Wyche Innovation Centre, Walwyn Road, Malvern, WR13 6PL, UK

+44 (0)1684 252 404 info@innovatemalvern.com


About us

Innovate Malvern CIC

Innovate Malvern is the social enterprise that promotes all aspects of innovation at a grass-roots level in and around Malvern, UK. The company was founded in 2015 by local entrepreneurs Dr Adrian Burden and Dr Emma Philpott to continue the sustainable growth of our flagship event, the Malvern Festival of Innovation, and to provide an anchor for some other community-outreach initiatives that were running or in the pipeline.

Our aim is to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) amongst students of all ages, encourage engineering and technology companies to flourish by interacting with the local community, and drive creativity in business and enterprise through networking activities and local collaboration. We also support art, design and entrepreneurship skills within this context so that innovation brings economic and cultural benefit to our society.

We achieve these aims through a growing number of initiatives funded and supported by numerous organisations who share our passion for efficient and high impact corporate social responsibility (CSR).


Board of Directors

Dr Adrian Burden, Managing Director.

Adrian has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a D.Phil. in Materials Science from the University of Oxford. He is a Member of Advisory Board at Malvern Hills College, a Member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the School of Physics at the University of Bristol, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Worcester, a Volunteer Business Advisor with Young Enterprise and a STEM Ambassador. In February 2015, he was recognised as a Maserati 100 entrepreneur in The Sunday Times. @apburden



Dr Emma Philpott, Director.

Emma has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Ceramic Matrix Composites from Keele University. She started the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster to promote collaboration between SMEs and after being featured on BBC Radio 4's In Business with Peter Day, she went on to found the UK Cyber Security Forum to coordinate SME clusters around the country. Emma is currently CEO of The IASME Consortium Ltd. and a STEM Ambassador. @emphilpott




In the news...

The balloon goes up for successful Festival of Innovation in Malvern, Worcester News, 10th October 2017 [Read more].

Science event set to return to Malvern after this year's success, Worcester News, 21st July 2017 [Read more].

How we created Science in the Park event in Malvern, The Institue of Physics Blog, 12th July 2017 [Read more].

Hunting dinosaurs and sunspots in Malvern's Priory Park, Worcester News, 22nd June 2017 [Read more].

Thousands glimpse the future at Malvern Festival of Innovation, Malvern Gazette, 21st October 2016 [Read more].

Malvern Festival of Innovation helps build the future, Malvern Gazette, 13th October 2015 [Read more].

Encouraging the next generation of business leaders, Worcester News, 8th July 2015 [Read more].


Other initiatives... 

Dr Adrian Burden has been appointed a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, and Innovate Malvern receives grant support to enable him to work with the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham one day a week for two years until April 2020. This is an opportunity to promote entrepreneurship to science students and staff within the department and to help identify commercial opportunities within their research programme. The interaction will also strengthen links between the university and our events in Malvern [Read more].

During June and July 2017, Dr Adrian Burden mentored some computer science students at the Chase School as part of the Malvern Raspberry Pi jam initiative for the Pioneers Competition. They were named a winning team and invited to Google HQ in London, Malvern Gazette, 25th July 2017 [Read more]. Read the blog from the Raspberry Pi foundation. The Pi Chasers team then entered the subsequent Pioneers challenge and won a prize for that too [Read more].

On the 26th April 2017 we helped to support the first TEDxMalvern event. You can still watch the TEDx films from this event. On 25th April 2018 we helped support the second edition, and the films will be available to view soon.