Event targets fast growing companies and start-ups

February 13, 2006

colin.holland-February 13, 2006

LONDON — Venturefest in Oxford in July is designed to provide guidance and resources for fast-growing, middle market and start-up organisations. This year's event is at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School on July 3 and 4.

In its 8th year, Venturefest brings together entrepreneurs, financiers, angels, scientists and supporters to promote enterprise ideas, introduce them to potential funding, encourage networking and explore the formation of new markets and business partnerships.

Alongside fund raising and how-to sessions for fast growth and start-up organisations, the event’s 2-day conference programme this year includes two new tracks: a focus on people; and exploring the new markets created by emerging enterprise giants, India and China.

Other sessions planned for Venturefest 2006 include presentations by companies seeking funding through some of the region’s most successful investment networks, including Oxfordshire Investment Opportunity Network, Thames Valley Investment Network, Finance South East Investor Showcase, Oxford Technology and Oxford Early Investments.

For the first time, Venturefest will be hosted by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School which was established in 1996

Launched in 1999 Venturefest was created to draw attention to Oxford’s commitment to new business innovation and growth, highlighting the area’s success in developing new technology and knowledge-based enterprise. Over time the event has increasingly developed regional, national and international status and is now one of the premium gatherings of its kind in the UK.

Some 1500 entrepreneurs, financiers, academics and business professionals attend the event held annually each summer in Oxfordshire. Previous venues have included Unipart headquarters, CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UKAEA at Culham and St Catherine’s College.

Venturefest 2006 sponsors include: Finance South East in association with SEEDA; University of Oxford; Oxfordshire County Council; Blake Lapthorn Linnell; Boult Wade Tennant; Isis Innovation; Oxford Brookes University; Oxford City Council and UK Trade & Investment.

Email the organisers for more information.

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