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An exceptional mix of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

Now in its sixth year, Venturefest is the North West’s one-day, one-venue extravaganza for businesses, investors, innovators, technology specialists and academics. See the programme here and find out more below.



Hear from a unique mix of inspirational speakers, including former 'Dragon' Jenny Campbell, Nine Lives Media CEO Cat Lewis and pioneering US investor Nitin Rai.

There's also a Female Entrepreneurs Panel, 'Three Tribes' (entrepreneur, innovator, investor) Panel, and interactive breakout sessions. Don't miss out - book your place now.

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Venturefest North West conference


Former 'Dragon' Jenny Campbell joins pioneering American venture capitalist Nitin Rai and one of the UK’s highest profile entrepreneurs and business commentators, Vikas Shah.

Nitin is the founder and managing director of Portland-based Elevate Capital, which has invested $6m in start-ups founded or led by diverse and underrepresented entrepreneurs since 2016.

Read the Speakers' bios
Jenny Campbell


The Innovation Showcase Competition not only celebrates the businesses and innovations that come out of the North West, but also has very real and potentially game-changing benefits for those involved.

The 12 finalists have been chosen from more than 120+ entries from across the region, and you can see their pitches and choose your winner at #VFNW19 on 20 November.

See the finalists
Innovation Showcase


New for 2019 are themed villages, including Digital Valley, Financial District, Future Factory, Global Gateway, Green Quarter, Materials Science Park, and MMU University Campus.

The sold-out expo will feature more than 80 organisations.

Sponsors and Exhibitors