News: Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Update

UK Research and Innovation has announced the launch of the first tranche of competitions in the £98m Healthy Ageing Programme funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The first two competitions that will go live are for Investment Accelerator (opening for applications from 19 August – 6 November) and the Research Director (opening for applications from … Continue reading News: Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Update

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!

Event: Venturefest West Midlands Returns to Boost Growth for Region’s Science & Tech Innovators

Science and technology businesses are being encouraged to attend the fifth annual Venturefest West Midlands, the showcase event that provides a platform for the region’s innovators to collaborate on new products and services that will support continued growth and prosperity across the region. Register here View the programme here Venturefest West Midlands is a free … Continue reading Event: Venturefest West Midlands Returns to Boost Growth for Region’s Science & Tech Innovators

Opportunity: Request for Expressions of Interest from West Midlands 5G Testbed and Trials Programme Trialists

How will 5G impact your business? Trials in Worcestershire have already shown how 5G can increase productivity for manufacturers using simple but effective technologies such as preventative maintenance and AR machine diagnostics.  Building on this, we are looking to speak with other manufacturers in the West Midlands who could benefit from these and similar 5G … Continue reading Opportunity: Request for Expressions of Interest from West Midlands 5G Testbed and Trials Programme Trialists