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Festival of Technology and Innovation

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B Works Manchester

48-50 Market St

Manchester

M1 1PW

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Yorkshire Bank, in partnership with Tech Nation, supported by The Entrepreneurs Network presents the Festival of Technology and Innovation.

About this Event

Bringing together some of the most pioneering tech firms headquartered in the North and around the UK.

With debates and discussion on the role of the North in the UK’s and Europe’s tech sector and the role of financial services in supporting it, the festival will be split across two nights on the 2nd and 3rd July, bringing the spirit of some of the most iconic music, food and industry festivals to B Works, Manchester.

Guests can also find out more about Yorkshire Bank’s enhanced digital business banking platform.

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General admission will allow access to networking, exciting in-store tech demos and our fantastic live music acts.

Guests can also sign up to a variety of exciting panels and presentations with speakers from some of the country’s and the north’s fastest growing start ups, scale ups and entrepreneurs. Please see festival schedule below.

During breakouts guests will experience jaw-dropping in-store and on-street technology demos from some of the country’s most innovative and exciting businesses. Our guests can also take advantage of the dedicated on-site Social Studio to create their own B2B social media content, with B Works staff on hand to advise and offer practical tips.

Headline Set

Arriving fresh from Glastonbury the week before, Reeps One is recognized as one of the most powerful beatboxers on the globe. He closed the 2018 World Economic Forum and has collaborated with a diverse selection of artists and institutions including Damon Albarn, London and Harvard University and Nokia Bell Labs. Fusing art, technology and music, his critically acclaimed set is not to be missed.

Schedule of Events and Workshop Choices

Tuesday 2nd July

5pm: Evening opens, registration & networking

6pm: Opening discussion: The role of the North in the UK's tech sector & international stage- research & insights delivered by Yorkshire Bank & Tech Nation

Bringing together recent independent research from both Yorkshire Bank and Tech Nation, the first session of the evening will celebrate Manchester's technology ecosystem, and explore what the future holds for the city and its entrepreneurs within the UK and Europe.

6.45 Break

7pm: Choice of sessions:

Tech Nation skills workshop: Why investors say “no” and what you can do about it

Practical workshop from Tech Nation - how to prepare for investment and perfecting your pitch.

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Innovation through variety: Future-proofing diversity in tech

Diversity, in particular the gender gap, is one of the technology sector's ongoing challenges. This session, chaired by Tech Nation, will look at what business can do to support a broader talent ecosystem as we hear from some of the city's most successful female-led initiatives.

7.45 Break

8pm: Choice of sessions

Funding for growth: Capital raising, acquisition and more for tech businesses

Tech businesses invariably operate in a competitive world, and sometimes that competition is no less fierce when it comes to attracting funding. But unlocking the right funding, at the right time, in the right way, can make all the difference. Join us at this session to hear from those who help fund Manchester's businesses, and the companies that have built success on their strategic use of funding initiatives.

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The future of technology: Pushing the boundaries for business, customer experience & industry

What does the future really look like and how can businesses best prepare? Practical advice and examples of how innovation in tech is pushing the boundaries.

8.45 Break

9pm Headline set: Critically acclaimed international composer, artist & beatboxer, Reeps One

10pm CLOSE

Wednesday 3rd July

5pm: Evening opens, registration & networking

6pm: Opening discussion: The role of the North in the UK's tech sector & international stage- research & insights delivered by Yorkshire Bank & Tech Nation

Bringing together recent independent research from both Yorkshire Bank and Tech Nation, the first session of the evening will celebrate Manchester's technology ecosystem, and explore what the future holds for the city and its entrepreneurs within the UK and Europe.

6.45 Break

7pm: Choice of sessions:

Tech Nation skills workshop: How to reward your first employees - shares, options and missions

Interactive workshop from Tech Nation - what works well, things to avoid and plenty of advice and guidance.

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Maximising people and augmentation in the future of work: How do we ensure a blend people and tech in the workplace? Is tech more important than people? How do we ensure we find the right balance? Find out at this panel discussion, chaired by The Entrepreneurs Network.

7.45 Break

8pm: Choice of sessions

Business models for growth vs. business models for tech: Scaling up

Fast, sustainable growth is the holy grail for business owners everywhere, and no sector is better at reaching it than the tech sector. What are the business models that drive growth and technology innovation, why are they unique, and what lessons can we learn from them?

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Innovation vs. imagination: Building a foundation for good ideas: Join us as we explore the history of some of the most fascinating tech firms in town. Take inspiration from their journey from idea to innovation, the highs and lows and successes to date.

8.45 Break

9pm Headline set: Critically acclaimed international composer, artist & beatboxer, Reeps One

10pm CLOSE

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