This year’s Venturefest South is on the 17th of November at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. You might think that’s a way off, but if you’re a start-up that wants to take advantage of the opportunities it presents; you need to start thinking about it now.

Venturefest South works with key partners and influencers to deliver a year-round programme and an annual Festival of Innovation that showcases the South’s talent, innovative companies and research capabilities through bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs and funders. A not-for-profit initiative made up of people, organisations and businesses that recognise the innate value of engaging with and investing in the south’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. With an annual showcase event to celebrate all that is great about the innovation ecosystem and the people, businesses, organisations and ideas that make it tick. It supports early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs, with an ambition to grow, to engage with support and large-scale anchor organisations that can help.

Venturefest South has been supported since its inception by Basingstoke’s “Get Started” collective. It includes Basingstoke and Deane Council, Root21, IncuHive, Tech Juice, Juicy Marketing, Vworks and Biz Space, who between them provide the support that makes Basingstoke a great place to start and grow a business. The “Get Started” collective are sponsors of Venturefest South and will be exhibiting at this year’s Festival of Innovation, so make sure to check us out.

Now, if you’re one of the region’s leading innovators here are the opportunities that this year’s Festival of Innovation presents that need your immediate attention:

Battle of the Pitches

Could your brilliant business idea become the next big thing?
Battle of the Pitches is a live pitching competition to win a £10k prize from #VFS22: Festival of Innovation headline partner, CATAX to help your innovative business fly.

Established businesses looking to grow through the deployment of new ideas and innovation are encouraged to enter stage one of the Battle of the Pitches competition by submitting a PitchClip video pitch by Sunday 4th September.

The top PitchClips will then be whittled down by VFS judges to the final shortlist of the five most promising ideas. Shortlisted businesses will win a coveted VFS Innovator space and will pitch live at the #VFS22: Festival of Innovation on 17 November.

The live pitch event will be judged by Venturefest South partners and industry leaders who, together with the Venturefest South audience will decide who takes home the £10,000 prize.


VFS innovator support package

This is your chance to apply to win one of our very limited and highly coveted Innovator Showcase spots at the #VFS22: Festival of Innovation. If your application gets selected to be part of this year’s showcase VFS will do the following to help take your business to the next level:

  • A showcase spot at the live VFS22: Festival of Innovation in the Innovation Zone where you will present your innovation as one of the most interesting companies.
  • Start-up and scale-up advice from the VFS partners who can help you uncover opportunity, invaluable advice and support for your idea.
  • Automatic entry into the #VFS22: Festival of Innovation Awards.
  • An Innovator listing and information on the VFS website.
  • Content marketing via social media, email and on the website to our network.
  • Ability to submit videos and promote your events and news.
  • Automatic entry to round two of the Battle of the Pitches competition (providing you submit a PitchClip video entry)

Apply here: VFS Innovator application

This year’s Venturefest South looks like being even bigger and better than before, so I hope to see you all there!