VentureDay 2017: A Festival of Enterprise took place on Thursday 14th September

Cranfield VentureDay is our one-day annual conference and networking event. This 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.

Keynote Speakers:

Didac Lee - Serial Entrepreneur and Board Member of FC Barcelona

Harry Clarke - RingGo

Dr Richard Adams - Reader in Entrepreneurship


Dr Andrew Angus will provide us with an update on the Economy

Event Programme

09:45-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:00 Welcome
11:00-11:45 Keynote address: Didac Lee – Entrepreneur and Board member of Barcelona Football Club ‘From 0 to one hundred’
11:45-12:30 The scale up challenge
12:30-13:30 Street food and networking
13:30-14:30 The future of the economy post Brexit with Dr Andrew Angus
14:30-15:15 Parallel sessions:
1. Getting Yourself Oven Ready for Investment with EMW Law
2. It’s the People, Stupid! With Smith & Williamson. This interactive panel session will offer practical insight into recruiting, retaining and developing talent to support your next phase of growth
3. Scaling up your marketing effort
15:15-15:45 Parallel sessions:
4. Networking & meeting the exhibitors
5. Masterclass with Didac Lee
15:45-16:15 Keynote address: Harry Clarke – RingGO, 'Remaining focussed on growth'
16:15-17:00 Parallel sessions:
6. It’s the People, Stupid! With Smith & Williamson
7. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Are you ready? with EMW Law
8. Resilience in Management
9. What business Angels look for
17:00-17:15 Pitching and showboating – next steps for recent Investor companies from Cranfield
17:15-17:45 Closing by Dr Shai Vyakarnam
17:45-19:30 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.