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Venturefest North West is the region’s biggest annual innovation expo and conference, bringing together start-ups, growing businesses, investors and innovation specialists under one roof.

It’s where connections are made, growth opportunities born, new ideas inspired, and the most exciting business innovations showcased.

We’re expecting a record 1,200+ delegates to Manchester Central on 20 November 2019 for an exceptional mix of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

The event is run by GC Business Growth Hub, working with regional partners Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub, Cumbria Growth Hub, Liverpool City Region's Local Growth Hub, and Boost, Lancashire's Business Growth Hub

Check out the highlights from Venturefest North West 2018

For businesses

Unparalleled networking opportunities: Whether you’re a start-up or growing business, Venturefest North West is the perfect opportunity to meet others who are passionate about business, share insights, and find the right collaboration opportunities that will enable you to innovate and grow. 

Promote your business: Increase your profile amongst potential customers, partners and funders on the day, and enter the Innovation Showcase Competition now for a platform to promote your company to a whole range of business leaders, influencers and fellow entrepreneurs.

Raise finance: Meet funders and find out what investors looking for and what they could do to help your business, and at what stage they can become involved.

Get inspired: Hear from business leaders and entrepreneurs, talk to others who’ve been on the same journey, and get expert advice and practical support on how to develop your business and grow fast

For investors

The biggest and most tech-focused event we have run to date, Venturefest 2019 will see hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners promoting their products, many of whom will be in search of funding to take their enterprise to the next level.

Add to this the outstanding Innovation Showcase Competition, which will see finalists pitching to a packed audience of delegates, this is an event not be missed. Whether you are looking for investment opportunities, seeking to network or simply keeping abreast with new developments, make sure that this date goes into your diary.

For innovators, academics and researchers

Find the right partners and collaboration opportunities with businesses that can benefit from your expertise, research skills and specialist facilities in order to accelerate the development of innovative products and services.

Venturefest is home to businesses of all sizes that have any number of challenges, wanting to work out anything from identifying market opportunities, to understanding how they might translate these opportunities into new products and services.

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Venturefest North West is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the GM Business Growth Hub project, designed to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester.