Venturefest North West

‘Bringing together the region’s innovators, entrepreneurs and investors’

Venturefest North West brings together the region’s innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. It’s an ideal opportunity to connect with people from around the region, find growth opportunities and be inspired. The event is a mix of speakers, workshops, exhibitors and networking opportunities.

When? 13th September 2018

Where? Manchester Central

You can find our more and sign up to attend the event on the Venturefest North West website.

Innovation Showcase Competition

At the centre of the event is the Innovation Showcase Competition. The competition is the perfect opportunity for North West businesses to promote their latest products, services and innovations to an audience of potential customers, partners and funders. There are four categories – Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Digital Innovation, and Innovative Established Business. Shortlisted businesses will present at the event. Winners will receive business support packages worth thousands of pounds.

To find out more and enter the competition, please visit the Venturefest North West website. Entries close: 16th July.

Expo North West

Free Business Networking Event

For anyone wanting to start or grow their own business, Expo North West is an ideal opportunity to network with businesses from a range of industries from across the region and beyond. It is a chance to make useful contacts and pick up hints, tips and advice from a people with a variety of experiences and knowledge.

When? Thursday 4th May 10am-4pm

Where? Ewood Park, Blackburn

The event is free to attend, all you have to do is register online! To register and find out more about the event visit the Expo North West website.


Tips for successful networking!

‘How to Network the Right Way: Eight Tips’

Following on from discussion in yesterday’s IdeasLab relating to good ways to network, we’ve found a useful Forbes article which outlines eight key tips for successful networking. The article focuses on the idea that the most successful networkers are those who are not just wondering what they can gain personally from others but rather how they can help others.

“The most successful networkers build genuine relationships and give more than they receive.”

To read all of the tips, read the article on Forbes’ website.

Guest Speaker from LinkedIn

Making the most of LinkedIn

James Mooney, Agency Partner Lead (EMEA) for LinkedIn and Lancaster University Alumnus will be coming in to discuss how you can gain maximum value from using LinkedIn!

James works with some of the company’s most important clients – helping them to transform the way that they hire, market and sell across their own organisations.

Attending this workshop will enable you to:

  • Gain an insight into the world of LinkedIn, its culture and vision of the future.
  • Receive top tips on how to develop your online profile and utilise LinkedIn to achieve your goals.
  • Listen to James’s experience of progressing from a Lancaster University student to becoming an internet executive with global perspective.

When? 1-2pm, Tuesday the 21st of February

Where? Fylde College Lecture Theatre 1

This is one not to be missed! Secure your place on Target Connect.

Connecting Social Entrepreneurs Event

Joint University Networking Event

Join this University networking event for social innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders from across the North West. Facilitated by Flourish CIC this is the ideal opportunity to connect, collaborate, find out about relevant opportunities and hear inspirational speakers tell their stories.

When? 5-7:30pm, Wednesday 18th January 2017

Where? Old Abbey Taphouse, Guildhall Close, Manchester, M15 6SY

To attend, register online via Eventbrite. 

Pathways to the Arts: Meet the Professionals

Meet and network with a range of creative industry professionals

Tuesday 22nd November 1600 – 1800 in the Peter Scott Gallery.

Come along to this new and engaging event organised by Careers and Lancaster Arts to meet a range of professionals from early career to experienced practitioners who have made a successful career in the creative industries including:

  • John Clayton managing Editor BBC Radio Lancashire
  • Leo Burton, Managing Editor, Making Room
  • Ivan Wadeson, Director, The Dukes Theatre
  • Judy Deakin, Form Interior Design Ltd
  • Rony Gosh, Independent Motion Picture, Marketing and Media Professional, E3 Global Media Ltd
  • Ben Hall, Artist and Entrepeneur, Supermarché
  • Charlie Kondras, Artist and Entrepeneur, Supermarché
  • Josh Dring, Artist and Entrepeneur,  Supermarché
  • Richard Smith, Curator – Peter Scott Gallery
  • Harriet Hill-Payne, Assistant Curator – Peter Scott Gallery
  • Julia Carradus, Executive Administrator, Lancaster Arts
  • Alix Medlyn Davies, Engagement Manager, Lancaster Arts
  • Rony Gosh, Independent Motion Picture, Marketing and Media Professional, E3 Global Media Ltd

You’ll also:

Hear from a panel of young creative professionals about their journey from student to professional

Take part in a speed networking activity – fast and fun!

Hear about top tips for networking.

Network informally with guests over drinks and light refreshments

This is a great opportunity to build your professional network, gain an insight into what a range of creative professionals do, develop your networking skills in a safe and friendly environment and perhaps kick start or further develop your own ideas of what you hope to do after you graduate.

Remember, even if the creative area that interests you is not represented in the list above – all the professionals attending this event have wider networks in the Arts and may be able to introduce you to someone that can help you explore your own interests and opportunities.

Book via TargetConnect.

Make It Happen – Networking by Numbers

Networking by Numbers – Wednesday 18th November, 9.30am – 11amnetworkingnumbers2

Learning the art of being a successful networker is one of the greatest assets you can add to your portfolio of skills.

Key Info

  • Time: 9.30am – 11am
  • Location: Green Lane, Big Room
  • Pathway: Careers and Employability
  • Lancaster Award points: 5 pts

What’s this event about?

Developing your network can help you to achieve your personal and professional goals, as well as being an enjoyable and sociable experience. However, it can be very daunting knowing how to approach people you don’t know and nurturing your network. Come along to this informal, fun and friendly workshop delivered by Mike Ode from Potential Unearthed and get some top tips in how to be an effective networker.

Book your place here.

The Careers team are also launching their new networking club, with their first meeting on 24th November, 6pm – 7.30pm. Find out more here.


Have you noticed all our Make It Happen events are now on Target Connect?

Young Enterprise Start Up Programme North West 2015

Please find attached an invitation to the Young Enterprise Start Up Programme North West Final 2015, taking place on 25th February 2015 in Manchester.



YE NW Start Up Invitation 25th Feb 2015

This is a fantastic opportunity to attend the flagship event of the Start Up year in the North West to witness the best of our representing Universities and Colleges new business start-ups. It is also a great opportunity to network with a very large number of our education,  corporate and industry partners who will be in attendance, all of which support the project around the North West Region.

Please RSVP to  We very much hope you are able to attend!