Business Rocks festival to attract Manchester’s startup talent

Festival for tech entrepreneurs and startups to be held in Manchester

A festival for technology entrepreneurs and startup talent is set to take place in Manchester on 7 May 2015.

Business Rocks will be held at UKFast’s Technology Park headquarters. The event is also supported by Google, KPMG, NatWest and Uber.

George Osborne announced an £11m investment in tech incubators in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield during his Budget 2015 speech.

The government said it aims to nurture tech startups in the north-west, as part of its mission to turn the north-east and north-west into a “northern powerhouse”.  

Attendees of the festival in Manchester will hear from CEOs and industry commentators.

“Our mission is to change the face of the digital landscape in Manchester forever, giving the city an iconic, annual festival to be the pride of the region, pushing the boundaries of what is possible to achieve at an event,” said event founder Jonny Caden.

“We are doing things slightly different than a traditional conference by having live music, engaging quizzes and cool prizes to give the event a little bit extra, catering for the dynamic industry we represent,” he said. 

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Cadden announced that the head of TechNorth, Claire Braithwaite, will be the guest of honour at the event.

Tech City UK appointed Braithwaite as head of TechNorth and Herb Kim as the executive chair of the TechNorth advisory board at the beginning of April.

Throughout the Business Rocks festival a series of presentations, competitions and awards will take place. One ceremony taking place will be the Google Innov8 award which follows a Dragon’s Den format. The winner will receive a funding package to accelerate their startup business.

Lawrence Jones, CEO of cloud infrastructure provider UKFast, will headline the event.

“Manchester is fast becoming the place to be for technology in the UK and events like this are pushing the city and region further onto the map for industry-leading innovation and knowledge sharing,” said Jones.

“I am delighted to be speaking at the event alongside a fantastic panel, who will undoubtedly inspire up-and-coming tech talent and boost the ambitions of Manchester’s best innovators and entrepreneurs,” he said.

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