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Venturefest Manchester 2016

Date: 21st September 2016
Location: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Theme: Innovation

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Bookings for Venturefest will remain open up until the start of the event on Wednesday morning. Because we need to produce the badges anyone who now registers will need to go to the non-registered desk on the day so we can make you a badge.

Venturefest Manchester 2016

Venturefest returns to Manchester in September, with its unique brand of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and the chance to network with some of the region’s most successful business leaders.

Organised by the Business Growth Hub and Innovate UK, Venturefest Manchester 2016 is all about technology and innovation, and the ways in which they can help companies to grow.

Venturefest offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to chat informally, share ideas and develop new partnerships. There’s also the chance to tap into the expertise offered by the Hub and its partners, and take advantage of advice from organisations that understand business and what makes it tick.



Registration opens for those attending workshops


Supercharging Innovation & Inspiring your Business.
Innovation Network and ‘Creating Innovative Leaders’ Programme Launch Event


Acquiring knowledge from Universities and Science Park to support innovation and growth.
Universities and MSP – led event


What investors are looking for in investment pitches and due diligence. 
Workshop delivered by Innovate UK and KTN


Main registration and Exhibition Area opens.
Arrival tea and coffee.

10.00-10.05   Welcome and introduction from facilitator - Chris Maguire, Editor of Business Cloud

Introduction & Welcome to Manchester - Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and the Vice-Chancellor, the University of Manchester


Mike Biddle, Deputy Director of Innovation, Innovate UK


Introduction to Innovation Showcase Competition from last year’s winner - Tom New, Co-Founder, Formisimo


Innovation Showcase Competition - five pitches from the finalist


Tea and coffee break


Innovation Showcase Competition – remaining five pitches from the finalists

11.50-12.35   Tech Three Tribes Panel, Panellists:
  • Jonathan Keeling, Head of Partnerships, Crowdcube
  • David Grimes, Founder and CEO, My Parcel Delivery
  • Gary Partington, Founder and CEO, Reality Mine
  • Claire Braithwaite, Tech Advisor, Manchester Growth Company
  • Andrew McKerney, Director, Parking Eye
  • David Hodges, Director, Eco-i

Keynote speaker - Juergen Maier Chief Executive, Siemens


Closing remarks - Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council


Lunch and Innovation Showcase Competition winner announcement


Other sessions (pre-book)


Meet the Expert (1-2-1 meetings).


Meet the Funder (1-2-1 meetings).

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