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Welcome to WINN

‘Great things happen when people get together’

Worcestershire is an innovative county and through WINN we want to celebrate and develop this.

We believe that great things happen when people get together, which is why we'd like you to join us. We are developing a community of inspirational individuals and brilliant businesses to help the region grow and become recognised nationally as a hub of innovative ideas and projects.

So, whether you want to connect, collaborate, co-ordinate or just be inspired, WINN should be your first point of call.

It doesn't matter whether you want to be innovative with your products, services or processes, or if you just want to celebrate diversity and entrepreneurship. We can help you to showcase your ideas, learn from other innovators and be inspired.

Read our blog for insights, interviews and ideas as you get involved in the CONVERSATION!


Innovation happens when we are inspired

If you want to share your innovation journey or meet with like-minded individuals, why not join us for WINN Wednesday? This networking event is the perfect opportunity to launch new ideas and collaborate with other businesses and innovators in the region.

Sometimes being innovative is just about bringing the right people together or looking at the same things with fresh eyes. So, come along to WINN Wednesday and you'll have the chance to take part in fun, creative tasks and hear from pioneering speakers, because you never know when a new idea will develop!

Join us for WINN Wednesday and we promise you'll go away feeling inspired and encouraged by the great things going on in the region.

Can't wait to get involved? Scroll down for our next WINN Wednesday event.


The Proof of Concept Project has received £1,537,394 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, which £37,500 of this funding is supporting WINN events to promote innovation in Worcestershire. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

WINN Wednesday

Join us on the 21st November 2018
5pm - 8.30pm at Worcester Arena.

University Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester WR2 5JN
FREE PARKING  |  View Map
Complimentary food and mocktails!


Our next WINN Wednesday

“Innovation Through Time”

Let us take you on a great adventure!... All of time and space. Everything & Anything. Where do you want to start?.....

Innovation is an iterative process. Products and services evolve, changing lives, businesses and the world we live in. Let us take you on a journey of discovery as we explore 'Innovation Through Time'.

We can go anywhere you want... Any time you want…One condition, it has to be AWESOME!

Why attend?

  • Say hello.....
  • Discover.....
  • Collaborate.....
  • Make a difference.....

Agenda

5.00 – 5.50   Networking and Mocktails
5.50 – 6.00   Jess Antley, Welcome
6.00 - 6.10   Stuart Wilkes, Technology Writer
6.10 – 6.30   Peter Hill, Inventor & Owner of Petvictus
6.30 – 6.50   Nicola Whiting, CSO of Titania
6.50 – 7.10   Chris Winfield, Founder of Swiftcomplete
7.10 – 7.20   Nicky Godding, Editor in Chief Business Innovation Magazine
7.20 – 7.30   Jess Antley, Notices
7.30 – 8.30   Networking and Mocktails

Introducing our speakers……

Peter Hill
Inventor and owner of Petvictus

From shed to high-street. The highs and lows.
Hear about Pete's own 'Innovation through time' as he went from making inventions in his shed to bringing them to the nation's highstreets.

Pete (aka Pet with an extra e) has been making inventions since aged 6. Having worked in local government, he designed the stained-glass bus shelter. Pete set up his company Petvictus to launch Pedaldish - The Lunchbox for Pets and Katfone the Ultrasonic Whistle for Cats. Having successfully pitched in Dragons' Den and with a background as a standup comedian, Pete is now lecturing on invention and innovation. He cites Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Wile E Coyote as his greatest inspirations.

Nicola Whiting
CSO of Titania

A futurists vision of A.I.
Nicola will discuss A.I.’s early failures, whether we risk a ‘rise of the machines’ style “Judgement Day” and what we need to do differently to transform cyber defence.

Named by SC Magazine as one of the Top 20 most influential women working in cyber security - Nicola's specialist areas include autonomous mitigation and A.I. driven self-defending / self-healing systems. Her first book ‘Extraordinary Women’, advocating the strengths of women in leadership, reached Amazon best-seller status on two continents.

Chris Winfield
Founder of Swiftcomplete

Creating an innovation culture
In this talk, Chris will discuss how being proactive rather than reactive, ignoring the competition and focusing on your customers can turn ideas into innovative products that provide years of growth (no sonic screwdriver or TARDIS required).

Chris is the founder of Swiftcomplete, an AI startup creating innovative search and content generation technology. Previously, Chris spent 8 years at Worcester-based tech company PCA Predict (previously Postcode Anywhere) as Head of Development, taking an initial concept to a market-leading SaaS solution used by many of the world's best known companies, which was acquired for £66m in 2017.

Nicky Godding
Editor in Chief

Commercial innovation doesn’t only happen in the big cities
Nicky will talk about regional innovation stories she’s uncovered since the magazine launched.

Business & Innovation Magazine is a highly respected editorially-led regional magazine. The research-led news and features it publishes reveal the rich regional economic landscape by showcasing the successful businesses and regularly putting key industry sectors under the spotlight.

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Worcester Arena.

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