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NanoEntrepreneurs Workshop

11 May 2011

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11 May 2011

Cambridge and its surroundings are known as one of the most innovative regions in the world and studies have shown that geographical clusters of the innovation actors such as small and medium companies, investors, intellectual property experts, technology exploitation services and mass manufacturers are crucial elements if real returns are to be made form public funded investments in the long term.

Are you therefore interested in hearing and seeing this innovation supply chain and what it really takes to be an entrepreneur in the emerging technologies fields? There is a unique opportunity to listen to, network with, and be inspired by the group of dedicated individuals who are actively working in this area to help the UK grow new industries and provide growth and jobs.

The NanoKTN, in partnership with the FP7 NanoCom project, is convening its regular regional workshop of the NanoEntreprenuers focus group seminar at The Hauser Forum in Cambridge with the aim of fostering links and growing business opportunities to this important global hub of innovation.

The programme has now been announced and the highlight of the event is a presentation by Prof. Chris Lowe of the Cambridge University who has been awarded an OBE for his services to science and is an exceptional serial entrepreneur.

10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome & Introduction
Dr Alec Reader, Director, NanoKTN

10.40 Welcome
tbc, University of Cambridge

Session 1: Funding Innovation

10.50 Encouraging Entrepreneurship from an Academic Environment
Prof Chris Lowe, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

11.20 Venture Capital Funding of Nanotech SME’s
Jonathan Tudor, Investment Manager, Cody Gate Ventures LLP

11.50 European Approaches to Lowering Commercialisation Barriers for Nanotechnologies
Enzo Sisti, Veneto Nanotech & FP7 NMP NanoCom Project

12.10 Lunch & Networking

Session 2: Company Case Studies

13.30 The Commercialisation of CNT’s and Graphene
Dr Bojan Boskovic, Director, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd

13.50 Commercialising Nano Enabled Gas Sensors
Billy Boyle, Director, Owlstone Ltd

14.10 Plarion: From DVD to Diagnostics
Dr Jackie Cole, Systems Development Manager & Head of Marketing, Plarion Ltd

14.30 Challenges Facing a Start-up with Promise
Dr Dan Gooding, Chief Executive Officer, Nuformix

14.50 Fact based IP Strategies for Nanotechnology Start-ups
Quentin Tannock, Chairman, CambridgeIP

15.10 Break & Networking

Session 3: Business and Investment Issues for SME’s

15.30 Prioritisation of the Right Market Opportunities (Managing Commercial Risk
Jenny Tooth, Director, Angel Capital

15.50 Successful Marketing and Communications Strategies to Improve Export Performance for SMEs
Jezz Leckenby, NetDyaLog Limited

16.10 Close

We encourage anyone who has aspirations or curiosity to come and join us for a great day!

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