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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, with Vikas Shah MBE confirmed as event host and Jenny Campbell amongst the keynote speakers.

Don't miss out on the region's biggest business innovation expo and conference - 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


Open to start-up and scale-up businesses, the Innovation Showcase Competition offers excellent profile-raising opportunities, and the chance for finalists to pitch to an audience of potential investors.

Winners in each category will receive a package of business support, while all applicants will be able to benefit from specialist business advice.

See the finalists
Innovation Showcase


We’re looking for ambitious partners committed to supporting business growth.

Now in its sixth year, this flagship regional event offers the perfect opportunity to position your organisation as a leader within the North West’s innovation landscape.

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Last year saw more than 50 businesses large and small showcase their innovations.

Promote your product or services to potential investors and customers at #VFNW19 - exhibition spaces for SMEs are available at £250+VAT.

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