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2016 Programme The greatest gathering of innovators, entrepreneurs & investors in Yorkshire 16th Nov 2016 | York Racecourse

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02 – Sponsors

Welcome to

Venturefest Welcome to Venturefest Yorkshire 2016, in its 12th year, but under the new ownership of Make It York, an organistion now embracing Science City York.

The location may be York but the organising team have worked hard to ensure it is an event for the whole county of Yorkshire and we are pleased to see delegates, exhibitors and speakers from across the region. Our brief was also to freshen the event up and we have put a lot of effort into building new things into the programme for the day. We make no apologies for the fact that there is more content and activity today than you will be to take in – you simply won’t be able to do everything. This guide is therefore designed to help you prioritise and plan your day, James Newman Chair of Organising Team

enabling you to choose from our menu of keynote speakers, seminars, competitions, training workshops and, of course, the exhibition. A special mention for the exhibitors who are segmented into ‘zones’ to help you focus in on particular areas of interest. There are over 100 stands and they reflect the broad spectrum of innovation and enterprise from across the region. Two of the highlights of the day are our ‘Pitchfest’ and ‘Innovation Showcase’ competitions. They form the essence of what the Venturefest concept is all about : giving a platform for new business ideas and enabling innovators and entrepreneurs to meet up with real investors. There are many examples from the previous 11 years of Venturefest of successful, new companies being created. From a record number of entries for both competitions, we are sure there will be some new successes today. The day will conclude with something of a party. There will be beer, curry and some special entertainment and a further opportunity to network. It starts at 17:00, please stay around for an hour or so before you leave for home. With the onset of Brexit, it is even more important that the country, and therefore the county of Yorkshire, puts creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation at the heart of economic activity. Future growth will only come from investors, entrepreneurs and innovators working collaboratively together and we hope that Venturefest Yorkshire can play a significant part in helping that process. On behalf of the organising team, thank you to everyone – exhibitors, suppliers, sponsors and delegates – who have combined to make today possible. We hope you have a valuable, stimulating and enjoyable day.

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Investors Lounge




Fourth Google Garage Sky masterclass

Voltigeur Suite



Club Lounge

Agri Food

Second Innovation Showcase Posters ASFF Film Lounge



Creative & Digital

Innovation around Yorkshire

Guild of Media Arts


Pitchfest Elevator


First Donut Den Meet the Experts 1-2-1 Networking

M1 Innovation Showcase

Ground Professional Services Sponsors Registration Desks Universities Cafe Pop-Up Eagle Lab Stage

04 – Floorplan


Outside Terrace Cars DIT Truck Balloon Taxi

Five Floors of Themed Zones : The opportunity to meet like-minded people, share ideas and leave feeling inspired.

Innovation around Yorkshire

Creative + Digital

Innovation Showcase


Showcasing the regions Incubators, Growth Hubs and Local Enterprise Partnerships

A display of digital media and creative arts from across Yorkshire.

20 new and exciting competition winners showing their ideas for the very first time

Sit with one of our experts and get 1 to 1 advice. Two sessions in our ‘Donut Den’ on the first floor; Finance 11–12am and Skills 3–4pm

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Bio Synergy

Professional Services


Agri Food

Yorkshire companies leading the way in Biological Sciences

The businesses who support business and growth in Yorkshire. From finance to legal advice, coaching, mentoring and training.

Universities from around Yorkshire showcasing their specialisms and spin-outs

Showcasing the thriving Yorkshire Agri-Food and Agri-Tech industries

Lazenby Brown See Green Saville AV Business Quarter York Racecourse York St John University Eagle i York Data services Exact Exhibitions

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Our partners

Creative Partner Web Partner AV Partner Media Partner Venue & Catering Elevator Design Communication Training Wifi & Data Shell & Electrical


Floorplan – 05

Meet the Advisory Board : Drawn from across Yorkshire and across industry sectors, our Advisory Board have overseen the development of the event and the programme. A big thankyou to all involved.

06 – Meet the Advisors

James Newman Advisory Board Chair

Paula Rogers-Brown KTN Venturefest Network Manager

Chris Danks KTN Plants and Crops

Anne Taylor See Green & York Professionals

After a career as Finance Director for various FTSE companies, James became Chairman of Sheffield City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in 2010. James also sits on Finance Yorkshire’s board.

Paula links with both sponsors, Innovate UK and the wider Venturefest network. The KTN has specialist teams covering all sectors, including defence, aerospace, creative industries, the built environment, biotechnology and robotics.

Chris has led on connecting with our important Agri-food sector and all the companies and organisations you can meet in the Agri-food Zone and is chairing our ‘Agri-Food Hour’ in Box B at 11:00-12:00. Chris is also the Chair of Science City York.

See Green developed and hosted the Venturefest website. Anne is also chair of York Professionals. Since 2008 See Green have been fufilling a passion for creating high-quality, creative and engaging websites.

Prof. Peter Cowling Digital Creativity Labs, University of York

Sarah Clinch Humber LEP

Ian Sharp DHEZ Bradford

Mark Fordyce York Data Services

Head of the Digital Creativity Labs, an £18 million initiative for research in digital technologies, creating a world centre of excellence for impact driven research in games and interactive media.

Sarah develops sector plans for the digital, food and visitor economy sectors, leads on promoting business growth through the design, delivery and coordination of business and innovation support.

CEO of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone programme, a £13 million partnership between the University of Bradford, BT, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the UK government.

York Data Services is a leading internet service provider connecting York businesses to their national gigabit network and data centres. YDS are also supplying our WiFi at York Racecourse.

Dean Cook Innovate UK

James Devitt 3M BIC and Huddersfield University

Steve Brown Make It York

Heather Niven Science City York

Dean Cook joined Innovate UK in May 2014 as a Lead Technologist for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sector Team. He was previously Head of Science Strategy at DEFRA.

The purpose-built 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield facilitates business growth, encourages business to academia collaboration and actively promotes innovation.

Steve is the MD of Make It York, the city’s destination management organisation. Science City York is now a part of Make It York.

Supporting Bioscience, Creative and IT and Digital businesses, SCY works to generate networking opportunities and create new possibilities for science based companies in and around Yorkshire.

Dermot Boylan Programme Manager

Andrew Sharp Make It York Business Team

Now heading up the Venturefest team at Make It York, Dermot was previously responsible for the very successful ‘ELRIG Drug Discovery’ series of events, amongst others over the last 10 years.

Andrew heads up Make It York’s business support services and is responsible for the York Means Business and Visit York 4 Meetings brands. Andrew is also on the board of York Professionals.

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Meet the Financial Experts

Use the opportunity to get some free, expert financial and business advice. 11:00-12:00 in the Donut Den.

Scott Murphy Hiscox Futures

Steve Cowles UKEF

Ian Tracey KTN

Barry James Crowdfunding Centre

Scott Murphy joined Hiscox as Propositions Manager in the summer of 2016. As part of Hiscox Futures, Hiscox’s innovation team, Scott is responsible for researching, analysing and building exciting customer propositions to improve the customer experience of insurance. Prior to this, Scott spent two years at RateSetter in London and four years at the consumer champion Which?

In his current role of Export Finance Adviser for UK Export Finance the UK’s Export Credit Agency, Steve assists companies of all sizes in the financing of their exports and mitigating their payment risk. He is a local point of contact to introduce exporters or businesses with export potential to finance providers, credit insurers, insurance brokers, trade support bodies and sources of government support.

Ian helps companies to identify the most suitable form of funding; grants, investment, lending etc. to allow them to grow. Part of the team is responsible for the Venturefest Network. Ian is also the Secretary General for the CERN HEPTech, the IP network covering 26 institutes across 16 countries: connecting industry and researchers in Physics.

Barry is a published writer/author and expert in Funding, Finance and Fintech and well known as an advocate for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship, with a background as a serial Tech Entrepreneur and investor. He has been consulted by the FT, The Times, Reuters and the BBC and writes regularly for Business Zone, Real Business, Crowdfund Insider and The Bankless Times.

Julian Horrocks Expert Mentor

Peter Beresford RedSky

Annie Hunter Consultant

Kezia Willamson KTN

Julian has over twelve years experience of mentoring start ups and SMEs and has mentored over sixty entrepreneurs and business owners on a voluntary and paid basis.

Peter was employed for 27 years by Barclays as a corporate manager and in several team leadership roles before establishing RedSky in 2003. His expertise is in financial management, raising finance and general financial and business advice. Additionally, Peter has established and run several large teams and therefore has an extensive background in training and development as well as strategic planning.

Annie has 30 years’ experience in both multinational blue chip and SME businesses (incorporating end to end value chain responsibility for NPD, manufacturing, marketing & sales & supply chain functions) in International, VP and MD roles. Also has hands on expertise in business start-up, acquisition/ exit and turnaround. She has sat on the boards of industry bodies and held a number of public / NGO and voluntary appointments.

Kezia is an experienced knowledge transfer manager, specialising in business innovation and development through access to funding and finance. She has facilitated numerous new collaborations and assisted companies and consortia to secure vital innovation funding.

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Meet the Skills Experts

Use the opportunity to get some free, expert skills advice. 15:00-16:00 in the Donut Den.

Jen Vincent Skills Expert, LEP

Ros Jones Action Coach

Richard Hall Founder, Pd-m

Jo Burgess York St John University

Jenny joined the LEP from her previous role as Employer Advisor working for the Department for Work and Pensions for over 22 years. During this time, Jenny managed a number of high impact initiatives such as Sector Based Work Academies, Universal Jobmatch, and led in the Care Sector recruitment for the Humber, gaining a national customer service award.

Over the last 3 years, Ros has helped over 40 business owners achieve their goals, and take their business to the next level. In 2016, her clients have achieved double and triple-digit growth in profitability, accomplished through improvements in sales, marketing, team training, systems development and strategic planning.

Pd-m is a leading product design, innovation and manufacturing consultancy based in Ripon. Since being established in 2005 Pd-m have worked with a range of clients including entrepreneurs, start-ups, SME’s, manufacturers, Universities and the NHS. The range of products Richard has worked with are diverse and include medical, healthcare, industrial, product and nursery.

Jo Burgess joined York St John University as Careers and Opportunities Manager in 2016. Prior to her appointment, she was Business Growth Manager at Make It York, leading on the development of business and education partnerships. She has also held positions at City Of York Council as Head of the Apprenticeship Recruitment Service and Global Manufacturing Firm Rosti McKechnie as Head of HR.

Rachel Clarke Wrapped Agency

Steve Tywnham Networking Expert

Annie Hunter How2

Alastair Gardener DIT

Rachel Clark is cofounder and brand director at The Wrapped Agency, a strategic marketing agency that embraces the extraordinary. She has over 17 years of experience creating and promoting brands including Red Bull, Marks and Spencer and Savills. Rachel currently leads PR, brand and social strategy for growing businesses large and small across the North.

Steve is a partner with NetworkB2B supporting and developing the business networking skills for members of the organisation across the Yorkshire and The North East. He is also an Inspirational broadcaster presenting Inspire on North Yorkshire’s Vale Radio, producing and presenting NetworkB2B podcasts, helping businesses connect, share information and grow.

Annie delivers a nationwide programme of HOW2 Actionable Advice seminars on evergreen business topics at events around the UK hosted by Trade and industry Associations, Universities, Chambers of Commerce, Science Parks, Economic Dev. Departments as well as Business Clubs/Networks and Banking-Financial Institutions. Annie also delivers CPD training to members of the Institute of Financial Accountants.

Alastair Gardner is an International Trade Adviser for DIT Yorkshire and the Humber and sector lead for Agritech. Alastair has many years of experience in assisting Yorkshire companies with their international objectives.

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Meet the Speakers : Keynote Speakers

Quick Fire

Session Chairs

10 – Meet the Speakers

Kevin Baughan 10:00

Sir Eric Peacock 10:30

Pip Jamieson 12:00

Matthew Taylor 12:30

We live, work and play in an innovation economy and as a result our future prosperity is now dependent on our ability to continuously deliver better outcomes for consumers, businesses and society. Where do the opportunities for innovation come from and how do they differ in their journeys from concept to commercialisation?

Eric will be sharing insights from his entrepreneurial journey both nationally and internationally. He will focus on the impact of how employee engagement has delivered competitive advantage, innovation, creativity and awesome customer service.

Pip Jamieson will share her extraordinary start-up journey from quitting her dream job at MTV, sinking her life savings into co-founding her first creative business in Australia. Pip will give a very honest account of the 10 invaluable lessons she’s learnt along the way that have helped make The Dots a lovemark for its users.

In this new world of Brexit, Matthew will be challenging our Creative industries to think about how we can spread the benefits of innovation and collaboration to reach those in the community who currently don’t reap the rewards. How can Creative Crossover directly impact communities and not just the universities or innovation opportunists?

Dominic Colenso 15:00

James Talbot 15:15

Learn simple tips and tricks to bring your pitch to life and ensure that you get remembered for all the right reasons!

Using his experience gained through 3 successful crowd funding campaign, James will talk through the positives and negatives of a crowd funding campaign, helping you decide if it is the right route for your product. He will also provide insights in how to make it a smooth and successful campaign experience.

Prof. Mike Raxworthy Bioscience

Greg McGee Creative

Amanda Lennon Business

Jo Burgess Skills

Mike Raxworthy is Chief Executive of the medical technology company Neotherix. Prior to founding Neotherix in 2007, he spent 11 years with Smith & Nephew and has also held positions with 3M Health Care and Pfizer, leading to 30 years’ experience in tissue repair and regenerative medicine gained through academic and industrial roles.

Co-founder of contemporary gallery According to McGee and charity New Visuality, Greg McGee is dedicated to bringing exposure to innovative, independent art, sourcing artists from the UK

A passionate connector of people and market opportunities Amanda works with companies of all sizes, start-up to multi-national, to identify and validate new products and services, new solutions to end-user problems, and commercialisation strategies.

As Careers and Student Opportunities Manager, Jo leads a team who work hard to design and deliver creative, innovative and current Careers Education, Advice and Guidance to ensure students are successful in life after York St John, be it through gaining employment, going on to further study or setting up their own enterprise

Keynote Speakers

Quick Fire

Session Chairs

Kate Russell 14:00

Tim Leigh 14:30

Tony Fish 16:00

Jonathan Elvidge 16:30

Journalist, reporter and author, Kate has been writing about technology and the Internet since 1995. Appearing regularly on BBC technology programme Click she is also a partnered Twitch streamer and speaks at conferences and lectures in schools and universities inspiring the next generation.

Extraordinary projects always start with an unusual phone call. Tim will describe his experience of estimating costs in the absence of detail, fighting the laws of physics and always wishing there was one more day. He will present insights from the secret world of Stage One and convince you that difficult is always preferable to easy.

Whilst our grandparents and even parents enjoyed working in a few jobs and probably one industry that option is not available for our kids and grandkids, so what does a value creating business look like by 2020?

Jonathan talks about how he left his secure job and with no retail or business experience opened a shop called The Gadget Shop in Hull. He recalls the rollercoaster business adventure and subsequent rise of RED5 ‘the ultimate gadget shop’, and explores lessons learnt along the way.

Dr Tom Jackson 15:30

Julian Blake 15:45

Cybula develops data mining and pattern recognition techniques, based on Machine Learning, Neural Networks and AI, which offer solutions for interrogating Big Data assets and turning this data into actionable information. The presentation will demonstrate how these techniques are being used in diverse commercial sectors and the impacts and benefits that are being achieved.

DigitalAgenda covers innovation that makes an impact on the way we live, learn and do business. Its UK-wide remit includes events across the north of England. Hear director and editor Julian Blake explain DigitalAgenda’s plans, including its Impact Awards, happening in March 2017

Chris Danks Agri-Food

Chrissie Gale Digital

Ian Tracey Finance

Ian Graham Innovation

Chris joined the KTN Agrifood Team following almost eight years as CEO of Forsite Diagnostics Ltd, and latterly CTO of Abingdon Health Group, following its acquisition of Forsite in 2014. Forsite Diagnostics was a spin out company, led by Chris following twelve years research as part of the Plant Health team at Food and Environment Research Agency (an executive agency of Defra).

Chrissie is a highly focused, articulate and driven businesswoman. As a self-starter, she holds a strong mix of multi-sector experience combined with a well-rounded and successful track record of sales, business development and people development.

Ian is Head of Access to Funding and Finance at the Knowledge Transfer Network. In this role he helps companies to identify the most suitable form of funding; grants, investment, lending etc. to allow them to grow. Part of the team is responsible for the Venturefest Network.

Ian is a change leader specialising in city and social innovation and works across both public and private sectors and has extensive experience in embedding innovation and leading business development and transformation. Ian is now a founding director of VIATIC, specialising in open innovation, collaborative co-production methods and leading cultural change within organisations.

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What will be happening? A grand Yorkshire gathering of business decision makers.


CLUB Lounge

DIT Export Hub

SKY Agile Masterclasses

5 floors of themed Zones:

An exclusive lounge for CLUB ticket holders. Lunch will be served, and refreshments are available all day. A comfortable, quieter space place to sit, chat and do business.

The Export Hub is the UK Department of Industry & Trade (DIT) mobile seminar and global connection centre. The truck will be parked outside the Knavesmire stand.

The team from Sky share insight into Agile software delivery. We will have TWO sessions: 11:00-12:30 and 15:00-16:30 in ‘Box A’ which is on the Fourth floor.

Pop-Up EAGLE Lab

Spectacular End of Day Show

Workshops and Seminars

1-2-1 Networking

Eagle Labs, sponsored by Barclays are Maker Spaces where you can design, create and make almost anything. Incubators give entrepreneurs and start ups access to state of the art workspaces.

During this time we will be entertained by a floorshow, with performers mingling with the crowd and culminating in a spectacular dance performance from ‘Feeding the Fish’ 17:00-18:00.

Sessions avaiable for Agri-Food, Bioscience Creative, Digital, Business, Finance, Skills and Innovation from 11:00-16:00.

Search, contact and arrange to meet with other registered delegates. via our free event App Make It York available for iOS and Android. Meeting spaces are in the “Donut Den” on the first floor.

The Elevator Pitches

Google Digital Garage

York Guild of Media Arts

Meet the Experts

1 investor - 1 business - 1 minute. It could just be the best minute of your life ! We are inviting real investors and real businesses to spend 1 minute behind closed doors in our (not real) elevator.

Free tutorials from Google on everything from your website to online marketing and beyond. Pick up the digital knowhow you need to make the most of the web, reach new customers and grow your business.

York’s new Guild of Media Arts is the first of its kind in the UK. Join us for a chat and a coffee on Mezzanine 2, in the Creative + Digital Zone.

An opportunity to meet experts in finance and skills and to get free advice. Sessions take place in the Donut Den. And yes there are free donuts!

Innovation Showcase Innovation Around Yorkshire Creative & Digital BioSynergy Agri-Food Universities Professional Services

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What is

Pitchfest? PitchFest is an investment competition with a £5,000 cash prize and 12 months of additional support to help the winner fulfil their business plan.

Live Finals 48 > 10 > 5 > 1

48 businesses applied, from all over Yorkshire. 10 businesses were short-listed by our panel. They joined us for a day long workshop packed with training and advice on how to shape up their propositions, presentations, and their pitches. All 10 were then invited to submit a 5 minute video-pitch, from which the panel selected 5 finalists, each of whom will now present their pitches live on stage, in front of you, our panel and the investors who have come along to hear their pitch and to meet them. 11:00–12:00 in the main auditorium, 3rd floor. Come along and show them your support; this is a brave thing they are doing!

Audience Voting

You will be invited to vote for your favourite finalist to receive the ‘people’s prize’ - a cheque for £1,000, kindly sponsored by the Youth Enterprise Service. Our panel will choose the overall winner. Presentations will take place at the closing ceremony, around 17:30, on the ground floor stage.

The Panel

Gorden Bateman Managing Director, Complete Resourcing, Chris Etherington Senior Manager (Entrepreneurs Fast Growth & Private Clients) Colin Glass Non-Executive Director, British Business Bank Simon Middleton Business Growth Manager, Make It York

The Finalists

Meet all of the Pitchfest finalists in the Innovation Showcase area of the exhibition; Mezzanine 1

Mark Walsh

Dr Stephen Smith

Rachael Dunseath

Kuljit Thiaray Desi High Street

Supply Box

Introducing Kwizzbit, a world first cross network interactive pub quiz. Venues can choose from a number of rounds and game types to engage their customers, drive footfall and encourage drinks sales while offering a unique solution to an age old tradition.

ClearSky have developed a medical device to diagnose and monitor Parkinson’s disease and related conditions. Combining off-the-shelf hardware with evolutionary algorithms in a matchbox-sized device that is safe, easy to use, and promises to improve the quality of life of patients, and save the NHS money.

Myroo is the UK’s first totally ‘free-from’ skincare brand. Formulated by an allergy sufferer for allergic, sensitive and problem skin. Natural, vegan and organic and free from gluten, nut and dairy. In fact, these products are free from all declarable cosmetic and food allergens and all known synthetic irritants.

Desi High Street® is an online marketplace for UK retailers of ethnic goods to retail in a similar way to Amazon Marketplace. Initially targeting the South Asian /Middle Eastern goods industry, Desi High Street have ambitions to grow into the UK’s first niche online platform for all things ethnic.

Supply Box are revolutionising the supply teaching industry by becoming the ethical “Uber” of education. Their innovative online platform will match schools with high-quality, self-employed supply teachers, saving schools money, helping teachers earn more and driving up quality in the classroom.

Rocket Horse Ltd (Kwizzbit)

ClearSky Medical Diagnostics

Myroo Skincare

Chloe Mortimer Myroo

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Showcase An opportunity for new start-ups (or even pre-start-up) to be supported to showcase their innovative business ideas at a major business event.

Entry was open to any kind of Yorkshire business or individual looking for early stage support to develop their innovative ideas.

The Innovation Showcase can be found at M1, please see page 04 for the floorplan.

Meet the Panel and Sponsor

38 businesses applied, from all across Yorkshire, and our panel awarded places to 20 finalists. The finalists were invited along to a workshop day, where they were given advice and coaching on how best to present their ideas their stand, themselves, and even how to design their free pop-up banner. Go and meet the finalists in the Innovation Showcase zone on Mezzanine 1. This is the place to see brand new ideas, businesses and people, many of whom are making their very first public appearance. There is also a competitive element, with a £1,000 cash prize being awarded by our panel to the participant that impresses them most on the day.

Matthew Churchill / Hiscox Richard Hall / Pd-m Sarah Bowes / LEP (Leeds City Region) Hannah Senior /PBS International

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The Finalists We’ve been through the applications, selection and workshop rounds, now we are delighted to announce that our Innovation Showcase finalists are...

14 – Innovation Showcase

Melport Plastics Ltd Vitamyn Textocracy Ltd Bright Ethics Letterbox Magic Becotix Ltd Medicsensors Ltd Mirrabook Development Trust CIC Threeful Ltd InspireIgnite

Trackit Lights More than just Medicine MUNIS Papersity Next Generation Aquaculture Ltd. Neotherix The Handbag Spa 4Innovation Research Pura panela JigTalk App Ltd

Steven Roberts Strategic Transformation Director at Barclays, said: “We’ve created the Barclays Eagle Labs because technology is transforming the speed at which start-ups can grow and scale. Simply having access to a 3D printer can now help people turn a clever idea into a business success overnight, and by providing practical resources along with our financial expertise we intend to help many businesses succeed. Please read below to find out more about our two propositions that we run within our Eagle Labs:

Our Eagle Labs Incubators give entrepreneurs and start-ups access to state of the art workspaces. With 24/7 access and a range of support services, including access to mentors and funding opportunities, we can help you take your business to the next level. Whether you are a start-up or scale up business you’ll be surrounded by a likeminded community with access to unique professional networks. As banking partner to some of the most disruptive and innovative businesses in the UK and beyond, we understand entrepreneurs and what it takes to help make a venture successful. For the ambitious entrepreneur growth can sometimes happen so quickly that you have little time to focus on your financial strategy - that’s why it’s so important to have a banking partner who can keep pace with your business. High-growth businesses like yours make a huge difference to the economy and to our day-to-day lives. From creating new jobs and new investment opportunities, to the innovations they bring, fast-moving highgrowth companies hold the potential to shape the future. To Find out where your nearest Eagle Lab Incubator is go to: labs.Barclays or entrepreneurs.barclays

Maker Spaces

Our Maker spaces are workshops where you can design, create and make almost anything. Whether you’re a business owner, student or simply like to make things, you can test you ideas using the latest technology including 3D printers and laser cutters. Eagle Labs community resources are for everybody. Come and Learn about new technology or host your own community events and workshops in our Labs. You can access the latest tools and equipment to create prototypes or simply network with like minded people. Everyone is welcome to create, learn and share. To find out where you nearest Maker Space is go to: labs.Barclays

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Networking You can search, connect and meet with other delegates via our mobile app. Create meetings at our Donut Den located on the 1st floor, and invite others here’s our step-by-step guide...

On a Mobile Device : Get the app: Make It York - free for iOS and Android When you download the app you will be asked to complete your profile by entering your name, contact details and the login/password of the eventflo account holder who made the booking. Once this is entered the ‘One2One’ link on the app main menu will activate and allow you to enter your meeting booking page... / Click on ‘Setup a Meeting’ / Choose time and place of your meeting / Use the search box to search for people to invite / Send invite email using ready-made invite The people you invite will receive an email requesting if they would like to accept or decline the invite. You will receive an automatic notification from the recipient and their status as accepted or declined will show in your admin area.

On a PC : / Login to your account and go to your booking / Click on ‘Setup a Meeting’ / Complete the form to choose time and place of meeting / Use the search box to search for people to invite / Send invite email using ready-made invite The people you invite will receive an email requesting if they would like to accept or decline the invite. You will receive an automatic notification from the recipient and their status as accepted or declined will show in your admin area.

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What is also

Going On... The Digital Garage from Google Sessions times: 10:00-10:45 / 14:00-14:45 BOX A on the 4th floor

Venturefest Yorkshire is very excited to be partnering up with The Digital Garage from Google. A digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online. Furthermore, a Google digital expert is here to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions.

Agile software delivery masterclasses The team from Sky share insight into Agile software delivery

Sessions times: 11:00-12.30 / 15:00-16:30 BOX A on the 4th floor

Sky live and breathe Agile and they are passionate about helping businesses pick up and implement a more agile way of working. Join them to hear from a number of key people who will describe how and where they fit in the software delivery process and their role in delivering high quality software. You will find out about how they work in squads and tribes and agile methodologies they have adapted to work for their team. The team will start with a quick introduction to Sky in Leeds then walk you through their process, highlighting key tools and techniques they use that that you could use in your organisation too. In true technology meet-up style, the masterclass will end with networking and the chance to pick the brains of team Sky about all things Agile and this way of working.

Have a go in The Elevator Try pitching your business in 1 minute. Get feedback, advice, and maybe even connection!

Our open ‘Have a Go’ session is between 15:00-16:00 on the 1st floor : go along and sign up now It could just be the best minute you ever spent. From 12:00-13:00 and 14:00-15:00 our Pitchfest and Innovation Showcase folks will be pitching to the experts and investors.

The DIT Export Hub To find out how DIT can help your business please get in touch on +44 (0) 300 365 1000 and come and speak to us at Venturefest Yorkshire!

The Department for International Trade (DIT) Yorkshire and the Humber supports and encourages businesses to trade internationally. Our 35 International Trade Advisers can give you free and impartial advice and support for your export strategy. Our advisers have a wealth of knowledge and experience working with businesses and have a private sector background covering a wide range of different sectors. They provide support through services tailored to your needs. Additionally DIT has a professional network of staff based in our Embassies and Consulates worldwide. Come and see us at the ‘Export Hub’, parked up outside the Knavesmire Stand.

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Santander UK plc. Registered Office: 2 Triton Square, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3AN, United Kingdom. Registered Number 2294747. Registered in England and Wales. www.santander.co.uk. Telephone 0800 389 7000. Calls may be recorded or monitored. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Our Financial Services Register number is 106054. You can check this on the Financial Services Register by visiting the FCA’s website www.fca.org.uk/register or by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768. Santander UK plc is also licensed by the Financial Supervision Commission of the Isle of Man for its branch in the Isle of Man. Deposits held with the Isle of Man branch are covered by the Isle of Man Depositors’ Compensation Scheme as set out in the Isle of Man Depositors’ Compensation Scheme Regulations 2010. In the Isle of Man, Santander UK plc’s principal place of business is at 19/21 Prospect Hill, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1ET. Santander and the flame logo are registered trademarks. MC0188_4 AUG 16 H


FREEDMAN PARTNERS - Whether you are a business in need of funding or an investor looking for an alternative investment vehicle, F&P go to great lengths to ensure your affairs are managed professionally and your best interests are foremost in our planning and management. The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending platform we use has built-in safety and security principles, which is why F&P are Accredited Sponsors. We look at potential borrower businesses, working with them to ensure their organisation is in the best possible shape before their loan case is offered to any lenders. This involves comprehensive due diligence and, where necessary, structural or financial adjustments to the business to ensure maximum security and reassurance for potential lenders.

SYNDICART - SyndicArt was founded to purchase, exhibit (and ultimately sell) collections of artwork. Original art and/or limited original prints from artist such as Zinsky, Stewart McAlpine Miller, Temper, Andy Warhol, Ronnie Wood, Bob Dylan and John Lennon have been purchased and form the basis of the first collection. The collection will be exhibited around the UK in prestigious locations with international exhibitions planned in New York State. SyndicArt offers the opportunity to purchase a portfolio of art and allows members to enjoy a wide range of benefits both financial and social. Whether you are interested in investing in art, owning art or just enjoying art please feel free to contact us.

DAY COOPER DAY - We set up Day Cooper Day to change the way that business owners and entrepreneurs think about and use their pensions. Pensions don’t have to be remote, inaccessible funds but should be available to use within your business. We make the most of up to date technology to keep administration and costs to a minimum without compromising the highest standards of technical advice. Our charges to you will be totally transparent. Our advice will be as bespoke as our clients are unique. We want to get to know you and your business and work together with your advisers to help you to succeed.

ICE CUBED CAPITAL - Ice Cubed Capital Ltd is a sister company to Ice Cubed Consulting and was founded in January 2015 to work alongside Ice Cubed Consulting but offering a different form of funding/investment. Ice Cubed Capital acts as an introducer of private equity to developers requiring this type of funding. The private equity generally takes the form of high net worth individuals but Ice3 can also access institutional private equity where appropriate or necessary. In the main the private equity is invested into projects via a loan structure but more traditional equity stake investments are also considered. Ice Cubed Capital have a range of private investors who look to invest across a range of sectors but the majority are focused on residential, commercial and mixed use property developments. We are also keen to speak to individuals who are looking to invest in secure property related investments.

Tel: 01904 238383 | Email: tom@icecubedconsulting.com


Northern Office: 31 Bootham, York, YO30 7BT London Office: 51 Scrutton Street, London, EC2A 4PJ

Programme 9:45

Voltigeur Suite Floor 3


5 Minutes

James Newman Venturefest Yorkshire Advisory Board Chair

James will welcome you all and introduce the Lord Mayor to open the event.


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Opening the Event

10 minutes

Lord Mayor of York

The Lord Mayor will say a few words and open the event.


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Keynote: Shaping the Future

30 minutes

Kevin Baughan Innovate UK

We live, work and play in an innovation economy and as a result our future prosperity is now dependent on our ability to continuously deliver better outcomes for consumers, businesses and society. Where do the opportunities for innovation come from and how do they differ in their journeys from concept to commercialisation?


Box A Floor 4

Reach New Customers Online

60 minutes

Gori Yahava Google Digital Garage

A Google digital expert will teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions.


Donut Den Floor 1

1-2-1 Networking Custom built space to network and do business or catch up with colleagues.

60 minutes


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Keynote: Employee Engagement

30 minutes

Sir Eric Peacock Cambridge Leaders Group

Sir Eric will focus on the impact of how employee engagement has delivered competitive advantage, innovation, creativity and awesome customer service.


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Pitchfest Live Finals

60 minutes

Chaired by Dominic Colenso Inflow Training

11:00 Clearsky Medical Diagnostics Dr Stephen Smith 11:10 Kwizzbit Mark Walsh Rocket Horse Ltd 11:20 Supply Box Chloe Mortimer 11:30 Desi High Street Kuljit Thiaray 11:40 Myroo Skincare Rachael Dunseath 11:50 The People’s Prize! Dominic Colenso and YOU


Box A Floor 4

Sky Agile Masterclasses

90 Minutes

Clive Gilson Head of Engineering, Sky

Agile software delivery masterclass where we shall hear from a number of key people. You will find out about how Sky work in squads and tribes and agile methodologies they have adapted to work.

For more details, use the App


Box B Floor 4

Agri Food Hour

60 Minutes

Chaired by Chris Danks Knowledge Transfer Network & Chair SCY

Chris Danks Mark Young | CIEL Prof Rick Mumford | FERA Hamish Webb | JB Equity


Box C Floor 4

Creative Hour

60 minutes

Chaired by Greg McGee According to McGee

Chris Walker | Bright White Andy Evans | Mad as Birds Cherie Federico | Aesthetica. Jackie Mulligan | Games Republic


Box D Floor 4

Business Hour

60 minutes

Chaired by Amanda Lennon Innov8ive Minds

Mark Howells | Konnektis Jeremy Ambrose | Entrepreneurial Spark Sponsored by Let’s Grow


Box E Floor 4

Skills Hour

60 Minutes

Chaired by Jo Burgess York St John University

Steven Brewer | Text Mining Solutions Daniel Woolfson | Purenet Skills Michelle Mook | Pro-Development (UK) Ltd


Donut Den

Meet the Experts: Finance

60 minutes

Two 30 minute sessions

Floor 4

Where you can sit with a few others in a quiet setting and get some advice on financial matters, with a choice of specialists at each of the 8 tables, including exporting, crowd funding, cash flow and how to grow. Sponsored by How’s Business


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

30 Minutes

Pip Jamieson The Dots


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

30 Minutes

Matthew Taylor RSA

Keynote: If it Was Easy Everyone Would be Doing it Presentation Pip Jamieson will share her extraordinary start-up journey from quitting her dream job at MTV, sinking her life savings into co-founding her first creative business in Australia

Keynote: Creative Crossover and Community Prosperity In this new world of Brexit, Matthew challenges our creative industries to think about how we can spread the benefits of innovation and collaboration to reach those in the community who currently don’t reap the rewards

Programme 14:00

Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Keynote: Technology +/-10

30 Minutes

Kate Russell BBC Click

A whistle stop tour of the last 10 years and a look into the next 10 years’


Box A Floor 4

Reach New Customers Online

60 Minutes

Gori Yahava Google Digital Garage

A Google digital expert will teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions.


Donut Den Floor 4

1-2-1 Networking 1-2-1 Networking

60 Minutes


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Keynote: Make Me A Unicorn that Flies!

30 Minutes

Tim Leigh Stage One

Extraordinary projects always start with an unusual phone call. Tim will describe his experience of estimating costs in the absence of detail, fighting the laws of physics and always wishing there was one more day


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Quick Fire (With Nerf Guns!)

60 Minutes

Talks about totally different things to shake things up a bit, talk too long and BOOM

Quickfire 1 Dominic Colenso | Inflow Training Quickfire 2 James Talbot | Damson Audio Quickfire 3 Tom Jackson | Cybula Quickfire 4 Julian Blake | DigitalAgenda


Box A Floor 4

Sky Agile Masterclasses

90 Minutes

Clive Gilson Head of Engineering Sky

Agile software delivery masterclass where we shall hear from a number of key people who will describe where they fit in the software delivery process. You will find out about how Sky work in squads and tribes and agile methodologies they have adapted to work.


Box B Floor 4

BioSynergy Hour

60 Minutes

Chaired by Prof Mike Raxworthy Neotherix Ltd

Dr Peter Culmer University of Leeds Prof Edward Draper JRI Orthopaedics Dr Tom Baboola St James Hospital Dr David Bunka Aptamer Group


Box C Floor 4

Digital Hour

60 Minutes

Chaired by Chrissie Gale Mooncas

Anthony Main | The Distance Nick Cowlen | MooD International Rob Bellingham | Netsells Tim Ward | Star Compliance

For more details, use the App


Box D Floor 4

Finance Hour

60 Minutes

Chaired by Ian Tracey KTN

Giles Moore | Airstoc Patrick Speedie | In-Part Mrs Kezia Williamson | KTN


Box E Floor 4

Innovation Hour

60 Minutes

Chaired by Ian Graham Viatic

Emma Cheshire | Future Labs Paul Greaves | ZiMovi Sam Davies | Digital Catapult Sam Gardner | University of York


Donut Den

Meet the Experts: Skills

60 minutes

Two 30 minute sessions

Floor 4

Where you can sit with a few others in a quiet setting and get some advice on Skills matters, with a choice of specialists at each of the 8 tables. Specialisms include apprenticeships, knowledge transfer, career development and how to develop your workforce. Sponsored by How’s Business

Keynote: The New Normal for Work, Jobs and Skills


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

30 Minutes

Tony Fish Fab Lab London


Voltigeur Suite Floor 3

Keynote: The Fall and Rise of Jonathan Elvidge

30 Minutes

Jonathan Elvidge Gadget Shop and Red5

Jonathan talks about how he left his secure job and with no retail or business experience opened a shop called The Gadget Shop in Hull. It went on over a period of 10 years to become an award winning, market leading brand with more than 40 shops across the UK, and then it all went wrong. Jonathan recalls the rollercoaster business adventure and subsequent rise of RED5 ‘the ultimate gadget shop’, and explores lessons learnt along the way


Exhibition Area

Curry, Beer and Networking

60 Minutes

Ground Floor

Relax, have some food on us, let us entertain you for a little longer with a spectacular END OF DAY SHOW taking place at 17:15 for half an hour on the ground floor

Whilst our grandparents and even parents enjoyed working in a few jobs and probably one industry that option is not available for our kids and grandkids, so what does a value creating business look like by 2020?

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01484 505601 / 3mbic.com info@3mbic.com

01723 384542 / businesscoachingyorkshire.co.uk rosjones@actioncoach.com


The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield is a state-of-the-art building offering a one-stop-shop for businesses that want to experience dynamic growth. It facilitates business to business collaborations through its network membership, business to academia partnerships through its links with the University of Huddersfield, and business support services via its Business Engagement Centre. Organisations can also access the latest technology for product development on its pioneering Innovation Avenue.

Want to move from good to great? Looking to grow your business? Not enough hours in the day? Want more profit? Ros is a certified business growth coach working with Yorkshire business owners and their teams. She uses the ActionCOACH proven systems to inspire, motivate and teach you how to achieve more than you’ve settled for, to get you thinking differently and doing different things to get your business to the next level.

By its very nature ‘Farming and Food’ is a wide and varied industry which can make communication difficult. In April 2016, a group of 13 Food & Farming networks in Yorkshire came together to create ‘AgriFood Yorkshire’, an online platform enabled through NING.com technology. The platform adds value by linking networks and by providing access to a large knowledge base and business community – its network members are currently in the thousands.




0800 4148179 / benenden.co.uk/for-business salessupport@benenden.co.uk

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Benenden is a not-for-profit mutual that has been providing straightforward corporate healthcare services to employers and their employees for over 110 years. Our healthcare plan is unique - there are no excesses to pay, no upper age limits, no lengthy intrusive medical questionnaires to complete and no exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions. We have a track record of helping organisations reduce the costs associated with prolonged absenteeism.

BePro provide professional development qualifications and training to the workforce and to individuals. We run accredited CIPD courses here in the centre of York, as well as designing bespoke workforce development programmes together with organisations to meet their development needs. BePro offer HR and management subjects through the CIPD and the CMI, as well as TAQA and other business subjects.

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0808 301 5003 / bibbyfinancialservices.com

Bibby Financial Services is the UK’s largest independent invoice finance specialist and a trusted provider of funding solutions to over 7,000 businesses. Through our network of 19 local offices, we handle annual client turnover of £5 billion and since 2010, we have advanced more than £26bn to small and medium sized businesses throughout the country. Formed in 1982, we are a member of the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) and support businesses in over 300 industry sectors.




07880 182908 / agrimetrics.co.uk aurelie.bovi@agrimetrics.co.uk

ap16.com / contact@ap16.com

01904 567 790 / aptamergroup.co.uk info@aptamergroup.co.uk

Agrimetrics, one of four Centres for Agricultural Innovation funded by the UK Government Strategy for Agricultural Technologies, is a non-profit centre aiming to become the world’s first Big Data Centre of Excellence for the whole Agri-food industry by: - providing access to linked data on our secure, compartmentalised data platform for reliable, innovative evidence-based decision-making; - being a trusted, independent broker; - leveraging expertise from our Founder Partners: Rothamsted Research, The University of Reading, NIAB, SRUC.

ap16 are technology partners, not just ‘suppliers’. We provide honest, straight-forward advice at all times and if we aren’t the right people to help you, then that’s what we’ll say. We listen to the issues with your existing software systems and find out what your aspirations are. Then we come up with a plan, a solution, a way forward. Talk to us for some straight-forward advice on the development and support of your software systems.

Aptamer Group focuses on the development of aptamer technologies. Aptamers are short ssDNA or ssRNA sequences that offer high-affinity and specificity to virtually all types of targets. Aptamers are versatile and cost effective, offering a complementary or alternative solution to antibodies. Aptamer Group develops aptamers for use in R&D, biomarker discovery, diagnostics or therapeutics. We have over 25 years combined expertise of developing nucleic acid aptamers to peptides, proteins, cells, tissues, micro-organisms and small molecules.




01904 328045 / biovale.org info@biovale.org

01964 553000 / bishopburton.ac.uk

0114 206 2131 / british-business-bank.co.uk info@british-business-bank.co.uk

Yorkshire and the Humber is one of the best places in the world for innovation in the bioeconomy, with its outstanding combination of bio-based research, industry and agriculture. BioVale works to build the region’s capability and reputation as an innovation cluster for the bioeconomy by facilitating: networking and dialogue; research, development and demonstration; regional biobased supply chains and inward investment and trade/export. BioVale is supported and steered by regional industry, research organisations, higher education and government.

Bishop Burton College, based near Beverley in East Yorkshire, is one of the leading landbased colleges in the country, specialising in vocational hands-on training across a range of subjects including animal management, equine and agriculture. The college offers over 100 courses spanning apprenticeships, further education courses and degree programmes.

British Business Bank works in conjunction with private sector partners to enable smaller businesses to access more finance, from a greater number of providers, through a wider range of products. Our goal is to change the structure of finance markets for smaller businesses, so these markets work more effectively and dynamically. This will help businesses prosper and build economic activity in the UK.

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0191 389 8468 / bqlive.co.uk info@bqlive.co.uk

+44 (0) 300 100 0318 / chap-solutions.co.uk enquiries@chap-solutions.co.uk

CIELivestock.co.uk enquiries@cielivestock.co.uk

Business Quarter (BQ) is a leading business to business brand recognised for celebrating entrepreneurship and corporate success. The multi-platform brand currently reaches entrepreneurs and senior business executives across Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, the North West, the West Midlands and London and the South. BQ has established a UK wide regional approach to business engagement reaching a targeted audience of entrepreneurs and senior executives in high growth businesses both in-print, online and through branded events.

CHAP brings together science organisations and industries to support sustainable farming, encourage the adoption of new plant-protection products and technologies that empower farmers to tackle threats to crop productivity. CHAP will help to meet the challenges of feeding the world’s fastgrowing human population through the sustainable intensification of agriculture giving farmers and growers access to effective and sustainable technologies and products to improve crop performance, quality and yield.

The Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) is focused on agricultural innovation to deliver sustainable and intensified systems for food production from livestock. It comprises over 20 commercial members spanning the complete supply chain and more than 10 leading research and education partners. Targeted research will deliver innovations that are picked up and employed by industry to enhance profit, efficiency, animal health and welfare, food safety, food quality and environmental impact.




(+44) 1904 427855 / cybula.com enquiries@cybula.co.uk


dhez.org / info@dhez.org

Cybula is a data mining and pattern recognition company, specializing in condition monitoring applications. Founded out of the University of York Computer Science department in 2001, the company deals with complex data mining challenges across a range of condition monitoring domains. We have over a decade of experience in developing bespoke solutions for high integrity monitoring applications including nuclear, medical, and transport.

Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) is a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research, focusing on digital games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge. DC Labs builds on a major (£18 million) investment by three UK research councils, four universities, and over 80 collaborative partner organisations. They are an interdisciplinary centre employing researchers with backgrounds across sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

The Digital Health Enterprise Zone is a £13 million partnership led by the University of Bradford and backed by investment from BT, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. DHEZ enables the development of digital health innovations through developing a community of health and care professionals, businesses, researchers, and learners that work together to create the future of care.

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01347 824459 / colourheroes.com info@colourheroes.com

+44 (0)1904 500503 / collidercase.com chris@virtualcase.com

0133226167 / completeresourcing.com info@completeresourcing.com

Who’s looking after the kids? With high quality, British-made, tailored activity books and packs, educational activity sheets and much more you will be firmly in charge. Enhance your family visitor experience with unique resources designed to increase dwell times and encourage additional spend. Whether it’s branded retail products, or educational resources to keep families absorbed, we will create the perfect products for you to maximise your profits and build your brand.

ColliderCase is a new mixed reality display system to improve the way stories are told about museum objects. Needing no special glasses or devices, the ColliderCase system presents hologram-like text, animations, illustrations and video right inside the case. Content can appear right next to objects, even touching or crossing through the object. Highly engaging and charmingly beautiful, it is really useful for museum professionals who want to tell an intimate story about their object.

Complete Resourcing work exclusively with high growth businesses to help you design and grow your organisation.




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ENGIE ENGIE_logotype_CMYK 10/04/2015 24, rue Salomon de Rothschild - 92288 Suresnes - FRANCE Tél. : +33 (0)1 57 32 87 00 / Fax : +33 (0)1 57 32 87 87 Web : www.carrenoir.com

0207 320 8600 / engie.com enquiries@engie.com RÉFÉRENCES COULEUR


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We partner closely with businesses from start-up to exit, working in the context of your business to create an organisational structure that is as scalable as your business model and finding key people with the vision and skills to help accelerate your growth.

+44 (0)300 100 0321 / fera.co.uk sales@fera.co.uk

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DigitalAgenda is about the impact of technology on people, places and business. Their content highlights innovation, reports trends and explains the positive difference that technology makes to our lives. Their work helps people to share wisdom and ideas for using digital technology to promote positive change. They set out to explain how technology is changing the world for people, places and businesses, across critical areas like education, health, climate, cities, food and more.

ENGIE is a leading energy and services Group employing 20,000 people in the UK. ENGIE is using its energy and services capabilities to lead the UK’s transition towards a more secure and sustainable future, through a strategy based on investment in critical energy infrastructure, integration of its energy expertise with its broad services offer, and innovation in customer-led solutions and technologies. The Group employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015.

Our vision is to be a leading supplier of scientific solutions, evidence and advice across the agri-food supply chain. Our role is about understanding problems and enabling sustainable solutions through innovative thinking and the gathering and analysis of robust scientific evidence. This gives us the right platform to be able to support our customers in both the strategic and day-to-day decisions they face.

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07931 511641 / foodinnovationnetwork.co.uk simon.baty@ktn-uk.org

0300 030 6060 / finance-yorkshire.com info@finance-yorkshire.com

077917 628918 / emma.smailes@fsb.org.uk

A UK-wide Food Innovation Network has just been set up to tackle the problems of joining up and accessing the right information, research, skills and expertise and different funding mechanisms which are impeding innovation in productivity and growth by UK Agri-Food and Drink businesses. By doing this, the FIN will help the sector increase its productivity, competitiveness and profitability and thereby contribute to achieving the ambition of the government’s long term plan for food and farming – i.e. to make the UK one of the world’s leading food nations.

Finance Yorkshire is a gap fund that provides investment to businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber so that they can grow and prosper.

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services as well as a powerful voice in government whilst helping smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Finance Yorkshire has invested £113 million in 470 companies, helping to create and safeguard more than 12,200 jobs in the region. It has attracted investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme, the Regional Growth Fund, UK Government and the European Investment Bank.

We are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members. We not only provide fantastic membership benefits - FSB is the UK’s leading business campaigner, delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed.




0808 2527071 / hiscox.co.uk

07889657963 / howsbusiness.org simon.king@howsbusiness.org

0113 243 0152 / iod.com iod.yorkshire@iod.com

Hiscox offers a range of business insurance policies to cover the liabilities and property risks of small businesses and consultants in the UK, as well as profession-specific policies that you can tailor to suit the risks that your business faces. Hiscox also provides specialist insurance cover for homes and their contents, valuables and collections.

Here to provide free business advice and support for the 50,000-plus small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. We’re one of many UK government-funded Growth Hubs, but tailored to Yorkshire’s needs. Not a stuffy, official organisation of suits and seminars. How’s Business know many entrepreneurs started their own business to escape the corporate world. So we keep things light but useful. Our informal, friendly award-winning Popup Business Cafés are a great example of our style.

Advance is the latest innovation from the IoD, a membership that focusses on helping members connect, share and learn. Advance centres upon two things; a facilitated professional network and inclusive professional development. Using our revolutionary new app, members are connected with each other, allowing you to share knowledge, skills and experience, and learn from our exclusive professional development courses and catalogue of IoD Advance events, workshops, seminars and webinars. (Individual IoD membership from £75pp/year upwards)

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gamerepublic.net jackie@gamerepublic.net

01904 567699 / gradintel.com recruiters@gradintel.com

01423 798 254 / gspkdesign.ltd.uk sales@gspkdesign.ltd.uk

Game Republic Ltd runs the two largest networks in the North of England – Game Republic and GaMaYo – and is backed by more than two decades of games industry experience from Managing Director Jamie Sefton and 20 years of project, research and events industry experience from Jackie Mulligan. Games Republic specialises in events, Games Evaluation, Industry reports, and business development.

Gradintelligence is an innovative software development company based at the York Science Park. We develop specialised software for universities to support their students in the transition from Higher Education to employment or further study. We now host the UK’s largest pool of verified university achievement data and this is made available to graduate employers via a powerful matching engine. Employers of all sizes can now access our matching system to target and recruit the very best suited students and recent graduates from a database of over 500,000 registered users.

GSPK Design offers a complete electronic product design and manufacturing service. Based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, GSPK Design has been working with clients throughout the UK for over 16 years. Areas of expertise include control, instrumentation, test, measurement, life sciences and wearable medical technology. Our UK based facility carries ISO 9001:2008, ATEX ISO 80079/34 accreditation for manufacturing intrinsically safe electronic equipment and ISO 13485:2013 for the design and manufacture of medical devices.




+44 131 466 3642 / jbequity.co.uk info@jbequity.co.uk

07736 446154 / konnektis.com mark@konnektis.com

07583 022666 / ktn-uk.co.uk agrifood@ktn-uk.org

JB Equity is an Edinburgh based Alternative Investment Manager and advisory boutique focusing exclusively on agribusiness, agri-tech and food; leveraging considerable operational and investment experience in these sectors. JB Equity’s ownership is held solely by its active Partners who passionately practice in the agribusiness sector and have a combined successful deal/investment track record of over $40bn. Each Partner offers specialised expertise and experience which allows JB Equity to adopt a robust investment approach.

Konnektis creates a coherent system that supports the highest quality care, providing greater accountability and a better quality of life for older people in our communities. Konnektis is an alumni of the Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator programme, which is funded by the Cabinet Office, Nesta, Nominet Trust and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

KTN is the UK’s innovation network. Our vision is that value is created from every great idea. We bring together businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services. The KTN Agrifood team has knowledge transfer managers and specialists covering Livestock, Plant and Crops and Food. We are delighted to invite three innovative companies to our Venturefest Yorkshire stand who have benefited from KTN Support; Precision Decisions, PBS International and Marlow Foods.

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01904 622999 / lazenbybrown.com gary@lazenbybrown.com

helen.knox@westyorks-ca.gov.uk the-lep.com/what-we-do

madasbirdsfilms.com andy@madasbirdsfilms.com

Lazenby Brown are a York design agency. Their brand development process reignites existing brands and springboards new ones, delivering clear brand positioning for organisations. They work internally and externally to draw on the strengths, personality, ideas and goals of a business to create core brand strategy that aligns messages, visual identity, and communications across all media.

We provide investment and support to help our workforce, businesses and the economy to thrive, working with organisations across the public and private sectors.

An owner and director of the new production company, Mad As Birds. Producer on it’s first feature film, a Triple BAFTA Winner from seven nominations ‘Set Fire To The Stars’ starring Elijah Wood.

With an overall aim of transforming the City Region economy, we focus on four key areas: supporting growing businesses, developing a skilled workforce, increasing energy efficiency and improving the region’s infrastructure.

One of the UK’s leading Producer talents; 13 years as owner/operator of The Pavement, one of London’s premier media and motion graphic production company and currently heading up specialist digital media advisory/ production enterprise aeCreate Ltd.





neotherix.com / info@neotherix.com

01904 217 026 / netsells.co.uk info@netsells.co.uk

01904 435163 / newmoongames.co.uk andy@newmoongames.co.uk

Neotherix develop innovative bioresorbable scaffolds that provide 3D architecture for enhanced tissue repair. The patient’s own healthy tissue cells use the ultra-fine fibres to migrate into and fill the wound space.

Netsells are one of the fastest growing digital agencies in the north of England, producing cutting edge websites and mobile applications for over 300 businesses from around the globe. Their clients include Jaguar Landrover, NHS, Leeds University, Capita, Stihl, Your Parking Space and many more. Netsells go by the motto ‘building something better’, a reflection of their commitment for both their own business and their client’s.

We are specialists in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, mobile applications and game development. Working closely with Digital Agencies and end clients across multiple sectors we take interactive projects from the initial conception through to completion, release and promotion. Bringing together game/app design, concept work, animation, development, emerging technology and social media integration - NMG are perfectly placed to bring your projects to life.

Repair can be enhanced, information on the healing process obtained and treatment pathways simplified providing the potential for healthcare cost savings. Our regenerative device pipeline covers acute, chronic, infected and surgical wounds.

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makeityork.com info@makeityork.com

0113 366 2360 / m-f-l.co.uk markp@m-f-l.co.uk

01904 328937 / n8agrifood.ac.uk enquiries@n8agrifood.ac.uk

Make It York, the city’s Destination Management Organisation, has a clear purpose to develop and promote York as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. Our works covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment. Operating under our brands of Science City York, York Means Business and VisitYork4Meetings, we are here to help businesses grow and to encourage new start-ups. Come and talk to us about our comprehensive range of business support.

MFL provides wide ranging bespoke insurance and risk management solutions for those operating in the science and technology sector. Services accommodate new start-ups and established businesses alike, including those involved in IT/ Digital, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical products, research, clinical trials and any other innovative business. Insurance solutions include:Material Damage, Business Interruption, Employer’s Liability, Public & Products Liability, Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, Business Travel, Intellectual Property, Professional Indemnity and Clinical Trials.

The N8 AgriFood consortium combines world-leading crop and livestock research with extensive expertise in social sciences in a single research initiative. It comprises the 8 research intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) and covers three main themes: Sustainable food production, resilient supply chains and improved consumption and health. We work with industry, farmers, policy makers and NGOs locally and internationally.




nnfcc.co.uk enquiries@nnfcc.co.uk

p3.group.shef.ac.uk megan.lewis@sheffield.ac.uk

01765 602 600 / pd-m.com richard@pd-m.com

NNFCC is a strategic consultancy with in-depth expertise and knowledge of the bioeconomy. Offering over a decade of experience across bioenergy, biofuels and biobased products; guiding businesses through policy, technology and international markets. We believe in a future where bio-based technologies are a key component of the low carbon economy, creating sustainable business opportunities and providing wide ranging societal benefits. Our mission? To provide sector leading business consultancy; analysing, explaining and de-risking the bioeconomy for our clients.

A centre of excellence for translational plant science.

Pd-m is an innovation, product design and manufacturing consultancy based in Ripon. We work with a range of clients turning their great ideas into commercially viable, manufactured products. We were established in 2005 and have a lot of experience in many product sectors and successful innovations.

Plant Production and Protection (P3) is a translational biology centre encompassing the breadth of plant and soil science expertise within the University of Sheffield. P3 capitalises on our unparalleled ability to work across biological scales, from genome to the global atmosphere.

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A part of the Shepherd Group




01904 650700 / shepherd-group.com info@shepherd-group.com

01273 736826 / professionals.uk.com caron@professionals.uk.com

quantechsolutions.co.uk / raftsolutions.co.uk sam@qtsuk.co.uk / office@raftsolutions.co.uk

Shepherd Group, established in 1890 in York, is one of the largest private family-owned manufacturing and engineering groups in the UK. It comprises the international modular building businesses within the renowned Portakabin Group, Portastor, a supplier of fully integrated factory-built equipment housings, Portasilo, a manufacturer and supplier of plant and systems for the storage and handling of particulate materials and Shepherd Construction Ltd which manages diverse contracts and projects across the UK.

Professionals UK provides quality internships for international students across the UK. Over the last 11 years we have matched over 4,500 students from 30 countries with 900 companies in over 50 sectors. We work with companies of all sizes from entrepreneurial start-ups through to established brands. Our interns come from Language Schools and from some of the Top Universities in Europe and are looking to use their English in a business context in their chosen sector.

For the Agri-Food sector RAFT Solutions and Quantech Solutions both deliver:




sheffieldcityregion.org.uk kate.scott@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

0114 225 5000 / shu.ac.uk/business business@shu.ac.uk

01484 506336 / socialprogress.co.uk info@socialprogress.co.uk

The Sheffield City Region has a diverse economy comprising a dynamic core city, important towns and market towns, fabulous countryside and a significant rural economy. The City Region encompasses more than 1.8 million people and approximately 700,000 jobs.

Sheffield Hallam University has a longestablished and proven track record of successful partnerships with business. Our wide range of academic expertise attracts partner organisations from across a range of industries. We bring world-leading research to solve business challenges; we jointly design education programmes that meet current and emerging business needs for their workforce; we also develop courses that produce enterprising graduates and students with the skills and knowledge to make a significant contribution to business.

Helping businesses get results from social media marketing with audits, set ups, strategy & planning sessions, open workshops, personal consultations and in-house workshops.

The City Region is located at the strategic heart of the country. It is comprised of the nine local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

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• Innovation strategies to assist companies in commercialising ideas • A supply chain approach • Development and management of grant funding and collaborative projects • Trial design, statistics & reporting • Close-to-market veterinary field trials on farms, advanced breeding for cattle, sheep and pigs. • Food consultancy and extensive training delivery for vets, farmers and the agricultural supply chain

Owners and developers of Big Screen Social, a LIVE Twitter Wall (and/or Instagram Wall) which visually creates an online digital buzz from social media images and posts based around a hashtag on a BIG SCREEN at events. Having a real-time Social Wall encourages attendees to market and promote events to their followers.

seegreen G20



rbs.com dale.sidebottom@rbs.co.uk

saville-conference-live-events.com steve.ryan@saville.co.uk

01904 500 500 / seegreen.uk hello@seegreen.uk

RBS have a single, simple purpose – to serve customers well. This is at the core of their ambition to build a bank known for its consistent, high quality customer service. They are trusted, respected and valued by our customers, shareholders and communities.

Saville Audio Visual is the leading AV supplier to the conference and live events industry, providing technical equipment and expert production services for over 40 years to events of any scale. Saville promise the very latest technologies, innovative staging and lighting ideas delivered to the highest professional standards. The company’s exclusive digital event services solutions are focused on providing feature rich interactive events, designed to raise audience engagement at conferences and seminars.

Based in York, we work with clients locally, nationally and internationally and since 2008 we’ve been combining a passion for creating high-quality websites with the desire to provide complementary services to help you succeed online. We do much more than just build websites, though... We work closely with our clients in project planning, considering user experience, ensuring that your website helps you achieve all your online goals.

Text Mining Solutions CD1



0203 488 0068 / starcompliance.com info@starcompliance.com

08082742918 / talktalkbusiness.co.uk smallbusiness@talktalkbusiness.co.uk


StarCompliance is a leading provider of compliance and regulatory solutions for the financial services industry. We provide compliance software with a focus on global regulations including, but not limited to, SEC, FINRA, FCPA, FCA, UK Bribery Act, and MiFID regulations. Our solutions provide an entirely configurable platform that manages the complex and burdensome processes associated with managing employee conflicts of interest, connecting all areas and providing a 360-degree view of all employee activity and behaviour.

TalkTalk started as part of The Carphone Warehouse Group and in less than 10 years has become one of the UK’s leading telecoms companies. They now invest over £100 million a year in our network to make their broadband faster, safer and more reliable. They’re the only provider to offer totally unlimited broadband on all their packages.

Put simply, text mining is a very effective means of analysing text wherever it may be published in order to find out information. Text Mining Solutions aims to bridge the gap between bespoke text mining tools one can find in the market place and the day to day information extraction requirements of individuals in business and academia. Some of the former products can be expensive and tend to be developed for a specific purpose, for example crime prevention or human resource management.

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01904 21 71 71 / thedistance.co.uk hello@thedistance.co.uk

01757 268 275 / stockbridgetechnology.co.uk enquiries@stc-nyorks.co.uk

07713 322046 / togethermoney.com professionalsector@togethermoney.com

As UK app developers, we have been developing apps since the first iPhone launched and our extensive portfolio of apps we’ve built for brands ranging from household names to world famous companies speaks for itself. Our apps are built in-house in our app development office based in York by highly specialist developers whose skill sets guarantee quality and whose excellence underpins each and every mobile app design project.

The Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) was launched in April 2001 to ensure continued technological developments for the horticultural industry. This grower-led initiative has created an independent horticultural centre of excellence supported by both the production and supply sectors of the industry. The Group is thus fully committed to serving the industry from which it gains its business and expertise, and is truly by ethos and structure, a not for profit business.

Specialist lender Together works with property professionals across the UK; offering a wide range of products including bridging finance, auction finance, buy-to-let, residential and commercial mortgages and secured loans, with a current loan book of more than £1.7 billion. Founded in 1974, the business has traded successfully for 42 years. Together takes a common sense approach to lending, and is able to react quickly; providing funds within tight timescales which is essential in the property arena.




enquiries@yorksciencepark.co.uk yorksciencepark.co.uk

01904 624624 / yorksj.ac.uk

0113 343 1582 / yorkshireuniversities.ac.uk enquiries@yorkshireuniversities.ac.uk

At York Science Park we pride ourselves on offering an exciting and dynamic environment for growth of all kinds of businesses, from small start-ups to large, established companies with complex needs. 2016 marks the 25th Anniversary of York Science Park, since we launched we have helped over 400 businesses flourish and succeed, generating over £70M of income to the local economy each year, and employing over 1500 people.

York St John University has a track record of working with businesses and a commitment to building strong business partnerships and supporting local economic growth. Whether a new business start-up, SME or major public or private sector employer, York St John has a wide range of expertise and knowledge available to support your business needs. We can offer a range of services that includes: Research and development, professional training, and access to recruitment opportunities.

Yorkshire Universities is the regional voice for higher education in Yorkshire, its aim is to foster collaboration and partnership working to maximise the value and impact of higher education in the region. The higher education sector in Yorkshire represents a major source of innovation and a knowledge base for business and other partners to draw on. YU represents twelve higher education institutions to maximise their offer to staff, students, business and the local community.

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Realising medical technologies innovation in the Leeds City Region




0113 343 0933 / translate-medtech.ac.uk hello@translate-medtech.ac.uk

01904 435111 / york.ac.uk/business business@york.ac.uk

01904 217000 / yorkdataservices.com

Our ambition is simple: to improve health and wealth in the Leeds City Region by translating academic ideas into new medical technologies. Working together, smarter, faster.

The University of York is a high-performing Russell Group university with an outstanding research reputation and was ranked in the top ten UK universities for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses all UK higher education institutions.

York Data Services delivers connectivity, telecoms and cloud based managed solutions. We concentrate on our customers’ needs by understanding and speaking their language, helping businesses achieve what they need from technology and ensuring we hold their hand every step of the way.

We translate: the academic ideas and inventions from five university partners into commercial opportunities and clinical applications. We translate: cutting-edge innovation processes into bespoke skills development programmes. We translate: clinical and commercial needs into industry-inspired collaborative research.

Established in 2003, we manage our private, national network under our Tier 2 ISP status, from our head office at York Science Park.



0777 445 2008 / zimovi.com hello@zimovi.com

digitalcatapultcentre.org.uk/local-centre/yorkshire info@digicatapult.org.uk

ZiMovi is a video strategy platform enabling businesses to measure, enhance and expand their video experience by increasing and monitoring viewer satisfaction and interaction. Monitor your return on video investment by measuring viewer interaction, capture viewer’s details, interact with your audience via two-way video questionnaires, seed videos instantly across social media, embed true VR and 360 videos without needing an app, enhance video SEO and review full analytics and reports all within one central dashboard.

Digital Catapult works with SMEs to help them grow and scale faster. It helps larger corporates and institutions solve their problems through digital transformation. It does this through programmes of collaboration and open innovation, by bringing academic cutting edge expertise into the mix combined with the organisation’s own business and technological expertise. Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire is one of four regional centres.

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Profile for Visit York

Venturefest Programme 2016  

The greatest gathering of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in Yorkshire.

Venturefest Programme 2016  

The greatest gathering of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in Yorkshire.

Profile for visityork