Apply to be a #VFS Innovator

Are you one of the region’s leading innovators? Apply to appear as part of the #VFS: Festival of Innovation, Innovator Showcase

This is your chance to apply to win one of our very limited and highly coveted Innovator Showcase spots at the #VFS: Festival of Innovation.

The whole point of Venturefest South is to show the world the vast array of brilliant ideas, challenger business models and innovation talent that call the South Coast home.

That’s why all the money we make from ticket sales and sponsorships goes directly into promoting innovation and funding places for innovators like you to show off what they have been doing.

This is a brilliant opportunity to showcase your innovation or business idea, meet new collaborators, promote your idea and meet potential investors and partners, who can ultimately help you move to the next stage.

Boost your idea with a VFS innovator support package worth over £2k!

If your application gets selected to be part of this year’s showcase we will do the following to help take your business to the next level:

  • A showcase spot at the live Festival of Innovation in the Innovation Zone where you will present your innovation as one of the most interesting
  • Start-up and scale-up advice from the VFS partners who can help you uncover opportunity, invaluable advice and support for your idea
  • Automatic entry into the Festival of Innovation Awards.
  • An Innovator listing and information on the VFS website
  • Content marketing via social media, email and on the website to our network
  • Ability to submit videos and promote your events and news


The team at VFS review every application and the best of them are then shortlisted. The shortlisted applications then go forward to selection. Selection is undertaken by the VFS team and its partners who represent some of the leading lights in innovation from across the region’s key organisations.

This team are looking for;

  • How interesting the innovation is
  • Growth potential
  • Investability of idea
  • How well it’s pitched in your application

It’s simple to start an application just fill out the form and answer the questions below.

We welcome all applications but, before you fill out this form please note that Venturefest South needs your contact details to respond to you about becoming an innovator. We will also use this data to create an innovator profile before the event. For information on how to unsubscribe, as well as our privacy practices and commitment to protecting your privacy, please review our Privacy Policy on our founder’s site.

Meet some of our previous innovators

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