Climb UK made its much anticipated return to the tech capital of the north this month. Now in its second year, the two-day expo saw a range of delegates, speakers, and active investors take over Leeds Dock on 5-6 June for a foray into industry, innovation, and investment in the tech space and beyond.

Launched by Investor Ladder, the UK’s largest network of investors, Climb UK offers a critical opportunity for start-ups, scale-ups, and blue-chips to connect with investors on a more local stage. Yet, already, it has garnered significant attention from industry leaders, innovators, and experts across the globe.

“I was surprised how busy the event was, especially on the second day,” says Tim Mercer, CEO at Vapour. “But it was organised expertly. Not only was the location ideally suited, the visuals — staging, lighting, and video — were executed perfectly. And on the operational side of things, the whole thing ran like clockwork, which isn’t easy to achieve.”

This year’s insight spanned a range of thought-provoking topics, including founder wellbeing, artificial intelligence, GreenTech, HealthTech, cyber security, diversity and inclusion, and so much more.

Tim continues: “Showcasing young talent seemed to be a priority, offering help and advice in a market that is sometimes difficult to navigate for even the most experienced professionals — let alone those breaking entry. With plenty of conversation surrounding women in tech, it was also a tonic to see that reducing gender disparities remains at the top of the agenda.

“It was great not only to knowledge-share with leading lights in the industry, but to connect with forward-thinking professionals who share the same thirst for innovation. I’m already fired up for next year’s expo. In the meantime, Vapour remains committed to exploring opportunities for strategic differentiation into 2024 and beyond — delivering truly value-add services that meet the needs of our customers as their priorities pivot.” 


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