West Midlands Innovation Programme

The West Midlands Innovation Programme (WMIP) aims to drive up levels of demand-led business innovation across all areas of the region, by delivering a stronger, more integrated innovation support offer to business and providing targeted support to business to access more national innovation funding. 

WMIP focuses on 5 areas of action in support of the WM Local Industrial Strategy and Recovery Plans, namely:

  • Networks and Linkages
  • Investment Programmes
  • Innovation Talent
  • Intelligence on future trends
  • Innovation Culture

Phase 1 is under way; partners are the WMCA (funder) and its Innovation Board, the Innovation Alliance WM and a business facing ‘Virtual Innovation Team’.

The Virtual Innovation Team comprises business facing innovation experts hosted by a range of regional cluster/ sector bodies. Between them they will support businesses in all the sectors and major market opportunities of the WM Local Industrial Strategy to recover and grow through innovation. Working with the Innovation Alliance WM, the Virtual Innovation Team will identify and address common barriers and opportunities across sectors and markets, leading to collaborative innovation action and programmes.

Go back to Our Activity page to see our Virtual Innovation Team.