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Virtual event

Networking Event


To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the world's first mechanics' institute and the UK’s foundational role in the first industrial revolution, UMi, CPI and GCV will host a one-day forum focused on how technology and innovation capital springing from the North of England and Scotland can transform society again.  Taking place on 9 November, the forum will gather the regional innovation ecosystem to celebrate the launch of the top entrepreneurs in the region. Together with leading investors, the forum will convene and connect an audience of angels, entrepreneurs, policymakers and corporate innovation teams to share insights, connect and network.

Register your interest in attending the Go Further Forum on 9th November. This virtual event is a valuable opportunity for companies to meet with leading investors, angels and corporate innovation teams.

Benefits of attending

  • Launch the Go Further Index and the accompanying digital publication

  • Provide a framework for the ecosystem to meet, collaborate and network

  • Create tangible opportunities to help share and shape the very latest thinking in sustainable investment

  • Showcase and raise the profile of the innovation hot spots and most progressive businesses within the North of England and Scotland

  • Provide deal flow and connection opportunities for investors and businesses alike

Confirmed Speakers: 




Online Access Open

Welcome to the Go Further Forum

Panel: Innovation capital

Richard Riggs, Investment Director, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
George Nianias, Director, Factortech

Will Clark, Managing Director – Mercia Regional Venture Funds, Mercia Asset Management
Moderated by Richard Faulkner, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

What makes a good venture funding initiative?

Stuart McKnight, Managing Director, Ascendant

Making an impact in venture capital
Michael Eakins, Group Chief Investment Officer, Phoenix Group

Keynote and conversation: Impact investing – What does it really mean?

Mark Beaumont, Partner - EOS Advisory & Long-distance cyclist, broadcaster and author

Special Address

Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Scottish Government

Fireside Chat: The fund manager’s perspective: why isn’t Britain breeding more unicorns?

James Anderson, Joint Manager, Baillie Gifford



Welcome and Go Further Index
Nicki Clark, CEO, UMi

Innovation showcase: Showcasing unique and high-growth success stories, the following three talks dive deep into what makes innovation successful and the values and strategies you need to have in place

• Corporate start up: Accelerating data innovation

Caroline Gorski, Group Director - R 2 Data Labs, Rolls-Royce

• Healthcare and oncology

Clare Wareing, Founder and CEO, Cumulus Oncology


University and research powerhouse sessions 
The following session, made up of separate individual talks, will showcase some of the latest thinking and insights around venture initiatives born out of university and research powerhouses in Scotland and the North of England. 


Panel: Delivering Impact - To put your own skin in the game or not

Dr Poonam Malik, Board Member, Scottish Enterprise and Head of Investments, University of Strathclyde

Simon Bond, Innovation Director, SETsquared

University research & development powers technological innovation and forms the basis for entrepreneurial activities of academic research. With the main focus of delivering societal impact alongside knowledge generation the question that arises is – for commercialisation should Universities put their own skin in the game and dip their hand in the pocket? What does the data, evidence, experience and expertise tell us regarding putting their own money alongside private risk capital in their spinouts/start-ups to generate confidence for investor syndicates in their ventures?


Are university IP policies fit for technology transfer

Dr. Claudia M. Duffy, European Patent Attorney & Founder, Innovare IP

Panel: Venture spinouts
Stuart Hendry, Senior Partner, MBM

Olga Kozlova, Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement, University of Strathclyde

Sarah Hardy, Director, Head of New Investments, Archangels

Moderated by Paul Devlin, Head of Commercialisation, Heriot-Watt University

Final Remarks


Close of Forum

10:40 - 11:10

11:20 - 11:50

12:00 -



13:45 - 14:00

14:25 - 15:05

09:10 - 09:50

10:00 - 10:30

15:10 - 15:25



15:35 - 


14:00 - 14:15



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