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Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford

Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford

Taking place at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will join MBA students and the local high tech spin out community in Oxford on 21 November, for the 11th anniversary of Europe's preeminent entrepreneurship gathering.

The theme of Silicon Valley comes to Oxford is 'Unlocking Growth'. In a series of masterclasses, plenary sessions and discussion groups, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, innovators, investors will engage with students, alumni and guests to share actionable insights on how to scale, start and run great technology companies.

The programme (which may be subject to revision) is as follows:

Programme Monday 21st November
9.00-9.30 Registration
9:30-10:45 PLENARY SESSION: "Identifying Opportunities"
Speakers: Patrick Chung (NEA), Pete Flint (Trulia), Deepak Jayaraman (Goldman Sachs), Elena Medo (Neolac), Allen Morgan (IdeaLab), Kim Polese (Silicon Valley Leadership) and Kulveer Taggar (Entrepreneur)
10:45-12:00 Open Space Session: "Building Human Ecosystems"
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 PLENARY SESSION: "Changing the Rules of the Game"
Speakers: Amar Bhide (Tufts University), Gary Lauer (eHealth), Joe DiNucci (Professional Coach), Brian Sager (Nanosolar), Maria Sendra (Baker & McKenzie), Richard Sergay (Discovery Communications) and Megan Smith (Google)
14:00-15:15 Open Space Session: "What can Entrepreneurs learn from Major
Programme Management?"

15:15-15:45 Networking - Coffee
15:45-17:00 Open Space Session: "What can Governments do to help companies Unlock Growth?"
17:00-18:00 Networking - Coffee
18:00-19:30 PLENARY SESSION: "Getting to Scale"
Speakers: David Frigstad ((Frost & Sullivan), Julie Hanna (Kiva), Tom Hayes (Marvell), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Jorn Lyseggen (Meltwater Group), Kal Patel (VantagePoint Capital Partners) and Padmasree Warrior (Cisco)
19:30 Dinner – Exeter College (by invitation only)

Additional events Sunday 20 November
Following the success of last year, the event will again host an Oxford Union debate (evening of Sunday 20th November) where speakers Erik Brynjofsson and Andrew McAfee (co-authors of Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy) will put forward the motion: "This House believes that accelerating technology is irreversibly transforming employment and the economy". (A limited number of press passes are available).

On Sunday afternoon entrepreneurs from among Oxford alumni will join an experience sharing session including one to one mentoring from the speakers. A limited number of press passes are available for those particularly interested in start ups from the next generation of entrepreneurs. Successful and established alumni entrepreneurs will be sharing their insights.

For a full list of speakers and further details click here.

To register to attend, or for further information contact:
Clare Fisher, Head of Press Relations, Saïd Business School, Mobile: +44 (0) 7912 771090 Tel: +44 (0) 1865 422713
Josie Powell, Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 422573, +44 (0) 1865 288403
Email: or

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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