Since establishing over four years ago, the Venturefest brand has become synonymous with driving growth, supporting talent, stimulating investment, and celebrating innovation across the science and technology sector. The 2018 instalment for the West Midlands continued the delivery of innovative products and services to the marketplace, addressing topical and contemporary developments with an audience of … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 6 – That’s a Wrap!
The third and final panel session of VenturefestWM saw leaders of very different, fast-growing West Midlands businesses giving frank, first-hand accounts of what it took to successfully grow their businesses.
This keynote address from Sherry Coutu, Chairman of the ScaleUp institute and Founders4Schools, discussed top-tips for overcoming the difficulties of business scale-up, and emphasised the importance of looking to the future.
The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is proud to support Smart City Alliance members, Enlighten, to promote awareness of mental health support through the use of emerging technology: One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. With World Mental Health Day … Continue reading Blog: IAWM Supports Mental Health Awareness Day 2018
Charlotte Horobin, Membership Director, Midlands & East of England at EEF, led the second panel session of VenturefestWM 2018, which explored the many different ways that product and process innovation happen in a business to business (B2B) environment.
Dave Maclean, Chair of the Digital Board at West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), led the first panel session of VenturefestWM 2018 to discuss ‘Growth Opportunities in an Evolving Regional Economy’.
Marcus Burton, Director at Yamazaki Mazak, opened Venturefest with a keynote address, underpinning the success of this 100 year old business, and outlining the future for manufacturing under the current digital revolution.
The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is supporting an international EU Interreg project called Urban M to share best practices on innovation with European city partners. The Urban M team recently interviewed Lloyd Broad, Interim Head of Employment and Skills at Birmingham City Council to understand his perspective and why the topic of Urban … Continue reading Blog: City Leader Views on Urban Manufacturing for Growth
Iain Mansell, Executive Officer for Innovation at GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership) and Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands, recently participated in the STEAM policy clinic, hosted by STEAMhouse in Birmingham, and has shared his thoughts on why Urban M will benefit local economies. Why is the Urban M project interesting to … Continue reading Blog: Makerspaces and the Economy – an Expert Viewpoint
Two great presentations from two very different companies addressed this theme and excellently demonstrated demand-led innovation in practice, at the latest of the Innovation Alliance WM's series of Innovation and Policy and Practice events on 3 May. First up was Philip Salt, Chief Executive of Salts Healthcare, who charted the company’s history from 1701 as a … Continue reading Continuous innovation to keep long-term business thriving