Keynote speakers announced for Venturefest Yorkshire

Keynote speakers announced for Venturefest Yorkshire

Venturefest Yorkshire has announced the keynote speakers for this year’s event, including serial entrepreneurs, successful business people and some of the most innovative minds in the country.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Creative Crossover’. Innovators, investors and entrepreneurs will meet to network, do business and be inspired.

Organised by Make It York and sponsored by Innovate UK, the line-up of speakers will include Tim Leigh, sales & marketing director at Stage One.  Audiences will hear first-hand from Tim about the Tockwith-based company’s journey as it designed and produced the 2012 London Olympics cauldron.

Also sharing expertise with the audience will be Matthew Taylor, head of RSA - Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Matthew will be talking about creative crossover and the value to non-creative businesses of thinking and behaving in a more creative way.

Pip Jamieson, founder and CEO of The Dots, a professional networking platform, will discuss her creative business development journey setting up in Australia and then expanding the model to the UK.

Founder of FabLab London, Tony Fish, will focus on his recently opened Green FabLab and the FabLab movement in general. Kate Russell, author and technology reporter at BBC Click, will present on the future of technology. Kate has been writing about technology and the internet since 1995.

Completing the line-up will be Sir Eric Peacock, serial entrepreneur & Cambridge Leaders Board, knighted in 2003 for his services to international trade and Kevin Baughan, Innovate UK Director of Innovation.

In addition to keynote speakers, workshops and panel debates, Venturefest Yorkshire will offer delegates the chance to view and test products and services at the cutting-edge of Yorkshire’s business scene.

Kate Russell said: “People often ask me how they can keep up with technology. The answer I give is; you can't! I work full time at it and struggle to stay on top of the latest news. Far from being a niche topic as it was when I started out in 1995, technology now touches every part of our lives. Events like this offer a rare opportunity to cherry-pick the important milestones and future innovations from the minds of people who've dedicated their lives to trying to keep up with the pace of technological change.”

Venturefest Yorkshire aims to support innovators and entrepreneurs, and to connect investors with those who are seeking investment.  The event is also designed to encourage collaboration, and enable people to connect.

Heather Niven, head of Science City York, said: “This is a top quality line-up of speakers; all experts in their field and all of whom can convey real examples of Creative Crossover in action.  Audiences will hear about futuristic predictions, stories of thinking creatively to solve business challenges, and a rich lively presentation of insights, lessons learned and the best and worst of developing a business.”


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