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!

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 Agenda

Plenary Session 09.45am – 14.45pm

Host: Professor Vikas Shah, Managing Director, Swiscot

Welcome: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Speaker: Lasse Sørensen, Senior Business Advisor, Vaeksthus Copenhagen

Speaker: Keith Morgan, CEO, British Business Bank

Speaker: Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

Interview with Michael Anderson, Managing Director, Nothing But Epic, winner of the 2016 Innovation Showcase Competition

Innovation Showcase Competition

Three Tribes panel, including Michael Anderson (Managing Director, Nothing But Epic), Sue Aspinall (Founding member of Exceed-Global), Lou Cordwell (Founder and CEO, magneticNorth / Director North, AllBright), Basil Kabbani (Managing Director, BK Associates / Chairman, Prospect Games), Melissa Snover (Managing Director of the Katjes Magic Candy Factory)

04 News

05 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

  • CATAX

    CATAX

    Experts in capital allowance and R&D tax relief

  • Lombard

    Lombard

    The UK’s largest provider of asset finance

  • NatWest

    NatWest

    Business banking

  • Pomegranate Consulting

    Pomegranate Consulting

    Award winning chartered accountants and business advisors

06 Event Exhibitors

07 Event Competition

Congratulations to Innovation Showcase Competition winners Beatstream and MELLO who won in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business category respectively. Well done to all finalists on delivering brilliant pitches and for making it a great final. The Innovation Showcase Competition will return at Venturefest Manchester 2018!

Best Start-Up Business shortlist Best Established Business shortlist
  • Actiphons

    Actiphons

    Actiphons has created a TV show and teaching resources to help children learn phonics

  • Bee Industrious

    Bee Industrious

    Bee Industrious is a market research agency that has regional offices in New York and Lagos,
    Nigeria

  • Beatstream

    Beatstream

    Beatstream developed a music app and boasts DJ and radio presenter Clint Boon as its Director of Music

  • Virtual Training Centre

    Virtual Training Centre

    Virtual Training Centre provides online bespoke and accredited
    courses

  • Energimine

    Energimine

    Energimine have developed an app that allows users to find the best energy prices

  • Mello

    Mello

    Mello manufacture and distribute a range of natural fruit juices and snacks

  • The Link

    The Link

    The Link is a free mobile app that provides an encrypted communication channel for those in the legal profession

  • Avakino

    Avakino

    Avakino provides its Masumi Headwear range of products to NHS cancer centres and the Teenage Cancer Trust

  • Tile Master

    Tile Master

    Tile Master manufactures and distributes professional cleaning products and systems

  • HMR Circle

    HMR Circle

    Community interest company focusing on ground-breaking service models in health and social care

08 Innovation ShowcaseCompetition Prizes

Start-up Competition Prizes

Early stage innovation companies prizes include:

  • Intellectual property: expert advice IP related to patents, designs and/or trade marks
  • 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:

  • Intellectual property: expert advice IP related to patents, designs and/or trade marks
  • 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, Appleyard Lees, Avensure, Beever and Struthers, Concentric, Hallidays, Hurst & Co, ICAEW, Innovas, Kellands (Hale) Limited, Know+Do, Manchester Science Park Pixel8, Sci-Tech Daresbury and Stephensons.

09 Meet The Funder

Thank you to all of our funders who provided businesses with finance advice at Venturefest Manchester 2017. Congratulations to Innovation Showcase Competition winners Beatstream and MELLO!

10 Meet The Expert

Thank you to all of our Experts who gave business advice to delegates at Venturefest Manchester 2017. Congratulations to Innovation Showcase Competition winners Beatstream and MELLO!