It’s that time of year again when the region’s innovators, entrepreneurs and investors come together at Venturefest South #VFS19. On the 29th March at The Ageas Bowl they’ll showcase the latest technology, share thinking and explore new ideas. It’s an annual interactive one-day conference featuring great speakers, seminars and workshops and valuable investor pitching sessions, as well as demonstrations of the latest technology and innovations. This year’s event will feature Basingstoke’s “Get Launched” initiative that brings together everything that’s available in the town for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a new business

It’s a comprehensive package to help start-ups really take off. Basingstoke is a place where great ideas are shaping the future and where the entrepreneurs of tomorrow are developing right now. It has all the ingredients for start-ups to succeed: a supportive environment, networking opportunities, affordable and flexible space and excellent transport links. And let’s not forget an outstanding quality of life and great places to socialise in the vibrant town centre.
It’s no surprise then that entrepreneurs choose Basingstoke to start and grow their business and supporting them is a major focus in the town. The “Get Launched” initiative brings together the SETsquared partnership, IncuHive, Desklodge, Tech Juice and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to provide the buzzing eco-system new businesses need to thrive. So, what’s on offer?

SETsquared, the global No.1 university business incubator chose Basingstoke as the only location outside of a university campus to base one of its hubs. This unique enterprise partnership and dynamic collaboration between five leading research led universities brings rich capabilities and expertise to help support the launch of new hi-tech businesses, turning ideas and innovation into successful businesses.

IncuHive enterprise hub offers an exciting business community space where entrepreneurs and local businesses can access business advice and support to help them start or grow their business in a central location. A programme of networking events, training courses and dedicated mentoring is also available at this co-working space.

When you work in a place like DeskLodge you can’t help but be inspired. It provides the flexibility and peer-to-peer environment that start-ups need to grow and succeed. Through their hot desks, fixed desks, private offices and meeting rooms, there is an option for everyone and a big part of the attraction is the collaborative and inspiring community they build.

Tech Juice, created by Juicy Marketing, is a one-stop shop for technology in and around Basingstoke. It informs with the latest news, educates with features from leading experts and is the place to find out about tech events. But it’s also a platform for people that have something interesting to say and those that want to make a difference to help grow the technology scene in Basingstoke.

If you’re interested to find out more or, just to catch up on technology in the region come and see us at Venturefest South 2019. Go to: www.venturefestsouth.co.uk now and use Basingstoke’s promotional code (VfestBDC) to get your free ticket