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.

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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.


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

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03 News


18 May 2017

Venturefest Manchester is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet the investors who’ll fund their innovative ideas, for academics and local entrepreneurs to connect, and for businesses to get the support they need from the Business Growth Hub.

And this year’s event will again include the Innovation Showcase Competition, in which start-up and young companies, as well as growth businesses, have the chance to pitch their business idea to an audience of potential investors and win a package of support provided by the partners of the Hub.

For the first time, there’ll be winners in two different categories: early stage innovation companies and established small and medium-sized growth companies.

“Greater Manchester has a reputation for leading the way on innovation, and the Business Growth Hub is there to support game-changing businesses every step of the way,” says Chris Greenhalgh, head of innovation and programme development at the Hub.

“We have just broken through the £1million barrier for funding offers to the 88 businesses that entered the 2016 Innovation Showcase Competition. That’s £1,039,225 of support small and medium-sized businesses across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester have received directly as a result of the connections they made at Venturefest Manchester.”

The 2017 Innovation Showcase Competition launches on May 25th – enter online on the site.