VentureFest North East

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Join us on Wednesday 17th March 2021 to explore resilience, sustainability and innovation in a time of chaos.

Sunderland City Council

Registration Partner

VentureFest North East is a leading innovation conference designed to help North East entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs grow their business through connections, inspiring speakers and practical workshops.

As Coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, we aim to bring the scale, ambition and buzz of a live event to hundreds of businesses. It’s more important than ever to make sure businesses have space to connect, collaborate and innovate in order to remain resilient.

Taking place as an online conference for the first time, VentureFest North East 2021 is bringing together the usual mix of inspiring keynotes and practical workshops on the unwavering topics of ‘Resilience and Sustainability’.

Looking at the ongoing unprecedented pandemic situation, VentureFest will explore, reassess and celebrate the role of innovation in a time of chaos, highlighting some of the region’s success stories.

What to expect

VentureFest North East may be online but delegates can still expect to see many familiar elements from the usual programme.


We bring a host of regional, national and international speakers to VentureFest with stories and advice to inspire our delegates.

We have a programme jam-packed with a range of practical workshops, challenges and programmes designed to help businesses from any sector grow.
Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase shines a spotlight on some of the most innovative, ground-breaking businesses in the North East.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who attends VentureFest North East?

VentureFest North East is a cross-sector event for North East businesses, whether they’re well-established or a start-up. The day is all about sharing business stories, whether it’s successes, failings or simple advice.

Can I guarantee that someone from my sector will be at VentureFest North East?

You sure can! We invite people from our 5,000-strong cross-sector network to join us at VentureFest North East so you’re guaranteed delegates from all sectors attending. We also hold the North East Innovation Awards at the event which celebrates innovation in a variety of sectors.

How much time is there for networking?

VentureFest North East is all about encouraging networking amongst North East businesses. We know how important it is to make new connections, so we have over 50 exhibitors at the event as well as plenty of breaks and opportunities in workshops and challenges to network.

Do I need to stay for a whole day?

We understand that for busy entrepreneurs, particularly start-ups, dedicating a whole day has to be worth the time out of the office. That’s why we listen to our audience year-on-year and make sure that we have a day jam-packed with inspirational speakers, practical workshops and engaging challenges so that there’s something for everyone. You don’t need to stay for the whole day, but we wouldn’t want you missing out on networking with some leading North East businesses.