Entrepreneurial Skills in Natural Materials

10 May 2018

Organised by the IOM3 Natural Materials Association

The Natural Materials Association in conjunction with Ananas Anam are holding an Entrepreneurial Skills in Natural Materials event on the afternoon of 10 May. This event is targeted towards those interested in understanding and commercialising natural materials in the UK. Our aim: to help those with a passion for the bioeconomy to translate their ideas into products and develop the skills required to succeed in business.

With topics including

  • Networking
  • IP
  • Business Model planning
  • Fundraising

there is a focus on highly interactive sessions and expert panels given by real life practitioners. Designed for those starting their careers in Natural Materials, from students to industrialists and everyone inbetween, we hope that this event will bring together the community, forging new links and ideas that will drive forward innovation in this area for the next generation of businesses.

We will also be formally launching the Innovation in Natural Materials Award, a cash prize aimed to support those companies and individuals who are making use of natural materials in exciting and original ways. More information and how to apply will be provided on the day.


14: 00 Welcome and Introduction, NMA and Ananas Anam

14:10 Networking Skills: Iris Aquilina (Founder Bioladies Network, BBIA Ambassador)

14:20 Intellectual Property: Clive Bonnie, SFP, consultant

14:50 Business Model Canvas: Hector Archila, Amphibia Base Ltd.

15:20 Coffee and Break

15:40 Fundraising:

Private Sector: TBC

Charities: To Be Confirmed

Government: KTN TBC

16:20 Q&A Panel session offering experience and advice from SMEs in natural materials. Dr Carmen Hijosa Ananas Anam, Prof Fritz Vollrath Oxford Biomaterials, Angela Morris Wool Packaging Company, Hector Archila Amphibia Base Ltd.

17:00 End of session

17:00-18:30 Drinks, Networking and Launch of NMA Innovation in Natural Materials Award

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
Somerset House
United Kingdom

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