Thursday 25th October, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden

InCrops, Rothamsted Research and the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry have teamed up to run a series of workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups businesses and Small and Medium-size Enterprises in the bio-renewables and agri-biotech sectors. Join us to learn about the key aspects involved with setting up and running and increasing your chances of creating a successful business.

MORNING SESSION: MANAGING INNOVATION

09:00        Registration & coffee
09:15        Welcome and introduction to this series of workshops
09:30        What is IP and how to license it (Richard Nugent, Rothamsted Research)
10:00        Trends in the IP landscape and innovation tools (Christian Bunke, Patent Yogi Ltd)
10:30        Effective IP protection and commercialisation (Tim Norris, BASCK Ltd) 
11:30        1:1 surgeries and networking with speakers and specialist business support organisations
12:30         Close

Innovation needs to be nurtured from idea, through proof-of-market and proof-of-concept development of prototype and and proof-of-market. As Head of Contracts and Intellectual Property at Rothamsted Research, Richard Nugent advises scientists on the legal aspects related to joint R&D projects and on the opportunities for protection of IP and commercialisation of scientific know-how. Christian Bunke has experience as a attorney in Sweden and with an MBA from Judge Business School, has advised start-ups in the UK and abroad on the commercialisation of disruptive technologies. Tim Norris, Partner at BASCK Ltd, is a qualified European Patent Attorney with more than 15 years of experience in IP strategy in a range of sectors.

AFTERNOON SESSION: FUNDING INNOVATION

14:00        Registration & coffee
14:15        Welcome and introduction to this series of workshops
14:30        An overview of UK & EU funding for applied R&D (Bianca Forte, InCrops Enterprise Hub)
15:00        Bank loans, Angel Investors and Venture Capital Funds (Christian Bunke)
16:00        1:1 surgeries and networking with speakers and sector specialist business support organisations
17:00        Close

This workshop will give an overview of how to leverage multiple sources of funding for innovation and growth in the green industry. As Business Innovation Manager for InCrops Enterprise Hub, Bianca Forte provides consultancy and business development to SME's in the bioenergy and biofuels and agri-biotech sectors, includi9ng on the development of collaborations with academic organisations. In his position as Founder and Managing Director of BASCK Ltd, Christian Bunke has built businesses and commercialised new technology through a number of start-ups and has experience with fund raising for innovative companies.

To register for this event, please contact Julia O’Rourke, InCrops Events Co-ordinator, on 01603 591765 or email j.orourke@uea.ac.uk. Registration is FREE. Places are limited so advanced booking is recommended.

Please note that you may register for morning and afternoon sessions separately. Lunch will not be provided. There is a restaurant at the Rothamsted Research Conference Centre where hot food and sandwiches can be purchased.