Companies Brought Together at Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus November Event

Ben Jones
Planning and Pitching Workshop

Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus (AIEC) hosted a Business Planning and Pitching event at Aberystwyth University’s Gogerddan Campus on 30th November.

As part of its ongoing commitment to help company collaborators and tenants by bringing the business support community to them, the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus holds regular events and workshops for businesses and entrepreneurs.

As well as a networking lunch for its delegates, the free event comprised of presentations from three speakers: Jeff Bartlett, Nurture Ventures; Julian Sanders, Sanders Design; and Zoe Reich from the Development Bank of Wales. Topics were wide-ranging and included ‘The Essentials of Customer Engagement’, ‘Innovation, Design and Branding’, and ‘Investment Readiness’.

Rhian Hayward, CEO of Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many new faces to the Innovation Campus building at one of our events. We aim to provide a focal point for the business community in mid-Wales and assist companies to access the support they need to grow and to succeed. Networking and building relationships between businesses is something that’s very important to us and we look forward to hosting many more events going forward.”

Tenants at Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus can enjoy ample networking opportunities with likeminded innovators as well as access to world-leading expertise in the agri-tech and biosciences sectors. In addition to hosting workshops and events, Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus also offers a range of fully-furnished office spaces at its recently renovated site.

Commenting on the success of the event, lead speaker Jeff Bartlett said: "Fantastic turnout and discussions at yesterday's Business Planning and Pitching event. The attendance level really underlies the latent potential that exists in west Wales with a wide variety of innovative business ideas amongst the attendees."

Due for completion in late 2019, Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus will be a world-class facility which will attract both private and competitive research funding, enabling companies and researchers to undertake collaborative research projects to boost the bio-economy. The Campus underlines Aberystwyth University’s commitment to greater interdisciplinary research and innovation in a future that is increasingly focussed on cross sector research and development for new products and services.

The ambitious £40.5M Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus development is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government; by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and by Aberystwyth University.