Cranfield VentureDay is our one-day annual conference and networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and all those interested in cutting-edge entrepreneurial performance.

Throughout the day, we will be exploring the changes that every industry is likely to encounter as we enter the next Industrial Revolution. The programme comprises of a range of relevant talks and plenary sessions, all developed with the intention of equipping professionals with the skills and knowledge required as we enter this period of change.

This is a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded, high-profile professionals from across a range of industries. On the day, delegates will have the opportunity to use interactive electronic badges, allowing them to connect seamlessly with others using a simple tap.

Keynote speakers

We are thrilled to announce our two inspiring Keynote speakers who are helping us to get ready for what is coming in the next Industrial Revolution:

  • Dr Hermann Hauser: serial entrepreneur investor, co-founder of Acorn Computers and Amadeus Capital Partners.
  • Jamie Waller: Cranfield School of Management Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, philanthropist, investor and author of ‘Unsexy Business’.

Jamie Waller's biography

Jamie WallerJamie Waller (BGP Alumni 2011), is the founder and CEO of Firestarters a Growth Equity Fund that focused on business between the size of £2m and £20m of revenue.

Pre Firestarters, Waller built and sold an outsourced services business and a FinTech organisation for over £40m. At 38 he now spends his time supporting his portfolio businesses of which he now has nine. Find out more at


Dr Hermann Hauser's biography

Hermann HauserKBE, CBE FRS, FRSC, FREng FInstP - Amadeus Capital Partners

In 2015 Hermann was awarded a KBE for services to Engineering and Industry.

Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser KBE has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Subsequently Hermann became vice president of research at Olivetti. During his tenure at Olivetti, he established a global network of research laboratories. Since leaving Olivetti, Hermann has founded over 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners. At Amadeus he invested in CSR, Solexa, Icera, Xmos and Cambridge Broadband.

Hermann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Hermann has honorary doctorates from the universities of Loughborough, Bath, Anglia Ruskin, Strathclyde, Glasgow and York.

Event Programme

08:30 Registration Cranfield University, Vincent Building
09:00 Welcome and introduction to Entrepreneurship at Cranfield
09:30 Panel: The future of business: Where will we be by 2030?
10:30 Tea and coffee: Networking and exhibition stands
11:00 Parallel sessions: The big changes coming our way
1: Cybersecurity: Today's fear tomorrow's threat
2: The robots are coming: the changing world of work
12:00 Keynote address: The 5th industrial revolution
Dr Hermann Hauser
12:50 Lunch and networking
13:50 Parallel sessions: Resourcing for Growth I
1: Alternative finance landscape: Funding moonshots
2: How to find top people in a full employment economy: thinking outside the box
14:40 Parallel sessions: Resourcing for Growth II
1: Giving something back or paying it forward
2: AI: Growth, natural stupidity, and the end of the world with Smith & Williamson
15:30 Tea and coffee: Networking and exhibition stands
16:00 Parallel sessions: Resourcing for Growth III
1. The Importance of humanity in a digital world
2. Barclays - Dealing with challenges of growth with Barclays
16:50 Keynote address: Unsexy business
Jamie Waller
17:30 Closing and announcement of the networking champion of the day followed by a drinks reception


Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further travel details please visit our Location page.


If you would like to book accommodation whilst visiting the campus then we are pleased to offer en suite accommodation on the campus, which is within easy walking distance of lecture rooms and other facilities. To make an enquiry or booking, please contact the Cranfield Management Development Centre.

Included in the ticket

On the Day

  • Free onsite parking in short walking distance to the venue
  • E-badge allowing you to connect with other conference participants to quickly exchange contact details (will be provided electronically within 24h)
  • Coffee and tea as well as a lunch buffet
  • Opportunity to win the competition to become “Networking Champion” with the person having made the most connections on the day

After the Event

  • Within 24h electronic version of all the connections, you made on the day
  • Access to all talks via audio recording