Venturefest South West


TIME: 8:00 am — 5:00 pm
VENUE: Sandy Park, Sandy Park Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NN

The single biggest knowledge exchange between tech investors, innovators and academics in the region this year.

Following the hugely successful technology industry event in 2016, the organisers of Venturefest South West have announced a second event to be held on 17th June 2019 at Sandy Park, Exeter. This one-day flagship event will bring the leading lights of the South West’s tech industries together.

Organisers expect more than 800 businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and academics to attend. The event will showcase cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship coming out of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and bring people together to network, hear insights and predictions from industry leaders, connect with entrepreneurs, investors and academics and make valuable business connections.

The full-day event will see presentations from technology trailblazers, panel discussions and a diverse programme of workshops, as well as a schools competition (Hackfest) and a pitching competition (Pitchfest).

The themes for Venturefest South West 2019 are:

  • Health
  • Blockchain
  • AI and Big Data
  • Agri Tech
  • Marine Tech
  • Creative
  • Space
  • Environment
  • Advanced Engineering

The event is supported by: The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Falmouth University, the University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, Plymouth College of Art, Heart of the South West LEP, South West Academic Health Science Network, Plymouth City Council and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Innovation Showcase:

Over 20 cutting-edge technology innovations from South West start-ups and entrepreneurs will be on display in the Innovation Showcase at Venturefest SW for visitors to touch, try and experience at the event.

Sponsored by Thomas Westcott, visitors to the Innovation Showcase will be able to 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.

For the full line-up, click here.


With 17 workshops to choose from, Venturefest South West 2019 is a day full of insights, advice and knowledge to help you to grow your business. From podcasting to manufacturing licences, there is a workshop for all start-ups to get involved with. Workshops are free but you will need to register your place.

To register for workshops, click here.

Venturefest South West 2019 Programme:

A note from some of our sponsors:

Knowledge Transfer Network

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives. KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors.

KTN sponsor VentureFest South West to provide organisations in the region with market intelligence, insight into the innovation landscape and valuable connections to further business growth.

Aerospace Cornwall

The Aerospace Cornwall programme is led by Cornwall Development Company, and delivered in partnership with the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF).

It aims to increase the size and capability of the local aerospace and space clusters and secure ongoing investment in them.

Aerospace Cornwall are VIP sponsors for the Space panel and networking cafe.

Stephens Scown

Stephens Scown is excited to support Venturefest, as it brings together the South West’s leading companies. We meet so many industry-leading innovators and mould-breaking designers in our work, and can’t wait to see these leaders share their insights at the event.

Tickets cost £40 (plus VAT) and can be purchased below. The 2016 event was oversubscribed with a waiting list and tickets for this event are expected to be in similar demand.

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