VentureFest North East

The Region’s Innovation Conference


Thursday 28th November 2019 St James’ Park, Newcastle

Thank you for making VentureFest 2018 our biggest yet!

On Wednesday 14 November 2018, we welcomed more than 800 delegates to St James’ Park, Newcastle. VentureFest North East is all about helping local businesses use innovation to remain relevant, competitive and profitable. Our inspirational speakers and practical workshops drew a packed crowd, countless connections were made, conversations started and finance raised. We also announced the winners of the very first North East Innovation Awards. See some of our 2018 highlights below.

VentureFest North East 2018 highlights

Why should I attend VentureFest?


Starting out or running an early-stage growth company? Launch your ideas or secure funding to accelerate your entry to the market. If you’re just getting your idea off the ground you’ve found the perfect place to give you a lift. The Innovation Showcase helps businesses with bright ideas showcase their activity, while FinanceCamp brings businesses and investors together.

Growing Businesses

Running a business that’s looking to grow? Exploit your ideas to accelerate growth at VentureFest, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and practical support to take your ideas further. Our breakout sessions bring experts and together with business case studies to uncover tangible and practical opportunities for businesses seeking to grow through innovation.


Angel investor, fund manager, lender or crowdfunder? Meet exciting North East businesses in a format that’s fast, simple and effective. FinanceCamp at VentureFest uncovers qualified businesses with exciting business ideas and gives them a platform to present their ideas to you in a fast-paced environment.


Provide a service or product that could be used by innovative businesses in the North East of England? Join the VentureFest family and meet innovative businesses seeking the help and support of the region’s support service and innovation experts as part of our exhibition.