Speakers announced for Venturefest North East

Speakers announced for Venturefest North East

Organisers of Venturefest North East have announced the line-up of speakers who will be using their experience and networks to open doors for North East businesses.

Through a programme of keynote speeches, lively debates, informal discussions and issue-led workshops, regional businesses will not only get access to new market opportunities but will also discover new tools to allow them to innovate.

Almost 40 speakers will share their expertise over the full-day event, with keynotes including Nigel Mills, chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Forum, Gilbert Corrales, CEO of Leaf Music, Lucy Armstrong, chief executive of The Alchemists and Ian Campbell of Innovate UK.

Chairing the morning keynote sessions will be Roy Sandbach, director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University who has just stepped down as Chair of the Innovation Board for the North East LEP where he developed the region’s innovation strategy.

Other keynote speakers include Chris Jones, research and development manager at Northumbrian Water Group, James Hall, programme director, Cities of Tomorrow at ENGIE, and Geoff Archer, head of knowledge exchange at Teesside University.  

Estelle Blanks, deputy director at Innovation SuperNetwork which delivers VentureFest North East, said: "We are really excited about the range and quality of speakers we have planned for November 8. 

"Over the course of the day regional businesses will be able to get access to industry-leading experts who will open doors to lucrative new market opportunities, provide the latest innovation tools and techniques, and shine a light on the emerging trends that can impact on their bottom line."

VentureFest North East will bring together 700 businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors with investors and advisors at St James' Park in Newcastle on November 8. By stimulating new ideas, building networks, brokering funding deals and providing practical tools for business growth, the aim is to increase the number of innovative products and services coming out of the region. 

VentureFest North East is part of the wider Innovation SuperNetwork programme, developed with around 50 partner organisations to support innovation in the North East. Led by the VentureFest North East team, the SuperNetwork is supported by Innovate UK, the North East LEP and North East BIC, with part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund.