Dr David Hardman, Chair of Venturefest West Midlands and CEx of Innovation Birmingham, opened the fifth VenturefestWM in a room full of likeminded innovators by posing his first question “why do we innovate?”. As the audience pondered, he went on to highlight the need for focus to be on innovation, in 2019 more than ever, … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 1 – Why this event mattered and why we’ll be back next year!
Since establishing over four years ago, the Venturefest brand has become synonymous with driving growth, supporting talent, stimulating investment, and celebrating innovation across the science and technology sector. The 2018 instalment for the West Midlands continued the delivery of innovative products and services to the marketplace, addressing topical and contemporary developments with an audience of … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 6 – That’s a Wrap!
The third and final panel session of VenturefestWM saw leaders of very different, fast-growing West Midlands businesses giving frank, first-hand accounts of what it took to successfully grow their businesses.
This keynote address from Sherry Coutu, Chairman of the ScaleUp institute and Founders4Schools, discussed top-tips for overcoming the difficulties of business scale-up, and emphasised the importance of looking to the future.
Charlotte Horobin, Membership Director, Midlands & East of England at EEF, led the second panel session of VenturefestWM 2018, which explored the many different ways that product and process innovation happen in a business to business (B2B) environment.
Dave Maclean, Chair of the Digital Board at West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), led the first panel session of VenturefestWM 2018 to discuss ‘Growth Opportunities in an Evolving Regional Economy’.
Marcus Burton, Director at Yamazaki Mazak, opened Venturefest with a keynote address, underpinning the success of this 100 year old business, and outlining the future for manufacturing under the current digital revolution.