7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Evening Symposium

 Wednesday 6th October 2021 (evening)

 The Coach House Theatre, Malvern, WR14 3HA


Learn something new by example, with an evening of informative case-studies illustrating how you can apply some latest thinking to your own venture or organisation.

This event is free for all to attend, but tickets are limited.






Join us before the event for some networking and light refreshments next door at The Grange, the home of BloomSpace.





Dr Adrian Burden, Festival Founder & Managing Director of Innovate Malvern CIC.





An entrepreneur’s commercial reality of Intellectual Property

This talk will highlight the relevance of IP from a commercial practitioner’s perspective showing where and why IP may be beneficial for different types of business enterprise illustrated with real case studies as to how IP has played a crucial role in the success of a business. If you are involved in a business, this will help you to create your own strategy to guide on what actions are relevant and what you should and should not do about IP, including sometimes how to manage it for free!

Ian Sterritt, Scaleup Director at Innovate UK EDGE

Ian has over 30 years’ experience successfully commercialising disruptive innovation within both established and fast-growing companies. His innovation commercialisation expertise began through launching Sat Nav with Philips Electronics in the 1990s. This was followed with the world’s first taxi-hailing app (pre-dating Uber by some 8 years) before founding the i-Qube innovation consultancy and serving as the Intellectual Property Office’s regional policy lead. He has broad experience across several technologies and industries; from electronics and software to manufacturing in the automotive and food and drink sectors.

@IanSterritt, @IUK_EDGE_Mids




Spinning-up science and tech to go commercial

Spin Up Science are a team of scientists turned innovators and entrepreneurs that have seen first hand how scientists and engineers can change the world. They provide high-quality and immersive place-based innovation and entrepreneurial training to groups of researchers for early stage innovation and start-up ideas. Hear how the programme works, some of the success stories that have come out, and some of the learning along the way that could help you in your own venture.

Dr Maddy Nichols, Chief Operating Officer, Spin Up Science

Maddy is COO of Spin Up Science. She coordinated Launch Great West, an awards ceremony to showcase and celebrate the South West region’s growing deep-technology innovation ecosystem, and is leading their activities within the Liverpool City Region as part of a Future Innovation Fund project to stimulate the local deep tech ecosystem and start building a talent pipeline into innovation activity. Maddy is also co-founder of start-up Protolyst, and she has a degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master of Physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in functional nanomaterials from the University of Bristol. 

@drmaddynichols, @spinup_science




Innovating in a high tech business where cash is king

D-RisQ is a leading high-tech UK company specialising in producing software and systems verification technologies based at the Malvern Hills Science Park. Developing this state-of-the-art technology costs significant sums of money before it can become a commercial reality. Learn how D-RisQ used grant funding and other sources of income and investment to build a highly capable team and a suite of products.

Nick Tudor, CEO at D-RisQ

Since acquiring 20 years of experience with the Royal Air Force, Nick has spent nearly two further decades within the aerospace, autonomous systems and automotive industries in various roles in large business and SMEs. Nick is an active supporter of the international effort to refresh DO178 and is a member of the Forum for Aeronautical Software.





We will move next door to The Grange, the home of BloomSpace, for an opportunity to network over some light refreshments.






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