Every company has intellectual property: it’s time to make it pay

IP expert Elliott Davies at Cardiff-based IP specialists Wynne-Jones IP, a sponsor of Venturefest Wales, provides insight into how intellectual property can benefit your business. What is intellectual property (IP), you might ask? IP is a term used to describe ‘creations of the mind’ such as inventions, company names, logos, images, literary works, art and […]

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Wales Technology Seed Fund: Finance Wales answers entrepreneurs’ questions

If you’re a tech start-up or entrepreneur you’ll know it’s essential to secure seed and early growth funding to get your business idea off the ground. There are lots of options out there from crowdfunders, to banks, to venture capital firms. However it can be difficult to secure that initial investment – especially as many […]


Turn Lights On at Venturefest for a third year running

Turn Lights On has hosted a stage at Venturefest for three years running now. Venturefest is about inspiring and educating business owners along with connecting investors with entrepreneurs, and we are thrilled for this to be our third year of hosting the Turn Lights On stage. The event has an energy and vibrancy about it as people […]

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Creating a National Imperative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ashley Cooper is Chair of Venturefest Wales 2016 and Director of Catalyst Growth Partners. In 2015, supported by the then Economy Minister Edwina Hart, Wales enrolled on the internationally accredited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP). REAP is a capstone global initiative at MIT, designed to help regions accelerate economic […]


Success and investment for graduate’s app following chance meeting at Cardiff event

A budding entrepreneur and Cardiff-based tech business owner have found industry success with a new tech start-up following a chance meeting at a networking event in Wales’ capital. Start-up company Ordoo is the brainchild of entrepreneur and university graduate, Tom Dewhurst, who came up with the concept whilst waiting for more than 15 minutes to […]

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Setting the Scene

Chair of Venturefest Wales, Ashley Cooper gives an overview of what you can expect from our 2016 event Venturefest is a UK national initiative founded by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), and Innovate UK working in association with local partners. Venturefest events bring together ideas, investment and expertise to accelerate transfer of innovation and technology into […]

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Venturefest returns to Wales for its third year with world record breaking speaker

Venturefest Wales is back for a third year, bringing investment and collaboration opportunities to Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium on 28 September 2016 in a bid to support business growth and inspire innovation in Wales.  The unique environment at Venturefest blends businesses of all sizes and individuals from a wide range of sectors together, with a view […]