22nd June 2012 , 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Date: 22 June 2012
Start time: 08:00
End time: 18:30
Venue: Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN, UK
Media coverage: Wired, Business Weekly, various Cambridge business media
- Professional: £150
- Academics and Cambridge University Alumni: £100
- Students and Post-doc Researchers: £40
The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation in an Uncertain World“, with coverage of 4 topics:
- Cloud Computing
- Healthcare Innovation
- Global Investment
It’s an all-day event featuring speakers from around the world (including Julie Meyer of Ariadne Capital and David S. Rose of Gust), moderated panel discussions, business workshops, startup showcase (introducing start-up companies from Cambridge and further afield), company exhibitions, lunch and refreshments, and plenty of networking opportunities.
Our future economies depend on cutting edge innovation to add value to society and to solve the biggest challenges facing our planet. The continued support of research and development is essential, particularly at a time when resources – both financial and otherwise – are increasingly under pressure. Yet, as Hewlett-Packard’s recent acquisition of Autonomy demonstrates, big business is still keen to invest in the opportunities being developed in high-tech clusters. Economic growth depends on those who can mobilize concept to realization, and create solutions with new technologies.
For its Technology Ventures Conference 2012, CUTEC will aim to address how the current financial climate is affecting the way new technologies are being developed and brought to market. Following on from TVC2011′s highly successful ‘Open Innovation’ theme, the conference will investigate other innovation models that succeed during lean years. TVC2012 will explore the importance of innovation in an uncertain world by looking at investment strategies and the infrastructure for innovation, focusing on key sectors both within the UK and the global economy.
Topics to be discussed include:
- What are the specific challenges of driving innovation in the current climate?
- How are successive periods of financial instability affecting high-tech clusters such as Cambridge?
- How do we encourage / support innovation with limited resources?
- What is the role of disruptive innovation in generating growth?
- How to innovate on a budget by leveraging efficiency to maximise potential?
- Is the UK investing enough on innovation? What do we hope to gain from the new Enterprise Hubs?
Delegates will be inspired by lively debates and keynote speeches, highlighting the level of opportunity open to entrepreneurs within high-tech clusters. The conference will act as a forum for delegates to engage and connect, ultimately enabling new relationships through networking that may prove key in future ventures.
The 2011 TVC attracted 400 delegates from all across the UK, and from11 different countries, ranging from investors, to blue chip organisations, start-ups and students. In all, 17 different universities and over 100 companies were represented there, and we are expecting a similar attendance at this year’s event.
- Julie Meyer, Founder and CEO, Ariadne Capital
- David S. Rose, CEO, Gust
- Felix Von Schubert, Founder, Zouk
- Elizabeth Varley, Co-Founder, TechHub
- Martin Chilcott, Founder, 2Degrees Network
- Richard Horning, Corporate Practice and Venture Technology, SNR Denton
- Ian Taylor, Chairman, Living PlanIT
- Allan Marchington, Partner, Apposite Capital
- Mike Johnson, Director of Corporate Partnerships, MRC Technology
- Nicolas Sireau, Chairman, AKU Society
- Dominic Emery, Chief Development Officer, BP Alternative Energy
- Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO, Eight19
- Doug Clark, Cloud Leader, IBM
The Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club’s mission isto enhance the entrepreneurial spirit amongst academics and students.We facilitate interaction between industry experts and students,thereby providing students with exposure to the wider business and fundraising communities. Investors and the industries that support them in turn gain access to the vibrant research and entrepreneurial communities at the University of Cambridge