The Innovation Birmingham Campus is the Midlands’ leading digital campus and the go-to location for Birmingham’s digital and technology community, nurturing digital brilliance across start-ups, scale-ups and clients and providing access to innovative companies. The team is actively looking to work with and bring together the public and private sectors, creating interfaces for people with ideas, technologies, expertise, experience and money. It is a one-stop-shop for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors looking to develop or fund tech start-ups with high growth potential.
Focusing on a series of business support programmes, the Campus supports early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs, more established start-ups looking to grow, and digital start-ups with energy-saving business plans. These programmes include; Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f), Serendip Smart City Incubator, Cleantech for Acceleration (CT4A), and Innovation Engine.
The multi-million-pound Campus includes all the physical assets needed to launch and run a successful digital technology business, and hosts a full calendar of external corporate events throughout the year. Innovation Birmingham Campus offers a variety of facilities including offices from 82 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft, purpose built meetings and conference facilities, and free collaborative workspaces, providing a location catering for all business needs.
Regular tutorage and support is provided to start-ups and clients, including anything from expert sessions, market insight and PR services. Attracting the brightest talent in the region and nurturing digital brilliance presents a nucleus of opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors aspiring to develop, maintain or support successful digital start-up companies. The Campus strategy is about encouraging people to visit, engage with the businesses based there, and attract new tenants to join the thriving community of over 1000 techies.
The e4f programme is specifically focused on creating new innovative technology ventures. Since its establishment, the programme supported by the European Region Development Fund (ERDF) has stimulated the creation of over 140 new technology companies. Providing smart incubation for a period of up to nine months, the programme provides 1-2-1 sessions, market insight and access to finance, co-working space, PR support and purpose-built Test Labs containing the latest digital devices and software for developers to test their apps and programmes. Its team of Entrepreneurs in Residence can help build a robust action plan and accelerate the development of your business into a commercial enterprise. Applications to e4f are welcomed from those working to create businesses in cloud, gaming, social media, applications, digital technologies and low carbon sectors.
For technology companies that are a little more established and looking to grow, the Campus also offers the Serendip Smart City Incubator, providing market access and expertise through close partnerships with major corporates such as Barclays, London Midland, Transport for West Midlands, TATA Motors, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Transport Systems Catapult. By providing opportunities to refine products and services, commercial routes to market are made accessible.
The Cleantech for Acceleration (CT4A) programme, funded by Climate-KIC, is a two-stage framework providing grants of up to 20,000 Euros. The initiative supports promising start-ups by providing the tools, opportunities and network to transform energy saving business plans into commercial successes.
The Innovation Engine project is part-funded by the ERDF. Support for SMEs in the region through this project will be available until the end of 2018, providing free assistance and helping businesses to develop innovative services, processes and products for health, transport and sustainability sectors. Supporting company teams faced with challenges, entrepreneurs within companies looking to develop ideas, or pre-entrepreneurs testing ideas before establishing a venture, this is a fantastic opportunity to initiate or improve your product and service offering by tapping into the project delivery partners' pool of knowledge and expertise. Partners include Amey, Birmingham Community Healthcare, West Midlands Combined Authority, University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham and Birmingham City University.
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