A flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology sector has been announced for the region. Venturefest South West will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on 18th October and will bring together hundreds of talented small enterprise innovators and entrepreneurs from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset along with investors on the lookout for emerging talent. This is the first time a Venturefest event, part of a national network supported by Innovate UK, has been held in the region.
Venturefest South West aims to help innovators develop their ideas and support entrepreneurs in securing investment. Attendees can make valuable connections and take away insights and advice from world-class speakers and the region’s trailblazing technology companies through a mix of talks, workshops and exhibitions.
Speakers confirmed so far include Darren Westlake, founder of Crowdcube, the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform which was founded in and still operates from, Exeter and Professor Roy Sandbach from the University of Northumbria, a leading voice nationally in the field of innovation. Discussing investment will be Natwest’s Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms for the UK, Neil Bellamy.
Among other technology areas, the event will focus on innovation in Agri Tech, Blue Tech, Digital Health, Creative Digital including games development, Photonics and Big Data.
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.”