Venturefest returns to Wales for a third year

Venturefest, an event targeted at SMEs, has announced it’ll be returning to Wales’s Swalec Stadium in Cardiff on September 28th.

This year’s event will focus on helping firms break through common business barriers and connect with academics, entrepreneurs and innovators to create meaningful partnerships.

Having conducted market research beforehand, the event’s organisers have decided to focus the event on areas such as sales, business development, planning, resourcing, marketing and technology.

In the lead up to the event, the first wave of speakers have been confirmed, including Richard Noble OBE, a renowned entrepreneur who held the land speed record from 1983 to 1997 with Thrust2 and Thrust SSC.

He’ll speak alongside Bloodhound SSC design team leader Dr Ben Evans, a senior lecturer in aerospace engineering at Swansea University. The Mach 1.4 Bloodhound SSC project is the latest in a long line of land speed record cars.

Paul Mason, the interim director of emerging and enabling technologies at Innovate UK, will also address delegates. He’ll speak about the technology barriers Welsh businesses and entrepreneurs currently face.

As well as having keynote speeches, workshops and panel debates, delegates will be experience the latest innovation from a variety of Welsh firms – discovering what Wales has to offer.

Ashley Cooper, chair of Venturefest Wales, said: “We are aiming to build on the significant success of previous Venturefest Wales events, which saw nearly 1,000 delegates cross the threshold last year alone in a bid to form tangible collaborative partnerships with other professionals.

“Venturefest will provide solutions to a range of key barriers that routinely restrict business growth irrespective of sector.

“It is essential that businesses, whatever their sector or stage of growth, have the ability to learn from those who have already done what they want to do.”

He added: “This year’s Venturefest is focused on giving delegates the impetus to break through their own business or personal barriers and to make a step change in the accelerated growth of a business. If visitors take away one thing that makes a difference to their business, then it was worth their time to be there.”