This year’s Venturefest sees the Three Tribes panel take to the stage, where investors, innovators and entrepreneurs from Greater Manchester will share their stories and expertise.

The panel will feature Kirsty Henshaw, who secured investment in her frozen dessert business after appearing on Dragons’ Den in 2010. Since then, she has expanded her products into a range of healthy gluten, dairy and wheat free ready meals.

Joining Kirsty is Russell Clifton, founder and managing director of Ruk-bug. After securing five international patents, Russell launched his first easy-to-carry buggy, which has gained a lot of traction in the global nursery market. 

Also on the panel is Howard Simms, operations director at Apadmi, a leading mobile software development company, which offers bespoke services in app development across all major mobile platforms. The company boasts an impressive portfolio of clients, including the BBC and the British Museum.

Other panellists include Jamil Khalil, founder and CEO of Wakelet, a content sharing web platform; Darren Gowling, investment director at Co Angel Investment Service; and Dr. Farid Khan, chairman at Protein Technologies, who has developed technologies and therapies for diseases across the world.

Venturefest takes place on 22 September, and offers businesses the chance to hear from inspirational speakers, take part in interactive workshops, and network with some of the region’s most successful business leaders. Organised by Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, Venturefest 2015 will provide entrepreneurs, investors and innovators with the opportunity to meet, share ideas and develop new partnerships, stimulating business growth across the region.

Richard Jeffery, director of Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, said:

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Three Tribes panel at this year’s event. Venturefest is about helping companies grow and reach their full potential. Each of our panellists is well equipped to do just that – all bringing their own unique insight into the world of business and sharing ideas to help stimulate growth.”