As part of our partnership with Science City Bristol, we’re speaking to past and present attendees about Venturefest. Silas Adekunle, founder of start-up company Reach Robotics tells us more about what he is hoping to gain from Venturefest…
Name, Job Position, Company/Organisation:
Silas Adekunle, Founder of Reach Robotics. We design and develop robotics entertainment, with the aim to create products that both young and old can enjoy.
Tell us about yourself…
My passion is robotics. I’m currently in my final year of studies at UWE and have worked with various teams in the past taking robotic projects into schools, to stimulate interests in stem subjects. Reach Robotics is an extension of this; I wanted to create products that get into the hands of people creating a bond between robotics, entertainment and education, using the technology that is already available to increase awareness of entertainment robotics.
What are you hoping to get from Venturefest?
As Reach Robotics is still in its infancy, we're looking primarily for investment, raising funds in order to take our products to the next level. However I’m also very interested in meeting new connections who can help to grow the company in various ways over the coming years.
Why do you think events like Venturefest are important to Bristol and the South West?
Venturefest is known for its Innovation Showcase. It is a great opportunity to showcase what is coming out of Bristol and the South West in terms of innovation and product development and I am really excited to have been selected to be part of it.
Start-ups can get the exposure they need at these events and investors can see the creativity that is rife in the city.
Managing a start-up can leave you feeling quite isolated at times and so meeting others in the same position, who are also trying to grow their business, can be a great source of motivation.
What advice would you give to someone attending Venturefest this year?
If you have your own start-up, I’d recommend networking as much as possible. Go ahead and demo at events like Venturefest – you never know who you are going to meet and where the relationship will lead you. One connection made at Venturefest could be critical for the future development of your company.
What are you hoping to take away from this year’s event?
When I attend events such as Venturefest, I always enjoy the opportunity to meet the parents of children who my products benefit. Connecting with customers and addressing their needs is invaluable for future product development.
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