The Green Apple Awards
Future Proofing for Population Growth

Join The Green Triangle at Rothamsted Research for a half day of packed with exciting high level speakers and the chance to take part in open innovation with a range of businesses and organisations from all walks of life, date to be confirmed.

Population growth is coming, but how do we cope with the increasing demands that go along with it. The need for new homes, schools, hospitals, roads, transport as well as security and resources such as energy and food. And how are we going to keep everyone and everything connected? That is what we will be attempting to tackle during this event. We will be looking at three key issue areas; Infrastructure, Food Security and Connectivity/Digital and putting organisations together who you would never normally think to work in partnership, by adding a little bit of inspiration and providing the perfect platform we are aiming for the end result to be Open Innovation – new ideas for products and services which can be worked up and developed with a view to take them to market. Through a diverse mix of speakers, round table discussions, team building exercises and networking opportunities, we will be encouraging fresh out of the box thinking and brand new collaborations.

Early Bird Rate: Come along to this fantastic event for just £49.00 including refreshments and lunch (available for a limited time only, normal rate £79.00). To book, simply email


Roland Harwood
Roland Harwood is Co-founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the global open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, Unilever, UBS, Oxfam and Governments around the world to co-innovate with their partners. It was a spin-out from NESTA in 2010, the UK Innovation Agency and Investment Fund, where he was Director of Open Innovation. Graduating with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, he has held senior innovation roles in the public and private sector. In addition has worked with hundreds of start-ups to raise venture capital and commercialise technology. He is both a failed astronaut and a keen piano player and has produced TV and film music for SonyBMG. Last but not least, he is a proud and often exhausted dad of 3 kids under 10.

Simon Acland
Simon is a Director with The Green Angel Syndicate and has spent 30 years investing in young technology businesses. Much of his venture capital career he spent at Quester, which he helped to build into one of the UK’s most active early stage technology investors. Seven of the companies that he has backed achieved public listings on the London Stock Exchange, AIM, Nasdaq or Easdaq, including two companies which reached the FTSE 250; many others have been successfully sold. Since Quester’s sale in 2007, Simon has been an active business angel investor and currently chairs two start-ups including Powervault, a leader in the emerging domestic energy storage market. He sits on the board of two Triple Point VCTs which invest primarily in renewable energy and is a member of the investment committee of the British Business Bank’s Angel CoFund. He is also a Trustee of Plantlife, the UK’s main wild plant conservation charity. His book Angels, Dragons and Vultures – how to tame your investors…and not lose your company is regarded as one of the most helpful guides for entrepreneurs to the venture capital world.

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