THE countdown has begun to a major innovation event that is taking place for the first time in the Tees Valley.

With less than a week to go until VentureFest Tees Valley throws open its doors at Wynyard Hall, we take a look at what's in store and why businesses cannot afford to miss out.

Here's what you need to know:

When is VentureFest Tees Valley?
Wednesday, 13 September at Wynyard Hall from 8.30am to 5.30pm

Where is it?
Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley TS22 5NF. For directions and travel advice click here

The Northern Echo:

Who is it for?
Innovation is a survival skill – something which businesses in the Tees Valley know better than most. Their drive to anticipate future trends, demands, processes, services and products has made a real mark on the world.

VentureFest Tees Valley is all about keeping the ideas flowing and the successes coming. It brings together local businesses, investors, researchers and experts to inspire new ideas, solutions and collaborations.

With more than 400 ‘ideas people’ expected to attend, it’s a unique opportunity to learn from those in other business sectors. Whether your business is just starting up or has a hundred years’ experience behind it, VentureFest Tees Valley is packed with that is as practical as it is inspiring.

The Northern Echo:

Just a few of the speakers at the inaugural VentureFest Tees Valley

What can you expect?

It's a day designed to generate new ideas, solutions and collaborations to strengthen businesses, stimulate new jobs and impact on the bottom line.

Expect lively debates and discussions, real-life stories of innovation, practical workshops, inspiring exhibitions, expert advice sessions and excellent networking opportunities. High profile local and national speakers will highlight where Tees Valley's strengths are today and where the opportunities of tomorrow lie.

Who’s behind VentureFest Tees Valley?

The latest addition to a national family of events, VentureFest Tees Valley builds on the success of a trial event, Innovate Tees Valley Festival, which attracted 260 delegates to the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough in 2016 and showcased the wealth of innovation taking place in the area.

The team that delivered the festival are now taking the event to the national stage, working with founding partners Tees Valley Combined Authority and Innovate Tees Valley – the innovation support programme run by Teesside University, NEPIC, the Materials Processing Institute, and Digital City.

The government’s Knowledge Transfer Network has now welcomed Tees Valley as the latest addition to its UK network of VentureFest events – throwing a national spotlight on the area and its businesses.

The event programme has been developed with the ideas and input of a wide range of organisations with extensive experience of supporting innovative businesses.

The event receives funding from the £6.5m Innovate Tees Valley programme and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

How much are tickets for VentureFest Tees Valley?

The event is FREE for local businesses to attend.

Six reasons why you should attend VentureFest Tees Valley.

  • Hear from inspiring speakers
  • Raise finance
  • Network with useful new connections
  • Ask questions of leading experts
  • Learn new skills
  • Showcase your products and services

Find out more and book your ticket here