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Venturefest North West 2018

More than 1,100 people attended Venturefest North West 2018, providing further evidence of the region’s place as a leading centre for innovation.

Hosted by Priya Lakhani OBE, the event saw keynote speeches from UK Business Angels Association CEO Jenny Tooth OBE, Padoq CEO Mike Anderson, Bloodhound SSC Project Director Richard Noble OBE and NatWest’s Northern Managing Director Richard Topliss.

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At the centre of the event was the annual Innovation Showcase Competition, which saw 12 finalists, shortlisted from more than 170 entries, pitch in the hope of securing business support package worth thousands of pounds. The winners were:

Product Innovation – Reach and Rescue Ltd
Service Innovation – Urban Chain Ltd
Digital Innovation – Corporation Pop
Innovative Established Business – Whitham Mills Engineering Ltd
Audience Award – Telcom
OVERALL WINNER – Reach and Rescue Ltd

 

 

Richard Jeffery, director of GC Business Growth Hub said: “It’s fantastic to see record numbers of people. The atmosphere around Manchester Central has been buzzing. In addition to the enlightening speeches, we’ve also witnessed some very impressive pitches as part of the Innovation Showcase, and I’m delighted for all the winners.

“Our advice clinics, breakout sessions and expert panels have also been of the highest quality, and the whole event has epitomised the creativity, innovation and ambition that define our region.”