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South West Innovation Expo announces Dhiraj Mukherjee as 2021 keynote speaker

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Organisers of SW Innovation Expo today announced Dhiraj Mukherjee, Co-Founder of Shazam and experienced investor in tech start-ups, as the keynote speaker of the region’s flagship technology and business event. SW Innovation Expo will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on 14th October 2021 bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs and investors for panel discussions, an interactive technology expo, Pitchfest competition and networking opportunities.

Dhiraj Mukherjee is the Co-founder of Shazam Entertainment, the world’s first mobile phone-based music recognition service and is recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 technology entrepreneurs. Dhiraj was previously Head of Banking Innovation at Virgin Money, where he was responsible for developing new digital banking services and is now an active angel investor focused on emerging technologies and ‘Tech for Good’.

Dhiraj’s keynote address, sponsored by Michelmores, will focus on his experience of pitching to investors, advice for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs and his insight into emerging technology.

Andrew Dean, Head of Regional Impact within Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter says, “We are looking forward to welcoming Dhiraj Mukherjee to SW Innovation Expo. Dhiraj has a long and varied career in technology and entrepreneurship and his experiences, advice and insight will be inspirational and invaluable for delegates at the event.”

A collaboration between University of Exeter, Falmouth University and University of Plymouth, SW Innovation Expo brings together technology innovators and entrepreneurs with business leaders and investors to share and understand the power of new technology. Delegates will see the latest innovation in action, find out how technology can transform their business, learn from innovators, meet investors and emerging talent.

Taking place on 14th October 2021 the event is focused on demonstrating the cutting edge technical and intellectual innovations that could be transformative for any business. Session strands include innovation on a budget, de-risking supply chain, leadership and management, investors, replacing manual process, virtual and digital technology, improving productivity, marketing and customer communications.

Tom Torkar, Partner – Commercial, Technology and Innovation Group, says, “We are delighted to sponsor the South West Innovation Expo and look forward to hearing about Dhiraj’s insights into this fast-paced and flourishing sector. As the region’s tech industry continues to expand and thrive, we are proud to support both established, new and scale-up businesses. Our incubator initiative MiVentures and MAINstream, an Angel Investor Network, are driving forward growth in the sector and, with an increasing number of innovative and disruptive entrepreneurs and companies calling the South West home, we look forward to playing our part in their future.”


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SW Innovation Expo lead partners are Falmouth University, the University of Plymouth, University of Exeter. SW Innovation Expo sponsors are Michelmores, Thomas Westcott and South West Centre of Excellence for Satellite Applications (SWCoESA).

Sharon Addinall
ehealth Business Engagement Officer
Sharon has worked within the health sector undertaking administration and management for the majority of her career and prior to joining the Centre, she ran her own business as an Editor for a local magazine.
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