Speaker line-up announced for VentureFest Tees Valley


Bringing together business leaders with funding and innovation experts, VentureFest Tees Valley has today (Thursday 19 April) announced the first speakers set to address crowds at the one-day conference.

The head of pioneering life-sciences firm Epigem, Tim Ryan, will take to the stage alongside one of the manufacturing industry’s leading figures. Voted Teesside’s most inspiring female business leader (by Tees Business), Sharon Lane started her career as an apprentice and is now general manager of Tees Components.

The pair will be joined by Steph Morris, Regional Manager at Innovate UK, Bill Morrow, Founder of Angels Den and Mark Wilcockson, Senior Relationship Manager for the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund from the British Business Bank.

Simon Green, Director at VentureFest Tees Valley, said: “VentureFest Tees Valley brings together the latest thinking in innovation with first-hand experience from some of the business world’s leading figures. The event is all about sharing innovative ideas and practice to give delegates practical and actionable advice and insight. Our speaker line-up so far, brings together individuals with a range of backgrounds and success stories to complement the programme of hands-on workshops also being developed.”

Chairing the key note sessions will be Jane Turner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University, and representing the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Graham Robb founding partner of Recognition PR.

VentureFest Tees Valley is free to attend and takes place on Tuesday 22 May, 2018 at Wynyard Hall, registration is open now at www.venturefest.tv

Venturefest Tees Valley’s founding partners are Innovate Tees Valley (the innovation support programme run by Teesside University, NEPIC, the Materials Processing Institute and Digital City), Tees Valley Combined Authority and the Knowledge Transfer Network.

VentureFest Tees Valley brings together businesses, investors and innovators from across the Tees Valley to share ideas, explore opportunities, grow new networks and raise investment. The day is all about giving businesses access to practical tools, ideas and expertise that can accelerate innovation, leading to growth and employment opportunities.

The event receives funding from the £6.5m Innovate Tees Valley programme, led by Teesside University with partners NEPIC, the Materials Processing Institute and Digital City and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.