As part of our partnership with Science City Bristol, we’re chatting to past and present attendees about Venturefest. Sara Cottrell of High Growth Knowledge Company gives us her views…
Name, Job Position, Company/Organisation:
Sara Cottrell, Director at High Growth Knowledge Company, who share practical advice about business growth, focusing on the bigger picture, revealing insights and expanding connections.
What is your involvement with Venturefest?
I attended the Science City workshops and am now one of their alumni, attending Venturefest for the last two years. This year I am working through the MBA in a day, whilst my colleagues are running a stand and participating in ‘The Pitch at Venturefest’ judging panel.
How did you find out about Venturefest?
Through the Science City Bristol newletters which are very interesting and informative so I’d recommend people to sign up for them!
Why do you think events like Venturefest are important to Bristol and the South West?
It is important to showcase new businesses, innovations and technologies for Bristol and the South West region, which itself is a great place to network.
What key things did you take away from previous events?
1. Great networking connecting with new and old contacts and clients
2. Seeing the new innovative products and businesses
3. Meeting inventors and entrepreneurs
What advice would you give to someone attending Venturefest this year?
Be clear about your reasons for going yet keep an open mind so that you get the most from the sessions and other attendees.
What are you hoping to take away from this year’s event? / What are you most looking forward to this year?
I am working through the MBA in a day so I am hoping I will learn new ways of looking at business problems issues; information which I will pass on to our clients. Also, Venturefest never fails to provide thought provoking and challenging sessions, and is an inspiring event as a whole so I’m very much looking forward to it.