Wales Festival of Innovation - your week at a glance

Posted on: 24/06/2019

A selection of events at the Wales Festival of Innovation, 25th-28th June; click on the title of each event for more details and to book a place.

Accelerating Innovation in Health & Wellbeing

25th and 26th June 2019 – Swansea

This two-day event will provide businesses, charities and innovators with strategic insights and collaborative opportunities for transforming healthcare and well-being through human-centred innovation and Metadesign tools.

It is hosted by the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).


Business Networking in the Vale

25th June 2019 – St. Athan Airfield

This event is for SMEs with an innovative product or service to develop.

At this event you will find out about:

  • A new area for innovative businesses within the Cardiff Airport/St. Athan Enterprise Zone
  • Information on the advice and funding available from Welsh Government (WG) SMART Innovation and Innovate UK for innovative businesses
  • The latest on developments taking place within the Vale of Glamorgan
  • A case study of a local business which has received support from Business Wales and WG SMART Innovation


Cutting-edge Biology: Genetics & Genomics CPD for Teachers

25th June 2019 – University of South Wales, Pontypridd

Wales Gene Park, in collaboration with Techniquest, the University of South Wales and STEM Learning, are holding a one day genetics CPD workshop for biology teachers. The day will include a series of talks on topics relevant to the WJEC AS/A-level biology curriculum (topics include The 100,000 Genomes Project, epigenetics, pathogen genomics, DNA fingerprinting and more), followed by a hands-on session on DNA fingerprinting and a tour of the facilities including the Crime Scene House.


Quantum ISCF Cultivation Workshop

25th June 2019 – Innovation Centre, CSA Catapult, Newport

This workshop is for bodies interested in Research Development and Use of Quantum Technologies including academia, SMEs, Research and Technology Organisations and Public Sector.

This workshop will highlight the quantum technologies at the centre of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, including quantum computing. KTN is running a series of cultivation workshop on the latest Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) quantum initiatives. You will have the opportunity to hear from those involved in ISCF, and network with other organisations involved in or interested in this area.


Women in Engineering 2019

25th June 2019 – Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff

Hear from local professional women (Civil, Structural Engineers and others) on their career journey and their take on the future. A Q&A session and networking opportunities will follow.


CALIN Cardiff Open Meeting

26th June 2019 – Cardiff University, Cardiff

The Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN) connects business, academia and healthcare with experts from six leading universities across Ireland and Wales. CALIN is an opportunity to engage with leaders in advanced medical and pharmaceutical science, nanotechnology and biotechnology. The network opens access to technology, scientific expertise, and a network of life science innovators to support the development of products, processes and services. This meeting will provide an overview of the CALIN research activities taking place at Cardiff University.


Co-Investing in Business R&D and Innovation for Sustainable Growth

26th June 2019 – Tramshed Tech, Cardiff

This free event will help you:

  • Find out how innovation can help your business grow
  • Access Welsh Government support through our SMARTCymru programme
  • Meet the team who will talk you through the application process
  • Hear from other businesses who have benefited from our Innovation support


Connected Investing

26th June 2019 – The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

Connected Investing will feature the latest updates from newly emerging funds, including the British Business Investments £100m fund and Innovate UK’s regional angel investment accelerator. It will also take a look at how the changing face of funding has placed more emphasis on the importance of angel investment and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs and their journey to building and exiting successful businesses.

The Connected Investing Cardiff event series is being delivered through a partnership between UKBAA, the trade body for early stage investing and Innovate UK.


The Alacrity Foundation – Startup Showcase Lunch 2019

26th June 2019 – The Riverfront Theatre, Newport

The afternoon will consist of lightning-fast presentations from the some of the fastest growing tech startups in Wales. Following a buffet lunch, there will also be the opportunity for networking.


Energy Catalyst Round 7 Briefing and Brokerage Event

28th June 2019 – OpTIC, St Asaph

This event is to find out more about funding to address the need for clean, affordable and secure energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID) will invest up to £22m in innovation projects as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Transforming Energy Access (TEA) Programme. These must encourage products and services that will help countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector or international market. Your project must meet the needs of poor households, businesses and services in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. Projects should focus on demonstrating innovative products and services targeted at those people who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions.

Find out more about the competition here.

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