Here you will find a full listing of all our Partners and Exhibitors that will be in the Innovation Showcase Expo. 

3aaa3aaa is an outstanding training provider of Apprenticeships in England, specialising in the delivery of Professional Services Apprenticeships such as IT/Web and Software, Digital Marketing, Accountancy, Financial Services and Business Administration.

We are a national company offering a personalised, local service in over 41 locations across England as we look to change the lives of young people through our work with local employers recruiting apprentices and helping these young people to find a pathway into the career of their dreams.

Visit us at stand D27

19eleven was create19eleven_paralympic_sports_managementd by two former Great Britain teammates, Richard Whitehead MBE and Mark Briggs, with them having 30 years of combined experience in elite para-sport and delivery of inspirational programmes.

19eleven works under different principles to other sport management companies, focusing on the athlete’s development as an individual, educating them with the skills and ability to self-promote, engage with their supporters and sponsors, which in turn will lead to a sustained buy-in over their sporting career and beyond.

Visit us at stand D23

AJ newAdamsonJones offers effective intellectual property (IP) services, encompassing patent, design and trade mark protection and advice in the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

Our team of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys are more than just legal professionals; we have a genuine passion and knowledge of technology, industry and innovation. We take the time to understand your business and the commercial potential of your innovation so that we can deliver open, practical and effective advice to put your business in a stronger competitive position.

Visit us at stand D13

ARCH_FLCLR (002)Arch Communications is an award-winning PR and marketing agency based locally but operating nationally. We’ll help you work out and tell your story, so you stand out in the crowd. Our experience, skills, creativity and contacts benefit clients large and small, and we’re proud that our work has been recognised with top industry honours.

From crisis handling and strategy to press releases, social media and inspiring copywriting – we have the tools to build your brand. Reputation matters, so come and see what we can do for you.

Website:                                        Twitter: @archcomms

 Visit us at stand D29 – and try our charity Scrabble challenge. Prizes to be won!


As an industrial dBluefrog Design Logo (Hi-Res)-01esign consultancy we support and help businesses grow through innovation, design and technology. For over 25 years we have worked closely with clients across the Midlands the UK and Europe to develop and deliver commercially ready products, engineered cost effectively to meet the needs of the end user and more importantly to deliver a significant return on investment.  

 With a diverse client base from inspired inventors to SME’s, multinationals and academia, we understand the needs of every enterprise are unique so we refine our development process to meet the demands and challenges of every project. We have worked across a broad range of sectors including; consumer, industrial, transport, medical and packaging gathering a wealth of knowledge and expertise which we apply to get products successfully to market.

Visit us at pod P24B to discuss your product and how we can work together to make your idea tangible and commercial. 



BBB Logo_Strapline_RBG_PNG_WebBritish Business Bank works in conjunction with private sector partners to enable smaller businesses to access more finance, from a greater number of providers, through a wider range of products.  Our goal is to change the structure of finance markets for smaller businesses, so these markets work more effectively and dynamically.  This will help businesses prosper and build economic activity in the UK.

Website:                       Twitter: @britishbank

Visit us at stand D31


Charge It_Logo_NEG invertedCome on in to the ‘Charge-it! recharge zone‘ to keep your phones and tablets all charged up throughout the day. Your device can be safely locked away in our charging station while it charges, or you can borrow one of our power packs and charge on the go!

Charge-it is a member of the Datacharge group of companies that provide phone and tablet charging solutions on flexible short or long term hire contracts, leasing or even outright purchase. Talk to us about our range of charging solutions to see what’s right for your business, and even charge your phone while you’re here!

Visit us at stand D32


Cofabrico is a crowd-powered, Cloud-based Rapid Elastic Manufacturing based on the XaaS (everything-as-a-service) and Cloud model platform  that enables companies to transform and digitize their product development process using co-creation and on demand -manufacturing.

Visit us at pod P23A

Companies House_294_AWCompanies House incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply, and makes that information available to the public.

Companies House is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skill.

Visit us at stand D14

PrintThe D2N2 Growth Hub is a vital network for growing and ambitious businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

At the heart of everything we do is a thriving business community that has the potential, ambition and commitment to grow, from small to medium sized enterprises to large, established businesses.

There is a vast array of services on offer from the public, private and third sectors but many businesses struggle to find the best services to fit their needs. The D2N2 Growth Hub fills this gap by providing up-to-date, valuable and relevant information, guidance and support – saving you time and helping you to focus on what’s important for your success.

The D2N2 Growth Hub team includes dedicated, experienced and expert business advisors, who are there to give you the right advice at the right time. So whether you need access to finance to expand, guidance on the latest legislation or practical business support, our advisors are here to help.

Once you have connected with the D2N2 Growth Hub we will shout about your success, give you access to workshops and events, share the latest funding news and keep you informed of any regional or national programmes that will help with your growth plans.

Visit us at stand D2

Datalink logo541&032For over 30 years Datalink has provided Electronic Services to customers demanding robust electro/mechanical assemblies for high reliability applications. The full range of design and manufacturing services are provided: hardware design, software development, prototyping, PCB assembly, cables & harnessing, box-build, system integration and CE marking.

Datalink has an international reputation for developing & manufacturing products for use in highly regulated industries particularly in the fields of Medical and Intrinsically Safe (ATEX) Devices for explosive atmospheres. We are accredited to ISO9001 (Quality Management); ISO13485 (Medical Devices) and have a comprehensive understanding of safety, EMC and radio regulatory standards.

Visit us at stand D22.

DMU RED-BLACK STANDARD April 2011De Montfort University in Leicester is committed to the local business community and continues to support Venturefest. This year we showcase our award winning Design Unit, the Leicester Castle Business School (LCBS), and our future Smart Cities research.

Come and see us at pod P12A and find out how improved design can increase your profitability, how collaborating in research and development provides an opportunity to support our smart cities of the future, or how we can support your business operations with a free postgraduate business placement from LCBS.

Visit us at pod P12A.

DIT.jpgThe Department for International Trade is responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us. The team in the East Midlands offers comprehensive support and guidance to companies across the region.

Our International Trade Advisers work at a local level, advising companies from first time exporters, to large multinationals. We help with handling initial overseas enquiries and finding opportunities for you, to building a long term international strategy. We take the time to understand your business and the specific support you need. Visit for further information.

Visit us at stand D30

brand 1 stage 3We bring together the NHS, universities, industry and social care to transform the health of our 4.5m East Midlands residents and stimulate wealth creation. We will achieve this through:

-Promoting health equality and best practice

-Speeding up the spread and adoption of innovation into practice

-Building a culture of partnership and collaboration

-Putting patients and the public at the heart of everything we do

-Working with industry to promote the adoption and spread of proven products and services                                                                                                                                                                                              

 Visit us at stand D15

We pride ourselves fglogoon being fast, flexible and creative.  We love working with a brilliant client list to create an outstanding end product, whether it be exhibition graphics, banners, event signage, vehicle graphics or a host of other sign and graphics products. Give us an impossible deadline and a measly budget and we’re sure we can surprise you.    

Visit us at pod P19B

g2G2 is a product design and technology development company, assisting at any stage of the development process from ideation to prototyping, testing and production and we help companies finance their development work with our R&D tax and Patent Box services.

Our designers, engineers and tax experts have a broad base of experience from many industries which allows unique insight in providing commercial solutions to our clients’ needs.

Visit us at pod P8A

Geldards Law Firm Logo + Descriptor - BlueberryGeldards is one of the country’s leading law firms. Our clients, in both the private and public sector, trust us to give them high quality legal advice that is practical, commercially-minded and value for money.

With over 300 staff in the Midlands, Wales and London, we deliver real financial value. That’s always been important, but challenging economy it is essential.

 Whether you come to us with a query or a major deal, we will listen to you and respond with honest, pragmatic advice tailored to your situation and the way you do business.

Visit us at stand D12

GHA Double logoThe GH Group of companies specialise in assisting organisations from all industrial sectors across Europe to obtain and manage grant funding for research and innovation projects.

We are able to assist and support you at all stages of your project life-cycle from development and submission of your application to delivery of high-quality reports which will reflect the achievements of your project to the grant authority.

We pride ourselves on being able to provide a service bespoke to your requirements, allowing you to concentrate on the core research and innovation activities.

Visit us at stand D28


Harper James Solicitors is a national commercial law firm like no other.

The firm operates remotely, with offices based in Birmingham and Sheffield. Their partner level lawyers each work from home or via serviced offices. These significant cost savings are passed on to clients, who receive the same level of technical expertise and advice that they’d normally find at traditional law firms, but at a fraction of the cost.

Most clients sign up to the Enterprise plan – the firm’s monthly subscription model. This includes one hour of free advice each month and rolls over if unused. In addition to this, the senior solicitors at the firm are charged at just £69 an hour.

The structure of the firm is well suited to startups and companies with high-growth potential, as their legal fees are significantly reduced at a time when they may be going through funding rounds and other significant investments.

For more information visit their website: 

Visit us at stand P23B

NEW-HOWES-PERCIVAL-LOGO-300x98Howes Percival- Breathing New Life into Law

We are delighted to support the East Midlands Venturefest event again this year. Howes Percival LLP is a regional law firm operating across the heartland of England with offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.

 Howes Percival provides top quality legal services and prides itself not only on the expertise of its lawyers, but on their energetic, agile and commercial approach. We act for businesses and individuals and you can be sure of getting excellent advice, delivered by a team of lawyers who are committed to working with you for the long-term.

Please contact our seminar speakers or, or for your legal needs.


Visit us at stands D19 and D20

Intellectual Property Office LogoWe are an Executive Agency and Trading Fund of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  We promote innovation by providing a clear, accessible and widely understood Intellectual Property (IP) system, which enables the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.   We do this by granting rights (Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright) and also developing IP policy and providing advice to businesses.

Visit us at stand D16 and D17

jakt-black-logo (002)JAKT Photography has extensive experience in commercial photography. Each of our clients is unique and requires a collaborative approach to creating the images you need for your business. Whether the photographs are for advertising campaigns, websites, brochures, corporate portraits or sales presentations, we can help you to create the visual message for your company or clients. We also work closely with graphic and web designers to create images for their client briefs, so they don’t have to rely on the use of over saturated use of stock imagery.

At Venturefest East Midlands this year we will be offering complimentary business headshots to delegates and exhibitors at our stand. To book a 5 minute time slot between 10:00- 12:00 please visit our stand in the morning at the event.

Contact JAKT Photography at or 07811 144016

Visit us at stand D24



white-logo-straplineLLEPThe LLEP’s remit is to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy, by working with Government to set out key investment priorities for Leicester & Leicestershire; engaging with business, local authorities, Higher Education, Further Education, the voluntary sector and other stakeholders; facilitating local partnership working and relations with national Government; influencing national Government economic policy and spending; investing LLEP funding and aligning partner resources; and through its investments, influence and activities ensure positive outcomes for the local economy.

Visit us at stand D1

MFL-Science-Technology-LogoMFL provides wide ranging bespoke insurance and risk management solutions for the financial exposures and potential legal liabilities in the science and technology sector. Services are designed to accommodate new start-ups and established businesses alike, including those involved in IT/Digital, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical products, R&D,  healthcare and clinical trials.

We can assist with, inter alia:

-Material Damage/Business Interruption          -Employer’s Liability

– Public Liability                                                     -Product & Services Liability

-Professional Indemnity                                      -Director’s  & Officer’s Liability

-Business Travel                                                   -Intellectual Property Insurance

-Clinical Trials Insurance

 McParland Finn Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Visit us at stand D18


NatWest serves customers in England and Wales, supporting them with their personal, private, business banking needs. NatWest helps customers at all stages in their lives, from opening student accounts, to buying their first home, setting up a business, and saving for retirement.

Alongside a wide range of banking services, NatWest offers businesses specialist sector knowledge in areas such as manufacturing and technology, as well as access to specialist entrepreneurial support.

Worldpay is a global leader in payments processing technology and solutions for our merchant customers. We operate reliable and secure proprietary technology platforms that enable merchants to accept a vast array of payment types, across multiple channels, anywhere in the world.

Worldpay has been a pioneer in card payments, multi-currency processing, online payments and contactless, and is aiming to lead the way in expanding global reach, data analytics and optimisation, and the emerging field of integrated payments.

On a typical day, we process over 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions – that’s around 400 a second. In 2015, we processed 13.1bn transactions with a total value of c.402bn. We support 400,000 merchants in 126 currencies across 146 countries, offering over 300 payment methods. We are the leader in payments in the UK, where we process approximately 42% of all transactions.

Visit us on stand D33

ntuuNottingham Trent University (NTU) can trace its roots back to 1843, when the Nottingham Government School of Design was founded to help the British Design Industry to innovate and flourish.  We are still helping businesses to grow and innovate today, and NTU has become one of the UK’s leading commercially focused universities.

The University has played a key role in making Nottingham one of the fastest growing cities in the UK for job creation. We have well over 26,000 students, with over 7,000 talented graduates entering the marketplace each year.

Our purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise, The Hive, is also helping to grow the local economy. Since 2001, The Hive has helped launch approximately 400 start-up companies and more than 70% of those businesses are still trading and prospering today. Businesses that started at The Hive employ more than 500 people and have a turnover of around £15m. 

Visit us at stand D4

sam-software-logo1SAM Software Solutions have been matching customers’ precise business needs with the most suitable products from our wide range of standard and customised software for more than two decades.

We are 100% committed to providing software and related services that are efficient, reliable and user-friendly – making your company more productive and profitable whilst making life easier for you and your staff.

Visit us at stand D21

serjeants_invertedWe’re a dynamic firm of UK and European patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys based in the East Midlands.

We handle all aspects of intellectual property; from preparing and filing patent, trade mark and design applications and seeing them through to grant/registration, to helping our clients enforce their valuable IP rights and defending them if they have been accused of                                                                                            infringing some else’s.

Our experienced attorneys provide commercially focused advice to ensure that our clients always obtain the maximum benefit from their intellectual property. And regardless of the case, our approach is always the same: friendly, flexible and professional.

Visit us at pod P12B

space 4 workSpace4Work provides businesses with space to work and think – We love working with lots of great entrepreneurial businesses across the East Midlands,  providing them with a range of  garden studios, offices, business address, workshops and industrial units.  We have a large cross section of business ranging from Software Tech companies to Wheelie Bin cleaners, High end Camper Vans to a Pharmacist, Recruitment to Recycling and all points in between. The only common theme is these are exciting, owner managed businesses, working really hard to grow their enterprise.  They are driven, passionate and never give in – Are you one of them ?

Visit us at pod P21A

tbat-innovation-logoTBAT assists clients in identifying and accessing a range of private investment options including Venture Capitalists and Business Angels.

Once a source of investment has been identified, TBAT will ensure the proposition is ready to access the investment needed.

TBAT also helps investors meet companies seeking investment.

We are currently looking to grow our bank of investors, please come to our stand, or contact us, to discuss further.


As well as accessing private investment, TBAT also assists its clients in; accessing R&D grant funding (UK and EU schemes), maximising R&D Tax Credit claims into HMRC, and assessing investment opportunities.

Visit us at pod P19A.

TicketybooAt Venturefest East Midlands Tickety Boo IT will be launching Orchestra 2.0, Tickety Boo’s Next Generation of Website.  These websites fundamentally change the way you acquire, look after and manage your prospective and current clients like never before. 

At VentureFest you will have a chance to meet some of the team behind the development, practical applications of Orchestra 2.0 and some of the rewards it has given its users. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about our rewarding partnership program which is now available to individuals and businesses. Visit us for a chat or come and see how websites are changing.

Visit us at pod P8B

Transmit B2B logo Providing finance, business support and mentoring for new businesses across the UK, Transmit Start-Ups is an official delivery partner for the Start-Up Loans Company, a Government initiative.

Offering start-up loans and assistance designed to help get businesses up and running, Transmit Start-Ups is made up of a team of experienced entrepreneurs that supports over 500 businesses each year.

To date, Transmit Start-Ups has lent over £14 million and backed over 1,500 entrepreneurs.

Providing finance, business support and mentoring for new businesses across the UK, Transmit Start-Ups is an official delivery partner for the Start-Up Loans Company, a Government initiative.

Offering start-up loans and assistance designed to help get businesses up and running, Transmit Start-Ups is made up of a team of experienced entrepreneurs that supports over 500 businesses each year.

To date, Transmit Start-Ups has lent over £14 million and backed over 1,500 entrepreneurs.

Visit us at pod P10B

TWENTISPHERE LOGO [VentureFest]Twentisphere is an innovative weekly podcast – offering business inspiration in 20 minute bursts – an ideal length for the daily commute.

Our online ‘radio interview style’ show champions the practical experience of local business leaders and entrepreneurs – and the value offered by mentoring and coaching.

We interview guests who want to share their experience and learning, to serve others. Guesting on the show gives you an opportunity to offer value to businesses across the UK – make connections – and create a piece of valuable content to share with your network.

Listen in at and follow us on Twitter @Twentisphere.

Visit us at pod P6B

University-of-Derby-White-2014The University of Derby is committed to supporting a thriving modern economy, helping organisations and individuals embrace innovation, inspire customers and deliver real impact on personal and corporate performance. We provide a dynamic approach to innovation and skills development that can deliver benefits to businesses at all levels from local firms to multinationals through the creation of long term strategic partnerships and the valuable links we can offer to research, knowledge, expertise, talent and funding.

Our responsibility as a Higher Education Provider is to inspire our students to aim high and achieve their potential and we see the importance of ensuring that we are a key provider of the future workforce for the region. We believe by strengthening our links with local business and industry that a collaborative working approach will deliver a positive impact not only across the region but at national and international levels.

Visit us at stand D5

uol-logo-inverse-whiteThe University of Leicester has an impressive track record of delivering cutting-edge research in collaboration with industry and the public sector.

Our capability spans the breadth of our disciplines from engineering, science, space research and medicine to law, arts, humanities and social science.

Visit us at stand D6

UoN-UK-C-M WhiteOur ambition is to create an innovative community of entrepreneurs, working together to develop ideas, encourage radical innovation and produce exciting new start-ups. The Ingenuity Lab’s ethos is about exploration, co-operation and collaboration, striving to produce innovative solutions to social/market problems. 

Visit us at stand D3

quensus_logo Quensus specialises in smart plumbing, offering solutions to monitor, diagnose and control water effortlessly. Our products give valuable insight into your water usage which can help increase efficiency and reduce bills, and diagnose problems which prevents costly damages due to leaks. What’s more, using the power of the internet, these abilities are available remotely from anywhere in the world. Come visit us to see us in action!

Visit us at pod P24A.