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Plexal

Purpose built for innovation

Our innovation centre is based at Here East: a tech cluster in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that’s quickly become one of the best-connected places in London. You’ll find us on the ground floor of the Press Centre building.

AGENDA

Welcome

9.00-9.20
 

Introduction and welcome from

Andrew Roughan (Managing Director, Plexal)

Chris Dines (CEO, Informed Funding)

Henry Whorwood (Head of Research, Beauhurst)

Focus on Artificial Intelligence

9:25-10:10
 

The UK’s Emerging AI Stars

UK Artificial Intelligence companies have secured a record amount of funding in the first eight months of this year, surpassing 2018’s figure of £1bn (according to Crunchbase). From 2014 to 2018, investment in AI technology has grown almost six-fold globally. The UK is the third biggest market in the world after the US and China.

There are huge opportunities for the best of UK deep-tech businesses to scale; the great majority of UK AI companies have fewer than 50 employees. There are undoubtedly challenges holding them back, not least finding investment.

 

We’ll be looking at start-up to scale-up activity in the UK, assessing the key trends and identifying the biggest movers in the market in terms of funding and top-line growth. There will be up-to-date research from Beauhurst, leaders in tracking the UK’s high-growth companies. We’ll be looking at a list of the top 500 start-ups working in AI and how they are funded.

  • Which types of AI start-ups are attracting the most investment?

  • Which AI start-ups have managed to scale up fastest? 

  • What investment opportunities are open to AI companies?

  • How are AI start-ups adapting to attract investment?

Identifying the Opportunity in AI 

This panel will follow on from the AI presentation and involve experts and those working within the Artificial Intelligence space. They’ll discuss investment opportunities as well as emerging technology trends and areas which are developing into commercial viability. Entrepreneurs and business owners will get to see where they fit into the market and investors will see how the market is developing.

Focus on Smart Mobility

10:15-11:00
 

The UK’s Emerging Smart Mobility Stars

Smart Mobility is set to be one of the key growth areas for deep-tech investment in the UK. In the past two years, $120bn has been invested in Smart Mobility globally (according to a McKinsey April 2019 report). The UK is a leader in this space after the US and China. $34bn has been invested since 2010.

British start-ups are working hard to create efficient and environmentally-friendly tech to move people and goods around towns and cities. It’s one of the key areas of focus for Plexal. The electric scooter company Bird, currently available in the Olympic Park, is based at the business hub alongside Ford’s Smart Mobility Innovation Office. Plexal is also home to London RoadLab, an accelerator scheme run in conjunction with Transport for London.

 

What are the pioneering British start-ups in the smart-mobility ecosystem? A leader in tracking the UK’s high-growth companies, Beauhurst will present its most up-to-date research including a list of the top start-ups working in the sector and their investment background.

Whether it’s battery technology or electric scooters, we’ll be assessing the key emerging trends and identifying the biggest movers in the market in terms of funding and top-line growth. 

  • Which types of smart-mobility start-ups are attracting the most investment?

  • Which smart-mobility start-ups have managed to scale up fastest? 

  • What investment opportunities are open to smart-mobility companies?

  • How are smart-mobility start-ups adapting to attract investment?

Identifying the Opportunity in Smart Mobility

This panel will follow on from the smart-mobility presentation and involve experts and those working within the space. We’ll be discussing where the developing commercial opportunities lie with so much activity in a highly complex space and how we expect the market to develop in the coming months and years. In short, where do our experts think the success stories will be? 

Refreshment Break 

11:00-11:25

Coffee and light refreshments available. 

Focus on Cyber Security 

11:30-12:15
 

The UK’s Emerging Cyber Security Stars

In 2018, a staggering $5.3bn was invested in companies focused on Cyber Security to protect networks, systems and data globally, as reported by US VC firm Strategic Cyber Ventures. The UK is well placed to take a slice of that growing pie.

Cyber Security is one of the key areas of focus for Plexal, the innovation and business hub. They are home to the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy. It offers year-long programmes where companies can benefit from contact and collaboration with academics and innovators as well as government, investment and industry leaders. Since June 2018, LORCA has welcomed three cohorts and these businesses have received £58m in investment and won 514 contracts.

Using the most up-to-date research compiled by Beauhurst, leaders in tracking the UK’s high-growth companies, we will look at the start-ups and scale-ups moving the dial in Cyber Security. We’ll assess the key trends and identify the biggest movers in the market looking at funding and top-line growth. 

  • Where is the innovation in Cyber Security happening?

  • What new tools and techniques are powering innovation?

  • Which types of cyber security start-ups are attracting the most investment?

  • Which cyber security start-ups have managed to scale up fastest? 

  • What investment opportunities are open to cyber security companies?

  • How are cyber security start-ups adapting to attract investment?

Identifying the Investment Opportunity in Cyber Security

This panel will follow on from the Cyber-Security presentation and involve experts and those working within the space. We’ll be discussing how we expect the market to develop in the future and where our experts think the success stories will be. We’ll be discussing investment opportunities and emerging technology trends so entrepreneurs and investors can get an in-depth oversight of the sector.

The UK as Deep Technology Hub?

12:20-13:00

There will be a Key Note Speech and Chaired Q&A from one of the UK’s leading technology experts. The UK is a global hub for deep-tech development but what are we getting right, what are we getting wrong, and what should our strategy be to take advantage of every opportunity?

Wrap and Close

13:00-13:10

Closing comments and special thanks.

 
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