End of an era for Venturefest Oxford with changes ahead

End to the annual event and shift to think tank activity as Oxfordshire’s innovation ecosystem develops

After 23 years of successful operation, the board of Ventiurefest Oxford has decided to draw to a close the annual innovation-focused conference. With this change, the company, Venturefest Oxford Ltd, which has been responsible for the curation and delivery of the annual event, since its inception in 1999, will also close. The board plans to establish a new think-tank for Oxfordshire, which will convene key opinion leaders and actors from across the region. Meeting twice a year, this new group will assess the state of Oxfordshire’s innovation landscape and will undertake horizon scanning activities to shape a clear narrative around Oxfordshire’s offer in science, technology and commercialisation of ideas.

The board has produced a full report that sets out the background and work that has led to these decisions and changes.  The report is available here

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