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
As part of a hefty investment in the testing and trialling of 5G technology, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport chose the West Midlands region as the UK’s first multi-city 5G test area, launching technology in a variety of industries ahead of a nationwide rollout. West Midlands 5G, in partnership with Birmingham … Continue reading Event: 5G Demos – Transforming the West Midlands
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
Graham Malley, Principal Director at Accenture opened the workshop by highlighting how important manufacturing still is to the UK. A recent public survey suggested that the UK ranked 56th in the world for manufacturing, when in fact we are placed 9th or 10th. In Europe, we currently vie for third place with France, after Germany … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 5 – Made Smarter
The first panel of VenturefestWM 2019 centred on ‘Diversity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship’, a topic that is becoming increasingly pertinent for the West Midlands as a region with a growing richness of diversity. The region is home to one of the youngest populations in the UK, with over 108 languages spoken and more than 12% … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 4 – Diversity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
What's it all about? Are you interested in designing a more inclusive economy, finding and developing people with highly sought after skills or addressing the West Midlands high unemployment rate? Birmingham City University, the Department for Pensions and Work (DWP) and Microsoft are hosting DataJam West Midlands, a highly practical 48-hrs ideas and data … Continue reading Event: DataJam West Midlands
Mike Wright, Chair of West Midlands Innovation Board and the 1st Keynote speaker started by saying what an important annual event VenturefestWM is for the region. He then drove right into the main theme of his presentation by stating that economic balance can only be achieved if innovation is at the forefront. His extensive business … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 3 – Stimulating Business Innovation in the West Midlands
Four students from the University of Warwick were chosen to work closely with Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands to explore the world of innovation. We were allowed to do this in-depth by being a part of Venturefest West Midlands 2019. Venturefest WM is a platform for entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to meet, exchange … Continue reading The Venturefest Effect!
Caroline Bishop, Chair of InnovationXchange, was given a warm welcome to Venturefest West Midlands to give an SME perspective on the UK Innovation Landscape. In 2006 the InnovationXchange was one of the first companies set up to support Open Innovation (OI) in both large and small businesses. To ensure the InnovationXchange continues to offer best … Continue reading Venturefest Blog Series: Part 2 – An SME perspective on the UK Innovation Landscape
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!