Inspiring outside the box

The ten-year backstory to the Malvern Festival of Innovation

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This is the story of how the nationally acclaimed Malvern Festival of Innovation grew over ten years from a small two-day business event to a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, entrepreneurship and design with sessions aimed at school students, families, business professionals and the general public. It also covers the inception and growth of the Malvern Science in the Park sister event, and the complementarity of TEDxMalvern

For anyone interested in the complexity of organising community events and how to build momentum, win financial support, and spread the word through marketing campaigns, this book provides interesting insights into the process and how serendipity and opportunism both play a part.

And for those interested in the innovation landscape including some of today’s pressing issues like environmental sustainability, cyber security, STEM skills shortage, and making a success of knowledge-based businesses, this text provides a valuable reference to some of the organisations and individuals at the forefront of these topics.


“Strongly recommend reading, particularly for those with an interest in how communities can foster and develop innovation networks” Paul Walker MBE, Non-Exec Director of Malvern Hills Science Park and former Managing Director of Malvern Instruments.

“Innovation never stops, settles or slows… the festival has been a great way over the years of getting a sense of where it is heading next and how it could play out commercially” Adam Jolly, Director of Novaro Publishing & Consultant Editor of The Innovation Handbook.

“Adrian’s story to make the Malvern Festival of Innovation and Science in the Park a success is an inspiration of how a small town can have a big impact on the world of STEM; entrepreneurs; and families who attend” Hilarie Owen, Chief Executive at The Leaders’ Institute.

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