Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford 2013 to focus on Technology and Healthcare

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Now in its 13th year, Saïd Business School’s Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford (SVCO) forum is focused on creating and sharing actionable insight on how to start, scale, and run innovative technology companies.

A key event in the entrepreneurship calendar the event brings together leading entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to work on the opportunities and issues facing technology sector businesses. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Technology and Healthcare’ and speakers will discuss what it takes to start, scale and run great technology and healthcare companies and explore the opportunities and challenges of technology and healthcare innovation.

At the heart of the event is a series of informal, small group masterclasses where participants from Silicon Valley and beyond, share their hard-won, practical insight into starting, scaling and running technology businesses with the next generation of entrepreneurs. Plenary sessions focus on hot topics and a series of Fringe events including challenges and an Oxford debate, take place over the previous weekend (23/24 November).

SVCO participants are addressing some of the most exciting opportunities in business today. Their practical experience represents leading-edge thinking on how to create value on a global scale, providing invaluable insight for entrepreneurs and business leaders regardless of sector.

Speakers include:

  •     Jack Shulman – Global Director of Research and Development, Sony Playstation
  •     Keely Stevenson – CEO, Bamboo Finance
  •     Stacey Chang – Associate Partner and Director, IDEO’s Health and Wellness Practice
  •     Malay Ghandi – Chief Strategy Officer, Rock Health
  •     Paula Dowdy – Senior VC of Cisco Services (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia)
  •     Kim Cerrone – CEO, Tiatros Research
  •     Kim Polese – Chairman, Clearstreet
  •     Joe DiNucci – Founding Partner, Surviving Success LLC
  •     Mike Malone – Co-founder and Director, PatientKey Inc
  •     Tom Hayes – Founder and CEO, Mepedia
  •     Kal Patel – Member Executive Committee, LRN
  •     Gary Lauer – Chairman and CEO, eHealth Inc
  •     Phil Libin – CEO, Evernote
  •     Anthony Wood – Founder, Roku
  •     Renu Bhatia – EVP, Marvell

Provisional Programme

  •     SVCO 20:20

Industry experts share their insight into the latest developments in the field in short high-impact 20 minute talks.


Selected students have the opportunity to meet some of our speakers 1-1 to ask them key questions that could help them launch their new business or get the job they want with an early-stage company.


A regular of the SVCO calendar, two teams will debate a motion relating to the theme of technology and healthcare.



Masterclasses are the core of each year’s Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford forum. They are highly interactive sessions focused on the challenges of starting and growing technology and healthcare businesses. People talk openly about the issues and problems they are really passionate about and share their failures as well as their hard won successes. Last year there were 28 Masterclasses.


The Plenary Session is an opportunity to hear a prominent entrepreneur, innovator or investors discuss and debate key issues in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Further details of the format and of additional speakers will be available shortly.

For further details please see here.

To register to attend, or for further information please contact :
Clare Fisher, Head of Press Relations, Saïd Business School,
Mobile: +44 (0) 7912 771090 Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288968
Email: clare.fisher(at)

Josie Powell, Public Relations Coordinator
Mobile: +44 (0) 7711 387215, Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288403
Email: josie.powell(at) or pressoffice(at)

Notes to editors:

1     About Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford

Now in its thirteenth year, Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford bridges two world centres of ideas to explore the big issues and future directions of innovation and entrepreneurial phenomena in a vibrant and fast paced mix of masterclasses, tutorials, panel debates and networking events. The leading European entrepreneurship forum, pioneered by the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, brings business leaders and luminaries from across Silicon Valley to Oxford for a period of focused interaction with faculty, research and student members of Oxford University and the British entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Silicon Valley comes to Oxford 2013 will once again have an impressive line up of visiting VIPs from the Valley and beyond, including established entrepreneurs, founders of start-ups, venture capitalists and funders, theorists and policy influencers. A wide range of technologies and trends will be explored, providing the opportunity to identify future directions.

2    About The Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School

The Entrepreneurship Centre is the focal point for entrepreneurship research, teaching and practice at the University of Oxford.

The Centre brings together academics, spinout- and student-entrepreneurs, for the study and practice of entrepreneurship and is the doorway to the over 2,000 high-tech companies in and around Oxford. Its programmes and events combine research on and practical teaching of entrepreneurship to support entrepreneurs and high-growth companies.

Students on the MBA and the Executive MBA have access to a broad range of electives, project work, a venture fund, student societies, such as Oxford Entrepreneurs, and open programmes to build up their understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation whilst studying at Saïd Business School. Many MBA entrepreneurship projects evolve into successful new ventures, and Saïd Business School alumni companies now number over 150. About one in ten of the School’s MBAs leaves to set up a new venture upon graduation and the Centre has created a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and spin-outs connected to the School that enriches our offerings for students and outside firms alike.

In entrepreneurship research the Centre’s faculty brings a distinct focus on the social and cultural dimensions of business in the twenty-first century to researching and teaching entrepreneurship, and use a range of non-traditional disciplinary lenses to look at techno-economic phenomena in their cultural contexts. By drawing on Oxford University’s distinct intellectual heritage the Centre’s faculty uses a range of theoretical frameworks and intellectual perspectives to reflect the complex nature of entrepreneurship and innovation, including examining the social, economic, cultural, and political structures that help transform ideas into products.

3    About Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.

In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2012) Saïd is ranked 12th. It is ranked 13th worldwide in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programs (May 2013) and 24th in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programs (Jan 2013). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 4th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programs (June 2012). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2012) and has ranked first in nine of the last ten years in The Times. For more information, see

4     About Innovation at Oxford

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, in line with its pre-eminence as a world centre of new knowledge, ideas and innovation.

  •     Oxford University researchers have won over 50 Nobel prizes.
  •     Oxfordshire is one of Europe’s leading centres of enterprise, innovation and knowledge. At the end of 2004, there were over 3,500 high-tech firms in the county employing 45,000 people.
  •     The University of Oxford has produced over 70 technology based spin-out companies and has received over £80 million for the sales of shares in spin-outs.
  •     The University’s portfolio of 49 companies is currently valued at around £32 million (November 2009) and employs 900 employees. The total market capital of these companies is £514 million.
  •     During the financial year 2008–2009 as a whole, total funds raised by the University of Oxford’s (unlisted) spin-outs was £42.7 million.
  •     Oxford Entrepreneurs is one of the largest student entrepreneur societies in the world, with over 7,000 members. One of its 40 start-up companies was sold in 2008 for US$5 million, and others raised over £1 million in seed funds last year.
  •     The Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers access to over 50 entrepreneurship events a year.
  •     Leading soft innovation companies formed by Oxford University graduates include McKinsey & Co, Pizza Express, Majestic Wines and

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