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

A record 1,200 delegates are expected at Manchester Central on 20 November 2019 for an exceptional mix of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

#VFNW19 is an essential date in the diary for people who are passionate about business. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what previous attendees have said.

WATCH NOW: Highlights from Venturefest NW 2018



Why should you attend #VFNW19?

Whether you're from a start-up or established business, or you're an investor, innovator, academic or researcher, Venturefest North West on 20 November is for you. Read on to see why you need to be there...


We understand that a business’s time is precious and taking even a few moments out of a busy working day is a big commitment. That’s why we ensure that Venturefest North West is worth your while to you and your business’s growth and development, giving you unparalleled opportunities to:

Make connections that lead to new investments, new business and new ideas. With 1,100 attending last year’s event, 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.

Increase your profile amongst potential customers, partners and funders on the day. Consider the event the perfect platform to promote your company to a whole range of business leaders, influencers and fellow entrepreneurs.

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

Get inspired by other business leaders and entrepreneurs, talk to others who’ve been on the same journey, and find expert advice and practical support on how to develop your business and grow fast.



We know that it can be challenging and time consuming for those with funds to invest to find innovative business propositions, with the potential to generate exceptional rates of return.

With over 700 businesses in attendance, where else will you find the same opportunities in one place on one day to:

Discover growing businesses that have achieved early success who are now seeking new relationships to consolidate their growth, involving both investment and non-executive engagement.

Meet other investors interested in potential collaborations.

Hear pitches from innovators and entrepreneurs involved in new and growing businesses in a range of sectors seeking investment.

Keep up-to-date and hear about the latest developments in sectors relevant to you.


How do individuals and organisations with great ideas find the support they need to translate those ideas into a new product or new process that is effective and creates value?

This is one event that you need to make time for - Venturefest North West is where you can:

Meet with potential investors to test your ideas or to try out your proposition to see if your audience is as convinced as you are of the value it will create.

Find the right partners and collaboration opportunities with universities or research organisations with expertise, research skills and specialist facilities to accelerate the development of innovative products and services.

Hear about the innovations being developed by others, perhaps in different areas of technology that could add value to your ideas.


Venturefest North West is home for one day to 700+ businesses of all sizes that have any number of challenges that you can assist with:

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 North West 2019 is for academics and researchers

Who organises #VFNW19?

Venturefest North West is run by GC Business Growth Hub, in partnership with Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub, Cumbria Growth Hub, Liverpool City Region's Local Growth Hub, and Boost, Lancashire's Business Growth Hub.

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

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