Venturefest North West, the North West’s biggest annual innovation conference and exhibition, is still accepting entries from North West firms for its prestigious Innovation Showcase competition.
However, with a final deadline of 8 July, the clock is ticking.
Venturefest North West 2019 is organised by GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The event once again brings together entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and policy makers, and will take place at Manchester Central on 20 November.
With an anticipated 1,200+ delegates in attendance, the one-day business-to-business expo will feature inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a chance to mix with other business owners, leaders and innovators from across the region.
It will also play host to the Innovation Showcase contest. The competition invites entries from businesses with a product or service which could grow rapidly with the right support and funding and is open to any investment-ready North West-based SME from any sector.
The prestige of winning has also helped firms to attract high quality staff and enjoy an enhanced reputation as an innovative, ambitious and successful business.
In addition, the companies that scoop the top prize win a package of business support from Venturefest North West’s organisers, GC Business Growth Hub.
This includes advice, masterclasses, mentoring and other support which can help firms overcome barriers to growth and unlock increased economic potential.
This year there are four Innovation Showcase categories; Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Digital Innovation and Most Innovative Established Business. Entrants will be judged over the summer, and the category winners will be invited to pitch their business idea, product or service to the Venturefest North West audience in November.
This will be followed by an audience vote to find an overall winner.
But to be in with a chance companies must get their entry in by July 8th.
Hosting this year’s Venturefest will be serial entrepreneur and leading business commentator, Vikas Shah MBE. He said of the Innovation Showcase competition:
“The innovation showcase is an incredible way to showcase your business, your idea and your talents to hundreds of potential investors, customers and partners from across the region…”
“I’ve hosted Venturefest before, and I’ve seen first-hand how much of an impact it makes on businesses to even be a finalist at the competition.
“There are many examples of firms that didn’t even win the audience vote, but went on to secure investment, customers and partnerships just from the profile of Venturefest.
“I would therefore encourage any SME in the North West which has a great proposition, a clear vision for the future, and a desire to grow, to consider taking part in the contest.
“It really could help transform your business and it’s free to enter. But remember the deadline is fast approaching.”
Businesses looking to access specialist support can visit the GC Business Growth Hub website for more information about the organisation’s extensive range of services and for more information on Venturefest.
This and other GC Business Growth Hub projects are part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the GM Business Growth Hub project designed to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester.
The Hub is also supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester local authorities.