• Venturefest Bristol & Bath is back and is even bigger than before!

    Innovate UK and Invest Bristol & Bath are delivering a series of ‘innovation celebrating’ events that explore the technologies transforming the cities and the places we live into ‘Future Cities’.


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Venturefest 2017 Programme

Please download our Venturefest Series flyer which shows our current events listing. Please refer to the What’s On section of our website for a comprehensive breakdown of the events and for details of how to book. Thank you.

Upcoming Events

Join us at our Future of Work event on 16th May. Aimed at businesses, find out what you need to do to evolve in a Smart City setting.

Innovation Showcase

See first-hand some of the tech solutions that local start-ups and scale-ups are developing to meet the challenges of smart cities.

Smart City Marketplace

The Smart City Marketplace will showcase the best ‘future city focussed’ start-ups and scale-ups from across the South West. These companies will showcase their technologies to investors and organisations at the Series Opener in February. October’s event will revisit those ideas, and the further development thereof. The event will also see the launch of a crowdfunding bootcamp programme in association with CrowdCube.

Investor Showcase

The Investor Showcase, as part of the Silicon Gorge Partnership*, will afford companies exposure to a selected audience of angel investors and Venture Capitalists.

*Partners include SETsquared, Idea Squares, Invest Bristol & Bath, TechSPARK

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  • “Embracing Future Cities”

    Venturefest provides a forum for companies embracing Future Cities. It helps them find solutions to technology challenges by identifying fast growth tech companies and startups capable of delivering solutions to those challenges.

  • “Explore Technologies”

    Venturefest will explore technologies like communication networks and connectivity, seamless automation, robotics, intelligent buildings, smart building bricks and new breeds of in-home technology. Companies, sponsors, exhibitors and visitors from the region and beyond are invited to participate in a year of activity, beginning on February 3 with our series opener.

  • “The Venturefest Series”

    Ongoing, the Venturefest Series will comprise linked events throughout the year. The events will facilitate further exploration of the themes from our series opener, and deliver activities to support start-ups wanting to develop their solutions in this field. October’s Venturefest Showcase will be the culmination of the Series, and will act as a spotlight for the region’s tech cluster by showcasing the responses to the challenges set out at February’s opening event.

Thought Leadership Conference

Venturefest Questions

Leading futurologists, business leaders and academics will position the challenges to developing technology for the future city.

Smart Energy

A smart energy system fit for the 21st Century needs to radically rethink the place that energy holds in the world and in our lives.

Intelligent Transport

Urban mobility has undergone a radical shift from large-scale public infrastructure  to the rise of mobility on demand services.

Intelligent Infrastructure

Embedded sensors and ubiquitous digital communication networks are enabling a world where ‘dumb’ and ‘silent’ infrastructure assets are springing to life.

Smart Living

What does it mean to ‘live smart’ in a world where there are more connected devices than people, yet natural resources are increasingly scarce?

Smart Money

The banking and finance sector is anticipating more change in the next two years than in the last 200, see the tech thats driving it.

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Sponsors and event partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting? Get in touch