Smart Innovation Hub – Keele University

Fleet of Foot: innovation on a budget

Join us at this webinar, with David Townson (Co-founder, What Could Be), Sally Holdway (Co-founder, Teal Legal), Dr Colin Rigby (Senior Lecturer, Keele Business School) and Will Pritchard (Entrepreneur in Residence, Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership) to explore techniques for innovating on a budget, some of the best examples and funding available from Keele University to help local SMEs do it.

This webinar will be recorded to later be shared online, so if you wish to ask a question and want to remain anonymous, you can do this by submitting a private message to the host using the form at the bottom of the page.

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Meet the Presenters

Will Pritchard

Entrepreneur in Residence – Keele University

Will is an entrepreneur, educator and consultant working to improve the world we live in. Particular interests include enterprise education, the role of universities, innovation...

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digital and ethical growth. He works directly with businesses and with the ecosystem of support (including 50+ universities and educational institutions to date across the UK, the Middle East and Asia).

Current positions include a directorship of Enterprise Educators UK, Entrepreneur in Residence at Keele University and founder of Social Entrepreneur Squad, a digital community of 800+ growth-focused social entrepreneurs.

Dr Colin Rigby

Senior Lecturer - Keele Business School

Colin has extensive practical experience of production management, consultation and engineering based project work across a number of sectors of the ceramics industry.

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Before starting his career in engineering, Colin completed an MSc and Mphil at Manchester University and a BSc at UMIST in engineering-based disciplines.

Dave Townson

Co-founder - What Could Be

David Townson is a design practitioner, strategist, facilitator and coach. He co-founded What Could Be to take the thinking out of design thinking. David has enabled innovation in areas...

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as varied as returnable transit packaging, cat flaps, location-based sports booking apps and automated banking services. He has been a product designer in manufacturing and a director at service design pioneers live | work.

David has worked with universities, startups, medium-sized and global businesses and government organisations to better understand and apply human centred design practices, creating valuable product and service offers as a result. 

Sally Holdway

Co-founder - Teal Legal

Sally is a legal service innovations specialist. She is also a solicitor (non practising) with 20 years’ experience in the property sector. She was previously director of a top 5...

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conveyancing practice with responsibility for designing and bringing to market new tech focussed products, and Head of Innovation at the QualitySolicitors Group, which represented over 200 law firms across the country. She is a regular contributor to several industry and Government working groups, and has written a book for the Law Society which looks at redesigning processes by looking through the ‘Client Lens’ and considering the customer experience when delivering conveyancing services.

However, Sally is also a start-up co-founder. In 2018 she founded Teal Legal, a PropTech R&D business. Her experience from both side of the start-up / traditional world of property gives her a unique insight, understanding the challenges of running a start-up. She remains excited and optimistic about the opportunities for technology to enhance the world of property, and how collaboration across the sector can make a real and positive impact.

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