Countdown begins for Venturefest Yorkshire

Countdown begins for Venturefest Yorkshire

The countdown begins as the go-to Yorkshire event for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors takes place in less than 4 weeks’ time.

Business people are being encouraged to attend Venturefest Yorkshire, taking place on Wednesday 16 November at York Racecourse.

This year’s event boasts a jam-packed programme and brings with it business speakers, workshops, seminars and exhibitors.

Top keynote speakers include Kate Russell, technology reporter for the BBC, Tony Fish, co-founder of Fab Lab London and serial entrepreneur, Hull based Jonathan Elvidge, founder of the Gadget Shop and RED5.

Dermot Boylan, project manager for Venturefest Yorkshire, said: "We have put together an action-packed day that is designed to be thought provoking, stimulating and entertaining.

8 keynote speakers, over 70 exhibitors, 5 Pitchfest finalists, 20 Innovation Showcase finalists, 8 seminars, 16 ‘meet the expert’ sessions, 2 Google Digital Garage sessions and 2 Sky master-classes means there is something for just about everyone but with a real focus on innovation and entrepreneurship."

48 Yorkshire based Pitchfest entrants have been whittled down to 5 finalists covering medical diagnostics, healthy skincare, an online solution for supply teachers, a digital quiz application and a young fashion company, Desi High Street. All will be competing in the live finals in front of the public, and investors, for a £5,000 cash prize and a package of business growth support.

The five Pitchfest finalists are Mark Walsh of Kwizzbit, Dr Stephen Smith of Clearsky Medical Diagnostics, Rachael Dunseath of Myroo Skincare, Kuljit Thiaray of Desi High Street and Chloe Mortimer Supply Box.

A record entry level for the Innovation Showcase has also resulted in 20 early stage businesses being selected to promote their ideas and grab the attention of a passing investor or two.

James Newman, chair of the Venturefest organising committee, urges the investment community to get behind this year’s event. He said: "this year Venturefest Yorkshire will have a real creative buzz about it with some fantastic new ideas and innovations, a real opportunity for the investor community to spot some great businesses for the future."

Attendees to Venturefest can also enjoy free sessions with financial and skills advisors, master-classes led by Google and Sky and the DIT touring export hub. The Export Hub will bring together advice and practical guidance for all businesses on how they can find customers overseas for their products and services.