Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus has today been announced as a key sponsor of Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2015.
Venturefest returns to Bristol & Bath this year and the support of a major international company like Airbus, which has more than 4,000 people working at its Filton site, will help make the event bigger and better than ever before.
The new-look Venturefest will celebrate Bristol & Bath’s position as a global centre for innovation by showcasing the unrivalled innovation and investment opportunities across the region, which was last month named the largest digital cluster in the UK outside of London. Bristol & Bath is also at the centre of Europe’s largest aerospace cluster with 14 of the 15 prime companies having a base in the region.
Katherine Bennett, Vice President Public Affairs, Airbus said: “We are very pleased to be championing Bristol and Bath’s status as a world centre for innovation through Venturefest. Innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship are at the heart of our business so being a part of something that celebrates entrepreneurs and innovators is really important to us.”
Venturefest enables entrepreneurs and innovators at all stages of the business lifecycle to connect with investors and thought leaders and is set to feature 60 exciting exhibitors.
The event has already gathered strong support from other industry leaders including KPMG and Europe’s #1 tech incubator SETsquared.
Nick Sturge, director of SETsquared, said: “Bristol & Bath has developed a global reputation as an innovation hotspot and is the only fast-growing globally significant technology cluster in the UK. We want to make sure everyone knows what we have known for years – Bristol & Bath is the place to be for technology and innovation.”
Those attending Venturefest Bristol & Bath will benefit from access to established global companies, investors, academic inventors and some of the region’s most innovative and enterprising businesses. The event will also have a particular focus on the role of innovation in sustainability and green technology as Bristol celebrates its year as European Green Capital.
Venturefest will have four main elements. Firstly, the main exhibition space will be an innovation showcase of the region’s most successful sectors: advanced engineering; high tech, ICT and microelectronics; digital and creative; and city innovation. There will also be an Investor Showcase, supported by SETsquared, TechSPARK, Invest Bristol & Bath and KPMG; plus a Start-up Village presenting some of the region’s most exciting young innovations. Finally, a Thought Leadership Conference will highlight the latest developments on key issues affecting innovators and investors.
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