Major business innovation event Venturefest hits Leicester

Posted by mjh73 at Mar 02, 2016 03:20 PM |
Venturefest East Midlands 2016 - Weds 16 March 2016, King Power Stadium, Leicester
  • The University is a regional partner sponsoring and exhibiting at the event
  • Focus on healthcare; space technology and transport; manufacturing; and the creative and digital economy
  • Vice Chancellor to take part in opening address
  • Engage with UKTI, Innovate UK, large and small businesses, investors and entrepreneurs
  • Leicester students finalists in Next Generation funding competition
  • Free registration and lunch

For the second year running, the University of Leicester is a lead partner in Venturefest East Midlands – an event driven by KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) and Innovate UK to boost innovation and drive business growth across the region and nationally. 

The 2016 event takes place on Weds 16th March at the King Power Stadium and will focus on healthcare, space technology and transport, manufacturing, and the creative and digital economy. Academics and researchers who are active in these areas are encouraged to attend (register for free). However any Leicester academics who are interested in working with business, engaging with the UKTI, KTN or Innovate UK would benefit greatly from attending this event which is right on our doorstep.

The event also includes the UKTI’s global trade exchange, and opportunities for small businesses and our own Leicester students to pitch for investment.

Driving growth in the region is part of the University’s Strategic Plan and President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle will take part in the opening address the evening before to set out how the University is a key partner in delivering business innovation.

As part of the programme, the University is involved in workshops/seminars including:

  • Not Just an Egg - Just Egg Ltd and the University of Leicester
  • Funded Research and Innovation Support - From University of Leicester and University of Derby
  • Polluted Cities from Space - Revealing new market opportunities to manage urban environments, Dr Roland Leigh, University of Leicester
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network


Visit the University of Leicester stand (K14) in the expo hall where members of the Research and Enterprise Division will be showcasing how the University can work with business to drive innovation and help develop technologies and business opportunities. It will include a live demo of the University’s air quality monitoring technologies and will display some of our biomedical technologies and research.

Registration for this one-day event is free and includes a brown-bag lunch.

View the event agenda

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