Incubation: Creating Value for Universities Part 2

 Date: Monday 8th May

Location: London South Bank University,  K806 Keyworth Centre

KnowledgeLondon brings you Incubation: Creating Value for Universities Part 2. We had received a great amount of feedback on the previous event in November 2016. We heard from incubation managers and their colleagues about how they achieved implementing incubation at their institutions. We took a look at some of the nuts and bolts of running an incubation system and considered how different types of incubators might be linked to the stage of development and type of development and type of university host.

The event was a great success and many expressed an interest to have a follow up event discussing different topics including;

  • Cross Section Incubators
  • Legal Aspects and Challenges of Running Incubators
  • Virtual Incubators
  • Finance Strategies
  • Case Studies
  • Hackspaces

This follow up event will involve institutions and incubation managers sharing their experiences, challenges and thoughts about incubators in relation to the topics above. The presentations will be followed by an in depth discussion of takeaways in a workshop setting.

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Dewi Gray, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dewi works at the Centre fort Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Met. He is the centre’s newest addition to the team and provides support for students wanting to set up their own business. You can often find him around each of the five Cardiff Met schools giving talks and lecturers promoting entrepreneurship. He also runs workshops in practical business skills and provides one to one support for start up businesses. A former student of Cardiff Met, Dewi worked in Hospitality for 8 years before setting up his own Events and Catering business- which he still operates now. He currently holds one of the largest catering contracts for the Glastonbury and Reading Festivals. Additionally, he has organised countless other venues at other venues around Wales including the Motorpoint Arena. Prior to joining the team, Dewi worked on European exchange projects delivering workshops abroad in hospitability and enterprise. This led him to working with the Norwegian immigration service and delivering entrepreneurship workshops in Athens 2015.

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Mark Tyers, Coventry University

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Web Technologies at Coventry University. Mark is responsible for delivering final year modules covering IOS development using the Swift programming laguages as well as designing and building RESTful web service APIs using full-stack functional JavaScript and noSQL technologies (Node.JS, Angular JS, CouchDB, MongoDB, Neo4J). Mark has also developed and runs staff training in advanced teaching strategies including flipped classroom. This training has been successfully delivered to staff across 2 faculties/ 8 departments.



Dwain Reid, Kingston University

Dwain is a start – up business coach that works with ambitious people one to one and also delivers entertaining and educational events/workshops. A business management graduate, Dwain is also an entrepreneur running as six figure childcare service in London. In addition Dwain has coached thousands of people, entrepreneurs, students, small business owners, sales teams and teachers either one-to-one key note speaking or workshops and currently runs the “Entrepreneurs” programme at Kingston University, the Number 1 University in the UK for graduate start-ups in for 4 of the last 5 years. One of Dwains’s mentees recently received £250,000 in angel funding and many have appeard on the UK’s no.1 television series Dragons Den.

Dwain has spoke and worked with many leading companies in pre-start up/business development including Cambridge Leadership Academy, Shell LiveWire, City Business Library, Princes’s Trust, Young Enterprise, The Great British Business Show and NACUE.