Organised by Make It York and sponsored by the national government agency, Innovate UK, this year’s one day festival will focus on nurturing business growth across the region and will inspire and entertain visitors with workshops, exhibitions and talks from sector experts.
The event, on 16 November, will take place at York Racecourse and offer five floors of themed exhibition zones, keynote speakers and seminars.
Entrepreneurs will also be given the chance to meet industry experts and take part in the Innovation Showcase and a live Pitchfest Finals where delegates will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in return for a rich support package, including £5,000 funding.
In anticipation of the festival in November, the Venturefest Roadshow will take place at various locations throughout Yorkshire this summer.
Starting in York and then travelling to Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield and Hull to order to inspire, engage and inform businesses; including individuals, new start-ups and established businesses.
The launch event will take place on 22 June at the University of York.
There will be information and advice available about Venturefest Yorkshire 2016 and details of ways in which to participate
The launch event will include the announcement of two competitions: Pitchfest and the Innovation Showcase. Pitchfest is an investment competition with a £5,000 cash prize and 12 months of business support to help get plans off the ground.
The Innovation Showcase provides supported access to the show for new start-ups (even pre start-ups). Places for this are awarded on merit, they must be applied for and will be selected by a Venturefest panel.
Within the Innovation Showcase there is also a £1,000 prize to be awarded to the ‘best in show’.
Competition winners will be celebrated and showcased at the main Venturefest event in November.
Speakers at the launch event include James Newman, chair of Finance Yorkshire and the Advisory Board, Heather Niven, Head of Science City York and Dermot Boylan, Programme Manager, from organisers Make It York.
Niven said: “Amazing things can happen at the intersection between science, technology and creativity and we will be stimulating innovation, encouraging entrepreneurialism and helping Yorkshire businesses gain investment through competitions, activities and exhibitions at Venturefest Yorkshire.
“This event will be the greatest gathering of innovation and enterprise in Yorkshire this year so please join us."
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