Technology Venturing Forum

28 September 2017

High-risk and high-reward – can you reduce the gamble?

Ask any successful innovator and they will tell you that uncertainty and risk-taking are integral to their success. But a gung-ho approach is not a sensible option for organisations where there is pressure to produce an innovation within strict timelines in a crowded technological market – and not fail. Developing and executing ideas, overcoming uncertainty and failure, building key relationships, and working with market feedback are just some of key difficulties that have to be overcome in technology venturing.


Key knowledge and skills for successful technology venturing

The University of Cambridge has brought together experts from within the University and outside to share their experiences and insights on successfully developing technology ventures in a one-day intensive forum. The Technology Venturing Forum brings together decision makers and professionals who are interested in the iterative innovation triad of research-product-market fit. The day will be an opportunity to share best practices and create a community around technology venturing. Organised by the Department of Engineering’s Institute for Manufacturing, the event will provide practical information to those actively turning early-stage technology into new businesses, whether through company R&D, corporate venturing, technology accelerator programmes, or by acquiring start-ups.


Companies of any size, any industry and from any location are invited to attend. The event is also highly relevant for professionals supporting technology venturing by entrepreneurs or managers.


Key Benefits:

  • Gain the latest insights and practices on key topics from leading experts.
  • Build an international network with technology venturing peers and become part of the community.
  • Inspiring and intensive one-day format maximises value for money and minimises opportunity costs.

Who Should Attend:

  • Decision makers who are actively involved in turning early-stage technology into new business - from any company size, any industry, and any country.
  • Professionals who are supporting technology venturing by entrepreneurs or managers.

Speakers Include:

  • Thomas Bohné, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Technology Management
  • Charles Boulton
  • Dan Cooney, Partner, J A Kemp
  • Darya Haitoglou
  • Clive Kerr, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Technology Management
  • Robert Lacher, Founder, La Famiglia
  • Karen Miller, Research Associate, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability
  • Tim Minshall, Head of Centre for Technology Management
  • Letizia Mortara, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Technology Management

Download a copy of the draft agenda and speaker biographies >>>

For further information please contact:

Lisa Barnett

T: +44 (0)1223 748267


Event location


To book and pay online with a credit card, click here.

To register via invoice, please download the booking form, and complete and return via any of the methods given on the form.

The fee includes admission to all sessions, delegate materials, lunch, and refreshments.

Early Bird rate (available until 15 September): £795.00 (ex VAT)

Standard rate: £995.00 (ex VAT)

Discretionary rate: £495.00 (ex VAT)

Cambridge community rate: £100.00 (ex VAT)

You will receive confirmation of receipt of your booking form by email, usually within 48 hours. Final confirmation of your booking together with joining instructions, including maps etc, will be sent approximately one week before the start of the event, usually by email to the address provided on your form