Liberal Democrat-led Somerset West and Taunton Council is pleased to announce a new, flagship business event aimed at supporting Somerset’s businesses and innovation economy.
The ‘Somerset Innovation Exchange’ on Tuesday, 27 September, will provide a collaborative forum for the county’s leading businesses to learn and share the latest technological and industrial innovations, helping them to develop and grow together as part of Somerset’s innovation community.
The event has been organised by SWT with support from Somerset County Council, The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HoTSWLEP), SWT Innovation Leadership Group, Tech South West, Innovate UK and Barclays Eagle Labs, and is open to businesses at all stages of growth including entrepreneurs, designers, rising stars, inspirational founders and civic innovators.
Executive Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation at SWT, Cllr Mike Rigby, said: “Somerset Innovation Exchange is open to Somerset’s best and brightest businesses in all stages of growth who want to meet likeminded people, hear about opportunities, develop new ways of working and share their experiences, ideas and enthusiasm.
“The event will explore how to grow, innovate and mature more companies in our region, and set practical problems we want to solve collectively.
“We are delighted to launch this new event to help support Somerset’s talented businesses and accelerate growth of the innovation economy, attracting businesses looking to relocate or invest in this key business destination, rich in growth and opportunities.”
The full-day event will include a keynote speaker, and sector panels including developing the talent pool, with inspirational business leaders sharing how they secured support and funding for their start-ups.
A tech demo area will provide a chance to experience innovative technology from start-ups and businesses in Somerset along with networking opportunities throughout the day, enabling delegates to make valuable business connections.
Key themes for the event are Energy, Engineering and Manufacturing; Agritech, Food and Drink; Digital, AI and Big Data; Cultural and Creative and Healthcare.
Tickets for the Somerset Innovation Exchange, which will be hosted at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton, will be on sale soon for £25 including a light lunch and parking.