We do it by working with key partners and influencers to deliver a year round programme and an annual Festival of Innovation that showcases the South’s talent, innovative companies and research capabilities through bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs and funders.
Its objectives are to…
Venturefest South (VFS) was the first within the Venturefest network to privately fund itself and is now considered a shining example of how Venturefest should run. The partners are proud of what has been achieved and invest money and time into what has become a rapidly growing network and the region’s most hotly anticipated innovation and entrepreneurial event. The partners’ seed fund the programme and then encourage additional partners, sponsors and exhibitors to join them in their mission. All money invested into VFS goes directly towards running the programme and showcase event. This provides the south’s most interesting innovators’ zero-cost opportunity to promote their ideas.
Venturefest South is a not for profit initiative made up of people, organisations and businesses which recognise the innate value of engaging with, and investing in the south’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Venturefest South expresses itself in three ways:
We curate, promote and share a year round programme of events and information driven by our partners, sponsors and board members. The programme signposts our audience to relevant content to help them. VFS actively promotes activities and creates its own pushing them out through its channels to the fast growing network.
Early stage innovators and entrepreneurs with the ambition to grow
“We’ve got a great idea that’s new or not on the market and have huge ambitions to grow it, shape it and build it into a proposition of value”
Established businesses or IP that are ready to grow and scale up, with the capacity to collaborate
“We’ve been doing it a while and are good at it but we need to scale our idea beyond its current capability. We are searching for ways to scale up and take things to the next level.”
Large scale anchor organisations looking to innovate and engage
“We want to meet new talent that could play a part in our success, open our eyes to new ideas from new audiences and help us get closer to the innovators and SMEs that could make something new happen.”
In addition, we play host to a wide ranging network of interested parties and influencers including: business support, larger support organisations, media, investors, education, financial and funding, development, technology and the creative sector.
The jewel in the crown of our activity is the annual showcase. It’s designed to bring interesting people together in an interesting way and has built in size and success year on year. It is now a hotly anticipated and well attended event.