On Friday 6th October, Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, will speak about four ways to grow your business from today.

This will be followed by a further keynote from Rashik Parmar MBE, IBM Distinguished Engineer, on finding your space in digital disruption. The symposium continues with news of Worcestershire’s involvement in the 5G test network and a series of informative talks on financing, IP protection and commercialization from the day’s Palladium Sponsor Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Neill Ricketts, CEO of the innovative engineering company Versarien Plc will speak about his experience of pitching to win customers, secure investment and grow his award-winning business. This will be followed by entrepreneurs giving elevator pitches about their own products, services and business opportunities to a panel of experts for constructive feedback and a chance to make new connections and find investment leads.

Attendees will also be able to network, visit an exhibition of organisations that can help their business grow, and sign up for complimentary innovation clinic with members of the Harrison Clark Rickerbys team.

The Automotive Advances morning on Wednesday 4th October will include talks about autonomous vehicles, environmentally friendly cars and advanced engineering.  Delegates can also join a free factory tour of the Morgan Motor Company.

At Startup Stories, later that evening, attendees can hear Mike Bandar from Birmingham’s Silicon Canal initiative, Polly Barnfield OBE founder of Everyclick, and Jamie Turner ‘exiteer’ of PCA Predict recount their experiences of entrepreneurship. Followed by networking and some of Malvern’s very own Friday Beer Company refreshments.

Cyber Security and AI is the subject of Thursday 5th October’s themed session at the Malvern Theatres.  Once again, the UK’s leading cyber security SMEs will come to Worcestershire and showcase their research, products, and services in a series of talks and exhibits.  The is followed by the Formal Dinner at Malvern College; an excellent event for entertaining guests and meeting others in the innovation space.

Full details and on-line registration available at www.festival-innovation.com. Follow the conversation on Twitter @festivalofinnov using the hashtag #InnovateMalvern.

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