VentureDay 2020 will be taking place on Thursday 14 May 2020

Cranfield VentureDay is our one-day annual entrepreneurship conference and networking event for entrepreneurs, investors and all those interested in cutting-edge entrepreneurial performance. Now in its 12th year, the day is a fantastic opportunity to learn and network with like-minded, high-profile professionals from across a range of industries. Further detail about VentureDay 2020 to follow soon.

VentureDay 2019 Programme

The day explored the changes that every industry is likely to encounter as we enter the next Industrial Revolution. The programme comprised 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. On the day, delegates had the opportunity to use interactive electronic badges, allowing them to connect seamlessly with others using a simple tap.

Last Year's 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