Getting ahead of the curve: Strategies and Tactics for the next Industrial Revolution

Cranfield VentureDay is our one-day annual conference and networking event. Last year we combined VentureDay with a Festival of Enterprise to celebrate fifty years of Cranfield School of Management and to mark our tenth VentureDay conference. The day was an opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovative individuals to come together for a day of networking, music, entertainment and enterprise.

Event Programme


Registration Cranfield University, Vincent Building


Welcome and introduction to Entrepreneurship at Cranfield


Panel: The future of business: Where will we be by 2030?


Tea and coffee: Networking and exhibition stands


Parallel sessions: The big changes coming our way

1: Cyber security: Today’s fear, tomorrow’s threat (Cyber, fake news, GDPR…)

2: Future of supply chain: What does it mean for business?

3: The robots are coming: the changing world of work


Keynote address: The 4th industrial revolution: Hermann Hauser, serial entrepreneur investor,
founder of Acorn Computers Amadeus Capital Partner.


Lunch and Networking


Parallel sessions: Resourcing for Growth I

1: Alternative finance landscape: Funding moonshots

2: How to find top people in the current climate: Thinking outside the box

3: EMW Law session


Parallel sessions: Resourcing for Growth II

1: Giving something back or paying it forward

2: How to keep people and build a resilient culture

3: Smith & Williamson session


Tea and coffee: Networking and exhibition stands


Parallel sessions: Resourcing for Growth III

1: The global entrepreneur: taking your business international

2. The importance of humanity in a digital world

3. Barclays session


Keynote address: Jamie Waller Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Unsexy business


Closing followed by drinks reception

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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.