BUDDING entrepreneurs in Oldham are being urged to enter a competition to find the North West’s top innovators.

GC Business Growth Hub is organising Venturefest North West 2018 which takes place at Manchester centre on Thursday, September 13.

Chris Greenhalgh, head of innovation and programme development at the hub, said: “Venturefest North West is the ideal opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet like-minded business leaders and experts, showcase their latest products and services, and meet funders who can invest in their innovative ideas.”

Now in its fifth year, one of the centrepieces of the event is the Innovation Showcase Competition, open to start-up and young companies, as well as established businesses.

Ten finalists will have the chance to pitch their business idea to an audience of potential investors and win a package of support provided by the partners of the Hub.

And for the first time, there are four new categories to enter: Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Digital Innovation and Innovative Established Business.

Prospective entrants should watch the website www.venturefestnorthwest.com for further announcements, to register attendance, to enter their business.