09:30 - 16:30

VentureFest North West

Manchester Central Convention Complex

Venturefest North West is the region’s biggest annual innovation expo and conference, bringing together businesses, investors and innovation specialists under one roof.

A record 1,200 delegates are expected at Manchester Central on 20 November 2019 for an exceptional mix of inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.
#VFNW19 is an essential date in the diary for people who are passionate about business.

Why attend?

  • Hear from a unique mix of inspirational speakers
  • Make connections that lead to new investments, new business and new ideas
  • Increase your profile amongst potential customers, partners and funders
  • Get inspired by other business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Vote for your favourite pitch from 12 of the region’s most innovative SMEs at the Innovation Showcase Competition

Venturefest North West Programme:

9.30: Venturefest North West starts! Please enter the venue via the Exchange Foyer entrance.

10.00: Welcome address by Richard Jeffery, Director of Business Growth at GC Business Growth Hub

10.05: Opening remarks by host Vikas Shah MBE, CEO of Swiscot Group and co-founder of 53 Degrees North

10.15: Interview with Nitin Rai, found and MD of Elevate Capital

10.45: Speech by Cat Lewis, CEO, Joint Creative Director and Executive Producer for Nine Lives Media

11.00: Break

11.50: Speaker TBC

12.15: Female Entrepreneurs Panel

12.40: Lunch

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13.30: Innovation Showcase Competition finalists’ pitches

14.15: Three Tribes Panel

14.45: Break (Innovation Showcase Competition audience voting and judging panel meets)

15.35: Innovation Showcase Competition winners announced

15.45: Headline speech by Jenny Campbell, Founder and CEO of YourCash Europe

16.30: Close

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