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The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has announced its second Nanoentrepreneurs focus group will take place on 8 September at the Millbrook Technology Campus in Southampton.

The event is aimed at supporting the development of nanotechnology and encouraging partnerships between companies, focussing on the challenges and opportunities in the south.

The NanoKTN hopes to stimulate interaction and networking between the nanotechnology community and sources of investment, partnership and funding relief.

The next big challenge for the future development of nanotechnology and successful exploitation of nanotechnology-enabled products is the development of vibrant and expansive companies.

Networking and the opportunity to sell ideas and products is a key part of this.

The Nanoentrepreneurs workshop will showcase the current generation of companies in this field and there will be opportunities for delegates to learn about the services of local companies.

The one-day workshop will feature presentations from current chief executive officers giving their perspective on their own company histories and outlining some of the challenges they have faced and overcome.

There will also be an update from the NanoKTN on funding opportunities in the public sector.

Highlights from the day will include presentations from the chief executive officers of micro- and nanotechnology market leaders Nanosight, Stratophase and Ilika Technologies.

Nigel Vaughn, chief executive officer of the Solent Innovation and Growth Team, will deliver a presentation focusing on the importance of articulating business propositions to investors.

Delegates will be given an insight into the structure of a successful business plan.

Vaughn will look at practical tips in preparing a plan and highlight some of the key issues surrounding business propositions to investors.

Jeremy Warren, chief executive officer of Nanosight, a leading provider of instruments for the optical detection and real-time analysis of sub-micron particles, will look at how Nanosight has launched practical and commercially viable tools within the industry, through a combination of development in close partnership with users and applications.

Warren will offer advice on developing a company and will also look at plans for future developments at Nanosight.

Richard Williams, chief executive officer of Stratophase, a Southampton University spin-out, will look at some of the key successes and turning points in the history of the company in terms of investors, markets, customers, products and technology.

Williams will outline the spinout of a new company and the opportunities the company has created.

Other speakers will include Tony Raven, director of enterprise for University of Southampton and Setsquared; Prof Greg Park, professor of photonics, University of Southampton; and Don Spalinger, director, corporate relationships, University of Southampton.

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