There has been a Venturefest in York since 2005 and one in Oxford for even longer. Over the years there have been Venturefest events in Bristol, the East and West Midlands and other parts of the country. Last year there was the first in Manchester. On the 22 Sept 2015 the second Venturefest Manchester will take place at Lancashire County Cricket Club at Old Trafford.
As its name suggests Venturefest is a festival of enterprise. It brings together business, the professions, education and local government in an all day conference and exhibition. The event is organized by the Business Growth Hub and sponsored by InnovateUK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
The event will begin with business breakfasts at 08:30 on life sciences, investment and graphene, a welcome from Mark Edwardson, the keynote speech from Sir Howard Bernstein and then parallel events in different rooms (see the Agenda). One of those events will be the Innovation Showcase competition the winner of which will receive
"a unique package of business support worth up to £30,000 and including a year’s free space at the Sci-Tech Daresbury, support around accountancy, patents and legal issues and a range of marketing and PR services."Exhibitors include Lancaster, Manchester and Salford universities, the Intellectual Property Office, UK Trade and Investment, local business angels, science parks and patent agents.
You can register for the event through the Business Growth Hub website. I shall be there and I shall look forward to meeting you.