VentureFest North East

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We’re back and this time we’re hybrid.

Bringing the North East business community back together, VentureFest North East is set to inspire with opportunities for regional start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs to network, collaborate and learn.

Wednesday 30th March 2022

It’s time to connect, innovate and grow.

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.

The event will take place on Wednesday 30th March 2022 and is set to be the most accessible VentureFest North East yet. A programme of keynotes, exhibition, live Innovation Challenges and networking will all take place in-person. Dynamic digital content, including live-streamed speakers, workshops and opportunities to connect will also be available across a suite of online platforms.

VentureFest North East has a track-record of delivering a high-profile celebration of innovation to 850 delegates. Following the successful delivery of a fully online event in 2021, we’re bringing together everything we’ve learned to deliver a hybrid event with the scale and ambition our delegates have come to expect.

The programme will see the return of audience favourites, including the Innovation Showcase, North East Innovation Awards and Innovation Challenge, bringing the business community back together with inspirational insight and opportunities to connect, collaborate and learn.

Speakers and sessions will be announced in the coming weeks, sign up to our newsletter to be the first in the know.

What to expect

VentureFest North East is a varied programme designed to help North East businesses grow. Here’s what you can expect:


We bring a host of regional, national and international speakers to VentureFest North East with stories and advice to inspire our delegates. Get to know the speakers we welcomed in 2021.

VentureFest 2021 was jam-packed with a range of practical workshops, challenges and programmes designed to help businesses from any sector grow through innovation. Explore the 2021 programme.
Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase shines a light on some of the most innovative, ground-breaking businesses in the North East. Meet the Innovators 2021.