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Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency funded and sponsored by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to accelerate innovation across the UK.

Through national sponsorship of Venturefest, Innovate UK aims to connect with innovators, investors and entrepreneurs that can grow and contribute to the UK economy.

Since 2007 Innovate UK has invested over £1.5bn in innovation, matched by £1.5bn from partners and business. We’ve helped more than 5,000 companies with their innovation projects – adding an estimated £7.5bn to the UK economy, and 35,000 extra jobs.

We work with a network of organisations including Catapults, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), and the Enterprise Europe Network.

Welsh Government Directorate for Economy, Science and Transport delivers the economic and transport agenda across Wales. We work to encourage the best conditions and frameworks to enable the private sector to grow. The Department wants a strong economy for businesses, people and communities in Wales, placing sustainable development as a central organising principle. It is responsible for formulating tourism policy, encouraging investment in, and the development of the tourism industry, marketing Wales both within the UK and overseas.

Welsh Government Innovation offers an integrated package of funding and support for all aspects of your business, from helping you develop new products and manage intellectual property assets, through design issues and manufacturing, to full commercialisation of your new products, services, processes and technologies. Our support is available via Business Wales. Welsh Government’s Business Wales service supports new and established businesses in Wales.  Whether you’re thinking about starting a new business, have already taken the first few steps or want to grow your current business, we can help.  Business Wales supports the sustainable growth of small and medium size enterprises across the country by offering access to information, guidance and business support.
For more information please visit or call 03000 6 03000

KTN is the UK’s Innovation Network. We connect people from large and small companies, research organisations, public funding bodies, VCs and private investors to speed up innovation, to solve problems and to find markets for new ideas. We have in depth knowledge of all significant economic sectors of the UK’s economy and how to connect with them.

Support for all aspects of the project lifecycle:

  • Evidence base researched to establish need for projects
  • Development of staff to deliver projects effectively
  • Evaluation of project processes and impacts

At 2buy2 we help organisations save time and money on key spend areas. By uniting the buying power of our members they can receive quality products at specially negotiated prices.

We are a cloud based systems integration company based in Cardiff Bay.  We specialise in building Ecosystems around Xero and our own cloud based iBPMS product.

Applied Research Solutions Ltd provides high-quality professional advice and tailored support to innovative businesses, research centres and well-established academic institutions to attract national and EU funding for R&D projects.

Applingua is an app localization agency about to pivot into the world of localization education and the future of localization technology

Bean&Gone is a new entertainment brand that delivers shared fun and learning experiences for children and parents alike, through a series of highly engaging customisable interactive media formats available in print and digital (web, tablet & mobile), with future broadcast television potential. Our goal is to create a highly scaleable evergreen brand franchise with global appeal.

BrandContent is an award-winning boutique content marketing and communications agency and Wales’ only marketing specialist in tech, financial services and professional services. We deliver impactful strategies, content and campaigns for national brands.

The British Business Bank aims to ensure that finance markets for small and medium-sized businesses work effectively, allowing such businesses to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity.

A bilingual video production company based in Port Talbot, South Wales. We produce

promotional, training and event videos including live streaming.

Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business

An Independent Welsh publishing business, the team behind Business News Wales have distributed over 40,000 of the UK’s top B2B news stories since 2012, within the technology, and recruitment markets and have a proven track record of growing market reach for over 150 different UK and International businesses over the last 3 years.

Carbon Law Partners are advisors to fast growing, enterprising, disruptive businesses. We give clients direct access to reputable, talented individuals – and ways to secure the right price for the right legal support.

Cardiff Business Week is an umbrella brand that will harness existing events, foster new events and curate a disparate and fragmented event landscape into a cohesive, focused and impactful content led collaboration that showcases the Cardiff Capital Region.

Cardiff Business Week will use the power of live events as a means to drive engagement with local, national, and international business audiences and amplify the content and messages via digital and traditional media.

Capital Law is a leading provider of commercial legal services to businesses throughout the UK, Europe and beyond with offices in Cardiff and London.

A startup company manufacturing recycled, push-fit Welsh slate roof tiles for the construction sector

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We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students. As an institution of enterprise, research and learning, we have unrivalled skills in working with business, collaborating with businesses and organisations, of all sizes and sectors, to make a better future for Wales and the world.

As a leading, research-intensive University, Cardiff is committed to converting the outcomes of our research into commercially viable products and processes. This relies on excellent infrastructure and, in many cases, highly specialised facilities – from environmental characterisation labs and performance engineering, to biotechnology services and brain imaging; to gas turbine combustors, and lightning laboratories.

Our technologies are often “spun-out” into commercial ventures through a partnership with IP Group Plc, which, since 2007, has enabled more than £50m to be invested in Cardiff University spinouts, establishing an exciting portfolio of companies including Mesuro, Alesi Surgical and MedaPhor; with further prospects in the pipeline.

Cardiff University’s Innovation Network connects academics to business, via a series of free events, providing the opportunity to work together; exchange new ideas; share knowledge and develop innovative methods. Whether it’s short consultancy or long-term strategic projects, collaborations can be tailor-made to meet specific business needs. Interactions can range from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP’s), or designing innovative new products,  to transforming business operations. As the largest provider of adult education in Wales, the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning provides several hundred courses as well as CPD for business people via bespoke programmes.

Close links with employers – student project and placement opportunities – along with an extremely high quality learning environment, enable students to develop transferable business skills. Our award-winning student enterprise team help students to enhance their entrepreneurial skills through events and competitions, with business skills more formally adopted into the University via our “enterprise and innovation in the curriculum” scheme.

Located in a vibrant European capital city, Cardiff Metropolitan University is a thriving and modern university. Integral to the city of Cardiff for more than 150 years, we continue to invest in our students’ future with a focus on student employability and enhancing the student experience; providing education and training opportunities of the highest quality to students from over 140 countries worldwide.

The Economic Development Team from City of Cardiff Council offers business advice and support to Cardiff businesses.

Reliant on technology? Then it is imperative that your IT infrastructure and data are resilient and secure. This is something which Certus TG specialise in, contact us on 03333 708090 to find out more.


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Propel by Deloitte is an affordable accounting and analytics service designed specifically for ambitious startups and SMEs to support them as they grow. Propel helps clients track how their business is performing today and forecast for tomorrow.

EIP is an innovative IP law firm providing services in Europe and the US, from patent, trademark and design registration, IP search and strategy, through to IP litigation, from its offices in Cardiff.

Electric Bench was formed in 2011 by a small team of innovative partners looking to blend leading edge developments in web design, apps & technology into real world business, cultural & community challenges to cause breakthrough.

ENGIE is a leading energy and services Group employing 20,000 people in the UK.  ENGIE is using its energy and services capabilities to lead the UK’s transition towards a more secure and sustainable future, through a strategy based on investment in critical energy infrastructure, integration of its energy expertise with its broad services offer, and innovation in customer-led solutions and technologies.  The business has well-established and diverse operations that span the exploration and production of gas and oil; on-shore gas storage; generating power as one of the UK’s largest independent power producers; providing power and gas to thousands of UK businesses; and delivering services to more than 14,000 customer sites across the public and private sector.

Globally, ENGIE’s businesses are developed around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology.  The Group employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015.

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Finance Wales provides commercial funding to small and medium sized businesses throughout Wales to enable them to realise their potential for innovation and growth.

We make commercial investments in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) based in or willing to relocate to Wales.  We can provide short-term project finance as well as long-term growth funding.  Our micro loans start from just £1,000 and we can invest up to £2 million in a single round.

We typically provide flexible debt and equity funding for a wide range of purposes and can continue to offer support with follow-on investment and additional working capital as the business grows. We also have a dedicated technology venture investments team who have technical and financial expertise to support technology-based businesses.

The company was established by the Welsh Government in 2001 and is part of the Finance Wales Group, a leading UK SME investor with more than £400 million of funds under management.

Geldards is a leading commercial law firm with offices across Wales, the Midlands and London providing a broad range of advice to clients in the private, public and third sectors.

GeoLang’s easily deployed Ascema data loss prevention platform provides automated classification and real time protection of unstructured content in real-time across applications both on premise and in the cloud.

Human resources consultancy providing cost-effective and practical solutions for small and medium enterprises and third sector organisations within South Wales


Ignite is the UK’s first impact investment fund focusing on energy, investing in enterprises with clear social missions, wanting access and support from Centrica’s experts, with a sustainable financial model.

Innovation Point is Wales’ innovation company.

Working at the cutting edge of technology development and at the heart of the investment community, we build partnerships which secure the funding needed to transform business ideas into commercial reality.

Finding Ideas. Funding Innovation.

Organisations accredited against the Investors in People Standard enjoy benefits which extend far beyond its reputational value.  Investors in People is here to help you go beyond people management excellence and deliver sustainable people solutions for your business.

IntaPeople is a specialist recruitment company with long-standing experience in the IT, technical and engineering sectors.

We provide first-rate, honest and transparent talent solutions that exceeds client and candidate expectations.

We are the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom.

Introbiz host weekly business networking events in fifty fabulous locations around the UK and internationally. We’re proud to have hundreds of members in the network, and some of these are some of the largest brands in the world. We’re passionate about bringing businesses together to network and build new relationships while having fun with like-minded professionals.

Life Sciences Hub Wales is the nerve centre of a vibrant and prosperous Welsh Life Sciences eco-system, it brings together academic, business, clinical, professional services, government and funding organisations to provide a commercially-driven melting pot of talent.

London Stock Exchange is one of the world’s most international capital markets, home to almost 3,100 companies. Committed to supporting growth companies through their markets and service ELITE, AIM, HGS and the Main Market. Come and find out more about how to access the right growth capital for your business.

Covering all of South Wales and established since 1997, Matthews are specialists in secure, confidential, shredding and the destruction of sensitive data. We make sure your business STAYS your business.

MediWales is the independent life science network for Wales. With 180 members, our network is largely made up of MedTech and diagnostics companies, BioPharma services, the clinical research community, NHS health boards and universities. We provide advice, support and business opportunities for our members, promoting collaboration within the life science and health technology community in Wales.

Memberoo is a digital loyalty card. The App helps businesses get to know their customers, communicate with them and encourage them to shop more frequently and spend more money.

Established video production company producing high quality, creative, and thought-provoking media content. We have a proven track record of supplying a range of corporate clients, commercial partners, and local authorities.

Our aspiration at NatWest is to help our customers, the communities they operate in and the Welsh economy to prosper.  We understand that for businesses to thrive they need to develop partnerships. Our Business, Commercial and Corporate Banking Teams provide relationship based banking to a wide range of Welsh businesses from start ups to large corporates.

We’re helping people to explore enterprise, develop their skills and start up in business, whatever their background. We want to encourage more people, in more communities, to embrace an entrepreneurial culture and we aim to help close the generational enterprise gap.

We take a holistic approach to each and every one of our customers, making sure that our products are right for them, but also pointing them in the direction of support and help outside of the bank. We also have a team of trade specialists with strong local and sector knowledge.

OR3D – 3D scanning solutions company, with a portfolio of handheld and tripod-mounted scanners, alongside laser trackers. We create CAD models or inspection reports, from artefacts to highway infrastructure using non-contact scan data. We will be demonstrating our mobile immersive virtual engineering 3D environment.


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Ordoo is a digital gateway to order and pay in advance at your favourite cafes, coffee shops and lunch spots – beating the queue and earning loyalty rewards.

We are a social enterprise dedicated to innovating food production through Hydroponics and advanced technology, starting with our first product – the Hydrosac.

A global engineering company with precision measurement and healthcare expertise, employing over 4,000 people. Its products are used widely, from jet engine and TV manufacture, to dentistry and brain surgery.

RIFT R&D Tax Credits help SME’s claim money back, or gain tax relief from the Government on advances and innovations delivered by their business.

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Simply Do Ideas is a fast-growth educational software company. Our proven technology enables our partner schools, colleges and universities to deliver real-world enterprise learning outcomes quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

The South Wales Chamber of Commerce is a modern, innovative, membership-based business support organisation run by local businesses, for local businesses.

Founded by industry for industry, Swansea University has a rich heritage of collaborating with businesses. From its new £450M Science & Innovation Bay Campus to its top 10 rated Engineering & Medical research, Swansea continues to assist businesses to innovate & grow.

Teamworks is one of Wales’ most experienced multidisciplinary design & communications studios offering brand-led creative services for print and digital media.

We work with some of the UK’s biggest brands, as well as individuals, start-ups and SMEs, to create promotional collateral for their products, services and events.

Email or follow @teamworksdesign


We are a boutique social media marketing agency, providing first class social media management at an affordable price.

Trinamo specialises in helping their clients improve their sales and marketing performance. Trinamo has been in business for over 10 years and has helped over 200 clients grow their top line revenues and profitability.

Trinamo’s clients range from start-ups through global multi-million turn-over companies. So whatever your company’s life stage, the chances are that Trinamo can help improve the performance of  your sales and marketing organisation. Trinamo will ensure that you have a best in class sales and  marketing process and methodology, make great hires, not bad ones, and ensure your team really does deliver.

Founded by industry and the professions, the University of South Wales, with over 30,000 students is one of Britain’s most exciting new universities and a major player in higher education.

USW competes equally for students and reputation with the UK’s major regional universities and helps the region compete head to head for investment and growth with major city regions such as Bristol, Manchester, London and Tyneside.

As one of the UK’s biggest universities by student number, USW’s size allows it to invest in develop new courses and facilities. The University has a major presence in all of the cities in the region. Within the UK, USW is unique in the breadth of its role, encompassing a modern university and two subsidiaries in Wales’s national conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and The College Merthyr Tydfil.

USW is Wales’s business university, with a portfolio of courses designed to increase the skills and employability of our students. This is recognised in the University’s partnership with key anchor companies in Wales’s growth sectors, as with, for example, GE Aviation.  Other joint collaborators with USW include major defence and aerospace companies, including British Airways, Rolls-Royce, General Dynamics, EADS, Microsoft, and the UK’s major computer security and intelligence organisations. Partnerships with major employers enhance its relationship as a leading university for careers and is reflected in the high employment rate of its graduates, with 94% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

USW’s courses are developed hand in hand with the professional bodies and leading organisations who employ graduates including many of the world’s major corporations.

USW students voted the University as one of the top 10 UK universities at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2016.

The Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services team acts as a single point of contact with the University for businesses.
Building on our long established reputation for supporting businesses, we can provide you with access to a wide range of academic expertise and resources.

Welsh ICE (Innovation Centre for Enterprise) offers co-working spaces, office space, meeting room hire and more. Let us help you launch your startup! Email for more information.

Wealthify is a new, online investment service challenging UK savers to expect more from their money. It combines technology and human expertise to make investing easy and affordable for everyone.
White October

White October creates digital products by putting people first – discovering what customers really want, working unusually closely with clients and supporting our teams to succeed. Visit, call +44 (0) 1865 920 707 or follow @whiteoctober on Twitter.

Wynne-Jones IP is a long established firm of Chartered and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, based in Cardiff, Cheltenham and Telford. We act for a large number of clients locally, nationally and internationally, including private individuals, multi-nationals, large technology-based companies, SME’s and universities. We specialise in intellectual property (IP) services, including a full spectrum of patent services in engineering, life sciences, healthcare, medical devices, medical detection techniques, biotechnology, chemistry and nanotechnology.