01 Welcome To VentureFest
Thursday 14 September, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Venturefest Manchester 2017 attracted 648 people from across the UK, providing further evidence of the North West’s place as an emerging force in the global economy.
The region’s influence on the world was also reaffirmed by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham’s welcome to delegates, in which he underlined Manchester’s position as a city that has long been recognised as innovative, while also calling for stronger links between businesses and universities.
Event host Professor Vikas Shah, CEO of Swiscot Group, set the tone by encouraging collaboration, saying that in his experience three of the most important factors in success are building strong networks, learning from others’ experiences and harnessing the latest innovations.
Other speakers included Lasse Sørensen, Senior Business Advisor at Vaeksthus Copenhagen; Keith Morgan, Chief Executive of the British Business Bank; and Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
At the centre of the event was the annual Innovation Showcase Competition, spotlighting the most innovative business ideas from across the region. Congratulations to the two winners Beatstream and MELLO!