Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Conference room

 Aston Business School and Birmingham Science Park Aston are pleased to invite you to Leading Thinkers, Leading Visions on Wednesday 15 June.

Looking to the future, business leaders want to take their businesses forward and make them more sustainable. This event will discuss how innovation and entrepreneurship contributes to bigger, better business and how ambition drives our economy.


 12.00         Refreshments and registration

 12.15       “Why is it that only 3% of all start-ups go on to
                 employ at least 10 people in three years or have
                 at least £1million turnover? How difficult is it to
                 get a  £1million turnover?” 
Professor Mark Hart, Small Business &
                 Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School

12.40       “Science Park without Walls; Engaging with
                 entrepreneurs & developing high technology
                 businesses regardless of geography to drive
                 borderless innovation
                 Dr David J Hardman MBE, Chief Executive Officer, 
                 Birmingham Science Park Aston

13.00       "Public Support Programmes for 
                Innovation and Growth: Do they work?" 
Dr Robert Crawford, Director of Innovation, 
                Investment and Growth, NESTA  

13.30        Q & A 

13.45        Networking and Lunch


About the speakers:

Professor Mark Hart is a leading academic in this field and jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in the UK. Professor Hart also advises the Government on enterprise policies and has undertaken a number of national evaluations of business support products and services.

Dr David Hardman MBE is CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston (BSPA). David is developing the ICT, gaming, digital media and clean technologies agenda, reflecting the strengths of the city region. In embracing the opportunities offered by the latest ICT collaboration platforms he has been driving the concept of the “science park without walls” bringing in global support to drive Birmingham’s knowledge economy.

Dr Robert Crawford is Director of Innovation, Investment and Growth with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and is based in London. He has a long standing interest in ‘innovation’ and ‘commercialisation’. He has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors and is an acknowledged specialist in ‘economic development’ matters.

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