The Region's
Innovation Conference

Wednesday 14th November 2018

St James’ Park, Newcastle

VentureFest North East is all about helping local businesses use innovation to remain relevant, competitive and profitable. It brings together more than 700 people to create exciting new opportunities. It’s a unique day in the business

calendar that’s packed with inspirational speakers and practical workshops to help you make new connections, raise finance and explore new ideas.
See what happened at last year’s VentureFest North East.


Launch your ideas

Starting out or running an early-stage growth company? If you’re just getting your idea off the ground you’ve found the perfect place to give you a lift.

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Growing businesses

Exploit your ideas to accelerate growth

Running a business that’s looking to grow? You’ll find plenty of inspiration and practical support here to take your ideas further.

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Meet exciting business opportunities

Angel investor, fund manager, lender or crowdfunder? Meet exciting North East businesses in a format that’s fast, simple and effective.

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Meet innovative businesses

Provide a service or product that could be used by innovative businesses in the North East of England? Join the Venturefest family and feel the benefit.

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North East Innovation Awards

Celebrating the most innovative businesses in the region, we’re launching the inaugural North East Innovation Awards to take place as part of the programme for VentureFest North East 2018.

It doesn’t matter about size or turnover, we know businesses of all sizes are doing exciting things. Whether it’s a new business product, service or something that gives a competitive edge, if you’re doing something amazing, or know a business that is, take part by nominating in one of six categories.


North East Innovation!

VentureFest North East is all about celebrating the innovative businesses and entrepreneurs from the region. Take a look at all of the awesome things happening in the North East right now:

A snapshot of VentureFest 2017

Take a look at the full VentureFest North East gallery here.