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St Asaph gears up for Innovation Overload


North Wales will once again see some of the brightest minds in business and further afield as the ‘Festival of Innovation’ returns this month.

The festival – which begins across Wales on June 16th and runs through to June 30th – has a plethora of visitors and events with a wide variety of topics for bright minds to sink their teeth in to.

Glyndwr University’s OptTIC Centre in St Asaph will play a huge part in the festival with a number of events on throughout the month. Last week saw businesses, entrepreneurs and those interested in innovation, invited to look at a number of projects and developments that have been undertaken at the centre in the run up to the curtain raiser on Saturday.

The events will take place at the OpTIC centre, based on the St Asaph Business Park, and will showcase the exciting work of its tenants. Those housed in the centre engage in everything from world leading optical systems, groundbreaking biotechnology advancements through to unique ultrasonic applications.

Many of the guest speakers have been announced including Iwan-Trefor Jones of the North Wales EAB, who will talk about the Ambition Board and the coveted North Wales Growth Bid. Meanwhile other speakers include Wyn Jones of Design Reality on the success they have built, Henry Dixon to speak about the effect of tidal energy on the economy and Kala Krish on mobile and app development.


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Caroline Gray, Director of the OpTIC Centre St Asaph, said:

“Our team are delighted to be hosting this event during the Wales Festival of Innovation.

“The centre has almost 15 years of experience supporting high technology start-up companies in the area.

“We are very keen to demonstrate to the next generation of companies the amazing support available for technology companies in Wales and to continue to provide the specialist support and environment technology companies need to grow”.

The events are co-hosted with two of the centre’s tenants, Animated Technologies and the Glyndwr Innovations Team.

The festival is ran by ESTnet and their director Idris Price commented “the Festival of Innovation returns with a clear goal to build on the unprecedented successes of 2017, to champion the unique culture of innovation that exists in every region in Wales.

“With the fantastic support of innovators like Animated Technologies and Glyndŵr Innovations we are certain to achieve our goals.”

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