Access to finance
Chaired by Marek Scibor-Rylski, Coventures
Speakers: Carl Griffiths, Finance Wales, Ian Tracey, Knowledge Transfer Network and Aidong Xu, IP Group

A fundamental challenge facing the commercialising of innovation is access to funding. Funding may come from local or national level grants, innovation loans, seed funds, SBRI, venture capital, family funds, crowdfunding, kickstarter schemes, foundations, or corporate venturing. This workshop will introduce participants to a range of finance options, provide a road map and suitable approaches to follow and ways to make raising funding more likely to succeed, both in terms of accessing public and private sector funding and achieving downstream results.

Global Market Access: From Local to Global, and everything in between
Rob Campling and Joe Lomako, TUV SUD

Whether you have a finished product in-hand, or a concept in mind, there’s a world of regulations out there you will need to comply with before you can get that first sale, and knowing where to begin can be no small undertaking.
The workshop will look at some of the common requirements for Europe, North America, and the rest of the world!
Have you designed with compliance in mind, or just considering it now?
Do you know what markets you want to target, and what they will require?
Certification or Declaration, that is the question!

Innovation: Lessons from Experience – examining the Innovation landscape
Jon Helliwell, Centre For Process Innovation Limited

The workshop will look at Innovation in general and the factors that need to be borne in mind when developing supply and value chains. It will describe the role of Catapults in the UK Innovation landscape and show how the experiences of CPI in supporting its clients’ innovation programmes have been captured. It will then go on to show how CPI uses this experience to help companies with their Innovation programmes, giving some real examples of innovation support in action.

Junk the jargon: how to communicate your work to non-technical audiences
Wendy Sadler, Science made Simple

If you work in a business where your product or service uses cutting edge technology to stand out from the competition then you will no doubt have had to explain that science to a non-scientist at some point - whether it be at a business event, or a pitch for investment. Scientists often struggle to find ways to engage a non-specialist audience with their work because they are trained to use technical terms and figure which leave many audiences cold. If you want to stand out at a conference or event, you need to really engage with an audience emotionally and start where they are. This session will give you practical tips on how to understand your audience, present with confidence and avoid the use of jargon and help you become truly memorable with your potential customers.

Meet the Press: building relationships between industry, journalists and publishers
Margaret Harris, Physics World, Tim Smith, IOP Publishing and Andrea Taroni, Nature Physics

Publicity. Prestige. Validation. Career development. Connections. In this workshop, editors from IOP Publishing, Nature Physics and Physics World will explore some of the ways that you and your company can benefit from working with science journalists and scientific publishers. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions and share ideas about how to get more out of the relationship between businesses, publishers and the media.

Fellows Workshop
Tony Whitehead, Institute of Physics

An overview of what it means to be a Fellow of IOP and an insight into the application process and guidelines. A great opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance for those considering applying for Fellowship.

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Key dates

Early registration deadline:

1 February 2019

Registration deadline:

20 February 2019

Organised by the IOP Business Innovation and Growth Group

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