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Pull up a bean bag and get some sound business advice

Struggling to find the time to research R&D tax credits, scientific due diligence or new ways to fund your innovation? Ever wished you could grab 30 minutes with an expert to gain some helpful advice?

This year at Venturefest East we are proud to launch the brand new Bean Bag Briefing Lounge -sponsored by Price Bailey and PA Consulting. Here you will find a wealth of learning opportunities, where you can pull up a bean bag for 30 minutes of practical advice from a range of experts.

Topics covered will include:

  • IP strategy – The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and leading Intellectual Property experts, Marks & Clerk, will explain why it is vital to have an IP strategy to protect your ideas and business.
  • R&D Tax Relief – Hear from Price Bailey’s expert R&D Tax Relief specialists, and find out how you could benefit from R&D Tax Credits.
  • Accessing the NHS – If you’ve got a product you’d like to sell into the NHS, but aren’t sure how to start, then this is the session for you. Led by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EASHN), you’ll receive practical advice and support to bring your products to the NHS.
  • People Magnets – Find out how to attract and retain the best team possible, with advice from recruitment specialist Claire Button at Bailey Fisher.
  • Scientific Due Diligence – PA Consulting and Dr Giles Courtice from Technologica will share their top tips for undertaking Scientific Due Diligence.
  • Funding – Find out more about new ways to fund your innovation – from developing a business funding strategy to considering crowd funding. Kevin Ward and Justin Grainger from Conatus Associates will share their insights into this important topic.

The Bean Bag Briefing lounge is designed to give you an informal, stripped back, tech free setting to soak up vital advice, without any of the modern-day distractions.

With so many experts under one geodesic dome the only thing left to do now is book your Venturefest East ticket now, for a chance to find a bean bag in the front row: https://events.blendology.com/vfe17

 

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Why should you protect your IP? – by Marks and Clerk

Protecting your Intellectual Property can be crucial for your business; here are our top 5 reasons why:

  1. Registered IP protection (patents, designs and trade marks) can be a very valuable corporate asset which can be sold, licensed, used as security or monetised in the same way as any other business asset.
  1. Registered IP protection assists with attracting investment which can be critical for early stage companies.
  1. By protecting your innovation by way of a patent you are securing up to 20 years of market exclusivity. An invention does not need to be ‘high-tech’ to be considered patentable, as long as an innovation is new and inventive you can secure patent protection.
  1. A patent is a badge of innovation which enhances a firm’s credibility when talking with customers and partners.
  1. A trademark protects your brand by stopping competitors posing as you and jeopardising your product’s reputation, and can be a valuable marketing tool.

We are proud to have Marks and Clerk as the main sponsor of our “Elevator Pitch” Session.

£200 Eye Openers Stand Offer

Poseur and Pop-up Stands Now Available for ‘Eye Openers’

Calling all Eye Openers! We are pleased to announce we now have Poseur and Pop-up stand opportunities for ‘Eye Openers’. So if you are a new, or up and coming company, with an innovative product or service, you could be eligible for one of these limited spaces at a special price of £200 per stand*.

To apply for your Poseur and Pop-up opportunity please contact catherine.holmes@gcgp.co.uk for more details.

*Your stand will include a poseur table and space for a pop-up. Eligibility will be based on you proving that you are a new company or, SME with an innovative business idea.

 

Elevate Your Business Idea at Venturefest East

Do you have a new idea or innovation that you’d like expert feedback on? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pitch your business idea in a Dragons Den style environment? Well, the Elevator Pitch, sponsored by Mark & Clerk at Venturefest East 2017 could be that very opportunity.

What is the Elevator Pitch?
If you have an innovative business idea that you want to get in front of the right investors, or that needs support from specialist experts, Venturefest East offers the ideal Elevator Pitch opportunity for you to showcase your concept and distil knowledge from key influencers.

With just 60 seconds to present your new idea to a leading industry expert who will deliver immediate feedback to help you refine your pitch further, and advice on what to do next. Covering a wide variety of fields, our experts are keen to hear from entrepreneurs and innovators from all backgrounds – no idea is too out there for them!

Remember – the key is to deliver a pitch that’s as engaging and innovative as your concept, rather than just reading like a script.

Bring your idea to life in a lively, concise way, then receive immediate feedback and advice from our experts that you can take away with you to shape and elevate your idea and future business success.
All you need to do to take part in the Elevator Pitch is to book a place to attend Venturefest East on 21st September at Newmarket Racecourse, and then sign up for an Elevator Pitch spot. You can book your ticket now by visiting: https://events.blendology.com/vfe17

Don’t think ‘what if’, book your space now and see if you can impress our expert panel of judges!

Venturefest East 2016

The first Venturefest East was a great success; attended by more than 650 investors, entrepreneurs and innovators including 75 exhibitors.

You can watch the video from Venturefest East below:

Cambridge based technology firm Alviol won the 1,000 Guineas fast and furious pitch off prize. Alviol was first past the post out of eleven finalists from the East of England’s most innovative tech businesses.

The firm is an early stage MedTech business developing Occoris, an elegant and simple inhaler technology that delivers drugs more efficiently to the lungs. The judges thought Alviol gave a strong pitch, and that the product was destined to have a real impact on the lives of asthma sufferers in the future.

You can download the presentations from the likes of Hermann Hauser, David Cleevely and Ruth McKernan, here.

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VFE Pitch Training

Region’s top innovators readied for the off

The region’s twelve Fast and Furious Pitch-off Competition finalists gather today at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge to take part in an exclusive pitching workshop.

During the day the magnificent twelve will have the opportunity to explore their business strengths whilst refining and practising their three minute elevator pitches with help from SJIC, SETsquared and other experts from Surrey 100.

The main competition will take place on 24th May 2016 at Venturefest East, the flagship event celebrating and showcasing innovation in the East of England.

Chair of the session, Caroline Hopkins, Development Director UK & Ireland for ENGIE, expressed her delight at the range of companies represented: “We are so pleased to support the inaugural event and are very impressed by the spread of technologies being given a showcase at Newmarket. The companies that are represented span MedTech, the Internet of Things, Big Data, Finance, Gaming and even the re-use of airplane parts. I wish all of the companies good luck and can’t wait to hear their pitches.”

All twelve start-ups will present to top judges, including Venture Capitalists from London and Business Angels from the East of England, in front of a live audience of entrepreneurs, innovators and business professionals. They will also present their technology and solutions on a one-to-one basis during the Innovation Showcase at the event. The shortlisted finalists are:

  • Alviol – an early stage MedTech business developing Occoris, an elegant and simple inhaler technology that delivers drugs more efficiently to the lungs.
  • Directed Systems – a developer of closed-loop control systems (CLIP) that enables autonomous clinical care of critically ill and injured patients.
  • Phoelex Ltd – the creator of a new Optical Transceiver, which helps convert information such as big data, analytics and video between computers at very high speeds, but offers dramatic cost and power savings.
  • The Pension Counter – the provider of an innovative solution which helps payroll bureaux, accountants and employers with new workplace pension legislation.
  • Speechmatics – a speech recognition web service, which converts audio to text.
  • Healx – a start-up specialising in finding new therapeutic solutions for rare diseases with the use of advanced data analytics, machine learning and modern computational biology techniques to identify novel drug applications in the area of rare diseases.
  • Citrecycle – a developer of technology to provide safe, clean, local and sustainable lead-acid battery recycling for the developing world.
  • Swift Molecular Diagnostics – a developer of a novel technology for a rapid and accurate test identifying specific genetic material.
  • This Way Global – a GPS for jobs.
  • OAL – an provider of innovative automating engineering solutions for the food and beverage industry.
  • DappR Aviation – a unique recycling company producing bespoke art and furniture using recycled aircraft parts.
  • Tower Studios (Sociable Soccer) – a Game Developer and creator of Sociable Soccer.

The overall winner in the ‘Fast and Furious Pitch Off’ on the day will receive 1000 Guineas   and the two runners up will each receive prizes of 500 Guineas. Up to three relevant winners of the Fast and Furious Pitch-off competition will also receive automatic entry into ENGIE’s Big Pitch to be held in London, in June. This will provide the victors with exposure to the ENGIE Board which has access to a €100 million investment fund.

Ambitious Suffolk and Norfolk start-ups selected as finalists for Venturefest East Fast and Furious Pitch Off

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Two ambitious start-up companies from Norfolk and Suffolk have been selected to be finalists for the Venturefest East pitching competition, by New Anglia LEP.

Large internet companies such as Google and Facebook could benefit from a new product being created by Phoelex Ltd. The company, which is based at Innovation Martlesham on BT’s Adastral Park in Suffolk, will compete in the Fast and Furious Pitch off at Venturefest East on 24 May at Newmarket Racecourse.

Phoelex is creating an Optical Transceiver, which helps convert information such as big data, analytics, video and collaborative online gaming between computers at very high speeds.

The new product offers dramatic cost and power savings for Optical Transceivers. Compared to current products, there is the potential for a 175% price-performance improvement.

The current cost and power consumption of Optical Transceivers are some of the main obstacles that mega data centre operators are facing. Phoelex technology could reduce both capital expenditure and operating expenditure in data centres by up to 40%.

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Dr Amir Nejadmalayeri of Phoelex Ltd

Dr Amir Nejadmalayeri, of Phoelex Ltd said: “It’s an honour for Phoelex Ltd to be shortlisted for the pitching competition. The great support of the Innovation Martlesham Incubator Program helped us reach to this level. This opportunity enables us to take one step further to present our business idea to an all-star panel. We hope to achieve widespread visibility through the process and at the same time to learn through the expert opinion and feedback of the panel.

“Venturefest East is a unique opportunity to immensely expand our network and connections in the investment circles, through which we hope to be able to secure investment for this funding round.”

The other company selected to go forward to the pitching competition is The Pension Counter, based at the Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia, (UEA). The firm has created an innovative solution which helps payroll bureaux, accountants and employers with new workplace pension legislation.

New legislation has meant that all employers are required to automatically enrol certain employees into a pension scheme. Once a scheme has been set up the onus is on payroll to administer these schemes on an ongoing basis. This can be complex, especially when a chosen pension provider does not integrate well with payroll software. The complexity is increased further for a payroll bureaux or accountants who have numerous different schemes to administer for multiple clients.

The Pension Counter has developed a solution to this challenge. Looking at a problem from a different perspective meant they were able to develop and profitably deliver an online service that leads to increased efficiency at a cost that is around a third of that found in the wider market. Working with payroll bureaux and accountants they can proactively recommend workplace pension schemes to employers that are more efficient for the payroll, require minimal input from employers and are good value for employees.

The Pension Counter also provides payroll bureaux and accountants with software enabling them to track their clients’ automatic enrolment status and progress to ensure all clients are fully complying with the legislation by their specified date.

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Daniel Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of The Pension Counter

Daniel Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of The Pension Counter said: “We have re-engineered an existing process to reflect fundamental marketplace changes as a result of new workplace pension legislation. Looking at a problem from a different perspective meant we were able to develop and profitably deliver an online service that leads to increased efficiency at a cost that is around a third of that found in the wider market.

“We are proud of what we have achieved in a short period of time. We have learned a lot about the challenges of creating a fintech startup, in such a dynamic market it is vital to always be looking at the next phase. The Venturefest East pitching competition will therefore be a great opportunity to introduce what we currently do and our next developments to the panel of entrepreneurs and investors.

“We want to take our business further and we are keen to meet other businesses that may become strategic partners”.

The news comes just days after tech leaders across the region gathered to launch TechEast, providing one voice for the tech sector to champion businesses, encourage investment and drive economic growth.

Phoelex and The Pension Counter will be joined by two further shortlisted companies all of which will receive free entry and an exhibition space.

These are:

Silicon Safe: which has produced an un-hackable authentication device for the storage of user names and passwords, based at Innovation Martlesham, Suffolk

KTLG Media: which has developed a new type of asset management system for the agricultural sector and farmers in particular, which has integrated technology to manage visible and buried assets, based at Innovation Martlesham, Suffolk

Phoelex and The Pension Counter will be entered into the Pitch off against other finalists selected by other East of England clusters, where they will face a panel of industry experts and investors headed by David Gill, Managing Director of St John’s Innovation Centre. The overall winner on the day will receive 1,000 Guineas (just over £1,000), while the two runners up with each receive prizes of 500 Guineas.

Chris Starkie, Managing Director of New Anglia LEP said: “Our chosen companies have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and are creating fantastic products which could have a major, positive impact on companies locally, nationally and globally. Venturefest East will help introduce them to powerful contacts who could offer collaboration, investment and business development opportunities to help grow their business.”

The University of East Anglia (UEA) and BT are lead sponsors of Venturefest East, along with with ENGIE, the French energy company. Engie will be inviting three pitching companies, relevant to their business, to a big pitch to their board, in London on 10th June, which has access to a 100 million Euro investment fund.

Nicky Daniels, Head of Innovation Martlesham (IM) said “It’s fantastic news that Phoelex will be pitching at VentureFest East. Amir Nejadmalayeri, the founder of Phoelex, has recently been awarded a place in the IM business incubator, having targeted IM as a strong tech cluster with people and processes which would support his start-up company”.

Professor Dave Petley, UEA’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise said: “It is fantastic that The Pension Counter (established by recent UEA Economics graduates) has been given this valuable opportunity to pitch for funding to help to develop and grow their business.

“It is testament to the team’s hard work, energy and entrepreneurial, pioneering spirit that since graduating in 2015 they have established a company that is on course to make over £1 million revenue in its first year. They have accomplished this by disrupting and improving traditional referral methods within the financial sector.

“On behalf of UEA I would like to congratulate The Pension Counter on this brilliant achievement and I wish them success in the pitching competition.”

The brainchild of St John’s Innovation Centre, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Venturefest East (VFE) is part of the Innovate UK series of events and provides opportunities to listen to the region’s innovation gurus.

The event is set to attract 400 businesses, investors and entrepreneurs from across the East and beyond.

Delegates will be attending the Fast and Furious pitches, as well learning from world-class keynote speakers, attending inspirational workshops, visiting the innovation exhibition and networking with individuals and organisations.

For further information on Venturefest East and to book your ticket visit www.venturefesteast.co.uk

If you would like to exhibit at Venturefest East please email venturefest@cambridgewireless.co.uk

For more information please contact:
Emma Finn
M: 07495 766622
E: emma.finn@pathfindereast.co.uk

Notes for Editors
Venturefest East is jointly delivered by Innovate UK, The Knowledge Transfer Network, St John’s Innovation Centre, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP), New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, sponsored by University of East Anglia, Engie, BT, Magna International, Taylor Vinters, Barclays, SBRI Healthcare and Adnams, and supported by Cambridge Wireless, Cambridge Network, One Nucleus, Cambridge Cleantech, Agri-Tech East, Games Eden and Alliantus Ltd.

SJIC announces Alviol and Directed Systems as finalists for Venturefest East Fast and Furious Pitch-Off

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St John’s Innovation Centre has announced Alviol and Directed Systems as the shortlisted finalists for the Venturefest East Fast and Furious Pitch-Off competition that will take place on 24th May 2016 at Newmarket Racecourse. The competition aims to discover and promote the most promising, innovative early stage technology companies in the east region.

The organisers and creators of the event, St John’s Innovation Centre, GCGP LEP and New Anglia LEP have pulled together experienced and professional panel of judges including Venture Capitalists from London and Business Angels from the East of England. The Fast and Furious Pitch-Off is a unique opportunity for innovative companies to benchmark themselves against others in other sectors, and to raise their profiles amongst the national and international investment community and multinational companies.

SJIC shortlisted Alviol, an early stage MedTech business developing Occoris – an elegant and simple way of delivering drugs more efficiently to the lungs and Directed Systems, a developer of closed-loop control systems to care for critically-ill patients, as the competition finalists.

‘Alviol is very pleased to have been shortlisted to pitch at the Venturefest East event. Pulmonary drug delivery is a large ($24Bn) and fast growing market (4.5% CAGR) which hasn’t seen disruptive innovation for several decades. However, blockbuster patent expiration and emergence of new biologic drugs have created ideal conditions for breakthrough innovation and we believe that Occoris is just that,’ commented Ben Wicks, CEO of Alviol. ‘Occoris increases the efficiency of inhaled drug delivery from ~25% to 75% and since it is breath-activated, every patient will get the correct dose irrespective of technique or lung capacity. We expect it will set a new standard for respiratory drug delivery over the coming decade.’

‘We are delighted to have an opportunity to present our latest development, a closed-loop control system (CLIP) that enables autonomous clinical care of critically ill and injured patients,’ said Mark Leaning, Founder & CEO of Directed Systems.

Ben Wicks, CEO of Alviol and Mark Leaning, Founder & CEO of Directed Systems will pitch their innovative products against other finalists selected by East of England tech clusters and will face a panel of region’s top industry experts and investors headed by David Gill, Managing Director of St John’s Innovation Centre. Both companies will also be exhibiting their products during the Innovation Showcase at the Venturefest East event.

‘We are very impressed by the market potential of both companies,’ commented David Gill, MD at SJIC. ‘I look forward to the pitching final at Venturefest East, judging by the quality of entries so far, it will be a fascinating start-up battle featuring the best early stage technology companies in the region.’

The other companies that have been awarded exhibition space at the VFE’s Innovation Showcase are:

• Crowdsurfer – a fintech company building the world’s richest data analytics service for the multi-billion dollar crowd finance industry.

• Argon Design – a developer of Argon360 is a hardware based system for real-time stitching of video output from multiple cameras, a crucial element in the creation of 360-degree immersive VR content.

• Cambrionix – a supplier of finished products and electronic components for use in hospitals, schools, homes and businesses that need to manage and control updates, synchronise data and charge USB connected devices reliably and quickly. Cambrionix will provide onsite mobile phone and tablet charging for all visitors and exhibitors during the Venturefest East event. In addition to this we would also like run a competition – Bring ANY USB chargeable device to our stand and if it won’t charge it, you win a Series8 intelligent charger.

• FABPulous – a developer of technology that makes a 5minute whole blood test possible to be performed in healthcare settings.

The overall winner in the Fast and Furious Pitch Off on the day will receive 1000 Guineas (just over £1,000), while the two runners up will each receive prizes of 500 Guineas. Three relevant winners of the Fast and Furious Pitch-off competition will also receive automatic entry into ENGIE’s Big Pitch to be held in London, in June. This will provide the victors with exposure to the ENGIE Board which has access to a €100 million investment fund.

‘We are very excited to run a pitching competition during the main event,’ said Dr Soraya Jones, Board Member at KTN and Venturefest East. ‘The ambition behind Venturefest East, designed as a flagship event showcasing innovation and future trends in the region, was to create a powerful mash-up of early stage and established companies and get them in front of top investors, innovators and entrepreneurs. We are also very grateful for the support from all stakeholders and clusters in the region that helped bring Venturefest to East Anglia.’

Venturefest East is jointly delivered by Innovate UK, The Knowledge Transfer Network, St John’s Innovation Centre, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP), New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, sponsored by University of East Anglia, Engie, BT, Magna International, Taylor Vinters, Barclays, SBRI Healthcare and Adnams, and supported by Cambridge Wireless, Cambridge Network, One Nucleus, Cambridge Cleantech, Agri-Tech East, Games Eden and Alliantus Ltd.

To find out more about securing exhibition space, please contact venturefest@cambridgewireless.co.uk

To find out more about Venturefest East and to REGISTER for the event, please visit www.venturefesteast.co.uk

CW announces Speechmatics as finalist for Venturefest East Fast and Furious Pitch Off

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CW (Cambridge Wireless) has announced that Speechmatics will feature as a finalist in the Fast and Furious Pitch off taking place at Venturefest East on 24 May at Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk. The CW competition set out to identify companies based in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk with innovative technology products and services in the Internet of Things (IoT), healthcare, security or wireless and mobile communications markets.

The winner, Cambridge-based Speechmatics, impressed the judges with its cloud-based, multilingual automatic speech recognition and manual transcription solution.

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The other four companies shortlisted for the pitching slot were:

  • BeanIoT™ from RFMOD is a small software configurable multi-sensor IoT device that can be worn, carried in the pocket or deployed throughout a home or factory.
  • Herdsy, an animal herd tag capable of being used on cattle, sheep, goats, deer and even poultry that eliminates expensive agri-tech infrastructure for the small and medium farmer.
  • Rize, a multi-platform mental health app that integrates therapeutic concepts into interactive exercises to help users to understand, track and improve their mental well-being.
  • Smartbell, a wearable sensor platform for farms that can be used to track individual animals for location, signs of sickness and automated record keeping and management as well as providing alerts.

All five companies receive free entry and an exhibition table at Venturefest East and the winner obtains a place at the Pitching Training Workshop run by St John’s Innovation Centre (SJIC) and SETsquared. Speechmatics will also be entered in the Pitch Off against other finalists selected by other East of England network organisations where they will face a panel of industry experts and investors headed by David Gill, Managing Director of St John’s Innovation Centre. They will also get a two-day ticket and exhibition space for CW’s flagship event, 8th Future of Wireless International Conference in London on 21-22 June 2016 as part of London Tech Week.

The overall winner in the Pitch Off on the day will receive 1000 Guineas (just over £1,000), while the two runners up will each receive prizes of 500 Guineas. Three relevant winners of the Fast and Furious Pitch-off competition will also receive automatic entry into ENGIE’s Big Pitch to be held in London on 10 June. This will provide the victors with exposure to the ENGIE Board which has access to a €100 million investment fund.

“We were looking for innovation, inspiration and strong teams who could deliver long term viability – and we were not disappointed,” said Bob Driver, CEO of CW. “The five finalists now have a great opportunity to benefit from the exposure to investors, suppliers and entrepreneurs at Venturefest East, which we are delivering on behalf of the organisers.”

Over 400 delegates are expected at Venturefest East, designed to showcase innovation in the region. The event is jointly supported and organised by St Johns Innovation Centre (SJIC), The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) and New Anglia LEP. Lead corporate sponsor is The University of East Anglia (UEA), along with other sponsors Taylor Vinters, Barclays, SBRI Healthcare and Adnams. National sponsors and creators of the Venturefest concept are the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the UK’s Innovation Network.

For the overall programme, with a full list of speakers and track sessions please visit: www.venturefesteast.co.uk

About CW (Cambridge Wireless)
CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With 400 members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build connections between academia and industry. CW’s 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can network with their peers, track the latest technology trends and business developments and position their organisations in key market sectors. CW also organises the annual Future of Wireless International Conference and Discovering Start-Ups competition along with other high-quality industry networking events and dinners. With headquarters at the heart of Cambridge, UK, CW partners with other international industry clusters and organisations to extend its reach and remain at the forefront of global developments and business opportunities.

For CW please contact Abhi Naha, CW, + 44 (0) 1223 967101 abhi.naha@cambridgewireless.co.uk

Come and meet ENGIE at Venturefest East on 24th May

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ENGIE is a partner of Venturefest East, which will take place on May 24th 2016 at Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk.

Venturefest East brings together innovators, successful entrepreneurs and investors to make things happen in order to create new business opportunities and help innovative businesses to grow. Over 400 delegates are expected to attend Venturefest East to showcase the innovation taking place in the region.

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The event includes keynotes on innovation, a pitching competition and an innovation showcase.We asked Caroline Hopkins, ENGIE’s Development Director (UK & Ireland), a few questions about ENGIE’s innovation programme in the United Kingdom

Why is ENGIE a partner of Venturefest East ?

ENGIE has an impressive innovation programme, aimed at identifying internal “intrapreneurs” and external “start-up” businesses that can work with us to develop our business models of the future. As part of this programme, we are actively looking for start-up businesses.

We are delighted to sponsor the East of England Venturefest as this will allow us to meet and mix with start-up businesses, entrepreneurs, business advisors, incubators – indeed the whole innovation “eco system” in the East of England.

How is ENGIE participating in this event ?

ENGIE will chair Session 2 – The Fast & Furious Pitch-off at Venturefest East, which takes place from 11:30am to 1 pm on 24th May with the best 12 finalists in the region. See more.

This is a unique opportunity for innovative companies to benchmark themselves against others in other sectors, and to receive great publicity amongst the national and international investment community and multinational companies.

What are the main objectives of ENGIE in the UK ?

ENGIE is a leading energy and services Group employing 20,000 people in the UK across three main activities: services, energy solutions and energy infrastructure.

ENGIE is using its capabilities to lead the UK’s transition towards a more secure and sustainable future, through a strategy based on investment in critical energy infrastructure, integration of its energy expertise with its broad services offer, and innovation in customer-led solutions and technologies.

The business has well-established and diverse operations that span the exploration and production of gas and oil; on-shore gas storage; generating power as one of the UK’s largest independent power producers; providing power and gas to thousands of UK businesses; and delivering services to more than 14,000 customer sites across the public and private sector.