Registrations are now open for Venturefest East Midlands 2016

Posted by ap507 at Oct 19, 2015 11:02 AM |
University of Leicester partners with business growth network at King Power Stadium on 15 & 16 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 October 2015

Registrations are now open for Venturefest East Midlands, the region’s premier business growth network, taking place at the King Power Stadium, Leicester on 15 & 16 March 2016. Delegate places are free of charge and interested parties can register now via

Over 1500 delegates are expected to attend next year’s event in Leicester, which will offer businesses the opportunity to connect, network and grow. With representatives from both public and private sector it provides an excellent platform to develop new and existing innovative ideas.

With a significant focus on funding and finance, as well as how to grow in the export market, Venturefest East Midlands offers a multitude of opportunities to attending delegates.  Visitors can look forward to live crowd funding, live pitches to investors and the chance to find out more about global brand supply and open innovation opportunities. Further details of the event’s programme will be announced in due course.

The University of Leicester, one of the partners of Venturefest, will be showcasing the expertise, support and facilities available to businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators.  The University’s students and graduates will also have a chance to participate in Venturefest East Midlands’ Next Generation competition, where finalists will be pitching their businesses to established investors and entrepreneurs. The Next Generation competition winners will receive a cash prize and package of business support.  

Corin Crane, Director of LLEP and 2016 event chairperson, commented, "Following the success of last year's Venturefest East Midlands we're looking forward to opening up the 2016 event to even more delegates. With real opportunities to grow your business it is becoming a must attend event in the region and we're keen to see it develop into the biggest and best in the Venturefest network."

Caroline Quest, Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Leicester said “Venturefest provides a fantastic opportunity for our academics, Alumni businesses, students and graduate enterprises to connect and network with other businesses, potential investors and business support professionals to gain valuable contacts, support and insights on themes including innovation, research and development.”  

Venturefest East Midlands is a free to attend event. Delegate registration is open now via

Private and public sector organizations wishing to enquire about exhibiting at the event please contact Louise on


Notes to editors

  • For further press information on Venturefest East Midlands please contact Gabby Miller, PR Manager at Holland Alexander on
  • Venturefest East Midlands is part of a national Venturefest Network project and is part funded by Innovate UK and a core set of partners, including the Local Enterprise Partnerships for Leicestershire (LLEP) and Nottingham and Derbyshire (D2N2), De Montfort University, University of Derby, University of Leicester, Leicester City Council, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council.
  • Additional funding is expected to be made available from other university and local government sponsors that may incorporate their various relevant European Regional Development Fund projects.
  • VentureFest East Midlands also seeks to engage with the regional supply chains by creating opportunities to develop and offer innovative solutions to Senior Buyers of major companies/organisations following a structured Open Innovation campaign coordinated in advance of the event and culminating in pitches for business/contract award announcements at the event.
  • For more information about VentureFest East Midlands, visit
  • Venturefest East Midlands 2016 is produced by communications agency Holland Alexander.


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