Research & Innovation expertise at University of Leicester featured at major business innovation event

Posted by ap507 at Mar 14, 2016 12:49 PM |
Venturefest East Midlands 2016 takes place on Wednesday 16 March at King Power Stadium, Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 March 2016

  • Live demonstrations of air quality monitoring technologies and solutions developed in collaboration with industry 
  • Leicester students make up 50% of the finalists in Next Generation funding competition
  • Handmade Choc Chip Citrus Cupcakes available at University stand K14. A tasty way to demonstrate the health benefits of turmeric and our cutting edge medical research

For the second year running, the University of Leicester is a regional partner in Venturefest East Midlands – an event driven by Innovate UK and KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) to boost innovation and drive business growth across the region and nationally. 

Driving growth through discovery led research and innovation is central part of the University’s Strategic Plan. President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle will set out how the University, as a key partner is delivering business innovation at the Preview Dinner opening address the evening before.

As part of the programme on the 16 March, the University is delivering several workshops/seminars including:

  • ‘Not Just An Egg’ with Just Egg Ltd and The University of Leicester showcasing innovations in advanced materials and manufacturing processes with Professor Andy Abbott from Department of Chemistry (11am – 12 noon)
  • Polluted Cities from Space: revealing new market opportunities to manage urban environments (12noon – 1pm), with Dr Roland Leigh from the University of Leicester Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • Funded Research and Innovation Support from the Universities of Leicester and Derby (11am – 12noon)
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (3pm to 3.30pm)

Staff from the University of Leicester will also be involved in other seminars on the day, such as ‘Co-Working: A New Way of Working’ (12noon to 1pm); ‘Access to Finance 2’ (2pm) where the University will showcase KTP grant funding; and at 10am in the Space Tech and Transport theme, the East Midlands Satellite Applications Catapult Node (EMBRACE) will explain the innovation support available to regional companies.

The University of Leicester in the Expo Hall at stand K14 will be giving live demonstrations of the University’s air quality monitoring technologies and showcasing a number of our biomedical technologies and research such as the health benefits of turmeric, and non-invasive diagnostics from analysing patient’s breath.  Members of the Research and Enterprise Division will be available for one-to-one meetings to explain how the University works with businesses to drive innovation, develop technologies and new business opportunities and enable effective collaborations.

Professor Iain Gillespie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise at the University, said: “Venturefest East Midlands offers companies, in one place, access to a vast range of experts, sources of support and funding along with excellent networking opportunity free of charge.

“Leicester is an internationally recognised research ‘centre of excellence’ for space engineering, earth observation and precision medicine.  At Venturefest this year, the University is showcasing our research and expertise in Space Technology, Transport, Big Data, Medicine and Life Sciences. 

“The University is interested in meeting with growth oriented innovative business to collaboratively innovate using our research to create competitive advantage and business growth.”

The event also includes the UKTI’s global trade exchange, and opportunities for small businesses and our own Leicester students to pitch for investment.   

The University has worked with Venturefest East Midlands to deliver the Next Generation Competition, winners of which will receive funding to develop their business idea and 'money can't buy' support from marketing and events agency Holland Alexander.  To find the details of the finalists for this business start-up competition, three of four of whom are University of Leicester students or graduates, see here.

Registration for this one-day event is free and includes a brown-bag lunch. Register via the website here:

You can view the event agenda here:

You can view workshop session overviews here:


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Venturefest East Midlands is part of a national Venturefest Network project and is part funded by Innovate UK and a core set of partners, including the Local Enterprise Partnerships for Leicestershire (LLEP) and Nottingham and Derbyshire (D2N2), De Montfort University, University of Derby, University of Leicester, Leicester City Council, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council.

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