Venturefest Blog Series: Part 13 – Building a Skilled and Diverse Technology Workforce

‘Just 16% of female respondents surveyed by PwC report they’ve had a career in technology suggested to them.’ To wrap up Venturefest, Hillary Leevers, Chief Executive of Engineering UK presented on the importance of developing a more productive, competent and diverse technology workforce. The UK tech sector is worth £180bn (up by £10bn since 2017) … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 13 – Building a Skilled and Diverse Technology Workforce

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 12 – The Future of Mobility

The WM Science and Innovation Audit, published in 2017, conclusively showed that future mobility is one of the West Midlands’ key market strengths. We are a centre of transport innovation, as evidenced by the development and presence of the National Automotive Innovation Centre, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Advanced Propulsion Centreand HORIBA MIRA,to name but a few. … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 12 – The Future of Mobility

IAWM Event: Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast

Below are details on our upcoming Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast: 'How large and small companies can collaborate to innovate' - hope to see you there! You can find information on our previous events here. An important part of the innovation ecosystem is how larger companies can draw upon the innovative potential of SMEs, and … Continue reading IAWM Event: Innovation Policy and Practice Breakfast

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 11 – How to Develop a Growth Strategy – Support for Ambitious Entrepreneurs

This workshop was run by Torquil Goodwin, the Principle Business Adviser for CUE Business Solutions. “CUE aims to make people aware of the business support that is available, but more importantly, simplifying it to make it easy to access and to let them get the maximum benefit from it.” Torquil started the workshop by explaining that … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 11 – How to Develop a Growth Strategy – Support for Ambitious Entrepreneurs

Event: Big Data Corridor – Industry and Policy: Development through Data

Event: Big Data Corridor - Industry and Policy: Development through Data Date: Wednesday 25th September Time: 10am - 2pm Location: iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham Campus, 6 Holt Street, Birmingham, B7 4BP You can register for the event here. Description Big Data is the rising star of the technology industry and it provides a rich source of innovation and … Continue reading Event: Big Data Corridor – Industry and Policy: Development through Data

News: Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Update

UK Research and Innovation has announced the launch of the first tranche of competitions in the £98m Healthy Ageing Programme funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The first two competitions that will go live are for Investment Accelerator (opening for applications from 19 August – 6 November) and the Research Director (opening for applications from … Continue reading News: Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Update

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 9 – Mind the Gap

It doesn’t matter what your business does, what sector it’s in or how many people it employs, computers and devices will be crucial to its operation. Technology has grown to be the leading tool for businesses to advertise themselves, organise and process data, communicate with other businesses and to facilitate intra-business communication. With our reliance … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 9 – Mind the Gap

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 8 – Articulation of Challenges

 “In order to innovate, you need to collaborate. In order to collaborate, you need trust.” James Elliot from Innovation Xchange UK Limited (VenturefestWM 2019 headline sponsor) began his workshop by introducing this core principle, and that to build trust, we must all have a shared understanding.  He also outlined that equally fundamental to innovation is … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 8 – Articulation of Challenges