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Why Venturefest North West?

Venturefest gave us a platform to showcase the business we believe in and are so passionate about. Winning the competition was instrumental in our successful raising of investment, and the support of GC Business Growth Hub has been integral to our growth leading to our very exciting upcoming launch.

Helen Fish, Co-founder, Beatstream Media - 2017 Innovation Showcase Competition winner

Off the back of the competition we’ve had successful validation of the Padoq product. We’ve done a round of investment, and we’ll be launching the product in the autumn. The agency is going well – we hired three new staff within three months [of winning the award], and we’ve starting winning national accounts. Just last week, we were named a Rising Star of the UK tech scene by [business magazine] Business Cloud too.

Mike Anderson, Managing Director, Nothing But Epic - 2016 Innovation Showcase Competition winner

Since Venturefest 2016, team Swifty has taken on new staff and is growing. We’ve had a significant increase in revenue this year; our hard work, passion and determination is paying off, and it often feels like we have only just started. It's a great platform to show your company to a whole range of business leaders, influencers and fellow entrepreneurs. Networking combined with the chance to win prizes and meet new innovative companies and founders - do it!

Jason Iftakhar, Co-Founder, Swifty Scooters, 2016 Innovation Showcase Competition runners-up

We’ve done two fundraising rounds. One valued us at £30m, and another at £220m – that gave us a massive boost. We’ve started working in New York, and Reno, Nevada, and we’ve gone on a trade mission with the Prime Minister to India. We’ve also opened up two offices in India, one in Africa as well, and we’re looking at setting up a new company that can trade with Russia. I’d tell businesses to take every opportunity that they can get, so I’d recommend they get into it [the competition].

Louis-James Davis, CEO, VST Enterprises - 2016 Innovation Showcase Competition second runners-up

The company has come on leaps and bounds since our success at Venturefest. We recently launched our new website and app, Nudgr, which will be compatible with Formisimo. Access to capital and professional advice is imperative for any business looking to expand – especially for those at early stages in their development. The exposure that we have had as part of the support package really got our brand out there, and the impact from that has been incredible.

Tom New, Co-Founder, Formisimo - 2015 Innovation Showcase Competition winners

Winning at Venturefest changed everything. The Business Growth Hub’s extensive networks and connections put us in touch with a number of other businesses and we are now at a point where we have built one of the most powerful billboard solutions for retailers looking to increase their customer base.

Abdul Alim, Founder, OfferMoments - 2014 Innovation Showcase Competition winner
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Matthew Walsh, Co Founder, Beatstream Media, 2017 Innovation Showcase Winner with Professor Vikas Shah (L) and GC Director of Growth, Richard Jeffery (R)
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Rose Aldean, Founder, Mello, 2017 Innovation Showcase Winner
Nothing But Epic, 2016 Innovation Showcase Winners
Jason Iftakhar, Co-founder, Swifty Scooters - 2016 Innovation Showcase Competition runner-up
Louis James Davis (R), CEO , VST Enterprises - 2016 Innovation Showcase Competition second runners-up
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Tom New, Founder, Formisimo - 2015 Innovation Showcase Competition winner
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Abdul Alim, Founder, OfferMoments - 2014 Innovation Showcase Competition winner