30th November - 2nd December

South Bank Innovation

Summit 2021

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Working to shape London's future

Accessing funding to bring ideas to life

Moving towards net zero. Today.

We get knowledge working

Join experts, industry leaders and policy makers to discuss the key challenges and opportunities we face

South Bank Innovation connects businesses to academia and facilities with the aim of providing solutions to global issues. We specialise in Health Tech, Clean Tech, Food Tech and Economic Regeneration through training and education.

To reflect our expertise, we’re holding a three-day virtual summit to provide audiences with deeper contexts about global and regional issues: The wealth divide between London and surrounding regions; Pressures on the health & social care service; and the fight against climate change.

november 30th

Levelling Up UK

The Government's "Levelling Up" agenda has the potential to upset the funding status quo within London. We'll be discussing how we can adapt to these priorities to deliver infrastructure and support where it matters.

December 1st

Innovation, Health and Wealth

Research and development is fundamental to progress in any sector - but it is time consuming and speculative. The advent of technology is the key driver in democratising healthcare innovation and progress. We'll discuss technology and it's potential to shape the future of healthcare.

December 2nd

Net Zero Futures

The environment and the impact of climate change is the issue of our time. We'll discuss what can be done to reduce our impact, particularly in the construction industry, and we can move towards a carbon neutral future.

Bringing the conference

experience to you

Free Gift Bag

To bring the in-person event feeling in to your home we will send the first 50 signups of each day a gift bag if you provide your address when signing up. The bag will contain goodies that represent a small selection of the innovative food businesses we work with.

Prize Draw

All attendees will be entered into a Prize Draw for the chance to win an iPad, Apple Pencil and iPad Case. The draw will take place on the final day of the Summit - Thursday December 2nd 2021.

Levelling Up UK
Innovation, Health & Wealth
Net Zero Futures
november 30th - 18:00 – 19:30

Levelling Up Uk


Dr Diana Beech, CEO – London Higher

London Higher is an ‘umbrella’ body representing over 40 Universities and Colleges within London. October 2021’s Tory Conference touted Universities as the key to ‘levelling up’. Universities were generating £95 billion for the UK economy in 2017 – before Brexit and before COVID-19. Together, Dr Beech and the Panel will be discussing “Levelling up and levelling down – how can we build back with purpose and not leave anyone behind?” The panel are expected to comment on the recent budget as well as upcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund plans.

Panel Members

Paul Miller OBE, Bethnal Green Ventures

Paul has nine years investing experience and has made 100+ early stage investments through Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV). Prior to BGV, he was co-founder and CEO of an education technology venture. He’s been an adviser to leading companies and the UK government on tech for good and is a regular speaker at technology and investment conferences. In January 2020 he received an OBE for services to start-up investment.

Bethnal Green Ventures invest in ambitious founders using technology to tackle big social and environmental problems that aim to radically improve millions of lives.

Paul Kirkbright, The South London Partnership

The South London Partnership is a sub-regional collaboration of five London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton. Working together and with local partners, The South London Partnership aim to build on the many strengths of South London as a place for people to live, work and thrive.

December 1st - 18:00 – 19:30

Innovation, Health and Wealth


Hassan Chaudhury, Global Digital Health Specialist

Healthcare UK help UK healthcare providers to do more business overseas. We do this by promoting the UK healthcare sector to overseas markets and supporting healthcare partnerships between the UK and overseas healthcare providers. Healthcare UK is part of the Department of Health and Social Care, the  Department for International Trade, the NHS England and the NHS Improvement. Hassan Choudhury is director of Vita Healthcare, which provides consultancy and mentorship to promising Digital Health start-ups.

Panel Members

Sarah Bruce-White, MedCity

Sarah drives MedCity’s Investment Hub activities, nurturing SME growth, and helping international companies land in the region. Sarah is passionate about developing a digital, data and AI network to help deliver innovation, make an impact, and connect the excellence in the region.

With many years commercial experience in launching medical device companies internationally and bringing new products to market, Sarah’s expertise encompass successfully raising investment, developing teams, market access, IP, clinical trials, evidence generation, regulatory knowledge and distribution networks.

MedCity is the cluster organisation for the world-leading health and life sciences sector in London and the Greater South East of England. They were set up in 2014 by the Mayor of London and the region’s Academic Health Science Centres to drive growth and investment in the sector for the health and wealth of the population.

Tim Andrews, ORCHA

Tim is the co-founder of ORCHA and Chief Operating Officer, as well as spokesperson on regulation, security and accreditation in the world of digital health. Amongst many senior roles he has held, Tim is former Managing Director of the NHS Cheshire & Merseyside CSU. Tim is also a coach and mentor for the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.

Orcha enable safe adoption of digital health technologies, which are unregulated in many places around the world. Orcha is a global leader in providing access to trusted technologies and, have been part of the NHS' Innovation Accelerator.

Adrian Signell - Creator Fund

Adrian is an Investment Partner at Creator Fund as well as a current PhD student in Virology & Genomics at King's. Creator Fund invest in student and academic-led start-ups throughout the country. Many of Creator Fund's investment partners and analysts are in the biotech/medtech/life sciences space.

Dr Sophie Elsmore - LSBU

Dr Sophie Elsmore is a Senior Lecturer in Housing and Human Geography in the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University, where she coordinates the undergraduate degree programmes in urban planning. Her research focuses on housing, urban planning, regeneration and urban governance.

December 2nd - 18:00 – 19:30

Net Zero Futures

Panel Members

Steve Dunn - Head of Chemical and Energy Engineering at the School of Engineering

Professor Steve Dunn has a research background in the processing of functional ceramics and hybrid systems and is now Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. His first degree in Chemistry from Edinburgh was followed by a PhD in Materials Science at Cambridge in 2001.

Since then Steve has published over 100 publications, a high proportion in high-impact journals such as Advanced Materials and Energy and Environmental Science, supervised 21 PhD students and over 200 3rd year project and MSc students. His current interests concentrate on understanding and engineering functional metal oxide hybrid systems to enhance surface chemistry in catalytic activity with applications ranging from energy conversion to enhanced chemical processing rates and selectivity. For this he has developed processing techniques to decorate metal oxide powders with secondary species such as metals and carbon and measured the resulting transformation of pollutants to inert species, or the production of H2/O2 from water.

Aaron Gillich – Director of the BSRIA LSBU Net Zero Building Centre & Associate Professor in School of the Built Environment and Architecture

Dr Aaron Gillich is an Associate Professor of Energy and Building Systems Engineering.  He has recently taken up the role of Director of the BSRIA LSBU Net Zero Building Centre.  The Centre is a joint venture between BSRIA and LSBU, and represents a tremendous opportunity for two institutions with renowned reputations in the built environment to contribute even further in the UK race to Net Zero carbon emissions.

Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) is a non-profit distributing, member-based association promoting knowledge and providing specialist services for construction and building services stakeholders. Their mission is to make buildings better by improving their environmental, operational and occupational values, and they support the industry by providing guidance and solutions.

Laura Bishop - Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Laura is a director of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and Chair of the Council. She is also Director of the award winning renewable energy engineering consultancy Infinitas-Design, where she undertakes various engineering projects ranging from biomass boiler feasibility studies to full
plant room design and equipment specification.

Infinitas-Design created and oversaw the installation of the first successful sewage heat recovery system in
the UK and designed the system that won the 2017 Green Gown Award for The Borders College
Galashiels Campus.

Kristen Tapping - Founder of GoRolloe

Kristen is an industrial Designer experienced in the automotive interior sector and with a track record of having won or placed in over 14 international design competitions. She has a particularly strong interest in incorporating inclusivity and sustainability into everyday products.

Kristen is currently developing and bringing to market GoRolloe, a device that can be retro-fitted to bicycle wheels to filter outdoor air pollution.

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South Bank
Summit 2021