An aerial view of the Piazza on Streatham Campus

Exeter has retained its position as number one in the world for its pivotal research, actions and commitment towards clean water and better sanitation in the latest influential rankings.

The University of Exeter’s South West Innovation Expo will return to the city this spring to help businesses discover cutting-edge ideas, innovation, and the latest entrepreneurial activity in the region.

The event, run with the University of Plymouth, will be a day full of inspiration, collaboration, and the celebration of innovation.

Innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, academics and financiers from across the region will come together on 5th March 2024 at Sandy Park.

The theme is resilience and attendees will be inspired to use technology, creativity and insight to build business resilience.

Dr Andrew Dean, Head of Regional Engagement at Exeter Innovation at the University of Exeter, said: “Innovation is shaping the future for every type of business. When we look ahead to the economic challenges facing us all, we can see that new technology and innovation offers solutions and a way forward. At the SW Innovation Expo we are bringing together some of very best innovators and investors to support the sustainable  development  of our the region. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and exhibitors and are looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the business spectrum who want to learn, understand and adapt.”

Key themes for the expo are environmental resilience, energy, water and waste, environmental sustainability, health and life sciences and investing in nature, including the implications and opportunities for innovation.

Insightful academics and inspirational businesses will present practical case studies, offering invaluable inspiration and advice including Professor Richard Brazier from the University of Exeter, Sally Walters of Stantec, Will Blake of Soil Sensor Tech, Dr Holly Niner from the University of Plymouth, Matt Walpole from Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and Carolyn Cadman of South West Water.

Delegates will also be able to discover the emerging talent and innovation coming out of student spin out companies in the region with University Pitchfest; a free opportunity for student spin out companies to pitch their businesses to an audience of influencers and funders.

In collaboration with Set Squared, The Cube, and the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Pitchfest will showcase some of the most exciting innovation from the next generation. Pitchfest will become an integral part of every attendee’s experience with delegates having the opportunity to invest a portion of their ticket monies towards their favourite pitch.

A collaboration between University of Exeter, and University of Plymouth, SW Innovation Expo is supported, sponsored and partnered by British Business Bank, Michelmores / MAINStream , Exeter Science Park, Plymouth Science Park, Epic, One Voice Media & PR Ltd, The Cube and SETSquared Exeter. 

Tickets are £15.99 per person and can be booked here