01 Welcome To VentureFest

Thursday 14 September, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Just thinking about it isn’t enough. We need to take innovative solutions and make them happen.

Venturefest brings together SMEs with investors, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics to connect and do business.

If you’re an innovator, Venturefest is your opportunity to get your idea out there, find investment and accelerate growth.

We showcase the innovative products and services that our region’s most innovative entrepreneurs and progressive SMEs have to offer the world, giving investors the opportunity to be part of the next big thing.

Sticking to our winning formula, but better than ever, the event will include our ‘Innovation Showcase’ competition and our Three Tribes panel, consisting of investors, innovators and entrepreneurs, who’ll shed light on how to commercialise and bring innovative new concepts to market.

Video - Connecting innovation with industry and investment

Connecting innovation with industry and investment

Last year’s Venturefest Manchester was a showcase of the cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship coming out of Greater Manchester.

Last year’s Venturefest Manchester was a showcase of the cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship coming out of Greater Manchester. Over 700 entrepreneurs and businesses came together with innovators and academics to fuse fresh ideas with novel research and opportunities for funding.

Trailblazing entrepreneurs shared their stories, while guest speakers and other market leaders presented their unique insights.

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02 Register

Want to network with like-minded people – key influencers, progressive thinkers, and change-agents?

We’ve now opened registration for one of Greater Manchester’s finest business networking events. Venturefest Manchester will take place on Thursday 14 September 2017 at Bridgewater Hall.

You can expect to see panel discussions, illustrious keynote speakers, competitions and much, much more.

Register for VentureFest 2017

2016 Winner
Nothing But Epic

03 News

04 Event Competition

Enter the Venturefest Manchester Innovation Showcase Competition! £40,000 worth of prizes!

Small and medium-sized enterprises across Greater Manchester and the wider North West are invited to submit their entries using the online form below.

As well as the opportunity to pitch your innovative product or service to an audience of potential investors, there’s also the chance to win an amazing package of support provided by the partners of the Business Growth Hub, aimed at accelerating your business.

There’ll be winners in two different categories, each receiving a prize package worth £20,000:
(1) Early stage innovation companies (start-up and young companies trading for less than three years)
(2) Established small and medium-sized growth companies (trading for three or more years)

The Competition is now closed for entries.

2016 Winner
Nothing But Epic

05 Innovation ShowcaseCompetition Prizes

Start-up Competition Prizes

Early stage innovation companies prizes include:

  • Financial: Grants review service; Accountancy support
  • Marketing: PR coverage to the value of £10,000; Customer experience strategy review (including website user experience); Social media audit and training session
  • Strategy: Highly experienced/skilled business mentor; Business planning or strategic planning workshop for senior management; Business coaching sessions
  • Innovation: Up to three places from one company on an 8Launch Innovation Course
  • Operations: HR services and training; 12 months’ hot desking

Growth Competition Prizes

Established larger SME growth companies prizes include:

  • Financial: Grants review service; Accountancy support; Financial planning advice
  • Marketing: PR coverage to the value of £10,000; Customer experience strategy review (including website user experience); Social media audit and training session
  • Strategy: Highly experienced/skilled business mentor; Business planning or strategic planning workshop for senior management; Business coaching sessions; Business AM membership (workshop series)
  • Innovation: Up to three places from one company on an 8Launch Innovation Course
  • Operations: HR services and training

Our thanks to the following Business Growth Hub partners who’ve generously donated prizes: Access to Finance, Avensure, Concentric, Hallidays, Hurst & Co, ICAEW, Innovas, Kellands (Hale) Limited, Know+Do, Pixel8 and Sci-Tech Daresbury.

06 Event Sponsors

  • Appleyard Lees

    Appleyard Lees

    A long-established intellectual property firm, with a multidisciplinary patent and trade mark attorneys

  • Avensure

    Avensure

    Employment Law Consultancy & Health and Safety Specialists

  • NatWest

    NatWest

    Business banking