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South West Innovation Expo


The SW Innovation Expo is for innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, academics and investors to come together and explore cutting edge technology developed in Devon, Cornwall, The Isles of Scilly and Somerset.

Founded by lead partners University of Exeter, University of Falmouth and University of Plymouth and supported by Innovate UK, the event is a metamorphosis of the hugely successful Venturefest SW which ran in 2016 and 2019.

Taking place on 14th October 2021 this event is focused on demonstrating the cutting edge technical and intellectual innovations that could be transformative for your own business. This year’s South West Innovation Expo will examine six key themes in depth, with a dedicated session for each. The sector sessions include the opportunity to network with company leaders, academics and experts as well as presentations from industry leaders and topical panel discussions.

Themes include:-

  • Diversification
  • Innovation on a Budget
  • Business Resilience
  • Leadership and Management
  • Attracting and working with Investors
  • South West Green / Blue revolution


Pitchfest (sponsored by the SW Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications)

A free pitching event, Pitchfest, is an opportunity for tech start-up founders to pitch their businesses to an audience of influencers and investors. Exhibition space is also available to pitching businesses to promote their ideas to all attendees.

Successful applicants will have the chance to present their start-up or innovation to an audience of investors, business leaders and other entrepreneurs.Pitchfest offers start-up companies 5-minute slots to present their business as well as a free exhibition stand providing them with additional opportunities to meet and network with SW Innovation Expo delegates.All applicants to Pitchfest will be invited to take part in a virtual investor readiness training day with training sessions from SETsquared, MAINStream and the Universities of Plymouth and Falmouth. Only 15 will be selected from the training day to go through to Pitchfest on 14th October. Innovative start-up tech businesses interested in being part of Pitchfest will be able to apply from 1st June 2021.


Exhibitor Information 

To further enhance the new technology offering at this year’s event, new and innovative companies with engaging ideas will be selected to showcase their products free of charge within the Innovation Showcase. If you would like to apply for a stand, please complete the form below and the SWIE team will be in touch. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 18th May.

Only the most engaging, interesting, and innovative applications will be allocated space.


For more information: CLICK HERE

The South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is based in Cornwall with the University of Exeter as the lead delivery partner.
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