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The South West Innovation Expo Returns to Exeter in March 2024

By January 24, 2024February 8th, 2024Member News & Updates

Get ready to witness the fusion of cutting-edge ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit as the South West Innovation Expo returns to Exeter on 5th March 2024 at Sandy Park.  

Spearheaded by University of Exeter and Plymouth, and sponsored by Exeter Science Park, Plymouth Science Park, EPIC, Michelmores and British Business Bank, this flagship event promises a day full of inspiration, collaboration, and the celebration of innovation across Devon, Cornwall, The Isles of Scilly, Somerset, and Dorset; bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, academics and financiers from across the region.    

Centring around the theme of RESILIENCE, the one-day event will inspire attendees to use technology, creativity and insight to build business resilience. 

Why attend? 

  • Connect with businesses, entrepreneurs, designers and innovators in the whole of the South West 
  • Be Inspired to become more collaborative and share knowledge 
  • Support new businesses at each stage of growth – early, start up, established 
  • Become awareness of the South West’s innovation assets, activities and support services  
  • Be in the room with businesses, partners and stakeholder and governmental organisations  
  • See innovation in action and find out how it can transform your business 
  • See the South West as a place to invest, and the central part of the Universities play in driving the region’s innovation 

Meet the Speakers 

Insightful academics and inspirational businesses will present practical case studies, offering invaluable inspiration and advice including Professor Richard Brazier from the University of Exeter, Sally Walters of Stantec, Will Blake of Soil Sensor Tech, Dr. Holly Niner representing the University of Plymouth, Matt Walpole from Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and Carolyn Cadman of South West Water. 

Exeter Chamber CEO, Richard Marsh, will be part of the opening address to help kick start the day.

Expo Zone: 

The University of Exeter and Plymouth will be accompanied by leading businesses from across the region including Exeter Science Park, Oxitech, The FSE Group, Westcotts, and Cathedral Appointments Tech Talent in the Expo Zone, where they will share their expertise, wealth of knowledge and industry insights with delegates and peers. 

University Pitchfest 

Delegates will also be able to witness the emerging talent and innovation coming out of student spin out companies in the region with University Pitchfest; a free opportunity for student spin out companies to pitch their businesses to an audience of influencers and funders.  

In collaboration with Set Squared, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Pitchfest will showcase the innovation coming out of the student spin out companies.  

The feature will have three strands:  

  • Pre-start  
  • Start up  
  • Established 

The successful finalists will be presenting their start-up or innovation to an audience of investors, business leaders and other entrepreneurs.  

Pitchfest will become an integral part of every attendee’s experience with delegates having the opportunity to invest their ticket monies towards their favourite pitch. 

Innovation Showcase 

A world-class innovation showcase presents breakthrough technology from South West businesses of all sizes. Meet the innovators, see the tech, collaborate and connect. 

A chance to experience the most exciting technology developed by innovative start-ups and businesses in the region. 

Tickets are available to buy now at 

When booking your ticket, please use the code ExeterChamber for an exclusive ticket discount for Exeter Chamber members.