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 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!

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

News: Free Digital Support Worth £1,000

Hundreds of small businesses in Birmingham are set to receive free digital support worth £1,000 as part of a new Government-funded pilot scheme called HeadsUp! The initiative, delivered by small business support group Enterprise Nation in collaboration with partners including Innovation Birmingham, will see small city firms line up to get access to help with … Continue reading News: Free Digital Support Worth £1,000

News: South Korea delegation visits augmented reality firm

As many of our stakeholders may have noticed, there have been some visitors in town! Last week, following a successful trade visit to South Korea last year, Enlighten, based at Tamworth Enterprise Centre, welcomed a delegation of South Korean regional government leaders. The delegation is investigating how augmented reality mental health resources developed by Enlighten could … Continue reading News: South Korea delegation visits augmented reality firm

Blog: Public and Private Sector Procurement Driving Innovation

In another well attended IAWM event on 22nd November 2018, speakers Andrew Pestana (Interim Head of Innovation, HS2) and Haydn Brown (Head of Procurement Strategy Development, Birmingham City Council) gave an engaging talk on how their organisations are using procurement to stimulate innovation, which invited a lively discussion on the topic.  (Andrew Pestana and HS2) To … Continue reading Blog: Public and Private Sector Procurement Driving Innovation

Future Cities Solutions- Resources Available for You to Meet Real Challenges

You've been developing a great idea that you think will help to solve a societal challenge.  You've spotted an opportunity, but you want to make sure that you understand the market before diving in and committing a large helping of time and money. Excellent! Please read on. Here, at Birmingham Science City, we keep an … Continue reading Future Cities Solutions- Resources Available for You to Meet Real Challenges