Birmingham Science Park Aston to recruit three leading figureheads to work with entrepreneurs

A high profile recruitment process is underway to appoint three Entrepreneurs in Residence to drive and expand Birmingham Science Park Aston’s intensive support programmes for start-up companies.

Over the past three years, 68 new innovative technology businesses have been born in the Park’s Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) centre, which to date have already created 128 new employee and director positions. In addition, the Park’s Venture Programme – run as part of the Europe-wide Climate Knowledge Innovation Community initiative – created 11 start-ups last year, with plans in place to expand the programme during 2013.

Two Entrepreneurs in Residence with considerable experience of tech start-ups are being sought for e4f, while the third new recruit is required to have the equivalent relevant experience to work with climate change start-ups. Each new post will receive £10,000 per annum to cover at least four days per month to be spent working at the Science Park with the start-up companies, as well as driving the wider expansion of the programmes.

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston said: “Our Entrepreneurs for the Future centre has been highly successful in its first three years, but the time is now right to drive a step change. We are seeking high calibre, dynamic, respected Entrepreneurs in Residence to be ambassadors for our incubation programmes. Using their contacts, knowledge and experience, we are looking to them to turbo-charge the support activity we offer to ensure the fast growth of our innovative start-ups.

“With the Park widely regarded as the focal point of Greater Birmingham’s tech scene, it is also critical that we further engage and stimulate the region’s entrepreneurial community. We are particularly keen to receive applications for these new posts from serial entrepreneurs who are passionate about sharing their experience of getting it right in business, and indeed in getting it wrong. We need our new recruits to be role models for a new wave of talented tech entrepreneurs that – as part of a burgeoning community – will help to elevate the profile and perception of the city as a whole.”

Speaking about the low-carbon incubation programme, Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar, Birmingham Science Park Aston’s Head of Projects said: “The environmental technologies are recognised as an area offering huge growth potential. The Entrepreneur in Residence dedicated to this project will be able to help the region’s low-carbon start-ups to thrive, bring new innovations to market that could assist with achieving carbon emission targets, and create much needed high-value jobs.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for highly motivated and well-networked individuals with a track record of establishing and running businesses in the low-carbon economy. We welcome applications from suitable candidates from a wide range of sectors, such as construction and retro-fitting, renewable energies, or waste management.

“The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with us to develop the Venture Programme into the most exciting low-carbon incubator in the UK. They will also have the chance to work with some of the best incubators across Europe through the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community network.”

As well as providing incubator support, the Venture Programme offers selected climate change start-ups the opportunity to receive a grant of up to €20,000 towards bringing their service or product to market. Entrepreneurs also have opportunities to meet significant stakeholders and potential buyers, as well as showcase their innovations at exhibitions such as Retro Expo, held at the NEC.

The deadline for the receipt of Entrepreneurs in Residence applications is Monday 4th March 2013. Interested parties are required to email a CV and covering letter to e4f@bsp-a.com. Full details regarding the three posts are available online: http://bsp-a.com/about/work-with-us/

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