Monday 24 July 2023

Summer Briefing from Centre for Business Innovation



CfBI Summer Briefing  2023                   

with meeting dates for your calendar                       




As a contact of the Centre for Business Innovation we are pleased to share hot news about CfBI Consortia and our upcoming meetings – as well as the Cambridge Innovation Summit on September 26th when we all get together in Cambridge.  If you would like to get involved, please contact the consortium leaders below or talk to me about how your organization can benefit from joining us.                                    

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CfBI’s latest headlines


With COVID well behind us now we are fully physical again – but still use the Hopin platform to enable members from around the world to participate virtually to network  and to pick up recordings of talks and discussion.


       The Corporate Venturing Leadership Forum (CVLF-5)  has been busy over the past few months, with meetings in Canary Wharf, hosted by Kadans, and a recent trip to Food Valley in Wageningen, hosted by Yili. We discussed the latest problems for innovators, such as finding and working with start-ups, and integrating them into a corporate environment. We also explored how to build successful ecosystems. The trip to Food Valley gave us a valuable insight into the future of food and how corporates can work with start-ups to bring new products to market. We also had a tour of Yili's brand new state of the art labs - apparently regularly tested making pizza! If you are interested in working with start-ups to transform your business, then I encourage you to join us.  Contact:


       (NEW) The Future of Education Consortium (FoE-1) is a dynamic community of forwardthinking policy makers, educators, technologists, and visionaries dedicated to shaping the future of education. We bring together public and private sector organisations from across Europe that are passionate about education and aspire to enhance student engagement, improve outcomes and foster lifelong learning by incorporating cutting-edge technologies. Together, we will redefine the boundaries of education and pioneer transformative learning experiences. We are currently inviting members to join this  new Consortium - our Consortium leaders will be attending the Cambridge Innovation Summit on 26th September ready to introduce the Consortium to anyone who's interested. We plan to launch on Sept 27th.




       The Microfluidics Consortium (MF-14) Having visited San Francisco (including site visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Zurich (including site visit to the de Mello Lab at ETH)  and Boston (including site visit to MIT nano lab)  this year, we will be in Cambridge UK (Trinity Science Park) on Sept 27th  with a world class programme of research, applications and venturing talks, table top demos, site visits and all the networking you can handle!! . Agenda and registration here. Following this we will meet in Paris, France on tbc Nov 20/21 (convenient for delegates at Medica the previous week)  and then in  San Francisco on Feb 1/2 (timed to fit with the Photonics West Conference).  For details, contact Peter Hewkin on


·         The Medical Adherence and Digital Health Consortium (MADH-7) takes a collaborative pan industry approach to the expensive problem of poor adherence to treatment regimes, and the opportunities presented by digital health to support increased adherence and patient engagement. Building on existing work in the sector, the group progresses through the use of focussed working groups, currently looking at; improving the use of behaviour change in digital health apps (creating an implementation framework in association with experts from Kings College London and Asthma + Lung UK): increasing the quality of adherence measurement: and agreeing and progressing along a feasible industrial roadmap to the better use of digital to improve adherence. The next meeting will be in Cambridge on Sept 27th following the Cambridge Innovation Summit. For details, contact Jeremy Holland at

       The Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials (NCEM-9) consortium has the mission to provide a unique inside into carbon nanotechnologies and an opportunity to address commercialisation challenges. Members are currently particularly interested in enabling materials and technologies for upcoming generations of batteries. For more information, please contact the NCEM Consortium leader, Dr Bojan Boskovic  


The Cambridge Innovation Summit is the annual occasion when members of all our consortia come together to learn from and with each other. Supported by generous sponsorship from BSI (British Standards Institute) and CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) and now in its 9th year CfBI’s flagship event will  be  in physical format  on Sept 26th 2022 (with a programme of case studies, panel discussions,  a curated matching session with leading start-ups  and all the networking you can handle. The Summit takes place  a beautiful Cambridge riverside location with a dinner afterwards in the Great Hall of Westminster College – just  a short walk along the river from the summit location. We are delighted to have headline speakers from Microsoft Research, ARM, Linguamatics  and University of Cambridge  already confirmed.  For those who cannot make the physical event the Advanced Hopin  features will be used to allow virtual breakout room discussions and ad-hoc 1-2-1 video meetings.  Access is free to all members of CfBI consortia – but there is a modest fee for non-members. For details  & registration follow the links here


Add Cambridge Innovation Summit  2023 to your calendar. Do it now!


CfBI is currently testing ideas for new consortia in exciting spaces such as: ‘AI – practitioners’ ,   ‘Brain / Machine Communications’ and ‘Additive Manufacturing’. The Cambridge Innovation Summit will include a structured breakout sessions for members to work on what they would like to see from new consortia like these. Do let us know if your company would like to stimulate a new consortium in the trusted CfBI format.


Want to know more about us?  CfBI’s Executive Summary with details of all our consortia benefits of joining can be downloaded here – or contact me for a chat.


We  look forward to seeing  you “upclose and personal”  again!


Dr Peter F Hewkin - CEO

Centre for Business Innovation

"Creating Collaborative  Communities" 

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