A great morning introducing @NickyMorgan01 to our Pitchfest winner @DFTechLtd & learning more about their innovate water management product.…



Our boutique Business Lounge offers the opportunity to hear and learn from experts within our network, sharing insights and knowledge that they’ve learnt across their time in business. Sessions are limited due to seating capacity, and without pre-registration you are not guaranteed to get in. Leave your name and email below and we’ll ensure you get a seat in the theatre. Please note, you must also be registered as a delegate for the event to gain access. 


10:30 am How to stop people stealing your ideas – Howes Percival

This Howes Percival seminar will provide practical advice on how to protect your ideas and will highlight the potential risks of not doing

11:00am ‘The Journey of a Healthcare Innovation: from concept to a market ready product’ –  East Midlands Academic Health Science Network 

This session will provide healthcare innovators with vital information and hints and tips to successfully develop an innovation from the concept stage to successful commercial launch.

11:30 am Funding for a growing business – British Business Bank

Learn about: -The role of the Bank in increasing the total amount of capital and variety of sources of capital available to early stage -Growing innovative SMEs in the UK -Information on the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), a £250m fund focused on SMEs in the Midlands which is due to be launched in March.

12:00 pm How to grow your business overseas – Department for International Trade

Hear successful local exporters Stuart Garner (Norton Motorcycles) and Elizabeth Fothergill CBE DL (Pennine Healthcare) explain how overseas customers helped their business grow bigger, faster than if they had concentrated on the UK alone. Stuart and Elizabeth will be in conversation with Ian Harrison, Director of Export, Department for International Trade.

14:00 pm A creative approach to validating your offer – GrowthMesh

A fully- interactive, participative workshop helping you understand where your assumptions give you risk- and what you do about it

14:30 pm Engaging the workforce with Paralympians – 19Eleven

Mark Briggs, Co-Founder of 19Eleven (Other Co-Founder being Richard Whitehead) will be giving insights into how your workforce can be inspired by Paralympians.

Pre-booking is now closed, please arrive early to ensure you get a seat in the theatre.