Workshops





Blockchain Co-Lab Workshop

Speakers: Paul Harwood and Alex Hughes, Falmouth Launchpad

In the Co-Lab we will engage with business challenges to consider when blockchain may add value (and possibly where it may not). In a collaborative workshop session, the Falmouth team will present scenarios to allow participants to consider the ‘rules’ for blockchain use and the benefits it may bring.

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ACCELERATING GROWTH PANEL

Starting and growing a small business is challenging, but there is a lot of support available that can help you to get your business model right and to prepare for growth.
The Accelerating Growth Panel will share their own experiences of the support available and the key activities you should be carrying out in the early stages of your business.
Panel Members
Steve Kitson Founder of Folium Optics, SETsquared Exeter Mentor
Jason Hayward-Jones Founder of RegenFARM,
Mandy Nyarko Managing Director, Exeter Velocities
Kathryn White Innovation Manager, Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab
Facilitator
Joe Pearce SETsquared Exeter

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GRANT FUNDING PANEL

Grants and other non-dilutive funding options can play a very important role in supporting the research and development activities for innovative businesses, but it can be tricky to navigate the funding environment.
The Grant Funding Panel will help you to understand the options open to businesses and how best to identify and access the support which is available.
Panel Members
Jon Williams Director, Granted Consultancy
Kezia Williamson Knowledge Transfer Manager – Access to Funding and Finance, KTN
Laurence Ellis CEO, Magpie Education
Facilitator
David Solomides SETsquared Exeter

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ANGEL INVESTMENT PANEL

Securing early stage investment can be a vital step in enabling the growth of your business but defining and finding the support you need is rarely straightforward.
The Angel Investment Panel will help you understand what investors are looking for, how best to prepare and present your business and what it is like to go through the process.
Panel Members
Philippa Robert Founder, Binit
Kirsty Semple Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Roger Killen Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Oliver Woolley CEO, Envestors
Facilitator
Ben Voysey SETsquared Exeter

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SCALE UP PANEL

Rapidly growing a business requires a business model that can be scaled and significant investment. The transition that a business goes through at this stage can be very challenging and finding the right partners to go with you on the journey, equally so.
The Scale-Up Panel will share their experiences of preparing a business for investment and provide a perspective from the investors side.

Panel Members
Toby Mottram Founder, Milkalyser
David Fry Director, Brain in Hand
Chloe Harvey Equity Campaign Manager, Crowdcube
Jake Ronay Investment Lead, SETsquared Scale Up project
Edward Inns Investment Manager, Foresight Williams
Stuart Nicol Head of Funds Cornwall, The FSE Group
Facilitator
Samantha Mickleburgh SETsquared Exeter

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HOW TO INVEST IN START UPS

Speaker: Roderick Beer, Managing Director for the UK Business Angels Association

How to invest in start-ups is a workshop designed to introduce new angel investors to the early stage investment landscape, and why it is so important to invest in small businesses. We will cover the integral and rewarding aspects of being an angel, including using your skills and experience to help young and innovative businesses scale and grow. Throughout the workshop we will cover the key do’s and don’ts of angel investing, highlight what to look for in a deal and roadmap the path to success in this ecosystem. We’ll also hear from an experienced angel investor about her journey as an angel and get the latest insight on the significant tax breaks early stage investors can access.

The workshop is run by Roderick Beer, the Managing Director for the UK Business Angels Association, a trade body that supports thousands of investors across the UK.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership seminar

Knowledge Transfer Partnership seminar – what makes a good KTP
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Innovation support

Innovation support – a canter through the host of ways that the KTN can support organisations innovate including access to funding and finance types with insights in to expected funding pools

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Industrial Strategy & iX seminar

Speaker, Mark Wray (KTN)

What is the Governments Industrial Strategy and what opportunity do the Challenge Funds present.
How does the innovation eXchange work, how can I respond to the customers challenges .

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Going further with your cost - benefit calculations in the Health Sector

Speaker: Nick Hex,
Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium

This workshop will help participants to understand the importance of making an economic case to demonstrate the value of their products to the health system. Cost benefit calculations are integral to making a business case to the NHS, with a focus on the benefits rather than the features of innovations. The interactive session will outline:

- The importance of business cases in the health sector

- The importance of audiences and stakeholders

- The components of a good business case

- The different types of economic analysis that can be used in business cases

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HOW TO BUILD DIGITAL SKILLS RESILIENCE

Speaker: Charlotte Collyer, Digital Skills Partnership Manager, Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership

75 % of businesses are facing a digital skills shortage. This session will address the reality and share ideas for how your business can build digital skills resilience.

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HOW MIGHT A CIRCULAR ECONOMY WORK FOR PLASTICS IN THE SOUTH WEST?

Speaker: Katie Cooke, Exeter University

With increasing public rejection of single-use plastics, there is huge commercial potential in plastic alternatives, initiatives to generating higher value from plastic, and reclaim/recycling technology. This session will identify new opportunities for design, manufacturing and community initiatives and create networks for transformational change.

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CYBER SECURITY: DECISIONS AND DISRUPTIONS (10:00)

Speakers: South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit

You’ve been tasked with managing the cyber security of your organisation…what do you do?In this immersive table top exercise led by the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit, you’ll work in teams to manage the cyber security of a fictional organisation, competing against others in the process. You’ll face scenarios based on real life cyber threats, which will develop and evolve as the exercise goes on. You’ll need to use your leadership, communication and collaborative expertise to collectively decide how to protect your reputation, assets and profit.Also, your company is made of Lego!The session will teach you how to effectively prioritise different technical, procedural, and physical controls that your organisation can employ to enhance your cyber security. You will also improve your ability to communicate about cyber security to internal and external stakeholders.

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CYBER SECURITY DECISIONS AND DISPRUPTIONS (2.30)

Speakers: South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit

You’ve been tasked with managing the cyber security of your organisation…what do you do?In this immersive table top exercise led by the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit, you’ll work in teams to manage the cyber security of a fictional organisation, competing against others in the process. You’ll face scenarios based on real life cyber threats, which will develop and evolve as the exercise goes on. You’ll need to use your leadership, communication and collaborative expertise to collectively decide how to protect your reputation, assets and profit.Also, your company is made of Lego!The session will teach you how to effectively prioritise different technical, procedural, and physical controls that your organisation can employ to enhance your cyber security. You will also improve your ability to communicate about cyber security to internal and external stakeholders.

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Manufacturing Licences

Speaker: Ben Travers, Head of IP and IT Law at Stephens Scown

Whether you contract with manufacturers or if you are a manufacturer, chances are licensing is one of the last things on your mind. Yet proper control of IP in manufacturing agreements can make or break a business.

In this practical session we will look at and offer top tips on the key foundations of licensing for manufacturing arrangements including new developments in AI and big data, automation and enforcement in China as well as more traditional issues around tooling and ownership in improvements to tech etc.

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Upskilling your team in data

Speaker: Stephen Mariadas from Exeter College

Join Exeter College’s Stephen Mariadas, who was awarded a Technical Teaching Fellowship by the Education and Training Foundation and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. The skills to turn data into insight and action are the driver of modern economies” according to the World Economic Forum. The South West are at the forefront of delivering the digital skills to build the software and analyse the data in modern enterprises. This session will talk the skills that higher level digital apprenticeships make available to employers and give you the opportunity to meet current apprentices to get the low-down on what it means. It will also cover how the Institute of Technology for the South West will deliver these skills to a much wider range of people than we’ve ever had before.

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Getting in to the big press - is it still worth it? tips & tricks

Speaker: Ellen Carroll, Nellie PR

Ellen Carroll is the founder of Nellie PR, a strategic PR and communication consultancy. Ellen helps businesses and people to step out of the shadows and step up with PR that PAYS. With over 22 years’ of Pitch Craft experience, Ellen really knows her stuff when it comes to crafting a great pitch, building relationships and securing earned press coverage that creates opportunity, builds reputation and credibility.

Ellen is a member of the PRCA, CIPR, and Women in PR, and is a PRCA Measurement Champion. Setting up Nellie PR in 2007, her clients have included Experian, Thomson Reuters, David Nieper. She also provide PR training, mentoring and runs the PR that PAYS programme – helping people and businesses to be more strategic with their PR and communication.

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Machine Learning for Big Data & Image Analysis

Speakers: Matt Anderson, Jack Spencer, David Whitehouse

The Quantitative Biology and Medicine @ Exeter (QBME) group is an interdisciplinary network for the clinical and industrial translation of biomedical research. The group has expertise in machine learning, big data and image analysis. QBME bridges the gap between industry, clinicians, and research and are focussed on delivering impact in healthcare by supporting businesses to innovate and grow.

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Healthy Livestock

Speaker: Team from Duchy College, CIEL, and DEFRA

The Livestock Information Programme for England will provide a central database for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and deer to ensure the highest standards in traceability, animal health and welfare, and ensure that our livestock produce can trade internationally based on such high standards. It will also provide a unique opportunity to develop innovations for livestock farming. Discover how this programme will provide a unique technology platform with representatives from AHDB and Defra, and explore the different ways that this platform can be used to inform and develop agritech and its applications.

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Healthy Crops

Speaker: Mick Fuller, University of Plymouth and Team

Healthy Crops in areas such as controlled growing environments; robotics; automation & precision agriculture; data tagging and disease resilience amongst others.

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Everything you want to know about podcasting in 3,600 seconds (12.30pm)

Speaker: Sophie Bailey

Join Sophie Bailey the founder and host of the iTunes new and nominated The Edtech Podcast to find out everything you want to know about podcasting in 3,600 seconds of candid Q and A, including content, kit and strategy suggestions, and further resource support. Thinking of launching your own sector podcast? Come along. Thinking of commissioning someone to launch a podcast? Come along. Want to know how much of your advertising budget you should be spending on podcasts? Come along. Need a sit down after two many meetings? Come along. 

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Everything you want to know about podcasting in 3,600 seconds (2.30pm)

Speaker: Sophie Bailey

Join Sophie Bailey the founder and host of the iTunes new and nominated The Edtech Podcast to find out everything you want to know about podcasting in 3,600 seconds of candid Q and A, including content, kit and strategy suggestions, and further resource support. Thinking of launching your own sector podcast? Come along. Thinking of commissioning someone to launch a podcast? Come along. Want to know how much of your advertising budget you should be spending on podcasts? Come along. Need a sit down after two many meetings? Come along. 

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User-centred design as a strategic tool in innovation (morning)

Speaker: Paula Kaminska, UX Director at Duesday

Great user experience is no longer a competitive advantage but a necessity; something that we and users alike expect and demand in 2019.

For the past 20 years, Paula has been driven by her passion for IT and design. Her obsession with creating and refining user experiences has meant she has grown alongside the ever-expanding field of UX.

Paula will share with you her knowledge and experiences to introduce you to User Experience and User Centred Design as strategic assets within your business. You will learn why UX matters and how to implement it.

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User Centred Design as a strategic tool in innovation (afternoon)

Speaker: Paula Kaminska, UX Director at Duesday

Great user experience is no longer a competitive advantage but a necessity; something that we and users alike expect and demand in 2019.

For the past 20 years, Paula has been driven by her passion for IT and design. Her obsession with creating and refining user experiences has meant she has grown alongside the ever-expanding field of UX.

Paula will share with you her knowledge and experiences to introduce you to User Experience and User Centred Design as strategic assets within your business. You will learn why UX matters and how to implement it.

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Integrated Energy Harvesting Systems

Speaker: Dr Zheng Jun Chew – Research Fellow and Dr Yang Kuang – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Dr. Chew will present a number of wearable and vibration energy harvesting powered wireless sensor systems for various applications that have become reality at the Energy Harvesting Research Group, University of Exeter. He will report enabling technologies and technology breakthrough that the Energy Harvesting Research Group has developed in novel energy harvesting methods, energy efficient power management and energy-aware wireless sensing.

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Why the Little Things Matter

Speaker: Claire Pearce, Project Manager, Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project

As an innovative company, you’re likely to be interested in accelerated R&D, most certainly improved quality, perhaps failure analysis and most definitely new product development! What about competitor analysis? Discover how electron microscopy can be used as a tool in all of these areas to benefit your business with this interactive session, introducing real-life examples of companies who have studied the little things to help their companies thrive.

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What challenges would my organisation need to overcome to become carbon neutral?

Speaker: Liz O’Driscoll, Exeter City Futures

On 15th March 2019 Exeter City Council, declared a commitment to make the City of Exeter Carbon Neutral by 2030. This ambition has potential to make a vital contribution to our planet and its inhabitants.Join Liz O’Driscoll, Programme Director for Exeter City Futures to consider the question: “What challenges would your organisation need to address to become carbon neutral by 2030?

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