He proudly stated that he had “a vision to put Manchester on a global stage” by staging a yearly tech festival and now Jonathon Cadden is looking forward to Business Rocks in 2016.
The inaugural Business Rocks events saw people from across the region’s tech sector gather together for what Cadden hopes will be an annual event. Alongside talks from leading UK entrepreneurs, there were performances from DJs and musicians, an agency pitching competition and the Innov8 awards, which saw tech start-ups battling it out in a Dragon’s Den style competition.
On the day the trophy for the agency pitch off event went to Ahoy who came up with the best presentation for a seatbelt suitable for pregnant women. While, former Innospace tenants, Rormix, took home the Innov8 award.
“The calibre of guests, speakers and entertainment was second-to-none”
We caught up with Jonathan Cadden after the event to find out how he thought it had gone:
“The calibre of guests, speakers and entertainment was second-to-none and we feel proud that we were able to put Manchester on the map as a start-up hub, as well as for regional entrepreneurial activity and tech innovation.
Everyone who got involved from the start has been very supportive and although some aspects of the event were challenging, since we hadn’t put together an event like this before, we were thrilled with the outcome on the day.
The overall buzz generated from the delegates and everyone involved was inspiring and we are now looking forward to planning an even bigger and better Business Rocks for 2016,” he said.
The next Business Rocks event is due to take place in April next year at Manchester Central and according to Cadden is set to be bigger and better than this year’s event.