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Latest eight Digital City Festival fringe events revealed


Today we can reveal all the latest Digital City Festival fringe events, taking place between March 9th and 13th, from the likes of Manchester Science Partnerships, Tech Manchester, WeWork Labs and more.

Next month’s Digital City Festival will include five days’ worth of events across Manchester, all focused on bringing together and developing businesses working in the digital world.

Its fringe events will complement the high-profile Digital City Expo on March 11th and 12th at Manchester Central, which brings together four industry expos. Topics covered at the growing range of fringe events will include Tech for Good, smart cities, innovation in eCommerce and so much more.


Martyn Collins, Festival Director,  said: “Hosting an event as part of the festival fringe will provide companies with the chance to engage with the industry in whichever way they want.”

Companies, campaigns, educators and more are still invited to become a central part of the Digital City Festival week by putting on their own fringe event at the week-long festival.

Below are the latest DCF fringe events confirmed:


WeWork Labs – House of Startups

With special guests from a number of UK cities attending, the event will kick off with a panel discussion about the startup, investment and innovation scene in different locations – including which industries, startups and spaces you should really be tracking in 2020 and beyond.

The talks will then dive into an hour of structured roundtable networking where you’ll get to spend time at different tables meeting fellow attendees and learning more about their businesses, goals, challenges and potential ways to collaborate.

Where: WeWork Labs Manchester, John Dalton Street, M2 6HY
When: Tuesday 10th March
Time: 2pm – 5pm



RegTech Talks – Innovation in Manufacturing

RegTech Talks – Innovation in Manufacturing will be bringing together major industry names from the northern manufacturing sector to talk about the regulatory challenges they face and what procedures or technologies they are implementing to create efficiency in their compliance.

Guests will also witness insightful talks from technology solution providers who are working at the bleeding edge of regulatory solutions for the manufacturing sector and Industry 4.0.

Where: MSP Tech Incubator, Manchester Technology Centre, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M1 7ED
When: Monday 9th March
Time: 4pm – 7pm



Mentor Match Up for tech startups

Have a business idea and need a sounding board to explore to make it a reality? Are you at the early stages of your business and need a mentor to move you to the next level?

Join the Tech Manchester community at their next Mentor Match event, where they’ll bring together the next wave of newly trained mentors to meet promising tech businesses.

Where: UKFast, Birley Fields, Manchester M15 5QJ
When: Wednesday 11th March – Thursday 12th March
Time: 10am – 1pm



Supercharged Commerce

The growth accelerator summit for ambitious retailers. Managing Directors, eCommerce Managers, Marketers and decision-makers from across the country will be gathering at Huckletree, the Live Lounge in Manchester, for an afternoon packed with commerce expertise and networking opportunities.

Don’t get left in the slow lane. Outmanoeuvre the rest of your industry by uncovering the latest insider knowledge in online retail. 

Where: Huckletree, the Live Lounge, Express 1 Building, 3 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5DL
When: Monday 9th March
Time: 12:30pm – 6pm



Pimento 6pm Club

Pimento is an independent network of agencies and consultants, covering just about every aspect of marketing strategy and communications. They work with clients of all sizes, providing them with the most compelling and relevant advice in business and marketing communications.

The Pimento 6pm Clubs are hosted around the country, throughout the year, to give members the opportunity to meet, discuss and collaborate.

Brands and those that are interested in becoming Pimento members are invited to an evening hosted by member agencies This is Digital and Brazil Street on the evening before the Digital City Expo.

Where: This is Digital, Conavon Court, 12-16 Blackfriars St, Manchester, Salford M3 5BQ
When: Tuesday 10th March
Time: 6pm – 8pm



How to Scaleup: The Culture Secret

Building a scaleup business or scaling a startup brings a culture challenge. The great danger is that unless you establish a chosen culture for your team, then a random culture will develop instead.

In the UK launch of the Scaleup Canvas, attendees will be looking at the lessons they can learn from Scaleup businesses on how to grow an organisation and successfully solve the culture challenges through all stages of growth.

Where: WeWork, No 1 Spinningfields, Quay St, Manchester M3 3JE
When: Wednesday 11th March
Time: 12:30pm – 2pm



How to Scaleup: The Sales & Brand Secret

Led by Got The T-Shirt Scaleup Coach, Neil Lewis, this event will aim to answer questions that business owners face.

As your startup professionalises its sales methods, what kind of sales director do you need, or do you really want one? Or do you engage outsourced lead generation or negotiation teams as part of the sales process?

And what role does your brand play in not only communicating your message but also bring hot leads and potential sales to your door?

Where: British Library (BIPC), Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 3LR
When: Thursday 12th March
Time: 2pm – 4pm



How to Scaleup: The People Secret

Top of your ‘to do’ list is the question of how you hire, reward, motivate and direct your staff and teams to rapidly expand your organisation.

Attendees will be looking at the lessons they can learn from Scaleup businesses on how to grow an organisation and successfully solve the people problems through all stages of growth.

Where: Barclays Eagle Lab Manchester, Albert Square, Manchester M2 6LW
When: Thursday 12th March
Time: 6pm – 8pm


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