Digital Festival 2017 roundup

OpenGenius had an important part to play in this year’s Digital Festival, held at Tramshed in Cardiff, on 18th and 19th September. The two-day event showcased the very best of the tech scene in Wales along with centre stage presentations, panels, pitching opportunities and interactive workshops.

During the course of the event, we set up camp at the ‘Nucleus Expo Zone’. The Nucleus Zone was packed with start-up companies exhibiting their finest technical products to the public.

We also had the chance to present in front of a live audience, on the Showcase Stage, along with the rest of this year’s Digital Dozen. Our very own Marketing and Communications Executive, Frankie Birch, presented in front of the Digital Festival’s audience and talked about OpenGenius’ story so far and our exciting plans for the future.

As part of the festival, on Monday 18th, we held our own event at our headquarters, Tec Marina, where the GoCompare boat set sail down the River Taff for delegates to hear more about the opportunities that the London Stock Exchange provides.

Once docked at Tec Marina, attendees were treated to a one-off talk by serial entrepreneur and OpenGenius CEO, Chris Griffiths. Chris was live-streamed from the London Stock Exchange offices into Tec Marina. He provided insight into how OpenGenius became the first ever Welsh business to join their ELITE accelerator programme.

Offering guidance to early-stage companies looking to take their businesses to the next level, the talk aimed to inspire early stage entrepreneurs to not give up at the first hurdle. Griffiths talk ended with his favourite quote: “‘Winners fail more times than losers ever try”.

While aboard the GoCompare boat, delegates also took part in a workshop with Emma Titmus, Business Development Manager at the London Stock Exchange. Emma spoke to attendees about accessing finance for growth, and the acceleration that ambitious companies can gain when they join a programme like ELITE.

We were honoured to have been given the opportunity to be a part of Digital Festival 2017. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Innovation Point for putting on such a superb event, we already can’t wait for next year.

Join us at Tec Marina during Digital 2017 to hear our CEO talk live from LSE


On September 18th-19th, we’ll be attending Wales’ biggest digital event ‘Digital 2017’. The event will be hosted by Innovation Point, and held at The Tramshed, Cardiff. During the Digital Festival we’ll be joining hundreds of digital innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, to discuss and showcase the very best of the tech scene in Wales.

As part of Digital, we’ll be hosting our own event at our OpenGenius headquarters, Tec Marina. The GoCompare boat will be collecting delegates from Tramshed on Monday 18th September at 3:30pm. From there, it will set sail down the River Taff for Tec Marina, Penarth. At Tec Marina, our CEO, Chris Griffiths, will be talking live from the London Stock Exchange. Chris will share insight into how OpenGenius became the first ever Welsh company to join the London Stock Exchange’s ELITE accelerator programme, and how he sees this impacting the future of Wales.

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You can catch some of our OpenGenius team in The Tramshed across the two days of Digital 17. We’ll be joined by the rest of the Digital Dozen finalists at the Nucleus Startup Zone. Here we’ll be discussing what we’ve been working on, and sharing our plans for the upcoming months. Plus, on Monday 18th, we’ll be revealing some exciting plans that we’ve been working on and sharing these as part of the Digital Dozen showcase pitches – a session not to be missed! Tweet us and let us know if you’re attending: @OpenGenius #ImGoingtoDigital

To view the full agenda of the nation’s biggest Digital festival, click here.

OpenGenius CEO, Chris Griffiths, sheds light on his journey to ELITE


OpenGenius CEO, Chris Griffiths, at the London Stock Exchange.

Back in April, we announced that we were the first Welsh company to join the London Stock Exchanges ELITE accelerator programme. Since then, things have been moving forward pretty quickly.

OpenGenius, CEO, Chris Griffiths, has been travelling back and forth to London for his regular cohort meetings with the ELITE group. The OpenGenius story has been presented at the top of the UK’s tallest building, the Shard, a 95-story skyscraper looking over the sights of London. Chris has had the opportunity to work with key mentors, industry experts and investors who’ve been providing him with the guidance he needs to take OpenGenius to the next level.

With the hopes of floating on the AIM market in fewer than 18 months, it’s an exciting time for all of us here at OpenGenius. Eager to hear more about our plans during and after ELITE? Follow the link below to hear Chris Griffiths lift the lid on the next chapter in the OpenGenius story: