moment in a science fiction film of tomorrow?  Our one-of-a-kind Wheel of (Industry) “Fourtune” will be making its debut at Venturefest Scotland 2017 to demonstrate how the technologies of Industry 4.0 can be applied across a whole host of sectors. Want to see what the opportunities are for your business? Come along and spin the wheel!

Google is famous for their relaxed working spaces with areas for employees to embrace work, rest and play. This is no gimmick or accident; it is a concerted effort by the company to boost its success by having a healthy, creative workforce that delivers the innovation they need to maintain and grow their market position. As one of the most profitable companies in the world they know a thing or two about how to be successful. The power of fun and creativity has worked for them and we are adopting the same principles to the Venturefest Scotland programme to deliver insightful and thought provoking content in an engaging and interactive way. The Wheel of (Industry) “Fourtune” is just one of the ways we are shaking things up at Venturefest Scotland 2017. Innovation isn’t just the topic for the day, it underpins everything about Venturefest, from content to delivery. It’s about learning and inspiring in a happy, fun environment and the process is definitely two-way. Who will be the unusual suspect that you will meet and transform your business?

So, don’t wait, come to the front and register your interest, sign up to the innovation showcase, and join the conversation.



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