Our Partners

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 http://business.wales.gov.uk 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.

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.

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/business

Cardiff Metropolitan University is a business-oriented University focussing on the needs of Industry, commerce, public and voluntary organisations.

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

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.

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.

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.

Our Sponsors
We’re a bilingual video production company based in south Wales. We have produced videos for some of the UK’s biggest and smallest businesses including the NHS, TATA Steel, DS Smith and Unilever.

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“The team are nothing short of fantastic. They provide a friendly, professional and expedient service. I enjoy working with Buffoon and look forward to our continued relationship this year. It is great to find such qualities and knowledge locally to us.” 
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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.

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. IP plays a vital role in the modern business environment. Whether it be protecting and realising the value of inventions, proprietary technology, brands or original designs, getting the right advice is key. We provide a quality service and our goal and focus is always on the business needs and objectives of the client. Our attorneys have extensive experience in Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, all aspects of IP licensing and enforcement, and IP audits.