Flagship event for innovators and investors comes to Exeter

Published on: 19 September 2016

Exeter will host Venturefest Southwest; a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology sector. The event is the first of its kind in the region

Next month, Exeter will host Venturefest Southwest; a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology sector. The event is the first of its kind in the region

Next month, Exeter will host Venturefest Southwest; a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology sector. The event is the first of its kind in the region.

The event will unite small enterprise innovators and entrepreneurs from across the region with investors seeking nascent talent and ideas.

Designed to help innovators develop their ideas and support entrepreneurs in securing investment, Venturefest Southwest is offering a variety of talks with expert speakers including Darren Westlake, founder of Crowdcube, the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform based at the Innovation Centre at the University of Exeter.

The University of Exeter in collaboration with the Met Office will also be presenting on Big Data and opportunities to foster and grow innovation and enterprise.

Martin Brown, Chair, Venturefest South West and board member of the Heart of the South West LEP said: “The region has a strong and growing reputation in technology innovation and this event is aimed at innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as investors who want to discover the next big things.

“Venturefests run across the UK so it’s only right that this region should host an event given the huge potential we have here."

“The event is all about collaboration, connecting with other people in the sector, learning and making links with potential investors. It is free to attend so accessible for those with start-up businesses or innovations.”

Dr Andy Dean, Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager at the University of Exeter, said: “The University is proud to sponsor Venturefest as part of our ongoing commitment to the regional business community.”

The Innovation Showcase at the event will feature companies presenting their innovative products, services and technology in an interactive area giving delegates the chance to experience the latest products in the region.
 
The event will also host the finals of Pitchfest; a competition providing high-growth potential companies the opportunity to promote their businesses in front of industry specialists and potential investors.

Venturefest South West, sponsored by Innovate UK is free to attend. Individuals must register to attend at: www.venturefest-sw.co.uk.

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