Some of the UK’s most successful tech entrepreneurs will be joined by Californian investment specialists and international business leaders at a special ‘Silicon Valley Comes To Manchester’ (SVC2MCR) event on Wednesday November 4th.

The half-day afternoon conference, being held at the University of Manchester and sponsored by Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) and the Manchester Growth Company (MGC), is free of charge and open to any Greater Manchester company, organisation or entrepreneur developing a tech-based business.

It has been designed to help Manchester’s rapidly evolving technology sector gain a better understanding of how international investors assess investment opportunities, how best to accelerate a tech-based company, and how to sustain commercial growth through innovation, diversification and collaboration.

Charles Songhurst of Katana Capital

Charles Songhurst of Katana Capital

The panel of experts taking part include Andrew Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Californian-based Proteus Digital Health, one of the world’s leading medical tech companies which specialises in mobile-based health products and services.

Others include Dr Jack Kreindler, CMO of Frost Data Capital, Charles Songhurst, founding partner of equity hedge fund Katana Capital, and Manchester’s Dr Neil McArthur, founder of Opal Telecommunications, and current head of group innovation at TalkTalk.

Rowena Burns, CEO of Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “This year’s event creates the opportunity for Manchester based businesses to listen first hand to some of the world’s most successful tech sector investors and business owners, providing our ambitious innovators with insights and knowledge which will support their own growth and development.”

The SV2MCR conference will also see an announcement about the formation of the Manchester Tech Trust (MTT), a new, not-for-profit private-sector organisation that will aim to add the “missing link” to the city’s tech enterprise scene. Full details will be revealed on the day.

Tickets are free but places are limited – register here.