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Startup to Finished Product – An Entrepreneur's Perspective

For digital and robotic entrepreneurs, this event covers the challenges faced once funding for your start-up or idea has been obtained.

Robotics and digital experts will talk about their experience in the trenches and look at the challenges faced on their journey to designing and marketing their robot or app from conception to finished product.

The speakers will discuss their experience of being funded via the following routes:

  • An Innovate UK project

  • Kickstarter

  • Crowd-funding

  • Other forms of funding

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7pm – Arrival & Networking

7.20pm – Speaker 1 - Sebastian Conran, Co-founder Design, MiRo – Consequential Robotics, http://consequentialrobotics.com/

Director of Sebastian Conran Associates, Sebastian is a leading designer and innovator. Conran established Sebastian Conran Associates (SCA), a product and brand development consultancy in 1986 and in 1992 started a separate design partnership with Tom Dixon, another designer. From 1999, he headed product and branding design in Studio Conran under Conran & Partners, part of the Conran Group.
Sebastian is also Designer in Residence to University of Sheffield science faculty and was Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London [2009-2012]. Among his many accolades, he is an Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Art; Hon. Doctor of Technology at Loughborough University; Hon. Fellow, University of the Arts London and Hon. Doctor of Arts, University of Hertford. He ais also a Chair of the Home Office’s Design & Technology Alliance [2008-2011], Creative Industries KTN and Innovate UK’s Design Special Interest Group. He is a Trustee of the Design Council [2009-2011], D&AD [2005-2009] and the Design Museum and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Chartered Society of Designers.

7.30pm - Speaker 2 - Ben Ryan – CEO & Founder at Ambionics International http://www.ambionics.co.uk/

Ben Ryan invented unique prosthetic technology geared towards helping very young amputees.A devoted father, he gave up his job and taught himself biotechnology after his baby son had to have his arm amputated. Unsatisfied with the "cumbersome" options available for children and babies on the NHS, the psychology teacher locked himself in his shed for days on end to make the perfect bionic arm for his little boy.

Arms with sensor technology, according to Ben Ryan, aren't available until children are three or four years old, and he "wanted it a bit quicker than that".

The technology uses fluid to operate a grabbing mechanism (hydraulic) and was inspired by how spiders move their legs using fluid pressure. Sacks of fluid in the socket of a prosthetic arm are squashed to control a basic grabbing mechanism.

7.40pm – Speaker 3 – Geoff Pegman, Managing Director, R.U Robots Limited http://www.rurobots.co.uk/

Geoff Pegman is Managing Director of R.U Robots Limited. RU Robots is a small innovative advanced robotics company specialising in studies and prototype equipment design & build. RUR undertakes development work on behalf of other companies as well as pursuing research into new application areas and advances in technology.

7.50pm - Speaker 5 - Eric Kihlstom - Co Founder KareInn http://www.kareinn.com/

Eric is a Co Founder of KareInn, a care innovation company focused on improving the quality of life for our parents' generation. KareInn is an app that helps carers be more productive so they can deliver more personalised care. As part of the KareInn's thought leadership initiatives, he connects with other innovators focused on improving the quality of life for older people via Aging 2.0 where he volunteers time to coordinate the UK Aging 2.0 activities. He started KareInn out of a desire to “make digital matter”. Eric brings 30 years of disruptive innovation in big corporations and start-ups.

8.00pm – Jobeda Ali – CHIRON Project & CEO, Three Sisters Care (CHIRON Project) www.chiron.org.uk

Jobeda Begum Ali is an English businesswoman, award-winning social entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker and Chief Executive of Three Sisters Care. Three Sisters Care is currently involved in an Innovate UK funded project called CHIRON (Care at Home using Intelligent Omni-functional Nodes) with five other partners including Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Shadow Robot Company. CHIRON aims to build aspirational robotics for the care sector to support dignity, independence and choice (www.chiron.org.uk). Jobeda was shortlisted for Social Enterprise of the Year Award 2015 at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian Social Care Blog and has written about ethical employment and living wage in the care sector. In 1996, Jobeda graduated with a BA Hons in Indian and African History from the Trinity College, Cambridge. In 2000, she completed an MA in History, and in 2004, she completed an MA in World Trade and Development: Regulation and Responsibility at the University of Cambridge.

8.10 – 8.45 Panel Discussion & Questions

8.45 – 10pm Networking & Drinks & Local Pub (after all, it is Friday!)

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