Bristol & Bath’s position as the UK’s leading centre for innovation and investment opportunities were underlined as digital and technology experts from around the world converged at Venturefest Bristol & Bath 2015.
More than 1,600 delegates and exhibitors attended the one day event which showcased some of the most exciting developments in high tech, advanced engineering, digital and creative technology. The event also had a green-tech focus as Bristol celebrates its year as European Green Capital 2015.
Those attending heard from industry thought leaders including Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb; Scott Wilcox, director of technology for SWXSW and Leo Johnson, author of Turnaround Challenge – Business and City of the Future.
Delegates also got the chance to see Airbus’ ground-breaking electric plan, the Eco-Flyer and the VENTURER Consortium’s Wildcat driverless car, which is being trialled in the Bristol region to test the feasibility of driverless transport.
Matt Cross, head of inward investment said “The event was a huge success bringing together leading businesses from across the region with entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across the globe. It also provided a fantastic opportunity for investors to gain a valuable insight into the region’s exciting offer.”
The event shone a spotlight on 30 of the region’s best start-up companies, each of which demonstrated prototypes to industry colleagues. The showcase gave 12 local start-ups the chance to present their ideas to a select panel of investors with the aim of securing funding to further develop their innovations.
David Maher Roberts, Digital Sector Specialist at Invest Bristol & Bath, added “Venturefest Bristol & Bath has been an important event for the region celebrating the talent and creativity emerging from the region, and offering young companies the opportunity to connect directly with consumers, investors and industry players.
“The event attracted 60 investors from the UK and abroad, highlighting the significance of the opportunities available here a year on from when the region was named as the only fast growing, globally-significant tech cluster in a report by McKinsey & Co for Centre for Cities.”