IMDb founder Col Needham to speak at Venturefest Bristol & Bath

Hugely influential tech entrepreneur among impressive list of speakers at event promoting enterprise and innovation in the UK.

IMDb founder Col Needham heads a list of speakers at tech promotional event Venturefest in Bristol tomorrow (Tuesday, 9 June).

Needham heads a list of speakers and presenting companies at the event that focuses on the large number of innovative global companies to originate from the region.

Other highlights from the one-day event include:

  • The hotly anticipated launch of the VENTURER driverless car, Wildcat
  • The Airbus E-Fan 4.0, its latest version of the electric aircraft model will be on display
  • The world’s only 3D-printed metal device – a titanium bicycle made in Bristol by global engineering firm, Renishaw – will be shipped over from Australia for a Venturefest special
  • OpenBionics, ‘one of the top 50 robotics companies to watch in 2015’ will showcase its 3D printed prosthetics, including a new robotic hand made from recycled plastic

Gerard Grech, CEO of TechCityUK, will also speak as part of the City Innovation panel; looking at how digital technology is transforming life in cities.

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He will share insights from the report ‘Tech Nation: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Clusters Powering the UK Digital Economy.’

Bristol & Bath is already known as a global centre for innovation, and has recently been named the largest digital cluster in the UK outside of London.

The region has also developed a global reputation as an innovation hotspot, recognised last year in an international report from McKinsey & Co and Centre for Cities, which revealed that it is the only fast-growing globally significant technology cluster in the UK.

Matthew Cross, head of inward investment at Invest Bristol & Bath, said he felt fortunate to be able to host such a long list of high profile names and industry innovators”.

“Delegates can expect free and unfettered access to a fantastic line-up of established global companies, investors, academic inventors and some really exciting up-and-coming SMEs,” he added.

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Praseeda was Editor for from 2016 to 2018.

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