Innovation For Business Conference 26th June 2019


Curated by Acceleration Through Innovation (ATI) and featuring a unique line-up of innovators, business leaders, researchers and academics, we will explore how forward-thinking SME’s can incorporate innovation to not only secure their place in the future, but thrive in a fast moving and competitive landscape.

In addition to our world-class speakers, the conference also provides businesses with the opportunity to get involved in high level discussions, attend innovation workshops and experience demonstrations of emerging tech, such as robotics and immersive theatre.

Check out our speaker list below and register for free by clicking on the button.


Tickets are limited for both businesses and partners, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


26th June 2019

9am – 4:30pm

Scorrier House, Redruth, Cornwall

Join us for Cornwall’s innovation event of the year! Taking place during Cornwall Business Week, this exclusive one day conference is designed to inspire, share knowledge and open your eyes to some of the latest science, technology and research which is set to change the business world as we know it.

Meet Our Speakers:

Jonathan MacDonald

Global speaker and award-winning Sunday Times Best Selling Author of “Powered By Change”

Jonathan has had a varied and unconventional career. A career which has spanned three decades in which he has not only created businesses, but also has advised the likes of Google, Apple, P&G, Unilever, Nestlé, Microsoft and IKEA.

His expertise encourages companies to challenge their thinking and provide new perspectives and avenues of thought, particularly on the topics of disruptive innovation, future trends and how to use change to fuel outstanding business and personal success.

Some of his many accomplishments include Ministry of Sound’s digital strategy, launching a Sky TV channel and becoming the youngest ever Chairman of the British Music Industries Association. He remains one of the world’s most highly rated speakers, a contributor to Forbes and the author of several books, most recently “Powered By Change“, the Sunday Times Bestseller and winner of the 2019 Business Book Award in the Embracing Change category.


Richard Shotton

Head of Behavioural Science at Manning Gottlieb OMD and Amazon best-selling author of “The Choice Factory”

Richard is the author of The Choice Factory, a best-selling book on how to apply findings from behavioural science to advertising.

Richard started his career as a media planner 18 years ago, working on accounts such as Coke, Lexus, and comparethemarket, before specialising in applying behavioural science to business problems. He is currently the Head of Behavioural Science at Manning Gottlieb OMD, the most awarded media agency in the history of the IPA Effectiveness awards.

He regularly runs training session with brands, big and small, using insights from behavioural science to help solve their problems.

Dr Peter Bloomfield

Research Manager at Digital Catapult

Through the Machine Intelligence Garage programme, Peter works with start-ups to provide them with the facilities and support they require in order to remove computing constraints from their product development. In his role he also works on AI public policy, government strategy and mapping the UK’s evolving AI ecosystem. Before working at Digital Catapult, Peter was a Neuroscientist working on problems including how different cell populations change when learning new skills, brain changes associated with schizophrenia and new ways to treat multiple sclerosis. He has also worked as a scientific consultant on projects developing human-computer interfaces for immersive environments.


Prof Sa’ad Medhat

CEO of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange

Prof Sa’ad Medhat is the founding Chief Executive of Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, the UK professional body for innovators and a leading provider of SciTech innovation and growth services to business, education and government. He is also the Founder of the STEM Foundation – an educational charity that has supported some 250 colleges in the UK and impacted positively the lives of over 700,000 students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Kim Conchie

CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Since his appointment as CEO in early 2012 Kim has developed Cornwall Chamber of Commerce into an organisation that is firmly at the forefront of Cornwall’s business community. Kim is also a member of, and chairs, several business and education boards and recently launched a new product onto the market – a Cornish tonic water named Navas. With his local knowledge and business insight, Kim will present an overview of what the Cornish Innovation Landscape looks like.


Paul Gilbert

Exelin Manufacturing Specialist

Paul has over 25 years manufacturing experience and in recent years has concentrated on supporting businesses in the Southwest. With academic diplomas in both Business and Engineering fields, his career has seen him deliver business support to over 1,000 companies and has helped over 100 companies bring new products to market. As a manufacturing specialist highly experienced in the low carbon sector, as well as having a keen interest in issues around sustainability, his talk will focus on the latest in process innovation.

Adrian Dawson

Head of Research and Innovation at the University of Plymouth

Adrian is Director of the University of Plymouth’s Research and Innovation Directorate, responsible for supporting academics across the Institution in the delivery of the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy, with a particular focus on research funding and the delivery of impact.

Adrian has worked for the University for eight years, in a number of outward facing roles, mainly supporting the engagement of business with the University’s expertise, world class facilities and talent, to support innovation and business growth.

Prior to joining the University Adrian headed up the Exeter office of a national economic development consultancy advising Government, Local Authorities and Regional Development Agencies and also worked in a number of public sector roles in regeneration and economic development, including on large European funding programmes.


Dr Katharine Willis

Professor at the University of Plymouth

Dr Katharine Willis is Associate Professor in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at University of Plymouth. An Architect by training, Dr Willis’s research looks at the implications of technology on the future design and ways of living in cities and communities. Her current research focuses on the area of smart cities with a focus on social innovation and co-design. In 2017 she worked with smart city entrepreneurial company, Design for Social Change (D4SC) and Amey Ferrovial on the Innovate funded Smarter Streets project that involved 150 participants in testing a smart city feedback app for improving city services (
Between 2015 and 2017 she led the research project ‘Digital neighbourhoods’, part funded by Superfast Cornwall that studied the effects of broadband rollout on rural villages and communities. Internationally, her AHRC funded research project ‘Whose Right to the Smart City’ involved working with academics, industry and third sector partners in London, Brazil and India to look at how to support social innovation in smart city projects. She has published widely on the topic, with over 30 academic papers and chapters and is co-author with Alex Aurigi of a key book in the field – Digital and Smart Cities published by Routledge in 2018. Her most recent research looks at Smart Cities Data, specifically observing data collected here in Cornwall, and we look forward to learning all about this fascinating topic.

Miles Carden

Director of Spaceport Cornwall

Space and Launch – The power to Inspire and Promote for the future

Miles has worked in the property industry for 30 years starting his career as a commercial property surveyor. Moving on to regeneration Miles has worked on the delivery of major regeneration and development projects such as; The Eden project, National Maritime Museum Cornwall and The Combined Universities in Cornwall.

In 2006 Miles went to Priority Sites Ltd a private sector developer delivering employment space projects throughout Cornwall.

In 2010 Miles joined the Aerohub Team in Cornwall Development Company and has led a major programme of investment to grow an aerospace cluster at Cornwall Airport Newquay; culminating in the award of Enterprise Zone status at in August 2011 followed by Goonhilly Earth Station beingawarded Enterprise Zone status in April 2016.

Since Jan 2014 Miles has led the development of Spaceport Cornwall at Cornwall Airport Newquay.



Dr Mario Gianni

University of Plymouth Computer Science Lecturer

University of Plymouth robotics demonstration and presentation.


Dr Mario Gianni is a Lecturer in Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth since September 2017. From April 2015 to September 2017 he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering “A. Ruberti” at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Italy.

From 2010 until 2017 he actively contributed to advance the science and technology  in Urban Search and Rescue Robotics. Two in-field experiences in deployment of human-robot teaming for assisted disaster response have distinguished  the research career of Dr Mario Gianni.

Currently, Dr Mario Gianni is collaborating with the UK’s Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) Hub to develop novel robotic solutions for the inner inspection of “unpiggable” pipe networks. These solutions will support Babcock International Group in optimizing the decommissioning process of the nuclear submarines in the UK.

Dr Mario Gianni also received a grant by Innovate UK, under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Schema, to enhance automation of the remotely operated vehicles  of AB precision (Poole) Limited for explosive ordinance disposal domain applications.

Dr Mario Gianni has published over 30 academic papers. He has served as peer reviewer and as committee member in several International Journals and Conferences in Robotics, including SSRR, Autonomous Robots, IROS, ICRA and the Journal of Field Robotics.



More speakers to be announced…


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