Venturefest showcases South West’s deep well of talent
The South West has a deep well of talent, as good as or better than anywhere in the world. This is the view of Paul Magelli, serial entrepreneur, who was a keynote speaker at Venturefest Bristol this week.
The event, which brings together new technology and innovation-based business ideas with the funding and support required to make them grow, was the first major event to take place at the Bristol & Bath Science Park since it opened in September.
Talking about the Science Park at Venturefest, Paul said: “This is long overdue for the region. If you go to Silicon Valley, everyone knows where to meet up but Bristol hasn’t had that – until now.
“I truly believe it will act as a nexus for entrepreneurs.
“The South West has a deep well of talent, as good as or better than anywhere in the world. The people and teams that work here are of an outstanding quality. They are highly capable, productive and exceptionally loyal – both to their proposition and to their customers.
“Their global perspective and entrepreneurial attitude is unique, and their willingness to win and succeed is extraordinary.
“The region is also particularly strong in providing the access to capital and resources that entrepreneurs need. It’s about networking and having places which act as a ‘vital hub’. I see the Science Park as being a crucial part of that.”
Paul was previously head of customer insight & experience at Nokia Siemens Network. He co-founded UK-based Apertio, where he served as CEO prior to its acquisition by Nokia Siemens Network in February 2008. Paul now serves on the boards of several start-ups and is working on his next venture.
Venturefest is a key Science City Bristol event, which attracted more than 600 people from across the Bristol region and beyond. It is an annual event, held also in Oxford and York. This is the first time that Bristol has hosted it after the city was selected as a new venue by Lord Sainsbury’s office because of its rich potential of scientific and technical strengths in business and academia.