VentureFest West Midlands 2016
Venturefest West Midlands takes place on Thursday 23rd June 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham. This one-day event brings together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to meet, engage and discuss ideas.
The day offers networking opportunities along with a forum for presenting practical advice, stimulating ideas and funding options to entrepreneurs and start-ups particularly in the science, knowledge and technology fields
Who Should Attend?
- Firms looking to connect & trade with local innovative SMEs
- Companies looking to reach SME owners in the West Midlands
- Investors providing access to finance
- Innovative businesses from all sectors
- Business advice & support agencies
Venturefest West Midlands expects to welcome 800 delegates in 2016 and last year an independent evaluation by the ERC found that it led to £1.44m of financial returns, and the development of 1,410 new connections between innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors and innovation support.
Venturefest West Midlands is sponsored by Innovate UK as part of a national network of Venturefests supported by Innovate UK and is being supported locally by business, universities, science parks and business support organisations.
Running alongside Venturefest West Midlands is Pitchfest, a pitching competition for business owners, which presents a unique opportunity for businesses to raise their profile both in the West Midlands and in front of a national audience of investors. Business owners are invited to present their ideas in a pitch for investment and stand a chance of winning one of several awards.
Pitchfest is a unique pitching competition – an opportunity for entrepreneurs with start-up, early stage and growth businesses to increase their profile in front of a national audience of investors.
It is jointly organised by Aston University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick. Workshops and pitching panels are being held between February and May to help businesses develop their pitch before the Pitchfest final which takes place on at Venturefest West Midlands on Thursday 23rd June 2016. Deadline for entries is Monday 16th May, although if you register before Wednesday 4th May you will have an opportunity to take part in the final workshop on Thursday 12th May.
For ambitious entrepreneurs, this is an opportunity to:
- Present to leading investors seeking investment opportunities
- Take advantage of pitching advice from industry leaders and experts
- Raise the profile of your business
For investors, this is an opportunity to:
- Gain access to well-prepared and dynamic businesses going through rapid growth
To find out more about Pitchfest, and to register to take part, please see: www.aston.ac.uk/pitchfest