Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Exploring endless opportunities to grow your business through innovation.

Innovation is a survival skill. Businesses in the Tees Valley know this better than most. Their drive to anticipate future trends, demands, processes, services, and products have made a real mark on the world.

VentureFest Tees Valley is a one day conference all about keeping the ideas flowing and the successes coming. It’s a day dedicated to exploring new ideas and how innovation can help your company remain relevant, competitive and profitable in this fast-changing global marketplace.

The event brings together local businesses, investors, researchers and experts to inspire new ideas, solutions, and collaborations. Whether your business is just starting up or has a hundred years of experience behind it, VentureFest Tees Valley is packed with interesting and relevant content to boost your growth plans.


Launch your ideas

Starting out or running an early-stage growth company? If you’re just getting your idea off the ground you’ve found the perfect place to give you a lift.

Growing businesses

Exploit your ideas to accelerate growth

Running a business that’s looking to grow? You’ll find plenty of inspiration and practical support here to take your ideas further.


Meet exciting business opportunities

Angel investor, fund manager, lender or crowdfunder? Meet exciting businesses in a format that’s fast, simple and effective.


Meet innovative businesses

Provide a service or product that could be used by innovative businesses? Join us and feel the benefit.

Innovation Showcase!

Applications for this year’s Innovation Showcase are now closed!

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. We will be announcing the final Innovation Showcase winners soon, so sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter

* Please note if you are supported by one of our partners, there’s still a chance for you to be included in this year’s Innovation Showcase. Please email hello@venturefest.tv for more information.

Putting ideas into action

Need to finance your ambitions? At FinanceCamp Tees Valley you can meet lenders who want to lend and investors who want to invest. Whether you’re strengthening an existing business or launching a new one, we’ll help you to navigate your options.


Get answers to the questions that are standing in the way of your business growth. A range of experts, who are leaders in their field, will be on hand to discuss issues including product development, marketing, intellectual property, employing people, raising funding and much more.


Inspirational speakers, debates, discussions and practical workshops – VentureFest Tees Valley lifts the lid on innovation. Find new ways to strengthen your business with tried and tested ideas from areas outside of your usual business sector.

Take a look below at the speakers who joined us for VentureFest Tees Valley 2017.

Why it works for me

A fantastic opportunity to pitch to potential investors.

Matt Whatt

Strong and varied speakers who open your eyes to things outside your own industry and experience.

Kate Baucherel
Galia Digital

Very inspiring and a great way for businesses to put themselves out there to get noticed.

Emily Bentley
Tees Valley Business Club
Tees Valley

Genuinely interesting keynote speakers to learn from.

Andrew Atkins
Resonant Strategy
North Yorkshire

Highly recommended to anyone seeking inspiration and new connections.

Felix O’Hare