The facilities in the Innovation Birmingham Campus provide a high-profile base for this activity, with a mission of transforming new businesses into investment-ready propositions. However, the Park has also developed offerings that reach beyond its boundaries. BSPA’s ‘Science Park Without Walls’ initiative has been acknowledged as a fundamentally new approach to how science parks operate and support start-up businesses. The Innovation Birmingham team seeks out opportunities to connect local entrepreneurs with investors and people with insightful knowledge and experience located across the globe – irrespective of geographies – so promoting ‘borderless innovation’ and overcoming local limitation by accessing a global pool of talent, expertise, experience and funding.
A global alliance of leading business incubation centres within cities is being established by BSPA; the iCentrumTM Alliance, in order to stimulate debate, fuel high-level benchmarking exercises, and drive knowledge economy-led regeneration.