Ben Houchen to join pioneering Tees businesses at VentureFest

Ben Houchen (centre), the Tees Valley Mayor, with the organisers of VentureFest Tees Valley Peter Riddell (right) of Edge Innovation and local business founder Peter Lillie (left) of Presca Teamwear at the Riverside Stadium.

Tees Valley’s elected mayor Ben Houchenwill join established, growing and start-up enterprise at VentureFest Tees Valley at Middlesbrough Football Club later in the year.

Taking place for the fourth time, the region’s business community will come together to tackle the big questions around driving innovation for economic growth.

This year’s event is expected to take place in September, with mayor Houchen confirmed as one of the speakers.

“From start-ups to scale-ups, Teesside is home to a raft of amazing businesses that are leading the way nationally,” said Houchen.

“Innovation is key to our region’s continuing ability to compete on a global stage, and VentureFest provides a great opportunity for local companies to look at how they can improve their business by doing things differently.”

Providing a setting for connectivity and collaboration around new ideas, the event highlights the innovative work already undertaken within Tees Valley.

It also provides a platform for businesses to engage with commercial opportunities through open innovation challenges and secure investment for growth with FinanceCamp.

Sharing their own journey will be local sportswear firm Presca Teamwear. Launched by GRN Sportswear in 2018, the company strives to create high-performance teamwear from sustainable materials, including recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets. GRN demonstrated the product in 2017 at VentureFest Tees Valley and met with investors as part of FinanceCamp.

More than 330 delegates attended in 2018 at Wynyard Hall. This year’s event will focus on honing the elements attendees felt gave them the most opportunity, with the programme including inspirational speakers, a networking exhibition, investor meetings and open innovation challenges – presenting live commercial opportunities for business.

VentureFest Tees Valley is a free event delivered by ed/ge Innovation with support from Teesside University.

 

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