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 to connecting delegates with like-minded visionaries to share knowledge, ideas and networks.
In a first, this year’s event will focus on breaking through barriers, helping you find solutions to overcome the obstacles that are holding your business back. We’ve conducted market research to help us understand what businesspeople across Wales view as their main barriers to growth and success. Our free event will tackle issues surrounding the six key themes identified including: sales and business development, planning and forecasting, people development, marketing, recruitment, and technology and will have a major focus on funding for those innovative ideas and entrepreneurial businesses.
The first wave of event speakers have now been announced, and the line-up includes Richard Noble OBE, the renowned entrepreneur who held the land speed record for 14 years between 1983 and 1997 with Thrust2 and Thrust SSC, the first ever supersonic record breaker. Amid the low-risk culture of today’s world, Noble specialises in developing high risk ventures and will explore the business benefits of original and unconventional thinking.
He will speak alongside Bloodhound SSC design team member Dr Ben Evans, a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University’s College of Engineering. The Mach 1.4 Bloodhound SSC project is the latest in a long line of land speed record cars now being run through more than 3600 schools in the UK in a bid to show youngsters how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects) can lead to exciting and rewarding careers.
Paul Mason, the Interim Director of Emerging and Enabling Technologies at Innovate UK, will speak about tackling the technology barriers that Welsh businesses currently face. Innovate UK is a programme that seeks to identify, and invest in, technologies and capabilities that will lead to the products, processes and services of tomorrow that have the potential to create billion-pound industries
With a major focus on funding, the event will also host three expert panels consisting of people and organisations who are actually funding business growth at the various stages of Seed Investment; Second Stage Growth and Series A. There will also be a funding forum where a business and its investor will tell their funding story and give pointers to those in a similar situation.
Visitors will also get the chance to view and test the products and services at the cutting-edge of Wales’ business scene, discovering some of the best people and investment opportunities the region has to offer.
So, what are you waiting for? Register now