More than six hundred business leaders saw Nothing But Epic win the £30,000 Innovation Showcase funding prize at Venturefest Manchester, an event hosted by BusinessCloud.

The digital agency, founded last year, was named the North West city’s most innovative business after a live vote at Bridgewater Hall.

Nothing But Epic specialises in social media, website design and SEO and believes its platform Padoq could be the next big thing in social media.

Director Mike Anderson was one of 10 businesses to deliver a three-minute pitch to several of the region’s most prominent entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors.

Venturefest Manchester
Venturefest Manchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Winning this award could not have come at a better time for Nothing But Epic as we’ve got big ambitions for the business,” Anderson said.

“Our team has been working tirelessly to position Padoq as the next big social media platform and we believe it has the potential to compete on a global scale.

“Now that we have the access to capital and support from Business Growth Hub, we will be able to focus on introducing our core product to new markets.

“The Hub has been instrumental throughout the whole process and we’re looking forward to working closely with them and their network of partners as we embark on the next stage of our journey.”

BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire hosted Venturefest Manchester.

BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire

The business technology magazine, events and website business is a partner of Business Growth Hub.

“It was a great opportunity for BusinessCloud to get involved in such a popular event,” Maguire reflected.

“Venturefest Manchester highlighted the strength of the tech sector in this region.”

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Sir Howard Bernstein, who will stand down as chief executive of Manchester council in the coming months, gave a keynote speech at the event.

Sir Howard Bernstein speaks at Venturefest 2016

He said: “Events like Venturefest speak volumes about the innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent in Greater Manchester and the wider North West.

 “It is also encouraging to see people mentoring, helping and advising other businesses and this is what helps to drive a powerful eco-system for the region.

“Events like this are becoming increasingly important, particularly given the uncertainties we’re facing in terms of what Brexit means and how it might impact on fiscal and economic policy over the next few years.”

Richard Jeffery, director at Business Growth Hub, said: “We’d like to say a massive congratulations to the winner – they knew their market and product inside out and the enthusiasm really came across in their pitch.”