A promotional photo of Maritime UK Solent at Venturefest. The photo features Stuart Baker.

Maritime UK Solent welcomes industry innovators to Venturefest 2022

Maritime UK Solent, the region’s industry-led sector-based cluster body, is bringing together a panel of maritime experts for Venturefest 2022, the annual innovation festival being held at the Ageas Bowl on 17 November.

Maritime-related businesses and organisations are being invited to attend the free session, to network and explore how the sector is innovating to deliver the Government’s Maritime 2050 strategic ambitions.

Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chair of Maritime UK Solent said:

“On the back of our highly successful #NetZero session held at last year’s Venturefest, we are thrilled to run this year’s session alongside key maritime partners, aimed at helping companies to find mechanisms to take their ideas from the drawing board to tangible outcomes. This stimulating, collaborative session, is all about a range of stakeholders, from academia, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research organisations, large businesses, through to Governmental departments and agencies, working together, all with the common goal to drive maritime innovation in the Solent.”

Professionals from a range of maritime backgrounds will take part in the Maritime UK Solent session, along with representatives from Solent Freeport, Connected Places Catapult and the Royal Navy.

Brian Johnson, Chair of the Solent Freeport will give an update on Solent Freeport, how it will support innovation, encourage investment in R&D and create a dynamic environment that brings together innovators to collaborate.

Stuart Baker of Maritime UK Solent, Captain Allan Youp from the Royal Navy, and Henry Tse from Connected Places Catapult will talk about the Solent’s world leading maritime innovation strengths.

The international Innovation Panel, will discuss the support available to encourage innovation in maritime, and how collaboration is key to ensure the industry has the pipeline of skills needed in coming generations.

The Panel includes contributions from:

  • Matt Johnson, Institute of Technology
  • Juka Rokka, Groke Technologies
  • Matthew Moss, KTN
  • Sarah Duckering, University of Portsmouth
  • David Legg, Innovate UK
  • Oliver Shepherd, SubSea Craft

Come along to the Maritime UK Solent Innovation Panel and Networking session at #VFS22.

To find out more and to book your free place, click here.



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