ONE of the world's top computer pioneers will deliver the opening address at Venturefest York, the region's first science and technology exhibition and conference for entrepreneurs and business start-ups planned for early February.

He is Hermann Hauser, co-founder of Acorn Computers and Amadeus Capital Partners.

Acorn Computers was the company behind the BBC microcomputer. Following his time at Acorn, Mr Hauser went on to launch more than 20 technology companies and takes an active role both in the Cambridge business community and at the University, where he has been instrumental in helping to address a number of issues resulting from the success of Cambridge as a centre for high-tech entrepreneurs. Mr Hauser will address Venturefest York delegates on what makes successful business start-ups.

Venturefest York is a free, one-day event, taking place on February 5 at the new Ebor Stand at York Racecourse. It aims to build on the success of the Venturefest concept, which has been running successfully in Oxford for the last five years.

Updated: 10:34 Tuesday, October 21, 2003