Pitch in a Pub (August Session)

Saturday, November 16th 2019

20:58 – 20:58 (GMT)

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Come along to our free event!
Listen, learn and network

Science and technology entrepreneurs will be presenting their business pitches followed by networking in a relaxing atmosphere. It's a fantastic opportunity to start a discussion between about exciting science and build our community of innovators here in Manchester.


7.00 - 7.15 pm

Welcome & Introduction to Pitch in the Pub

Iwan Roberts, President of Innovation Forum Manchester

7.15 - 7.35 pm

Pitch 1 & QA

Dr Stephen Boult,Salamander Group

7.35 - 7.55 pm

Pitch 2 & QA

Aranzazu Carmona Orbezo, Founder at ArzuTech

7.55 - 8.00


8.00 - 9.00 pm



I am a PhD researcher in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine in the University of Manchester. My area of research is focussed on tissue engineering functional skeletal muscle through the development of biomaterial constructs. This aims to become a medium-to-high throughput platform to test stem cell therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I obtained my Masters in Physics (MPhys) degree in Durham University prior to moving to Manchester and therefore bring a quantitative and analytical mindset to my work. During this time I helped organise multiple student societies and undertook placements with companies in a variety of fields.

Alongside my PhD work, I have participated in multiple accelerator programmes (e.g. BiotechYES, TERMIS Business Plan Competition, ImagineIF) with fellow PhD students to both develop our entrepreneurial skills and gain valuable mentorship to take our ideas forward towards commercial reality. In June 2017, our team was successful in winning the Northern Consulting Case Competition. Having grown up on a farm in rural Wales, I have always been immersed in an entrepreneurial atmosphere and aimed to combine my love of science with entrepreneurship to develop innovative and impactful ideas. As well as my scientific and entrepreneurial interests, I am an avid martial artist and enjoy hiking.

Stephen Boult is a lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Manchester. He founded Intelisys Ltd in 1996 as part of the University's Campus ventures scheme. Intelisys designed, manufactured and sold environmental monitoring equipment and environmental consultancy services. In 2002 Intelisys redirected design and sales efforts to monitoring water in distribution and brownfield real estate. Subsequently the business was re-branded as Salamander Group. Products specifically for potable water monitoring were licensed to Siemens and distribution agreements made for other products. Dr Boult continues to link his academic research - and teaching - to the commercial activities of Salamander.

I'm a PhD Student at the University of Manchester. My main research is focused in analysing the electrochemistry of 2D materials for applications in water desalination/purification and energy storage. Member of "Manchester Electrochemistry Research Group", directed by Prof. Robert Dryfe.

I hold a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering, and my main expertise is in nanotechnology (2D materials / nanoparticles), process engineering and pesticides technology.

Passionate about learning and teaching, trying to change what people think about chemistry and engineering.

My ultimate goal: Change the world through science!

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