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Unlike physical conferences where you can end up sitting through content you just don't need, Lancashire Innovation Festival is delivered entirely online. Dip in and watch the specific talks you need to transform your business, or catch them all. It’s up to you!

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5 days
71 speakers
5 categories


Lancashire Innovation Festival is a week-long showcase of all thing’s innovation across the county.

This exciting event:

• Demonstrates how Lancashire businesses engage with innovation.

• Attracts businesses from outside the region and encourages them to invest in Lancashire.

Where and How?

This year’s event will see audiences participate in a mix of virtual discussion, seminars and networking, alongside live-in-person activity. The core content will take place at five different locations across the county including Fraser House in Lancaster, Energy HQ at Blackpool and the Fylde College, Blackburn Youth Zone, The EIC at UCLan and the AMRC. We’re also inviting anyone from the county’s innovation community to deliver their own events during the course of the week.

Event Themes

Key themes of this year’s event include Digital, Health, Low Carbon, Manufacturing and Social innovation. We’ll be investigating a range of cross cutting themes including emerging technologies, growth challenges, product development, skills and business support.

Why Innovate in Lancashire?

Lancashire itself is home to leading global businesses at the cutting edge of innovation in advanced manufacturing, supported by a supply chain cluster of high-tech small and medium-size enterprises. The county’s longstanding strengths in aerospace, automotive, and energy industries sit alongside emerging strengths in sectors such as digital and applied healthcare. Our globally recognised universities and further education providers, working closely with National Centres of research excellence and knowledge transfer partnerships, our pre-eminence in deep thinking, track record in developing new solutions to the world’s ever-changing challenges, give us crucial competitive advantages.

Emergent Technology: Electech Cluster 04 October 2021, 03:00 PM
Mark Bowen, Kate Houlden, Chris Mayne & Natasha McCron
Lancashire's Innovation History 06 October 2021, 04:00 PM
Anthony Attard OBE, Ed Matthews-Gentle & Richard Slater
Women in Micro-Manufacturing Fireside Chat 07 October 2021, 11:00 AM
Jane Binnion, Tamsin Coxhill, Amanda Gallagher & Ginette MacDonald
Mobility Tech 08 October 2021, 03:00 PM
Professor Darren Ansell, Dr Will Maden & Matt Wright

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Our experts will be sharing their years of knowledge, strategies and tactics. If you’re focused on launching or growing your business we've got you covered.

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Would you like to lead a virtual innovation themed discussion, a seminar or workshop? Email us now with a Session Title, up to 200-word summary of your session, speaker list with photos, date and time and virtual platform link (Zoom or Microsoft Teams preferred) and we’ll promote it through our schedule.