Former Sheffield Wednesday chairman and PlusNet entrepreneur Lee Strafford has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at Venturefest Yorkshire on March 12.
As co-founder and CEO of internet services provider PlusNet, Mr. Strafford took the company from 7 to over 200 employees over 10 years, eventually selling the business to BT for £67 million. He is a founding member of the TechCityUK cluster alliance, supporting the growth of digital business activity across Yorkshire and The Humber.
This year’s Venturefest programme will also feature a session on Strategic Digital Marketing from David Norris, Head of Leadership, Accounting and Marketing at York St John University. Andy Green, a leading international brand expert will speak about what makes great PR, and communications expert Dominic Colenso will give a seminar on Perfecting Your Pitch.
Entrepreneur Rowena Johnson, whose unique infant toothbrush BugBrush is retailing at all 65 JoJo Maman Bébé stores from this week, will also be speaking at the event.
There will be a chance to see the Investment Competition finalists pitch their plans to investors, meet the Innovate UK experts, gain knowledge of how you can fund your idea, attend an IP Clinic from Blacks solicitors and also take part in the hugely popular business networking session, hosted by York Professionals.
The guest speaker for the awards dinner is Marcus Romer, Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre who co-created the epic Blood + Chocolate promenade piece in 2013. Most recently, he adapted and directed The Knife That Killed Me for Universal Pictures.
Now in its 12th year, Venturefest Yorkshire is expected to attract up to 1,500 investors, entrepreneurs and students working in the science and technology sectors. For details of the full programme and to register for free, go to http://www.venturefestyorkshire.net/