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

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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 5 – Made Smarter

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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 4 – Diversity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 3 – Stimulating Business Innovation in the 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

Venturefest Blog Series: Part 2 – An SME perspective on the UK Innovation Landscape

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

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!