Most successful Venturefest North West yet!
21 November 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended Venturefest North West, which attracted record numbers to Manchester Central on 20 November 2019.
Richard Jeffery, Director of Business Growth at event organisers GC Business Growth Hub, said: “This has been the most successful Venturefest North West yet, and it’s been fantastic to see the breadth of business innovation from across our region.
“The point of Venturefest North West is to encourage fresh thinking and collaboration - and with 50-plus speakers and panellists, more than 80 business exhibiting, and 1,150 entrepreneurs coming together under one roof it has really captured the imagination of the business community.”
Former BBC Dragons Den judge Jenny Campbell, Founder & CEO of YourCash Europe delivered the day's headline speech.
Jenny talked about her extensive business career, how she has both challenged and been challenged by her leadership roles in the banking sector, and her time on the Dragons' Den panel.
Earlier in the day, Founder & Managing Director of US-based Elevate Capital, Nitin Rai, discussed his background and the importance of investing in businesses led by women and minority ethnic groups.
A packed #VFNW19 conference programme also saw a speech delivered by Nine Lives Media Founder Cat Lewis about her business journey in broadcast television.
Daresbury-based NGPod won the final of the Innovation Showcase Competition, with Dicey Tech receiving the Audience Award.
Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager at NatWest, Venturefest North West’s headline sponsor for 2019, said: “Congratulations to NGPod Global, who met some fierce competition today and delivered an incredible pitch that had the full attention of the panel. They should be very proud, as should all of today’s finalists.
“While the competition demonstrates how tough it can be for entrepreneurs and emerging businesses, Venturefest is fundamentally about boosting collaboration across our North West ecosystem and I think the encouragement shown across the board today speaks volumes. It’s been a pleasure to sponsor Venturefest, a unique event where everybody involved has had chance to develop their business ideas and hopefully take new opportunities forward as a result.”