The day’s activities were grouped into three themes; Innovate & Grow, Finance & Invest and Show & Tell. Each provided opportunities for knowledge exchange and networking, some of our highlights are listed below but see the programme page for full details.
Finance & Invest
Venturefest South West hosted the finals of Pitchfest which provided technology innovators with a platform to pitch their business ideas to potential investors.
Access to Finance panel
The audience met finance experts from crowdfunding, grants, lending, business angel and venture capital as well as exploring a case study from Ashwoods Automotive who used a variety of sources to fund their recent growth.
Expert speakers such as Darren Westlake, Crowdcube and Neil Bellamy, RBS/NatWest graced the main stage in the Exeter Suite over the day with smaller seminar style talks from Richard Eckley, Crowdcube; Simon Walker, Crowdfunder and John Hutchings, RGF Grant Funds from Plymouth University who all be explained how they could support business growth.
Show & Tell
Venturefest South West gave a platform to a number of specific sectors which are flourishing in the South West: Marine Technology, Satellite Applications, Digital Health, Photonics, Agri-tech and Big Data. There were nine different breakout sessions over the day looking at the technology in these industries and the huge advances South West businesses are making.
The Innovation Showcase at Venturefest South West hosted 39 companies at all stages of growth exhibiting their innovative products, services and technology in an interactive area giving delegates the chance to touch, try and experience the latest designs from the region.