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30th & 31st March 2022

Welcome to VentureFest 2022

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.

The leading innovation conference in the North East

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 and Thursday 31st March 2022 and is set to be the most accessible VentureFest North East yet.

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Speakers

Meet the speakers

VentureFest North East speakers are a diverse range of inspirational local and global talent who draw on their experience to inspire North East businesses to innovate.

Simon Allocca

CFO, Rarecan

Simon Allocca, has 30 years’ experience in banking, spanning Capital Markets, Corporate Coverage, Risk and Investment Banking Business. Most recently, he was Managing Director, and…

Roderick Beer

Managing Director, UK Business Angels Association

Roderick’s career spans over 15 years of managing, founding and growing angel groups and investment platforms that have collectively deployed over £100m of equity investment…

Carol Bell OBE

Strategic Advisor for the North of Tyne Cultural & Creative Sector Investment Programme

Carol is the Strategic Advisor for the North of Tyne Cultural and Creative Sector Investment programme supported by North of Tyne Combined Authority. It  is…

Programme

This years highlights

We are busy planning this year’s event but take a look at last year’s agenda

Awards

North East Innovation Awards

The North East Innovation Awards celebrate the diverse range of innovation happening across the region in six categories.

Showcase

Innovation Showcase

The Innovation Showcase is our chance to shine a light on innovative businesses across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham. 

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