Nexus Connect seeks to boost innovation through collaboration

Meaningful collaboration lies at the heart of Nexus Connect – collaboration between founders, entrepreneurs, academics and innovators.

Nexus Connect – Nexus’ flagship event series, this time in collaboration with Leeds University Business School – will take place as part of Leeds Digital Festival on April 25.

The free event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs ,  and offers the opportunity to network with Nexus member businesses, academics and research staff from the University of Leeds and innovative business from around the region. 

Attendees will be the first to hear about the latest projects from  companies within the Nexus and University communities, and in which areas they’re looking for collaborators.  

They’ll also have opportunities to meet entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics in networking sessions where selling is discouraged in favour of collaboration  and building meaningful relationships.

“The emerging needs and challenges of modern society are complex,” said Gareth Scargill, Nexus Deputy Director “Collaboration between businesses and academia offers new insights into solving problems with innovative solutions.

“If you think about it, universities are probably the most diverse organisations on the planet. Where else could a business access, say, a statistician, a biologist, a software engineer, a graphic designer and a mechanical engineer – all within one establishment?

“If we are to create the innovations which will help to meet society’s needs and challenges, deliver growth for business and our economy and increase our global competitiveness, we need diversity of thinking, collaboration and expertise. And Nexus Connect is a great way to kick off those collaborations.

Speakers at the event include:

Christopher McKee, UK managing director of Norwegian software house Ledidi, which develops cloud-based data insight software for clinicians and health researchers. Ledidi is one of a number of international firms moving into the Yorkshire region.

Joe Norton, clinical and product development director with medical robotics startup Atlas Endoscopy.

Nabi Omidvar, academic fellow in AI at the University of Leeds, who is working on the use of AI in various applications such as financial services.

Samantha Webster, Director of Clinical Operations, Vet-AI. Vet-AI is a disruptive tech company dedicated to making animal care more accessible and affordable.

Marianne Savory, lecturer in professional skills and curriculum development at Leeds University Business School, who specialises in graduate employability and professional skills.

Nexus Connect runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 25 April at Nexus, on Discovery Way, Leeds.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

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