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For the second blog post in our Venturefest 2012 series, we stayed put in the Learning Stream to listen to Jane Galsworthy, Head of Innovation Solutions at Oxford Innovation. Oxford Innovation helps both start-ups and established businesses grow and succeed, providing help finding finance, office space, investment opportunities and more.

Her talk ‘Gearing Up Your Business’ placed a focus on ‘why choosing the right input at the right time is crucial’ and included a number of short pitches from a great range of businesses.

We’ve produced a quick summary of the six businesses presented in the Learning Stream and how you can find out more about their future plans to help others.

GrowthAccelerator
“A eureka experience, a pivotal moment in our expansion.” GrowthAccelerator helps ambitious businesses achieve rapid and sustainable growth. Find out more here.

MAS
The Manufacturing Advisory are helping businesses ‘make’ more. The MAS advise and provide businesses with a helping hand through all the processes from the very start. This can begin with the concept and continue right through to the end, delivering to the customer. Find out more about their business and grants here.

Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board are the UK’s innovation agency. For them, it’s not about shiny new gadgets, it’s about business. They want to drive economic growth, in what they consider to be, challenge areas. Find out more here.

Design Council
The Design Council enables people to use design to transform communities, businesses and the environment for the better. Find out more about their business and leadership programmes here.

UKTI
“Innovation is great”. UK Trade & Investment works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success within international markets. They also encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK for investments. Find out more here.

Santander Breakthrough Programme
The Santander Breakthrough Programme aims to help growth acceleration for small and medium-sized British businesses. Find out more about the programme and funding here.

The Oxford Innovation website provides some excellent extra reading for those interested in ‘gearing up their business’:

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