Oxfordshire Greentech is hosting a range of events geared towards helping our members hear from some of the best speakers in their sector, network with likeminded innovators and investors, and have a platform to showcase their own work among their peers. Our events give our members the opportunity to find out more about innovations and developments in their sector and form collaborative, forward-thinking partnerships across sectors – our events help our members to create an impact and make a difference.

Oxfordshire Greentech was launched on 6 February 2019 at a hugely successful event attended by over 250 delegates. Read more here.

Exceptional Buildings – showcasing the future of innovative, sustainable building projects (inc. tour of the new Bicester Eco Business Centre) – Oxfordshire Greentech event, 18th July 2019

Upcoming Events

Thinking circular whilst doing business: making innovation work for you

12 September 2019 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Said Business School, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP

If you keep hearing about the circular economy but aren’t really sure what it means for you and your business, then join this fantastic session over breakfast, delivered by Oxfordshire Greentech: the county-wide business network to support and grow the low carbon economy. You’ll learn more about the circular economy, the opportunities it presents for small and medium-sized businesses and bust some of the jargon used.

We will explore some case studies to see how businesses are implementing it in practice and provide inspiration. It will be an interactive morning giving you the tools and know-how to start on your own journey towards more circular thinking and a chance to share experiences and ideas with other local businesses.

The session is specifically aimed at small and medium enterprises who wish to better understand the circular economy and use the principles to innovate in their product and service offer and/or operations.

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is available to eligible SME applicants as part of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. 

 

The role of innovation for social enterprises (repeat event)

18 September 2019 | 8:30 am- 12.30 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ

If you missed the first event, join us and other like-minded social entrepreneurs for a lively and interactive workshop (as a repeat of the first) to explore the significance of innovation for Social Enterprises, community businesses and other socially and environmental impactful organisations.

We will consider how innovation can be accelerated and scaled through genuine collaborations and partnerships and what it takes to make those happen. There will be a chance to examine key themes and agendas that can be leveraged to open up new opportunities and take a look the tools, resources and networks available to provide you with additional support.

What will I learn?

At the end of the session you will have a better understanding of the why your organisation can and should become more innovative and some ways it can, as well more collaborative and open to strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with a view to underpin financial sustainability.

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is available to eligible SME applicants as part of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme. 

 

Achieving your growth ambitions through crowdfunding

25 September 2019 | 5pm – 7:30pm
Taylor Wessing, 24 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JP

FOR: Cleantech businesses looking for funding opportunities
WHY? Stay up to date with the latest opportunities for funding your cleantech business

Crowdfunding for tech firms hit the headlines around a decade ago. Join us to see if it can provide the finance to help grow your cleantech business and hear from experts, real life case studies and commentary and tips.

OxFutures II Conference

27 September 2019 | 9:30 am – 4pm
Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX

Please join us to hear about the growing low carbon economy in Oxfordshire and how you can be a part of it.

Oxfordshire is nationally at the forefront of the low carbon energy transition and its businesses are playing a leading role. Our speakers will explain how this is being achieved and what exciting developments are coming next.

We’ll hear from SMEs who are embarking on some innovative projects in the low carbon space and those making their contribution to lower energy demand by installing energy saving measures. There will also be plenty of time for networking and meeting new contacts.

This is a free event is for anyone involved in a SME in Oxfordshire plus anyone interested in the low carbon economy.

Agenda and speakers to be announced.

 

The future of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial buildings and the drive for zero carbon

16 October 2019 | 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX

This session will look in detail at current and future progression of the statutory Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for non-domestic buildings. Topics covered include detailed information on MEES itself, landlord and Council perspectives, potential solution providers and importantly gives delegates the chance to feed back to Government on current issues with non-domestic MEES and the future proposals for it.

What will you learn?

At this event, you will:

  • Hear more about these proposed updates to the MEES regulations from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Be able to feed back your learning and concerns to shape the future of MEES.
  • Learn more about MEES itself; utilising Oxford City Council’s experience and existing examples of non-domestic energy efficiency retrofit
  • Hear from potential solution providers
  • Find out more about why a climate emergency is important to your business

Who should attend?

The target audience for this event is anyone who has an interest in the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings. This includes non-domestic landlords, facility management companies, estate agents, non-domestic EPC assessors, local government professionals, energy specialists and a range of retrofit providers.

Access to finance for Innovative SMEs from across sectors, focusing on Space, Health, Energy and Cleantech and held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on Harwell Campus

16 October 2019 | 9am – 5:30pm
Science and Technologies Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Lab, Pickavance Theatre, Harwell, OX11 0QX

Join the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Oxfordshire Greentech in collaboration with the Cambridge Cleantech for an incisive and informative day on the key issue of access to finance for SMEs, as part of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) ERDF programme. Focused on innovators from across the Space, Health, Energy and Cleantech  sectors, held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the Harwell Campus.

This event will bring together innovative SMEs, investors and academics.

The day will start with a range of experienced investors including; business angels, corporate investors and public sector grants specialists, followed by dynamic pitches from local SMEs looking for future investment. In the afternoon there will be a range of inspiring speakers exploring top tips for applying for funding and an interactive business-2-business networking session.

Oxford Electric Vehicle Business Breakfast – Charging and Infrastructure

19 November 2019 | 7:30am – 9:30am
Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA

You are invited to our next Oxford EV Business Breakfast, focusing on Charging and Infrastructure on the morning of Tuesday 19 November from 07.30 to 09.30 at Lady Margaret Hall.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers to cover the basic issues associated with electric vehicle charging infrastructure:

  • Energy Saving Trust – Ian Featherstone
  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks – Richard Hartshorn
  • Oxford Direct Services – Mairi Brookes
  • EO Charging – Sam Steele

Our aim is to better equip you with the knowledge and understanding you need to install electric vehicle charging equipment – from the grants available, to certified installers, to load constraints, process, etc.

This event is aimed at local business owners, fleet managers, EV suppliers, policy makers and any individuals involved in the transition to and adoption of EVs.