We need more prominent headlines highlighting the exciting new technologies being developed in Birmingham by local and captured talent. Or, how about delivering a web site like Tech City News or Tech.London, to build on the work of Silicon Canal?
Front-page announcements about new tall glass and steel edifices make important statements about the health of the city and inward investment; but if these buildings were filled with businesses generating next generation products and services then we will have a world leading city.
We need a highly promoted connected ecology of large and small tech businesses. The impact a handful of innovators can have in a very short time with today’s technologies is stunning. Witness Hopper, based in the office space here at the Innovation Birmingham Campus – covered in the Birmingham Post in September. Two weeks after the new service to schedule Instagram posts went live it had reached over 18 million unique followers. It’s not employing vast numbers of people, and as yet is not making huge sums of money, but watch this space.
Wambiz, about 18 months old – another of our Entrepreneurs for the Future incubatees – has just secured further funding for its private social network, which is now rolling out in schools and colleges across the UK. Synapse now lists two major corporates as its clients, whilst Majestic was listed in the 2014 Deloitte Fast 50.
These businesses have not as yet changed the world, some will, some won’t, but they are an active part of the Birmingham tech scene which must continue to offer opportunity to local and global entrepreneurs.
Tech enterprises may be small, may not offer mass employment or take whole office floorplates, but they are the future. All those in a position to do so need to promote them from the roof tops, from the front pages – as new developments of glass and steel are promoted. Such recognition will attract, encourage and retain others to follow in these trail blazers’ footsteps.