VentureFest North East is perfect for growing businesses
Innovation Showcase

Take time out of your day-to-day business activities to explore new possibilities and we’ll make it count.

The VentureFest North East programme is packed with inspirational content designed for those responsible for commercialising ideas in growing businesses, whether you employ 50 people or 500.

Invest a day with VentureFest you’ll leave with new:

  • Market opportunities
  • Practical tools and techniques to apply to your own business
  • Contacts and networks
  • Access to sources of finance

Here’s how we help you to:

  • Find new market opportunities. Turn the challenges facing large corporates, public organisations and society at large into commercial opportunities for your business with Innovation Challenge North East
  • Seek expertise. Ask questions of experts on a whole range of subjects at Growth Hub Live
  • Raise finance. Meet lenders who want to lend and investors who want to invest at FinanceCamp
  • Promote your business. Apply to take part in our Innovation Showcase  and tell others about your company in our Marketplace
  • Be inspired. Venturefest North East is as much about doing as it is listening and learning, with plenty of opportunities to get involved with interactive sessions, try new ways of doing things, access university research and ask questions.
  • Make new contacts. There are opportunities galore to network with investors, speakers, support staff and other businesses keen to share stories and lessons learned. There’s also a chance to drop in to meet our partners throughout the day

Related Testimonials

“VentureFest is a great event for the region to highlight the excellent innovative work going on around us. The event had an outstanding line-up of speakers and we found the ample opportunities to network very useful, enabling us to cement a number of relationships.”

Stephen Chilton, Global Product Manager, Sevcon

“The VentureFest event was a fantastic platform for us to get our brand out into the region amongst other leading North East businesses. It gave us the opportunity to get together with a range of companies to discuss best practice and hear success stories on a local and national scale.”

Ashley Westgate, Marketing Manager, ievo Ltd

“FinanceCamp is an innovative platform for investors and businesses to network and FW Capital is delighted to be part during VentureFest North East. We’re looking forward to meeting lots of ambitious businesses looking to make a step change in their growth plans. FW Capital can provide both short and long-term funding solutions across the North East from the North East Growth Plus Fund and the Tees Valley Catalyst Fund.”

Joanne Whitfield, Fund Manager, FW Capital

“Securing the right finance at the right time is crucial for any growing business. We see this programme as a great opportunity for us, alongside other investors and business-supporters, to make contact with potential clients and for businesses with limited spare time available to access a whole range of information under one roof and in one day.”

Sarah Thorpe, Regional Executive, UK Steel Enterprise

“Mercia targets regions of the UK that are typically under-served by sources of risk capital. We see events such as this as integral to our deal flow in sourcing high-growth businesses in the North East.”

Alex Hoppenbrouwers, Investment Associate, Mercia Fund


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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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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