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Venturefest North West is the region's biggest annual innovation expo and conference, bringing together start-ups, growing businesses, investors and innovation specialists under one roof.

We’re expecting a record 1,200+ delegates to Manchester Central on 20 November for an exceptional mix of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and networking opportunities. Find out more below.


Hear from a unique mix of inspirational speakers, with Vikas Shah MBE confirmed as event host.

Register now to book your place and to keep up to date with the latest announcements.



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.

Innovation Showcase Competition 2018 winners


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.

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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.

Nitin Rai


Pioneering American venture capitalist Nitin Rai has been announced as keynote speaker.

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.