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SIUOxford: Inaugural Space Panel- Part 2- Katerina Lengold

SIUOxford recently partnered with the Oxford University Aeronautical Society to host the Inaugural Space Panel. In Part 2, we heard from Katerina Lengold, founder of Image Airy and current CEO of Limpid. Read on about her journey as a young entrepreneur in the space sector and her new ventures into revolutionising the process of start-up fundraising.

In Conversation with Co-founder of Vida: Devika Wood

Ahead of SIULondon's upcoming event 'Young Innovators vs Investors' on 20th March, we interviewed another anticipated member of the discussion panel - Devika Wood, Founder and CEO of Vida, a healthcare technology platform company focusing on delivering personalized and quality care. She has also featured on the Forbes '30 under 30' list 2018.  Read here for her startup story and advice for budding entreprenuers. 

In Conversation with Paweł Soluch: Discussing Therapeutic Technology in Neurology

Mr Paweł Soluch is the CEO of the Neuro Device Group, a company that has built a strong portfolio of biomedical products to address demand in the scientific market for new equipment and to attempt to solve ideologies where research has otherwise failed. Here he gives us insight into the medtech field and shares his experience as both a scientist and entrepreneur. 

SIUConference Oxford: Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience

As part of our SIU Conference series, the Oxford division hosted three speakers at the ‘Neurotechnology and Applied Neuroscience’ event on 23rd November 2017 at Magdalen College, a primary sponsor of SIUOxford. Our speakers were selected based on their shared experience of utilising some aspect of applied neuroscience for social and/or commercial impact.

SIULondon - Commercial Strategy: How a Bad Commercial Strategy Can Kill a Great Technology

On November 16, 2017, the London Division of the SIU organised a workshop with Dr Jeff Skinner, the Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School on commercial strategy. The main focus was on what it means to develop a commercial strategy for a researcher and if it is actually needed when the underlying technology is compelling enough to sell itself.

How to develop an idea from an Msc project to a company - the “loud sound” of Krotos

Monsters growling, robots talking and creatures screeching. Remind you of that movie you watched not long ago or the latest computer game you started playing? Ever wondered how these sounds come to be? Then read our interview with Orfeas Boteas, an entrepreneur who started a company to design sounds, after he did his master's on producing a sound tool.

Enterprising Women: How the Greek Financial Crisis Inspired a Startup

Spotting an unmet need and coming up with ideas to meet it are essential for the success of a startup. Where your ideas stem from, however, can be completely unrelated to your background and expertise. Dr. Denise Xifara was the guest of Enterprising Oxford recently and here we bring you the story of her, her doctorate in genetics, the Greek financial crisis and her startup Nupinion.

Enterprising Women: An Insight from Dame Carol Robinson

The numbers by which women are represented in science, business and leadership positions always lead to debate. Entrepreneurship and the extent of female involvement fits right into the same picture. In March 2017, Enterprising Oxford hosted the Oxford professor Dame Carol Robinson at their "Enterprising Women" session. Our writer Sandra Ionescu was there to find out about the ups and downs of Carol's entrepreneurial adventure. Here is what Carol's inspirational talk covered.

The Revolution of Surgery and The Rise of Technology

It's the 21st century and technology has a bigger impact on shaping our lives than ever. The same is true for medicine. There are online platforms and tools to help physicians perfect their knowledge and skills. In the second SIUConversations event in Katowice, our speakers from MEDtube told us how.

Academia, Startups, Small Enterprises: Do I Need to Choose?

SIU and Naturejobs held a writing competition back in February. Our writers wrote about their opinions on career choices, life in academia versus industry and the option of starting a company for researchers. This week we will publish the articles that were shortlisted for the competition. In this first article, Holly Reeve, a postdoc from University of Oxford, brings us her thoughts on career choices, the challenges facing her and other researchers when it comes to getting ready for the next step and how academia and industry can learn from each other.

SIUConversations Cambridge: "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect"

An engaging pitch can be everything when it comes to convincing your audience of the importance, novelty and potential of your ideas. In our "Meet the Founder: Pitch Perfect" event in Cambridge on May 4th, we had the chance to get tips from founders who successfully pitched their ideas to investors. Here is a summary of the enlightening event.

SIUConversations Oxford Session 3: Insight into Entrepreneurship

Starting your own company AND pursuing a PhD degree? Sound impossible? Not really. At the 3rd Oxford event of the SIUConversations series, we met people who have done it and learned about how it is actually quite possible. Here is a summary of the event and what Oxford has in store for those who want to do the same. 

Thinking (Truly) Outside The Box: Crowdfunding Meets a Biotech Startup

Thinking outside the box is a daily practice for all scientists whatever path they take. Starting their own company is no exception and in this article we bring you the interview we conducted with Dr Zografos who stepped outside of the box even further than in a typical scenario: Bringing a research idea out of an academic lab combined with crowdfunding to get a company started. Read on for an inspiring story. 

3D Food Printers: Gourmet Gizmo or Game-Changer?

In the last article of the SIU 'Sustainable Food' series we are bringing you 3D food printers. Some use already existing food to make new ones, some use individual nutrients and mould them into food and some even help grow plants! How sustainable is it to print food though? Can it be used in everyday life? What benefits does it bring? Read about the latest food printing debate of the 21st century in this intriguing article. 

Bringing Farms to Cities

In the second part of our 'Sustainable Food' series, we bring you all you need to know about urban agriculture. In this exciting article we talk about what entrepreneurs are doing to bring farming to our doorstep in cities around the world (Herbs grown in air raid shelters anyone?), how the latest technologies are used to make it possible and how sustainable the new urban approaches to farming are. 

SIU360 Oxford session 2: Company Structure, What is Your Role?

You are an academic about to start a company. Some of the fundamental questions you need to answer are: How do you focus your efforts, research and priorities after starting a company? Where do you fit in the company that started out with your ideas? At the second Oxford session of our SIU360 education programme our three speakers answered these very questions and shared their inspiring experience with us.

How To Start a Business in Science

How CAN you start your own business? In this article, SIU is in conversation with Avinash Nanda of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, who is also a co-founder of the Refugee Connect project, about the 'what', the 'when' and the 'how' of getting started.