Monday, 3 March 2008

Venturefest Yorkshire 2008 York Racecourse 6th Feb 2008

Venturefest Yorkshire 2008 York Racecourse 6th Feb 2008

Venturefest is a free annual one-day event sponsored by some of the region’s largest organisations including Yorkshire Forward. Taking up three floors of the main building at York Racecourse it’s an opportunity to gain support and advice and make contacts – whether you’re an individual, a start-up or established business. It’s now in it’s fifth year and has been hailed by Doug Richards of “Dragons’ Den” as the “best in the country”.

At the 2008 event, service providers including solicitors and patent agents, product development and marketing experts, investors and universities manned the numerous stands on the various floors. Researchers from BBC’s “Dragons’ Den” were there to find participants for the next series. Throughout the day speakers gave presentations on a variety of topics including marketing, how to prevent someone stealing your secrets and the best ways to try to secure investment.

There were competitions for young entrepreneurs and an Innovation Showcase of over 40 small businesses which also offered a prize to what was judged to be the business showing the best future growth potential in the innovation, science and technology sectors.

Staff from Business & Patent Information Services joined staff from the UK Intellectual Property Office (formerly the Patent Office) on their stand on the ground floor. We spoke to a large number of people and provided information on protecting inventions, brands and creative works, as well as business information resources.

With such a wide variety of companies attending the event, Venturefest is certainly worth a visit.