Take a look at some of the highlights from Venturefest Manchester 2017...
With Venturefest now over for another year, let's look back on a day that showcased the very best of innovation, investment and entrepreneurship in Manchester.
From Andy Burnham's opening address, seeing some truly innovative products, hearing from industry experts and being hosted by the brilliant Professor Vikas Shah, Venturefest Manchester lived up to the billing and we can't wait to do it all again in 2018.
“It was fantastic to see entrepreneurs, small businesses and business leaders come together at this year’s Venturefest and look at ways we can support our local ecosystem. The pitching contest in particular was a fantastic success with some great ideas on the table and our congratulations go to Beastream. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager, NatWest
"We’re delighted to have been part of Venturefest Manchester 2017. The event truly showcased the best of the North West’s business world. From more traditional models to new technology and innovation, it was great to speak to aspiring start-up and scale-up businesses from across the region and we congratulate all of the winners from the day."Joanne Whitehead, National Partnership Manager, Business Development & Specialist Sectors, Lombard, Royal Bank of Scotland
“Catax were proud to be one of the sponsors of Venturefest Manchester 2017. The event was a great success meeting potential customers and other technology industry experts. It was fantastic to see so much innovation and business success stories under one roof. We are pleased to have discussed R&D tax relief with many people and look forward to the business opportunities Venturefest will have brought to Catax.”Nigel Holmes, Senior Research & Development Consultant, Catax
“This was the first year we had been involved with Venturefest and from our point of view it was a great success. We had some really interesting conversations about many innovative businesses and are looking forward to following these up over the next few months. A huge amount of credit has to go to the organising team who helped the event run smoothly throughout the day.”Tom Utley, Audit Senior, Pomegranate Consulting
“It is great to see Venturefest Manchester going from strength to strength and becoming a firm fixture for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors from across the North West. The ambition of businesses to scale and grow through innovation is boosted by the connections that are made at Venturefest events here and around the country.”Nigel Walker, Head of Innovation, Innovate UK
Thank you to all our Venturefest Manchester 2017 sponsors...
British Business Bank • Buckworths • Dehns • Innovate UK • Intellectual Property Office • Manchester Central Library • Manchester Metropolitan University • ORCHA • Nexus IE • The Landing • TRUSTECH • Sci Tech Daresbury • University of Manchester • University of Salford
Read the full event recap, Venturefest 2017 mixes Manchester spirit and international flavour.