‘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.
Founded by the Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace aims to support and connect entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters including CEOs, influencers, panels, mentors and business partners. There will be three regional events across the country and winners from each will be invited to a bootcamp, with the final taking place in November.
To find out more and apply, please visit the Pitch@Palace website.
If you are interested in applying, please also let us know so that we can help to support your application.
Win £10,000 for your business
Varsity Pitch 2018 hosted by NACUE and Tata is on the hunt for the best student and graduate business ideas across the UK. The competition involves three stages including a public vote, bootcamp and grand final. Up for grabs is a £10,000 equity free cash prize, a chance to practice your pitching and opportunity for networking.
The competition is open to any current students at a UK university or college or anyone who has graduated after 2013. There are a number of different categories which can be entered – to find our more and apply visit the NACUE website.
The Enterprise Team would like to invite students, staff and alumni to attend a special panel event with three of Lancaster University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence. The session will be run as a Q&A, so come prepared to quiz the panel, find out about their experiences and ask for advice on setting up your own venture! Even though the entrepreneurs run businesses predominantly in the engineering and IT sectors, their knowledge about what it takes to run and start up a successful business will be valuable to all aspiring entrepreneurs.
Sitting on the panel will be:
Michael Hill (Managing Director of Optima Control Solutions)
Optima Control Solutions is an expert industrial control systems company, supplying systems and services to companies from multiple sectors, in numerous countries, helping them to improve their processes, productivity and ultimately their profitability.
Andy Hooper (Managing Director of Westlakes Engineering)
Westlakes Engineering is a consultancy providing civil, structural , environmental and attraction safety services. The company has grown quickly since it started in 2004, by establishing a reputation for providing a high quality, professional service to a wide range of clients.
Mark Shepherd (Managing Director of Vertigo Solutions Ltd)
Mark has had a varied career in catering, engineering and even 12 years as a Police Officer – all this before setting up his own IT company. Vertigo Solutions Ltd provide a variety of IT support solutions to a range of markets from manufacturing to education and healthcare.
When? Friday 18th May, 1-3pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 4
Secure your space on the session by booking through Target Connect.
Come along to pick up some tips and learn from those who have been there and done it!
Looking for advice from experienced entrepreneurs for your startup?
Considering starting a business within the food industry?
Ready to start hiring people to your startup?
Come and seek advice from experienced entrepreneurs within the recruitment and food sector who have been there and done it!
We are excited to welcome two entrepreneurs next week for open discussions about their experiences in business and to share their advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Take a look at Wayne and Michelle’s profiles below and follow the Target Connect links to book onto either (or both!) of the sessions. Both sessions will take place in Learning Zone Pod 4.
Wayne Brophy (Managing Director of Cast UK)
Thursday 10th May, 1:30-3pm
Once Wayne got a taste for working in recruitment for a large firm he soon realised that he could make quicker strides forward working for himself and thus founded Cast UK in 2005. Cast UK are a specialist recruitment consultancy focusing on roles within procurement, purchasing, supply chain, logistics & transport. The company has grown year on year and now employs 30 people, with plans to double that number by the end of the year!
Book on Target Connect
Michelle Partington (Director of Shellys Drinks & Founder and Company Director of Lakeland Picnic)
Friday 11th May, 3-4:30pm
Michelle Partington founded Lakeland Picnic in 2006. Based in the Lake District, the aim of the company was to provide simple and delicious food through the use of some of the finest regional ingredients; served in street locations with a thoughtful and considered approach to customer needs. Michelle has also more recently established Shellys Drinks Ltd – originators of blended alcoholic drinks, supplying retailers and bars.
Book on Target Connect
Coffee and a chat with an experienced entrepreneur
This week sees the first of our new weekly Enterprise ‘Clinics’ with entrepreneur Richard Baguley (LinkedIn).
Richard is Managing Director of GDR Public Relations and has 25 years’ experience in the PR & Communications industry for major blue chip brands. Richard is also a part-time tutor within the Lancaster University Management School.
This drop-in session will be a chance for you to come along and pick Richard’s brains – whatever stage you may be at please come along to have a chat with Richard about your idea, seek advice or discuss your progress.
We are looking to host this clinic with Richard on a weekly basis, rotating around campus locations. This week it will be hosted in Bowland Bar on Friday (4th May), 2-4pm. Let us know if you’re coming via email or Target Connect! Future dates will be added to our calendar as and when they are confirmed.
Coffees are on Richard!
Get plugged into Lancaster’s Digital network
Digital Lancaster are hosting a free networking event on Thursday 29th of March at The Borough on Dalton Square, to talk all-things digital and help bring like-minded people together. Digital Lancaster are part of Digital Lancashire, a not-for-profit community interest company aiming to accelerate the growth of the digital economy within Lancashire. This is a great opportunity for any budding digital entrepreneurs in the city!
You can register your attendance through Eventbrite.
‘A journey to creative social action’
Drivers for Change are looking for young leaders aged 18-26 who are motivated to create social change within their communities, to join a 10 day journey across the UK this Summer. The 10 day learning experience aims to inspire future leaders through exploring how the arts, social enterprise and business can come together to create social change in UK communities. Through taking part in the programme it is hoped that participants will:
- Build their networks, connect with like-minded people
- Receive practical advice and support to create their own social action or enterprise plan
- Be inspired by social leaders from across the UK
- Access mentoring opportunities
- Develop an understanding of a diverse range of social challenges around the UK
Applications close: 26th March 2018
To find out more about the programme and how to apply, please visit the Drivers for Change website.
‘Leading event on social value’
The Social Value Summit is run by Social Enterprise UK with the the support of Business in the Community. The event brings together commissioners and providers from across the public, private and social sectors, aiming to build cross-sector networks and partnerships whilst also showcasing best practices in measurement, frameworks and procurement.
The event is a great opportunity to hear from expert speakers, hear all the latest news and information, discuss current challenges & opportunities and network with leaders from across sectors.
When? 28th of February, 2018
Where? IET London: Savoy Place
To find out more about the event and book your tickets, visit the Social Enterprise UK website. Early Bird ticket sales end this Friday the 12th of January.
Event packed with inspiration and advice
Looking for inspiration and advice on how to start a business, be your own boss or just want to improve your entrepreneurial skills and meet like-minded individuals?
This one day event, hosted by Enterprise Nation involves a packed programme across 10 stages with over 100 expert speakers and inspiring entrepreneurs, exploring a range of interesting topics.
When? Saturday 13th January
Where? Queen Mary University, London
You can find more details on the event along with a full programme and how to purchase tickets on their Eventbrite page.