Venturefest Blog Series: Part 1 – Why this event mattered and why we’ll be back next year!

Dr David Hardman, Chair of Venturefest West Midlands and CEx of Innovation Birmingham, opened the fifth VenturefestWM in a room full of likeminded innovators by posing his first question “why do we innovate?”. As the audience pondered, he went on to highlight the need for focus to be on innovation, in 2019 more than ever, … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 1 – Why this event mattered and why we’ll be back next year!

Blog: Women in STEM-based Business – barriers and enablers to progression

Of the core STEM workforce about 25% are women but only 13% of managers are women – and the numbers are much lower in engineering and technology-based business – according to WISE. So, as part of DIDFEST 2019, our latest IP&P event on 4th April explored how to overcome barriers and to enable the progression … Continue reading Blog: Women in STEM-based Business – barriers and enablers to progression

Blog: Celebrating our Regional Aerospace Excellence

Hundreds of delegates gathered at the ICC in Birmingham on 19th March for the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) annual conference. An introductory speech from Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands celebrated the success of the region in attracting not just overseas investment, but more graduates from London than any other part of the UK.  … Continue reading Blog: Celebrating our Regional Aerospace Excellence

Blog: Engineering Skills for Innovation

It’s more than five years since Professor John Perkins published his review of engineering skills in the UK, calling for action to tackle the ‘leaky pipeline’ and redress persistent skills shortages. Perkins has now published a second report outlining progress since 2013 – and it’s not all that encouraging. Granted, some valuable progress has been … Continue reading Blog: Engineering Skills for Innovation

Blog: FREE Augmented Reality Mental Health Support Posters – Enlighten

The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is proud to support Alliance members, Enlighten, to raise awareness of mental health using the emerging technology of Augmented Reality. We knew as soon as we met Steve and Suzanne that their health and wellbeing use case was a winner. Read more about it for yourselves below... At … Continue reading Blog: FREE Augmented Reality Mental Health Support Posters – Enlighten

Blog: Innovation and Place: National Policy and Funding a Year into the UK Industrial Strategy

With presentations from those close to the national and regional innovation agenda, this event on 31 January 2018 - hosted by Energy Systems Catapult - gave an interesting insight into national and regional strategies, and the support available to deliver these. The event was the latest in the Innovation Alliance WM's series of Policy and … Continue reading Blog: Innovation and Place: National Policy and Funding a Year into the UK Industrial Strategy