7th - 12th October 2019

Great Malvern, UK

8th Edition


The Business of Innovating


Themed Symposium

 Wednesday 9th October 2019 (afternoon)

 Coach House Theatre, Malvern, WR14 3HA 


Creativity and business acumen don't always go hand-in-hand, but the UK's knowledge-based economy needs brave entrepreneurs and bold intrapreneurs to think out-of-the-box and then leap out of their comfort zone. Come to meet others who have done it and organisations that can help you to succeed. 

A session devoted to instilling innovation in the heart of your business. Whether you need to protect intellectual property, secure funding, start a new venture, grow an existing enterprise or expand overseas, this session focuses on how to think creatively about your business operations and will include case studies and actionable insights.

The event is free for all to attend, but registration is required.



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




Running order and additional speakers to be confirmed.

This session will be a series of conversations in a 'fireside chat' format.

Networking break midway through.


The Business of Intellectual Property (IP)

A discussion that will focus on the commercial aspects of IP including the importance of having a well thought out IP strategy which aligns with the commercial strategy of the company. Illustrated with real-world examples to show the importance of IP in the successful commercialization of technology; for example licensing vs manufacturing and preparing for a merger or acquistion. This will also touch on the oft-neglected, very challenging and yet vital area of IP Valuation.

Graham Dodgson is an entrepreneur and innovator (co-founder of Keisense Ltd. which was sold to Nuance corp and co-founder of Holoxica Ltd) in medical electronics, advanced displays and human interface concepts. He now consults in the high tech sector helping companies in all aspects of commercialising their knowledge / IP. This includes global experience in new business development and technology licensing worldwide in the US, Asia and Europe. Graham is an advisor to a number of companies and part of the key team at the data privacy and security company, The Trust Bridge.




Leading your business in a changing world

The world has become unpredictable, complex and ambiguous, and we are feeling the effects within the organisations in which we work. Issues such as trust, the environment, digitisation, privacy, shareholder accountability, and diversity are being discussed in boardrooms. The result is that most of those in leadership roles are unable to deal with these challenges because the conscious thinking required is so different from when they became leaders. We are immersed in an age of complexity where the role of leaders has changed fundamentally. What expectations does this have on business corporations, non-government organisations, governments and even the citizen? Are you ready to take on the challenge as a leader?

Hilarie Owen is one of the world’s leading experts, keynote speakers and influencers on leadership and strengthening leaders through mentoring. Graduating in Politics, Philosophy and Psychology and taking a post graduate course in Economics, her early career was with IBM before she turned round part of a global publishing company increasing the business by 600% through developing a new business strategy. Hilarie set up the first Leadership Institute in the UK that became recognised around the world. Having written 9 books on leadership, Hilarie has produced ground breaking research on how individuals actually learn leadership and how they think and make decisions. Hilarie now mentors directors, senior women, CEOs and top teams to improve their thinking and ability to cope in a fast-changing world.




How organisations can thrive in a connected world

We are all digital humans now, living and working within an interconnected mass of networks, people and technology. This world is so complex and fast evolving it can be considered alive. This discussion will shine a light on how to activate organizations so that they can transform themselves, making the most of their digital employees and satisfying their digital customers.

Paul Ashcroft co-founded The Ludic Group in 2004. He is passionate about creating smarter ways of working for organisations around the world. With a background in mathematics and strategic consulting, Paul is an expert in applying principles of Innovation, Design Thinking and Digital to large scale transformation, people engagement and capability building. During his career Paul has worked with many of the world’s leading companies to design strategy, align their leadership team and engage and develop their people. As an entrepreneur and investor, Paul has a successful track record in establishing and growing innovative and technology based businesses.


Garrick Jones is a co-founding partner of The Ludic Group. He is a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he has introduced Capstone programmes and designed the ground-breaking Open Innovation Programme. His research is focused on organisational Decision-making and the Creative Economies, as well as Cloud Based Transformation Consulting, Digital Learning Programmes and Engagement are put into practice. Garrick is interested in how very large systems are able to transform themselves through learning and outcomes-based decision-making. As a musican, he also composes for films, contemporary artists and performance.






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