Solent shaping innovation
VentureFest receives CIPR award
The VentureFest South Innovation Showcase has been named ‘Best Event’ at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards, held recently in Bristol.
The annual event provides an opportunity for the region's innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to come together in one place to showcase the latest technology, share thinking and explore new ideas.
As a VentureFest founding partner, Solent University has been heavily involved in developing these events, which are now in their fourth year.
Catherine Lee, Director of Research and Innovation at Solent said: “These innovative events provide a great opportunity for us to join with local partners and the business community to showcase Solent’s projects and help entrepreneurs find funding. They enable our staff and students to engage in regional innovation, share thinking and explore new ideas and partnerships.”
Judges at the PRide Awards said they loved the style of the event and the fact that the team developed a fully integrated marketing and PR campaign, building on the previous years’ events and leveraging the full support and resources of its partners and sponsors.
The 2019 event achieved the highest levels of engagement to date, resulting in a 60 per cent increase on the previous year’s attendance with over 1,000 delegates, plus a new event record of £90m of investment opportunities for SMEs, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the South.
#VFS20 Festival of Innovation will take place on March 27 2020 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. To find out more and book tickets, click here.