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What’s On at Venturefest SW 2019

By January 1, 2021April 28th, 2021EXIST


Innovation Showcase, with Thomas Westcott

Fly over the River Exe estuary without leaving Sandy Park, meet Pepper the healthcare robot who knows how you feel and taste a Devon produced yellow split pea milk. With an immersive dome, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality and more, the Innovation Showcase exhibition with Thomas Westcott will be at the heart of Venturefest SW, celebrating the region’s cutting-edge technology. Award winning, life-changing, environment-saving and entertaining, the South West generated tech on show covers AI, health technology, drones, data analysis, gaming, live entertainment and e-commerce.


Browse the Venturefest SW exhibition space to meet partners, supporters, the region’s business networks and commercial businesses offering a wide range of products and services.

See our list of exhibitors HERE…


Start-up businesses delivering cutting edge technology are thriving in the South West. 22 of the region’s high-growth potential tech businesses will be pitching their innovations to investors and influencers at Pitchfest, the live pitching competition at Venturefest SW. From data driven solutions for sustainable mining to technology for indoor farms, to the next generation of live interactive shows and anticounterfeit product authentication, the Pitchfest applicants are exciting and diverse and reflect the breadth and depth of the technology sector in the region. The Pitchfest semi-finals at Venturefest SW are hosted by UK Business Angels Association. Eight companies will be selected at the morning semi-finals to present in the afternoon session on the main stage, from which three winners will be chosen.

Hackfest – Inspiring the next generation of designers and engineers

Hackfest is a county-wide project across Devon for young people to come together to create product prototypes that respond to the issues of the future, led by Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, Fab Lab Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art. About 100 students aged 14 to 19, from a range of different schools across Devon, have taken part in two day Hackfest events in both Exeter and Plymouth in the months before Venturefest SW. These events allow local young people to learn new digital and enterprise skills, design new ideas, create products or services and pitch those ideas to experts.

Winners of the Hackfest pitching sessions, selected by expert judges, will be presenting their ideas to business leaders, investors and industry professionals at Venturefest South West.

VIP Breakfast with Michelmores LLP

Make valuable new connections at the VIP Networking Breakfast.

Networking Cafe with AeroSpace Cornwall

Visit the Networking Cafe to connect with other delegates and get your complimentary lunch and tea

and coffee throughout the day.