VentureFest North East is perfect for start-ups
Accenture in the Innovation Showcase

Time is precious when you’re launching a new business. VentureFest North East makes the most of yours with a programme packed with exciting and relevant content designed to save you time in the long-run and make your ideas go further.

By investing a day with VentureFest you’ll leave with:

  • A better understanding of how to exploit ideas and develop your business
  • Opportunities to secure investment
  • Improved networks
  • A higher profile amongst potential customers, supporters and investors

Here’s how we help you to:

  • Raise finance. Meet lenders who want to lend and investors who want to invest at FinanceCamp
  • Seek expertise. Ask questions of experts on a whole range of subjects at Growth Hub Live
  • Promote your business. Apply to take part in our Innovation Showcase
  • 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
  • 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 processes 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

“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

“When businesses pitch to investors it’s really important they’re able to succinctly present a compelling investment opportunity. VentureFest North East supports entrepreneurs and business owners so that they’re well prepared for investor meetings and this maximises their chances of securing funding.”

Stephen Price, Investment Manager, Northstar Ventures

“VentureFest highlighted for us the innovation that is going on in the region, and much of it that we were not aware of.  Too often we assume we need to travel outside the region to collaborate and innovate, but there is so much going on here, and VentureFest was a good platform to highlight that.  Whether it be direct collaboration, or just meeting other companies and people going on similar journeys, it is always very helpful to be inspired and motivated by what’s going on in a thriving region.”

Dr Craig Rose, Founder and Managing Director, Seaweed & Co. Ltd

“We’ve attended VentureFest two years running and found it provided a great opportunity to start discussions with investors and established businesses from the North East. Most importantly, we were delighted to secure a significant amount of funding through meeting investors at the event, which enabled us to launch our product successfully. The event also helped us to open conversations with fellow entrepreneurs on ideas and the direction of where to take our product.  We now have a number of exciting opportunities in the pipeline involving some large corporates – watch this space!”

Paul Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, VEO Ltd

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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