Startup

SIUOxford: From Idea to Start-up (Portable Sequencing and Self Driving Cars)

SIUOxford looked to the local start-up scene at the University of Oxford and welcomed Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Oxbotica to our recent event. What do these companies offer, what is their background story and what can we learn from their journey to today’s success?

SIUOxford: From Idea to Startup

SIUOxford hosted a very popular event on 12th Feb 2018. We welcomed Dr Michalis Papadakis, CEO and co-founder of Brainomix, and Lachlan MacKinnon, a principal at Oxford Sciences Innovation (a £600m fund). They shared important insights on growing a science start-up and gave expert advice on approaching the investment landscape. We give you here a must-read coverage of their advice for scientists interested in the startup scene. 

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.

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.

"And The Winners Are..."

In this last instalment of the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition article series we bring you a short summary of the awards ceremony we held in Oxford for our writers contributing to the competition. We combined the event with a roundtable discussion Naturejobs editor and our competition collaborator Jack Leeming held with the audience. You can find the links to the winning pieces in the article.

Stepping Into A Start-Up

When he decided to enter the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our regular contributor Devon Sheppard wanted to write about an entrepreneur who came from an academic background. He interviewed Dr Vanessa Gray-Schopfer, one of the founders of Omniscience, to get first-hand information about starting a company. Here is that interview. 

Leaving Academia: It’s Okay, and Here is Why

In this next shortlisted piece from the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our Frankfurt division editorial lead Dejan Draschkow brings us his thoughts on leaving academia and why it's quite OK to do so because it doesn't have to mean steering away from what you love doing as a scientist. Read on for very useful tips on how to carry on outside of academia after your PhD.

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 Katowice Session 1: How Startups Revolutionise Diagnoses and Treatments

Thinking outside the box is beneficial in all areas of science, including medicine. At our first SIUConversations event in Katowice, Poland, we welcomed Tessa Davies from Dem Dx, a clinical support tool that works as a diagnostic educational app. The app was developed for doctors by doctors and Tessa's talk inspired us to think how a startup can be revolutionary for those involved with it. 

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.