Most innovators at some stage in their journey benefit from surrounding themselves with other like-minded people. Innovation Communities such as the one created at Loughborough University, can provide support, resources and other innovative minds with which to collaborate and develop new ideas.
This event will look at how Loughborough University’s core areas of expertise are deployed to support growth and innovation through the LU Science and enterprise park and the wider business community along with the partnerships and alliance this generates
Who are the Speakers?
Malcolm Cook – Building an Innovation community
- Defining where the key areas of research, strength and competence for Loughborough University are.
- How they are used to build business relationships and create benefits to the wider community
- Principles and vision behind that guide the Science park and how LU looks to develop an innovation community around the university’s core strengths and principle.
- The future vision and potential
- How this compliments the wider regional innovation and entrepreneur landscape
I am Professor of Building Performance Analysis and a member of the Building Energy Research Group. My research expertise lies in low energy building design and the application of computational fluid dynamics to natural ventilation. For over 25 years I have worked with multi-disciplinary teams on the design and performance monitoring of some of the world’s most innovative low energy buildings.
Pete Hitchings – Incubator Manager and Graduate Enterprise Adviser for the University
- How the journey and facilities work to provide progression and development
- Interaction and the relationship between businesses located within our support network
- How spin-out businesses are developed
- Graduate Entrepreneurship
- Business start-up and innovation support for external clients
Facilitator and Chair:– George Oliver
George Oliver: “1284 is a strategy consultancy using SLT experience from business and media to help innovative people communicate effectively. It was founded by George Oliver, who served as editor of the Leicester Mercury and Leicestershire Live from 2016 to 2020. 1284 is based at LUSEP and works with graduate start-ups, founder-led SMEs and public organisations. George co-founded the Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards and is a mentor for Leicester Start-ups. He is a trustee of Charity Link and chairs its social enterprise committee.
Malcolm Cook, Loughborough University; Pete Hitchings, Loughborough University; Dr Avinoam Baruch:- co-founder and chief operating officer of Previsico; others to be confirmed
Who Should Attend?
Innovators looking for more support during the next stage of developing their ideas, along with anyone interested in innovation and students considering creating their own start-up companies.