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Time’s running out to enter what we at Venturefest North West passionately believe is the region’s best business competition.

But don’t just take our word for it – here’s what one of last year’s entries said:

“Even though we didn’t win, the support we have received as a relatively young business has been invaluable, from funding to mentoring, to boosting our knowledge in things as varied as accounting, social media and PR.” - Rebecca Slater, Commerce Unlimited Ltd

The Innovation Showcase Competition is open to start-up and established businesses from across the North West, and there are six awards, each with business support prizes worth thousands of pounds. 

It’s free, quick and easy to enter: just fill in the online form below.



There are four categories to enter: Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Digital Innovation, and Innovative Established Business.

Finalists will pitch to an audience of potential investors, partners and customers at #VFNW19 in Manchester on 20 November.

An independent expert panel will select the four Category Winners and the Overall Winner, while delegates will pick the Audience Winner. All winners will be announced on the day. 



There's a total prize package of business support valued at £40,000, including £15,000 worth for both the Overall winner (chosen by an independent panel) and Audience winner (voted by delegates). Provided by sponsors and partners of GC Business Growth Hub, prizes typically include:

  • Promotional video
  • Prominent exhibition space at Venturefest North West
  • Feature in the regional event publication
  • PR about your entry
  • Place on the Hallidays Business AM 10-step progamme
  • Hot desk space
  • Legal advice
  • R&D claim free of charge for one year
  • Bespoke Blue Ocean Strategy workshop
  • Tailored IP review, assessing existing and potential IP

Beyond the prestige of winning, recognition for your innovation and the high-quality business support prize packages on offer, your firm can also reap bigger rewards. In the last three years alone, Innovation Showcase entrants have generated £5.2million of investment offers from having taken part in the competition. Many of these were not actual winners on the day but made such an impression with angel investors and venture capitalists that they went on to secure funding for their proposition.

Last but not least, there's also the chance to get some high-profile media coverage

Still not convinced? Read more on what previous entrants have said about the Innovation Showcase Competition