Workshops 2017-10-16T08:26:43+00:00

Get hands-on with Smart Cities

Taking place in Cinema 2 at Watershed and the Bristol Energy Hub, the Venturefest workshops will provide an opportunity to get hands-on with the conference themes.

What are investors looking for?

10:40 – 11:30 (Cinema 2, Watershed)

You usually only get one chance to make a good impression to potential investors. This dynamic session will cover different types of funding available from the funders themselves; including loans, venture capital and crowdfunding. So why not give yourself the best possible opportunity, come along to hear from the investors perspective and ask questions.

Emma Fadlon, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Knowledge Transfer Network
Nigel Walker, Head of Innovation Lending, Innovate UK
Charlotte Thompson, Access to Funding and Finance, Knowledge Transfer Network
Jack Brownrigg, Head of Research, Capital Cell


15:10 – 16:00 (Cinema 2, Watershed)

Creating a secure and long-lasting business model is crucial to the future success of your company. The ability to constantly adapt and remain stable depends on that business model.

You will learn the concept of business model design and gain experience in analysing existing models, and developing and implementing new business models, which will allow you to build a compelling story of how your enterprise will create, deliver and capture value going forward.

Alistair Cox, Sector Lead, Enterprise Europe Network

Data changes everything

10:40 – 11:30 (Bristol Energy Hub)

We live in an age of digital disruption with smart cities and organisations embedding sensors into everything. The importance of data sharing is key to unlocking this potential. This workshop will provide an overview of how to treat data as a valuable asset and unlock the power of your organisational data.

  • Explore data sharing; from siloed and closed to shared and open.
  • How to build a data management plan for your organisation.
  • Global examples of open data innovation.

With the rise of machine learning and AI unlocking your data is a fundamental part of every organisation in the 21st century.

Learn from Simon Tricker, UrbanTide’s Cofounder and part of the team that bid, planned and delivered Innovate UK’s £24m future cities demonstrator for Glasgow in 2014. Since then, UrbanTide has developed USMART data platform to make your data smart. Provided smart cities maturity modelling, smart business case development and open data training for the UK and beyond. Visit or follow us @urbantide to find out more.

Simon Tricker, Co-Founder and Chief Digital Officer, UrbanTide

Startup growth and the power of the crowd

12:00 – 12:50 (Bristol Energy Hub)

Over the last few years, equity crowdfunding has moved from the realm of “alternative finance” to become one of the leading sources of investment in UK startups. In 2016, entrepreneurs raised over £80 million for their ventures via Crowdcube alone. But the real benefits of the crowdfunding approach to raising money go far beyond access to capital. In this workshop we will discuss how companies like Brewdog and Monzo have leveraged the power of the crowd to scale their businesses.

Patrick Ryan, Equity Fundraising Manager, Crowdcube

Communities, Networks and Platforms – The OuiShare Experience

13:50 – 14:40 (Bristol Energy Hub)

Entrepreneurship, innovation and impact are increasingly associated to network workflows and collaborative ecosystems. OuiShare is a global network that unlocks the potential of creative humans to reinvent how we work and nurture systemic change. During this session we will share some insights and lessons learnt, but be warned, this session is highly participatory.

Manel Heredero, Connector, Ouishare

Using civic crowdfunding to shape your city

15:10 – 16:00 (Bristol Energy Hub)

Spacehive is an award-winning crowdfunding platform that aims to make it as easy as possible for people with ideas for improving their local area to attract the funding and support they need to deliver them. Join us to learn about how you can put people at the heart of shaping places in your area – to increase investment, leverage your resources, increase the impact of your work, and build more resilient and engaged communities in the process.

Niraj Dattani, Head of Partnerships, Spacehive

Workshop places MUST be booked in advance and are limited to one per attendee. This is to allow more people to take part and to ensure participants are engaged and committed to attend.

Please select your preferred workshop when booking your place for the main conference.

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