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Venturefest North West

20 November 2019

Manchester Central Convention Complex


9.30: Venturefest North West starts! Please enter the venue via the Exchange Foyer entrance.

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10.00: Welcome address by Richard Jeffery, Director of Business Growth at GC Business Growth Hub 

10.05: Opening remarks by host Vikas Shah MBE, CEO of Swiscot Group and co-founder of 53 Degrees North

10.15: Interview with Nitin Rai, found and MD of Elevate Capital

10.45: Speech by Cat Lewis, CEO, Joint Creative Director and Executive Producer for Nine Lives Media

11.00: Break (Breakout sessions will be running from 11.05 - you can see what's on below)

12.00: Female Entrepreneurs Panel

12.30: Lunch

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1.30: Innovation Showcase Competition finalists’ pitches

2.15: Three Tribes Panel

2.45: Break (Innovation Showcase Competition audience voting and judging panel meets)

3.35: Innovation Showcase Competition winners announced

3.45: Headline speech by Jenny Campbell, Founder and CEO of YourCash Europe

4.30: Venturefest North West 2019 closes

Breakout sessions

There are a number of interactive breakout sessions running on the day, each with an expert discussion panel; you do not need to book to attend this sessions. 

11.05 – 11.55: The Role of Culture and Structure in Innovation

Having a great idea isn’t the same as executing a great idea. Our internal business structures and cultures play a huge role in determining whether innovations thrive or die. From losing steam as it churns through the stakeholder list, to simply being overwhelmed with too many ideas, what can we do with our structures and culture to help innovations go the distance? Join our panel debate to find out.

FJ Rutjes, Founder of Hey-Ho, Let’s Go and Innovation & Growth Specialist
David Levine, CEO, DigitalBridge
Christiane Hutchinson, CEO, Biramis
Sam Burgess, CEO, SamsonVT

11.05 -11.55: How do SMEs fund innovation and growth?

11.05 – 11.55: Zero carbon buildings: How can innovation help to minimise in-use energy in the workplace?
Sponsored by the University of Salford

Commercial buildings across Greater Manchester account for 36% of the city-region’s total carbon emissions. With 80% of our existing buildings expected to be operational by 2050 and the city-region’s carbon neutral target just 18 years away, the retrofit challenge remains significant. With a focus on in-use energy, delegates will hear from the early adopters, the innovators and the specialists behind Greater Manchester’s commercial retrofit revolution!

12.35 - 1.25: Using new technology to drive your business and keep your competitive edge
Sponsored by Made Smarter

Featuring a wide-range of industry figures, from robotics specialists to experienced data experts, hear how new technologies are transforming manufacturing and giving forward-thinkers a chance to get ahead. The session will give you the opportunity to hear about businesses already implementing digital tools, the benefits they are seeing and learn how your business could benefit.

12.35 – 1.25: Building the asset value of your business through an effective IP strategy
Sponsored by Dehns

Sam Dewhurst, Dehns
Ian Sterrit, Intellectual property Office
Paul Halliday, Growth Company

12.35 - 1.25: Innovation through collaboration
Sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Timothy Jung - Director of Creative AR & VR Hub
Carl Diver - Academic Lead Industry 4.0.
Amer Gaffer - Director of Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre
Paul Bason - Director of Digital Innovation
John Willis - SME Programmes Manager

14.45 – 15.30: Scaling up for growth in the Food & Drink sector

A varied panel of thought-leaders from Greater Manchester’s thriving Food & Drink industry discuss the challenges they face in scaling-up their businesses over the next 12 months. Topics include the “Advancement in Food Technology”, “Start-Up to Scale-Up” and “Beating the Competition.”

Amal Cowan - Amal's Pantry / Masterchef
Cheryl Sharrocks – Stockport Gin Ltd
Kenna Ngoma – Beaumonde Desserts / The Apprentice 2019
Ian Boden – Infused Food Consultancy

14.45 – 15.30: Research to reality: advancing materials fit for the real world
Sponsored by Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, University of Manchester

We live in a rapidly advancing world of material science, alongside societal challenges that question our impact on the world. This panel discussion will explore the opportunities emerging from the ever-advancing world of material research, through to applications fit for commercialisation. Join the discussion and be inspired by experts across the life-cycle. Supporting your own new product development and linking you with the experts who can turn your disruptive ideas into reality.

'MMU – University Campus' table-top seminars

Visit the 'MMU - University Campus' section of the Exhibition Hall for the following table-top seminars.

10.30: Achieving your sustainable energy goals through access to world-leading expertise and facilities 
Manchester Metropolitan Hydrogen Fuel Cell Centre
Amer Gaffer – Director, Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

12.00: Immersive technology for training in healthcare and law
Manchester Metropolitan University AR & VR Hub 
Dr Timothy Jung - Head of MMU AR & VR Research Group

1.00: Developing your innovation road map
SMART Cheshire
Claire Pattison – Enterprise Fellow

2.00: Developing your ideas, one layer at a time
Print City, MMU’s innovative hub of additive and digital manufacturing
Martin Rogers – Print City