WHAT WE DO AND WHY WE DO IT
The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is an alliance of organisations active or interested in science and technology based innovation across the West Midlands. We have two principle objectives:
- Build and maintain a thriving innovation ecosystem
- Stimulate and catalyse a pipeline of innovation activity
LATEST NEWS AND FEED
The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands has played a pivotal role in the development and continued success of the annual Venturefest West Midlands events. Now in its 6th year, the Alliance continues to drive all of the event logistics and secures the programme and speakers for VenturefestWM. The last of these draws heavily on the very essence of the Alliance, its network of associates that are actively willing to support and promote the Innovation Agenda in the West Midlands. To be honest without IAWM there would not be a West Midlands Venturefest offer.
Dr David Hardman MBE, MD Bruntwood SciTech – Birmingham (formerly Innovation Birmingham)
Having attended the Innovation Alliance Speed Mapping event in December for the first time, I was interested to find there was such a wide scope of innovation activity currently taking place across the Region. It was a great opportunity to be able to engage with a wide range of colleagues from organisations such as WMCA, Medi-Link and Birmingham Enterprise Community, who are all driving innovation activity in interesting ways.
Charmaine Stint, Birmingham City University
It is very easy to continue to work in isolation without any awareness of what others are doing but to maximise opportunities and to add richness to our research projects the Innovation Alliance facilitates us to look outside our organisations.
Carine Lewis, Warwick Manufacturing Group
The Innovative Low Carbon Working Group is superbly organised by the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands, supported by Sustainability West Midlands, providing all members with a regular email update highlighting various low carbon funding opportunities (from sources such as Innovate UK, Central Government and the private sector), promoting events and making connections. In these busy times and with invitations to so many events, I find it one of the most useful and enjoyable networks that I belong to and would really encourage businesses operating in the low carbon energy, transport and construction sectors to join!
Mike Woollacott, Greenwatt Technology
The Innovation Alliance has proven to be a key partner towards the development of the LIS Construction Sector Action Plan. The workshops it has convened for the sector in the past 18 months have helped to shape the Plan as they have enabled the identification of the specific challenges and opportunities that require focus. It means we can better tailor interventions to the areas that will generate the greatest economic impact.
Charlie Hopkirk, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership