Venturefest South West
  • Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter

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Venturefest South West is a showcase of the most cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship coming out of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset in 2016. 

The event will bring entrepreneurs and businesses together with innovators and academics to fuse business with novel ideas and research. The day will see speakers and masterclasses from the world of investment, market leaders sharing their insight and success stories from trailblazing entrepreneurs. 

Speakers already confirmed include Darren Westlake; founder and CEO of investment platform Crowdcube, Professor Roy Sandbach; driver of innovation in Proctor and Gamble and Neil Bellamy; Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms at NatWest. Seminars on disruptive sectors such as photonics, blue tech, agri-tech and digital health will explore current trends and research in these industries and how entrepreneurs from the South West have capitalised on this knowledge.

Venturefest South West promises to celebrate the region’s most exciting innovators through these seminars as well as the Innovation Showcase and the Pitchfest competition. Results from the Hackfest challenge and the Games For Better game jam will show an extra dimension of the talent and innovation coming out of the South West. Masterclasses will cater for entrepreneurs and innovators looking for support with IP and alternative sources of funding. 1-2-1 meetings with Innovate UK and the UKTI are available on the day too to offer extra support to businesses. 

Venturefest South West offers the opportunity to facilitate new interactions, collaboration and investment through networking on the day. 

The day will open from 8.30am with the chance to check out the Innovation Showcase before the welcome address starts at 9am. 

GAIN is one of the sponsors of this event. The Growth Acceleration and Investment Network (GAIN) was founded by Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Science Park to accelerate the creation, growth and investment in high quality businesses and ideas to create wealth and jobs in the South West.

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