VentureFest Tees Valley announce line-up for innovation conference

Bringing together business leaders with funding and innovation experts, VentureFest Tees Valley has announced the first speakers set to address crowds at the one-day conference.

The head of pioneering life-sciences firm Epigem, Tim Ryan, will take to the stage alongside one of the manufacturing industry’s leading figures.

Voted Teesside’s most inspiring female business leader by Tees Business, Sharon Lane started her career as an apprentice and is now general manager of Tees Components.

The pair will be joined by Steph Morris, regional manager at Innovate UK, Bill Morrow, founder of Angels Den and Mark Wilcockson, senior relationship manager for the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund from the British Business Bank.

Simon Green, director at VentureFest Tees Valley, said: “VentureFest Tees Valley brings together the latest thinking in innovation with first-hand experience from some of the business world’s leading figures.

“The event is all about sharing innovative ideas and practice to give delegates practical and actionable advice and insight. Our speaker line-up so far, brings together individuals with a range of backgrounds and success stories to complement the programme of hands-on workshops also being developed.”

Chairing the key note sessions will be Jane Turner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University, and representing the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, Graham Robb founding partner of Recognition PR.

VentureFest Tees Valley is free to attend and takes place on Tuesday May 22 at Wynyard Hall, registration is open now at


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