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Success at the Bath Digital Festival Dinner

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Holly Breckon
October 30, 2019

So that’s it. Another year done for Bath Digital Festival! And what a success it was…

2019 marks the first year of Bath Digital Festival being a registered charity, and with over 90 events (many of which sold out within hours of launching) happening across the city, it would appear to be its most successful yet!

As one of the BDF’s founding members, every year we sponsor the festival and often host our event. This year we decided to do something a little different as our event.

Leading Through Change Dinner | Bath Digital Festival 2019

We teamed up with Engine Shed to host an exclusive event for local digital tech founders looking to scale up their business.

On the evening of Wednesday 23rd October, we took over the Apex Hotel in order to treat 80 of the finest business people across Bath and Bristol to a three-course dinner interspersed with a variety of short ‘lightning’-style talks throughout, from a number of impressive speakers.

Following the theme of ‘Leading Through Change’, each speaker explained their individual story – the challenges they’ve faced and the lessons they’ve learned when scaling their business.

Introducing our speakers

We’d like to thank our incredible speakers, each of whom provided inspirational ‘take-homes’ about their experience in business. Here’s a little more about each of them:

Paul Hetherington – Co-founder and CEO of NeuroAI. Neuro AI have designed high-speed hardware for accelerating Artificial Intelligence.

Georgia Stewart – Co-founder of Tumelo. Tumelo enables people to see exactly which companies they own through their pension/investments and helps them take action.

Charlotte Bermingham – Co-founder and CTO of Vitamica. Vitamica have developed a new diagnostic technology to transform the way clinicians make decisions on antibiotic choice.

Caroline Clark – Operations Director at KETs Quantum. KETS is building quantum-safe security solutions with partners in defence and space.

Andrew Smith – COO at Fathom. Fathom provide flood risk information for the whole planet.

Chris Morton – CEO of Elem Biotech. ELEM creates models of the human body from patient scans to replicate how they work

Jim Morrison – Founder of One Sub. One Sub is building a new way to read the news to help people balance their bias.

Rupert Howe – Co-founder and CEO of Watch And Replay. Watch And Replay lets producers create and deliver interactive films without coding.

Of course, the evening would never have run so smoothly without the expert and highly entertaining compering skills of our very own Dave Kelly and Engine Shed’s, Briony Phillips. Not only did they make us laugh but effectively convinced everyone to keep swapping seats throughout the night too!

Thank you to our sponsors

We’d also like to give a huge thanks to our sponsors of the evening Boost & Co. Boost & Co is a leading provider of growth capital and working capital for innovative, fast-growing UK SMEs. A very fitting company to partner with for an event discussing scaling businesses, we’re sure you’ll agree!

Lauren from Boost & Co very kindly joined us for the evening too. If you’d like to get in contact with her to discuss funding, then please drop her line via lauren@boostandco.com or message her on LinkedIn.

We’ve received some great feedback from the event, with many guests asking when we’ll be hosting the next one! 

We’re really pleased with how successful this year’s event was and hey, maybe we’ll be doing another one soon :)

Here’s a few snaps from the evening.