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New Exeter start-up businesses showcased at prestigious SW Innovation Expo

Published: 18 August 2021

SW Innovation Expo takes place at Sandy Park

The City Council is making sure that Exeter’s best new start-ups are showcased at a prestigious business exhibition in the city.

The Council is supporting (as Exeter Live Better) the Most Interesting Start-Ups category at the SW Innovation Expo at Sandy Park, on 14 October.

The prestigious 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, the event is a metamorphosis of the successful Venturefest SW, which ran in 2016 and 2019.

The event is focused on demonstrating the cutting edge technical and intellectual innovations that could be transformative for businesses.

Delegates will see the latest innovation in action, find out how technology can transform their business, learn from innovators, meet investors and emerging talent.

Key themes include:

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

Dhiraj Mukherjee, an experienced investor in tech start-ups and co-founder of Shazam, the world’s first mobile phone-based music recognition service, will be a keynote speaker at the event.

Sponsored by Michelmores, the keynote address will focus on his experience of pitching to investors, advice for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs and an insight into emerging technology.

Andrew Dean, Head of Regional Impact within Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter, said: “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.”

Emerging tech is crucial now more than ever, so we're supporting start-ups to attend and exhibit at The SW Innovation Expo that couldn’t otherwise afford to. Simply follow the link below and complete the short application process.

For full details of the event, including tickets and exhibition space, visit


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