Cleantech for Acceleration programme looking for applications from start-up businesses

Innovation Birmingham’s Cleantech for Acceleration (CT4A) programme is back, offering grants of up to €20,000 to start-up businesses focussed on energy technologies and sustainability.

Following previous successful years of supporting numerous start-ups, the 2017 Accelerator programme is looking for a new batch of talent and is open to all start-ups that are less than two years old and have a product, service or innovation which is energy focussed. The Climate-KIC grant-funded programme, which is based at Innovation Birmingham Campus’ iCentrum building, provides grants of up to €20,000 and aims to transform breakthrough innovations in energy into successful cleantech businesses.

At stage one, start-ups receive one-to-one business support with coaches to build a business model canvas and validation plan, a bespoke needs analysis, solve skill issues and design a top-quality pitch deck.  Selected business will then move on to stage two, which provides grants of up to €20,000. All companies also benefit from coaching from business experts and free co-working space on Campus.

Leigh Ingram, Climate-KIC Project Manager at Innovation Birmingham, said: “Every year we continue to support a wide range of start-up business, with the aim of turning potential into successful products and services. Many of our start-ups go on to achieve great things and it’s a privilege to be part of their journey.

Applications close on Friday 10th March 2017. To apply, please visit www.ct4a.co.uk to download an application form or contact ct4a@innovationbham.com.

For more information on Innovation Birmingham visit: www.innovationbham.com

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Kaido explores digital health wearables on YouTube broadcast

One of our Serendip® Digital Health Quarter tenants has taken part in a YouTube broadcast exploring digital health and wearables.

The broadcast, hosted by BBC Click’s Kate Russell, featured Rich Westman, Founder and Managing Director of Kaido. Kaido was the first tenant of the Digital Health Quarter based at Innovation Birmingham Campus’ iCentrum building, an incubator supported by West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) which helps digital health start-ups unlock investment, create their optimal innovation and ultimately bring that innovation to market for patient benefit.

Rich was part of a panel of digital health experts, including Dr Liz McFall from Open University, who explored how the convergences surrounding digital disruption and healthcare funding reforms are forging new roles for markets in delivering healthcare. The broadcast also discussed how wearables, digital health, Big Data and the Internet of Things are converging with insurance systems and healthcare policy, drawing on the recent research by Wellcome Trust.

Rich said: “I was invited by Digital Leaders to be part of a live web broadcast with Kate Russell discussing the potential of wearable technology to revolutionise healthcare. Listening to the broadcast back, I think it provides a really nice overview of Kaido’s mission in healthcare, so I would encourage you all to have a listen!”

To view the whole broadcast on YouTub, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX1UMIiSZ9Q

For more information on Kaido, please visit: www.kaido.co.uk

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Support Birmingham businesses and reduce your 2016/17 tax bill

This new investment opportunity, which is available until 9th February, is in the form of a five year loan to ART Business Loans (ART), through peer to peer business lender ThinCats and underwritten by ART and Birmingham City Council.

ART, based at Innovation Birmingham Campus, will use the money to offer loans of between £10,000 and £150,000 to start up and existing businesses in Birmingham unable to access any or all of the finance they need from a bank.

Investments will qualify for Community Investment Tax Relief, which reduces investors’ tax bills by 5% of the loan value per annum over five years. This equates to a 6.25% return for standard rate Income Tax payers, 8.3% for those paying 40% tax and 9.1% for higher rate tax payers. The Tax relief also applies to businesses which get Corporation Tax relief, providing an income equivalent to 5.8%.

Steve Walker, Chief Executive of ART, said: “This kind on investment is considered a social investment, because the return is not only financial in the form of tax relief, but also social in the form of a boost to the local economy which ultimately affects the employment opportunities, health and well-being of everyone who lives or works in Birmingham.

“With localism high on the agenda, this is an opportunity for everyone to support the local economy in Birmingham.”

For more information on ART, please visit: http://artbusinessloans.co.uk/

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Breaking Free chosen as 2017 Commonwealth Export Champion

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based digital health scale-up, Breaking Free Group, has been announced as one of just 26 exciting new British businesses selected for the prestigious Commonwealth Export Champions programme.

Creators of a pioneering digital healthcare platform targeting addictive behaviours, Breaking Free’s team of behavioural scientists have developed an evidence-based automated treatment programme targeted at alcohol and drug misuse.

With an impressive portfolio of national clients and major charities including CGL and Turning Point, Breaking Free Group also announced a partnership with NHS England to deliver the world’s first online healthcare intervention in prisons in 2014.

Representing various regions of the UK and business sectors, the Export Champions underline the depth of innovation and quality that the UK SME sector has to offer and are selected based on their potential for innovation, level of impact and ambition. Whether early stage or long established, each Export Champions will receive unique access and support in their pursuit to win new business in the fast-growing Commonwealth markets.

Other cohort products and services include; aircraft production covers, turbines that capture air movement into automotive energy, online services for mental health, automated drone servicing platforms, as well as hydroponics and three-dimensional crop production.

Clive Bawden, Commercial Director at Breaking Free Group, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to participate in this prestigious programme. We are already working hard on developing partnerships in several Commonwealth countries, notably Canada and Australia, and the opportunity to benefit from this programme, its mentoring and its trade missions should accelerate our growth accordingly.”

Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, said: ‘This programme is a wonderful way of demonstrating both the ingenuity of British businesses and the huge opportunities in Commonwealth markets. We hope these companies will serve as ambassadors for other UK businesses looking to trade internationally.”

Breaking Free Group are one of over 400 digital start-up and scale-up businesses currently based at Innovation Birmingham Campus. Significant investment guarantees the Campus benefits from a 30Gbit/s broadband service – equalling the fastest internet connection available anywhere in the UK.

For additional information on Breaking Free Group, visit: http://www.breakingfreegroup.com/

For more information on Innovation Birmingham, please visit: http://www.innovationbham.com

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Birmingham duo recognised as leading women in tech

Two female entrepreneurs based at Innovation Birmingham Campus have been recognised at the latest Silicon Canal and West Midlands Women of the Year awards as industry leaders in the technology sector.

Pauline Roche, Managing Director at RnR Organisation, was awarded the West Midlands Women of the Year award for Outstanding Contribution to Technology with Faye Pressly, Chief Operating Officer at Vanti picking up the Silicon Canal award for Most Influential Female in Technology.

The Silicon Canal Tech Awards is set to become a major annual event for the city, identifying both fully established and start-up companies as well as the individuals behind them. The not-for-profit CIC, whose mission is to connect, promote and support the tech ecosystem of Greater Birmingham welcomed over 230 of Greater Birmingham’s top tech talent to the first award ceremony, held at Digbeth’s Boxxed venue in November.

The West Midlands Women of the Year Awards aim to recognise and profile women in the West Midlands, who are making a difference in society, breaking boundaries within their fields and contributing to the economic wellbeing of the region. The awards are also designed to celebrate the success, talent, achievements and outstanding contribution made by women in the West Midlands including to enterprise, education, the creative industries, technology and civic society.

Established in 2008, RnR Organisation works with SMEs in the voluntary and community sector, as well as with grassroots and minority cultural and community groups, to enhance their skills and networks in governance, strategic development, data science and funding.

Pauline is on the steering group for the Open Data Institute Birmingham node, chairs the West Midlands Open Data Forum, both based at Innovation Birmingham, and she is on the organising team for Open Data Camp. She also co-founded and organises both the Net Squared Midlands: tech for social good meetup series and the UK unconference for voluntary sector infrastructure organisations VCSSCamp, which has been hosted annually at Innovation Birmingham since 2013. Pauline is a member of the global community for Women in Tech, Adas List, and organises regular West Midlands members’ meetups.

Pauline Roche, Managing Director at RnR Organisation, said: “Winning this award recognises my many years of engagement in the smart cities/tech for good field, and I look forward to seeing more diversity in the ecosystem to stimulate new ways of solving social issues using technology.”
Faye has over six years’ experience in advising some of fastest growing start-ups and innovative companies in the Midlands, on unique talent strategies that help to attract, engage, retain and develop the very best Technology and Digital talent. She has recently joined Vanti, a Birmingham-based technology business, to help them continue their journey of growth and expansion to becoming a key technology scale-up business in the Midlands.

Faye Pressly, Chief Operating Officer at Vanti, said: “Helping to drive a more diverse technology workforce in the Midlands, is a huge passion of mine. It’s not about employers having a ‘tick-box’ mindset to diversity, but truly appreciating that ‘diversity in thought’ is far more important and key to business innovation and people growth.

“However, unless we break down some of the barriers and proactively work to improve and widen the pools we can choose our talent from, things will only remain the same. To be able to work with likeminded, determined people helping to drive real change, is something I’m incredibly proud of – I can’t wait to look back in a few years’ time and see just how many people we’ve inspired to join our industry!”

The Silicon Canal awards was the second major event held by the organisation 2016, following the successful launch of their white paper in May, attended by over 300 key tech and digital influencers and leaders from throughout the city and the UK.

The West Midlands Women of the Year Awards, founded by Justice Williams MBE, is in its third year.

For more information on the Silicon Canal awards, visit: http://siliconcanal.co.uk/

For more information on the West Midlands Women of the Year awards, visit: https://www.facebook.com/wmwawards/

For additional information on Innovation Birmingham, please visit: http://www.innovationbham.com

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Tender for Applications Entrepreneurs in Residence

Innovation Birmingham are looking for a mentor to help deliver the Climate Kic Accelerator. Technology start-ups seldom fail on technology, they fail on commercialisation. Climate-KIC Accelerator is the only EU acceleration programme focused on climate impact by cleantech commercialisation. If you feel you can help cleantech companies reach commercial success please click here to apply, closing date is 20th January 2017.

 

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Spica scoops Facilities Management 2016 award

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based Internet of Things (IoT) provider, Spica Technologies, has been awarded Best Intelligent Building IoT Solutions Company at the latest Facilities Management 2016 awards.

Spica is a specialist IoT solutions provider that uses a combination of technical assets, hardware (sensor devices), software components and IOT integration expertise to help businesses capitalise on the opportunity that the Internet of Things represents.

The Facilities Management Awards are prestigious awards run by Build Magazine, dedicated to recognising those hidden heroes within the Facilities Management role for excellence and dedication to their profession. The awards cover all aspects of Facilities Management services from larger companies to the individual consultant; from construction to transport; and engineering to hospitality and hotels.

Tim Streather, Co-Founder and Sales & Marketing Director at Spica, said: “Moving forward, we look forward to continuing to build upon our portfolio of solutions and offer new, innovative solutions which meet the ever-evolving needs of the facilities management market.

“Currently we have a portfolio of new hard and soft facilities management services we are building out for launch in 2017, as well as expanding into Europe and the US. One interesting project we are currently undertaking is with Manchester CityVerve, the £10 million government backed Smart City demonstrator programme.”

Spica are part of Innovation Birmingham Campus’ community of over 1000 entrepreneurs and techies. Significant investment guarantees the Campus benefits from a 30Gbit/s Wi-Fi and broadband service – equalling the fastest internet connection available anywhere in the UK.

For more information on Spica, please visit: http://www.spicatech.co.uk/

For additional information on Innovation Birmingham, visit: www.innovationbham.com

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Birmingham tops start-up league

Britain created a record-breaking number of companies last year, with Birmingham awarded most entrepreneurial UK city outside London, according to new figures released by StartUp Britain, the campaign group for entrepreneurs.

Analysis of Companies House data shows that 17,473 new businesses were registered in Birmingham during 2016 – an increase of 25% on the previous year, and more than any other city outside the capital. The latest data means Birmingham has now retained its position as the number one regional destination for start-ups for four consecutive years, with the number of new businesses almost double that of Manchester.

Birmingham also surpassed London to become the country’s leading city for business growth rates in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics’ business counts data.

Neil Rami, Chief Executive of inward investment agency Marketing Birmingham, said: “Birmingham has simultaneously outpaced the capital city to become the UK’s leading destination for business growth, and is the UK’s number one regional destination for start-up creation. The city’s young, talented workforce, newly developed infrastructure, and range of incubator and accelerator programmes, has fostered a strong ecosystem that fuels a culture of innovation.

“Start-ups and SME’s are crucial to the long-term health of our local and national economy. Through access to finance, mentoring schemes and initiatives like the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub, aspiring entrepreneurs can stay in Birmingham to fulfil their ambitions. This in turn, creates employment opportunities for local people, boosting the region’s productivity and knowledge economy.”

Steve Hollis, Chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “These figures are testament to Birmingham’s entrepreneurial spirit and its ability to attract, foster and grow early-stage businesses. The city has maintained its position as the leading regional destination for start-ups for four consecutive years and is now home to 14,473 new businesses.

“Start-ups come – and stay – in Birmingham, not only because of the formal support they can access through for example, the region’s Growth Hub, but because of the skilled people they can employ, the cost efficiencies of being based here and the ecosystem of small to medium enterprises here. There is nothing like the support of peers, particularly those who are further ahead in the journey than you are.”
Growing start-ups based in Birmingham include Give Vision, which creates revolutionary wearable technology that allows people with visual impairment to see again and digital health business, Kaido which has an online platform which uses big data and professional health expertise from the clinical and sports science space to empower individuals and businesses to better understand their health.

The support on offer to start-ups in Birmingham includes the Entrepreneurs for the Future incubation programme and Serendip Smart City Incubator at Innovation Birmingham Campus, which is part of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub and offers Enterprise Zone and economic zones incentives including rates relief.

For more information on Innovation Birmingham, please visit: http://www.innovationbham.com

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Synapse appoints new Finance and Operations Manager to support rapid growth

Spreadsheet solutions provider, Synapse Information, has appointed Ruth McFarland as Finance and Operations Manager to support the businesses next stage of growth.

Founded by a group of British database experts in 2013 and with experience Silicon Valley experience who gained backing from a UK Government SMART grant, Synapse technology combines the simplicity of the familiar spreadsheet interface with the power of an Oracle database to create Enterprise spreadsheets that are built for the complex challenges of today’s business world.

Ruth joins Synapse following fifteen years at KPMG where she was an Audit Manager working with a wide range of clients, of all sizes and across a diverse mix of industries.

Brian Donnelly, CEO at Synapse, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ruth to the team. Her appointment comes at an important stage of the company’s development as we continue to roll out our solutions to a much wider global audience.

“For a long time spreadsheets have been the subject of bad press but, the tidal wave is on the turn as business users realise they can still use spreadsheets in a new guise: as Enterprise spreadsheets that are connected to the Cloud.”

Ruth McFarland, Finance and Operations Manager at Synapse, said: “Synapse’s flagship solution, Cloud CFO, really is the answer to accountant’s prayers as it gets rid of a lot of the pain associated with working with spreadsheets. It immediately solves the versioning problem and it is suited to any size of company, large or small. Joining an energetic and dynamic team of such calibre is a real honour.”

For more information on Synapse, please visit: http://www.synapseinformation.com/

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Wambiz announces ongoing partnership to deliver ‘Safebook 4 Schools’

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based start-up WAMBIZ, has partnered with St Michael’s Church of England (CofE) High School and the West Midlands Police to bridge the teacher-student communication disconnect.

By creating a new student-inspired private social network that allows staff and students to communicate more efficiently, the new app, known as ‘Safebook 4 Schools’ helps to improves students’ learning outcomes by providing collaboration in a safe and secure environment. The platform also automates several school processes, thus helping to save the institution time and money.

In partnership with St Michael’s CofE High School, located in Rowley Regis and the West Midlands Police, the app has been built for purpose and as such, has multiple safeguarding features including authenticated access, a managed audit trail and a keyword flagging system, allowing schools to control the content shown. It can also seamlessly link with a school’s MIS, automating live timetables, absence reporting and grade notifications.

Sharing resources, ideas, deadlines and questions are all done through the app, in the same way a status update, group notification or photo would be shared on other familiar social media applications.

Harry Jawanda, CEO and Co-founder of WAMBIZ, said: “Following extensive research over a 12 to 18-month period including focus groups with students, teachers, safeguarding staff and marketing departments, we found that schools generally struggle to achieve satisfactory levels of engagement from pupils through traditional means such as email.

“Partnering with St Michael’s and the West Midland’s Police is helping us to showcase the benefits of Safebook in secondary education by making learning more accessible, secure and putting students at the heart of education. This ethos is a key driver not only for WAMBIZ, but also for St Michaels and the West Midland’s Police, making this partnership a great one.”

By using ‘Safebook 4 Schools’, St Michael’s has already witnessed improved learning outcomes as a result of the students being better engaged with their classes, their peers, the school, staff and their learning.

Speaking on behalf of St Michael’s, Kerry Whitehouse, the school’s Engagement Development Manager said: “There have been many cases throughout the UK, and the wider world of education, of inappropriate use of ‘open’ social media to engage the modern-day student. The students at St Michael’s, the West Midlands Police and WAMBIZ want put an end to these issues and enable teachers to be both modern and confident in the applications they are using. Safebook achieves this. Engagement rates are up and learning outcomes are improving, safely and securely.”

For additional information on ‘Safebook for Schools’, visit: http://www.wambiz.com/

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Innovation Birmingham jets off to India in new partnership with Tech Link Group

Innovation Birmingham will take a select group of the SMEs based at the Campus to India in 2017, to explore investment and partnership opportunities in an economy and market which has become even more significant to Britain following the decision to leave the European Union.

The trip will explore the potential of meeting with 400 exhibiting companies, 10,000 visitors from India and overseas and circa 500 overseas delegates at the IESS International Engineering Sourcing Show in Chennai this coming March.

As the leading location for Birmingham’s tech and digital start-up community, Innovation Birmingham provides office suites, meeting and conference facilities, co-working opportunities, start-up mentoring and funding support for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors looking to develop or fund innovative digital start-ups with high growth potential.

Cliff Dennett, Head of Business Development at Innovation Birmingham, said: “IESS 2017 will be showcasing sectors that are relevant to many of our tenants, particularly innovation and technology. The show was brought to our attention by Ricardo D’Souza and Ekwall Tiwana of Edgbaston-based Tech Link Group Ltd, which has partnered with IESS 2017 to offer British organisations easy access to the show and its benefits, including JV, investment and partnering opportunities.

“Birmingham is home to many start-up and mature digital and tech organisations and the wider area is steeped in an industrial heritage. IESS offers access to a vast talent pool of experienced coders and other tech personnel which, for example, could benefit many tech start-ups here. I’m also looking forward to exploring the partnership and investment opportunities into the UK from India.”

IESS 2017 is the sixth show of its type organised by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, with Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC India) as the lead agency.  The shows organising body, EEPC India, appointed Tech Link Group Ltd earlier this year to oversee applications for the Overseas Delegates Incentive Package. In previous years, UK delegations were accompanied and supported by members of the Tech Link Group Ltd team who liaised directly with organisers to ensure a seamless and effective experience.

The Incentive Package for British delegates via Tech Link Group Ltd is:

  • B2B meetings with profile-matched Indian exhibitors for business partnership and investment
  • Opportunity to network with over 10,000 business visitors and 500 delegates
  • Wide circulation of the delegate profile throughout EEPC Network (around 13,000 engineering members) and non-members’ database (100,000)
  • Air fare reimbursement up to US $500 complimentary 3-night hotel stay
  • Indian Culture programme and gala dinner
  • Complimentary airport pick-up and drop shuttle service
  • Exhibition centre drop and pick up service
  • Complimentary lunch at the exhibition centre

Ricardo D’Souza, CEO of Tech Link Group, said: “There has long-existed reciprocal respect and synergy between businesses in Britain and India and now, following the Brexit, is arguably the best time for organisations in both countries to talk and consider ways of working together for their mutual commercial benefit.”

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LightwaveRF’s launches Amazon’s Eco Alexa voice control

Connected devices specialist, LightwaveRF, has announced that Amazon’s Eco Alexa voice control is to be used on their products, enabling users to remotely control light, heat, power and security through an application.

The application allows LightwaveRF to operate its range of devices or link to other platforms, including Amazon’s Echo, and connects to the Alexa hands-free voice service to play music, provide information, news, sports results and weather.

Since the UK launch of Amazon Echo and Alexa in late September, the company has been working with Amazon to achieve voice control of the full LightwaveRF product range.

During the year, the AIM-listed company also invested in its cloud platform allowing it to integrate with other systems including IFTTT, a tool that allows users to create changes on other web services and Google Nest, a heating control system.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer at LightwaveRF, John Shermer, said: “We now have a powerful cloud platform that we can easily link with other major connected home brands. The combination of Alexa voice control and LightwaveRF massively improves the user experience for both Amazon Echo and LightwaveRF customers.”

For additional information on LightwaveRF, visit: http://www.lightwaverf.com/solution/smart-home/

For more information on Innovation Birmingham, please visit: www.innovationbham.com

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Tinyme launches augmented reality kids book

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based design, software development and manufacturing start-up, Tinyme, has launched a fully personalised, augmented reality kids book, The Amazing Alphabet.

The Amazing Alphabet is a beautiful, keepsake book that is uniquely personalised and custom printed for each child. By hovering over the book with free accompanying app, the characters jump out of the page in 3D with music and sound effects, allowing the app to read the story to the child by enabling them to engage with the printed page in an interactive way.

Launched in 2006, Tinyme has grown organically from a one-person start-up to a 50-strong team, with an international presence in Australia, US and the UK.

Mike Wilson, Founder of Tinyme, said: “As a Dad of six, I’ve spent hundreds of hours reading books to my kids; encouraging them to have a deep love for reading. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time playing around with a bunch of a pretty cool kids apps. As someone who founded a studio which writes, illustrates, develops software and even physically prints personalised books for kids, I’m really excited by what our team at Tinyme has now created.

“We’ve always loved how kids get so excited about having a book written and illustrated specially just for them, but a personalised book just for them that pops to life with music and animation that you can engage with, now that’s really, really special.”

Tinyme are part of Innovation Birmingham Campus’ community of over 1000 digital entrepreneurs and techies. Significant investment guarantees the Campus benefits from a 30Gbit/s Wi-Fi and broadband service – equalling the fastest internet connection available anywhere in the UK.

For additional information on Tinyme and The Amazing Alphabet, visit: www.tinyme.co.uk/the-amazing-alphabet-book

For more information on Innovation Birmingham, please visit: www.innovationbham.com

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Birmingham voted top for business tourism

Birmingham has been ranked as the country’s favourite business tourism destination outside of London, ahead of Manchester, Edinburgh and Leeds.

UK-based event organisers also revealed that Birmingham was the preferred choice outside of the capital to host events on this year’s annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS).

The BMEIS report highlights the buying trends and characteristics of nearly 500 conference organisers from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Working with venues across the region, Meet Birmingham – the city’s business tourism programme – has secured 56 new national and international events in 2016, an increase of 133% on the previous 12 months, delivering an anticipated combined impact of over £35 million to the local economy.

Stephanie Mynett, visitor economy business development manager at Meet Birmingham, said: “This is the eighth time in a row that Birmingham has been voted the top regional UK location for conferencing and events.

“Birmingham has seen a 17% growth in domestic leisure and business visitors since 2010, as well as the largest increase of international visits for any city outside London, contributing to an overall tourism economy worth £6.2 billion.

“As the city continues to welcome a series of new venues and developments, with a particular recent influx of independent food and drink outlets, we’ve been connecting with tour operators, conference organisers and travel agents at events across the globe to ensure Birmingham builds on its favourable reputation in this market.”

Since the start of 2016, Birmingham has been boosted by major openings and redevelopments across its business tourism sector. Europe’s first Park Regis Hotel and AC Hotel Birmingham opened in the spring, while BLOC Hotels this month launched new apartments in the city’s Jewellery Quarter. New or refurbished conferencing facilities in the region include Canalside at The Cube, The Slate at Warwick Conferences, a £1.8 million refresh of the ICC’s halls and meeting rooms and the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre (BCEC).

Vincent Garrington, general manager at the BCEC, said: “Since opening our doors on 3rd October 2016, enquiry levels into the BCEC have far exceeded our initial projections, with current mid-week bookings at 67% occupancy for the venue – a positive sign that Birmingham is leading the way in attracting events to the Midlands and the BCEC is meeting an ever increasing demand.”

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Kaido wins EIT Health Award

Digital health business, Kaido, has been crowned one of seven winners at this year’s EIT Health UK-Ireland Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards.

The Kaido Insights platform uses big data and professional health expertise from the clinical and sports science space to empower individuals and businesses to better understand their health. The aim for the Kaido platform is to encourage a culture of personalised medicine and pro-active patient care through a better understanding of behaviour.

The EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards programme is an EIT Health Accelerator activity to provide “one-off” funding of up to €50,000 for emerging companies and small and medium sized enterprises to develop new products and services.

Kaido were one of seven projects selected to receive in-kind support from IBM, P&G and Pfizer, as well as financial and networking support from EIT Health, following an impressive pitch to a panel of judges.

Richard Westman, Founder at Kaido, said: “Wearable technologies and applications have made a successful start in helping people to track their behavioural patterns, however these devices are currently working in isolation, providing users with lots of disparate data sets that are left open to interpretation.

“The agnostic Kaido digital health platform integrates with all health and fitness applications and helps users make sense of the data their data but more importantly provides insights on how to make positive behavioural change.”

Kaido is one of 25 start-ups currently on Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip Smart City Incubator; a programme which co-locates promising start-up businesses with large commercial partners. Based on the first floor of the Campus’ 42,149 sq ft iCentrum building, the commercial partners help to mentor qualifying early stage tech companies and may, in turn, become customers or distribution channels for the start-ups.

They are also affiliated with several high-profile organisations including Microsoft, the English Institute of Sport, Manchester City FC and the official governing body for British Gymnastics.

To sign up to the Kaido platform, visit: www.kaidogroup.com

For more information on Innovation Birmingham, please visit: www.innovationbham.com

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