Festival of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Festival of Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a five-week virtual festival packed with a stellar range of keynote speakers, networking sessions and the introduction of the first Launch Global Programme for international students.

Learn. Grow. Share.

Led by the Launch Business Incubator in the Salford Business School, the Festival kicks off on Monday 17 May 2021 and it aims to bring together rising entrepreneurs and industry professionals to attend a wide range of events designed to expand networks, to share knowledge and to broaden horizons.

Learn from established entrepreneurs what it takes to build your business from scratch, be a freelancer, gain some entrepreneurial skills, what mistakes to avoid and hear about how they are using their businesses to make an impact and to make the world a better place.

We welcome all Salford students, alumni and anyone who would like to learn more about the ins and outs of becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business venture. Even if you’re not looking at working for yourself, developing entrepreneurial skills can take you a long way in your career.

Why should you attend?

  • Get the inside scoop of what it takes to successfully convert your business idea into reality from the people who have taken the plunge and have launched their start-up.
  • Meet over 18 speakers and well-established entrepreneurs such as Vikas Shah MBE and John Roberts, the CEO of AO World.
  • Get inspired and broaden your understanding of the business landscape in the post-pandemic era.
  • Network with like-minded business professionals and social entrepreneurs who are supporting the local and the global community.
  • Boost your employability prospects, stimulate your creativity and discover whether the entrepreneurship journey is the right path for you.
  • Learn how to expand your business globally with our very first Launch Global Programme.
  • Impress industry leaders while asking all the questions you have about your future career in our Q&A sessions.
  • Each week has a unique theme focusing on one aspect of entrepreneurship, such as the Innovations for Future Living and Creative Entrepreneurship.
  • Did we mention the Festival is free to attend? Take a look at the events now


Test your business ideas and enter one of our competitions during the Festival. You could be in to win one of our fantastic prizes but, at the very least, receive some feedback on your ideas that you can put to use in future.