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DNN member announces VentureFest North East partnership

Business de-risking specialist and Design Network North member, Marketwise Strategies has become the market research partner to VentureFest North East, the regional innovation conference for North East England.

Specialising in strategic research for new product development and business growth, Marketwise Strategies works with science and technology businesses and universities, across the UK and internationally. Formed in 2000, the company has a strong track record in supporting innovation and delivering robust market insights to inform corporate and marketing strategies.

VentureFest North East Executive Director, Simon Green said: “We’re delighted that Marketwise Strategies has become a partner of VentureFest North East.

"We’ve worked with the team there for many years, on various projects, and their specialist knowledge of innovation makes them a great fit with our plans.

"A large part of managing innovation projects is reducing risk, which is exactly what Marketwise Strategies’ services can help with. We’re looking forward to working together on helping North East businesses get their ideas to market.”

The VentureFest North East innovation conference takes place on 8th November 2016, at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Growing to 700 people this year, it’s a unique day in the business calendar that’s packed with inspirational speakers and practical workshops to help new, existing – and aspiring – businesses to make new connections, raise finance and explore opportunities.

Jacquie Potts, Managing Director at Marketwise Strategies said: “In our experience, VentureFest North East excels at bringing people together to create new business opportunities.

"It attracts – and delivers results for – businesses of all sizes and sectors. Whether you are trying to raise finance, find new market opportunities, access expertise or simply be inspired, it is a superb event – and well worth attending.

"We have taken part in previous VentureFest North East events, including the innovation conference in 2015 and Finance Camp earlier this year, and found them outstanding, with a great mix of people.”

At the VentureFest North East conference in November, Marketwise Strategies will be delivering a workshop session on de-risking innovation.

Registrations for the conference are now open at and attendance is free to all businesses.

For more information about Marketwise Strategies or to discuss your research needs, please contact either Jacquie Potts or Dr Paul Koshy on 0191 261 4426, email at, or visit their website:

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