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South West Innovation Expo returns to Exeter

Published: 31 January 2024

South West Innovation Expo returns to Exeter South West Innovation Expo

Businesses across the South West are invited to discover cutting-edge ideas, innovation, and the latest entrepreneurial activity as the South West Innovation Expo returns to Exeter.

Spearheaded by the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth, the flagship event promises a day full of inspiration, collaboration, and the celebration of innovation across the South West.

The South West Innovation Expo takes place on 5 March at Sandy Park and brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, academics and financiers from across the region.  

Centring around the theme of resilience, the one-day event will inspire attendees to use technology, creativity and insight to build business resilience.

Dr Andrew Dean, of the University of Exeter, said: “Innovation is shaping the future for every type of business. When we look ahead to the economic challenges facing us all, we can see that new technology and innovation offers solutions and a way forward.

“At the South West Innovation Expo we are bringing together some of very best innovators and investors to support the sustainable development of our the region. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and exhibitors and are looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the business spectrum who want to learn, understand and adapt.”

Key themes for the expo are environmental resilience, energy, water and waste, environmental sustainability, health and life sciences and investing in nature, including the implications and opportunities for innovation.

Delegates will be able to discover the emerging talent and innovation coming out of student spin out companies in the region with University Pitchfest; a free opportunity for student spin out companies to pitch their businesses to an audience of influencers and funders.

In collaboration with Set Squared, The Cube, and the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Pitchfest will showcase some of the most exciting innovation from the next generation.

Pitchfest will become an integral part of every attendee’s experience with delegates having the opportunity to invest a portion of their ticket monies towards their favourite pitch.

Tickets are £15.99 per person and can be booked at

South West Innovation Expo

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