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Venturefest is a North West exhibition for businesses, investors, innovators, technology specialists and academics. It’s an essential date in the diary for anyone who is passionate about business and innovation. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what previous attendees have said.

The point of Venturefest NW is to encourage fresh thinking and collaboration - and with 50-plus speakers and panellists, more than 80 business exhibiting, and 1,150 entrepreneurs coming together under one roof it really captured the imagination of the business community. 


Innovation Showcase Competition

Winners in six categories!



Speakers & Panellists

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Jenny Campbell

Former 'Dragon', and Founder & CEO of YourCash Europe. 

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Cat Lewis

Cat is CEO, Joint Creative Director & Executive Producer for Nine Lives Media. 

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Nitin Rai

Nitin is Founder & Managing Director of Elevate Capital, based in Portland, US. 

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Vikas Shah MBE

Vikas is one of the UK’s highest profile entrepreneurs and business commentators. 

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Julie Baker

Julie leads the ongoing delivery of new and better ways to provide enterprise support at NatWest. 

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Darryl Cooke

Darryl is the founder and visionary behind gunnercooke. 

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"Venturefest celebrates building business and, whether you’re starting out, scaling or a well-established business, this is an event where you will find a mix of the practical, inspirational and useful"


Venturefest North West 2019 in numbers

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Northern Powerhouse